Transition into Parenthood – 6 Week Evenings

Julie’s Transition into Parenthood 6 week antenatal course covers all labour and birth support strategies, practicalities for women and their partners; She remains one of the most popular and recommended active birth and baby care teachers in Sydney.

$385 / per couple

$385.00 Inc GST

Julie’s Transition into Parenthood antenatal course covers all labour and birth support strategies, practicalities for women and their partners; “must know” facts and “how to” aspects of birthing and babies. The sessions go way beyond hospital course content. Pregnant couples will feel empowered and confident when they’ve complete this amazing, fun and informative class. This is a popular class with a reputation of being thorough, fun, interesting and social.

Suitable from 20 weeks, it helps signpost the way through the last weeks of pregnancy, what to expect in labour, birth including practicalities of baby care, the first weeks with a newborn and parenting.Covering labour and birth, breathing, active birth positioning, and includes a special focus on skills and techniques for keeping birth normal and minimising the use of medical intervention when appropriate.

The size of the groups for the evening course is small to allow for social group interaction and personalised attention.   Julie ensures you are comfortable, feel listened to, respected, included and valued as a group member. Everyone who attends Julie’s courses receives an awesome gift show bag filled with special treats for you to take home, high-quality samples, for you to keep and enjoy.
Julie’s courses comprehensively cover what the hospital courses would cover – and a whole lot more! Having worked in a large tertiary maternity hospital for 12 years, Julie knows the topics covered in hospitals well. Many midwives and obstetricians recommend this class over the hospital course, they see a significant difference in preparedness and confidence in the couples who have attended Julie’s class.
Study Mode: 6 Weeks (Monday Evenings at 7pm)
Location: Sylvania – a pretty suburb only 20 mins south of airport
Cost: $385 per couple
What to Bring: bottle of water, lunch, and nibbles – yes you can eat and drink during the session


About the Venue

  • Bottomless Beverages:  all types of teas, coffees, chai latte, hot chocolate, herbals, chilled juices and iced water
  • Complimentary Break Snacks: morning tea and snacks are all provided – biscuits, fruit, chips, popcorn
  • Wear: loose, casual, comfortable clothing, we kick off shoes at the door so bring socks also
  • Venue: air-conditioned, relaxed, clean, peaceful, comfortable, smoke-free, friendly with a bathroom close by
  • Shopping: Products available: birthing and baby care books, music relaxation CD’s, approved gel hot packs
  • Parking: free, easy and right out front – conveniently close and safe
  • Lunch: Picnic style in Julie’s lovely tranquil garden – picnic rugs supplied for your comfort
  • Facilities:  microwave, large fridge, urn for boiling water, crockery, cutlery, serviettes


Course Structure

Session One

Julie takes the group through an interesting overview of pregnancy, labour, birth, and newborn care, highlighting some of the important areas that are yet to be covered. Fears, anxieties and loneliness become a thing of the past by the end of week one and we have fun! Not to be missed!

Session Two

Covers birth options and choices, what medical interventions and medications are available, how they might be used or offered, the advantages and disadvantages, what your rights and responsibilities are and what the Department of Health recommends. Guidance on how to minimise the use of some medical interventions. Concerns are allayed on this evening, and then put to one side, to focus on what is normal.

Session Three

Labour and active birth options. How to recognise labour, what to do in response, great tips for partners to be supportive and helpful, comfort measures to use during labour, partner’s role and what to expect, women’s self-help strategies for labour, how to best use hospital facilities, breathing for labour, effective positions for the woman to use to keep labour normal, techniques for massage, acupressure points.  In short this is a magic night! Covers a variety of interesting scenarios of late pregnancy, labour and birthing, overcoming challenges with ease.

Session Four

Positions effective for the final stage of labour, pushing, maintaining an intact perineum, and a thorough overview of what to expect in the first few minutes and first hours after the birth, mum-dad-baby bonding and the early breastfeeding experience. Many important points to boost your confidence and reduce anxiety.

Session Five

Looking after a little newborn baby during the first 3 months in a very positive way. Being able to read the baby’s body language and their variety of cry “signals” helps parents-to-be feel they can trust their intuition and look forward to getting to know their baby. How to wrap, feed, deal with crying, sleep and settling, involving both mothers and fathers. Breastfeeding, expressing, storing, thawing breast milk. What to expect during the first weeks, what’s normal, what’s not. Understanding the newborn in the first few days. A wide variety of very important points will be discussed and explained.

Session Six

These sessions on parenting makes a world of difference to reducing worries and concerns of new parents in the first days, weeks and months.  Safe sleeping, settling, bathing, needs of mother and baby, what to buy for baby, parenting resources and where to get help, more about the reasons babies cry and comforting measures. This session helps couples become even more prepared for becoming parents.

During the evening sessions, Julie is able to show and explain fascinating and significant concepts in more detail than is possible in the weekend condensed courses. Julie enjoys facilitating the evening courses for many reasons: they are more in depth and interesting, couples seem to gain so much more, each group generally forms new friendships which Julie enables to grow into mothers groups of mutual support for each new family.

A Special Privilege: Julie’s personal library of pregnancy, birth and baby books, DVD’s and CD’s and USB’s is exclusively available for attendees of the evening courses!

Pregnant Couples will Learn:

Transition into Parenthood covers the labour and birth, breathing, active birth positioning, and includes a special focus on skills and techniques for keeping birth normal and minimising the use of medical intervention when appropriate. Here are some questions Julie will answer in fun interactive sessions:

  • How to respond to the physical and emotional changes that occur during pregnancy?
  • How does the baby grow and change before being born?
  • How can I minimise complications, health risks and discomforts throughout the pregnancy?
  • How can partners prepare for their role during the labour, birth and beyond?
  • How will I know when my labour begins and what to do?
  • What types of self help coping techniques can I use to keep birth normal and avoid unnecessary interventions?
  • What facilities are available and what options should I consider when making choices?
  • How can I prepare siblings for the arrival of a new family member?
  • What do I need to do to care for my newborn baby?
  • What are the most up-to-date ideas for including partners in caring for and bonding with our new baby?
  • How can I nurture myself and my baby during pregnancy?

This Course is Specially Designed For:

  • pregnant couples expecting their first baby who want to feel ready, prepared and organised
  • expectant couples who want a weekly course with a nice steady pace they can take their time to reflect on each week together
  • those who have had a baby before and want to prepare for a more positive experience this time
  • those who had a premmie baby before and missed out on the chance to prepare previously
Julie's Course vs Hospital Based CourseTransition into ParenthoodHospital Based Classes
Personalised and tailored attention by the educator to each individual couple

Full explanation of all your choices and options available in any given situation

Opportunity to ask questions freely in a friendly and supportive atmosphere of acceptance

Comfortable, relaxed lounge room atmosphere (instead of hard plastic chairs)

Inclusion, respect and effective training of support techniques for partners

Balanced information for consumers on medical interventions and pain medications

Ideal number of group attendees (6-8 couples, hospital groups average 10-20 couples)

Up-to-date labour preparation information
Good extensive coverage

Very basic coverage
Safe and sensible baby care techniques
Good extensive coverage

Very basic coverage
Modern audio visual equipment and teaching aids

Free convenient parking very close by / no stairs

Delicious refreshments and bottomless tea and coffee

Professionally presented and illustrated course notes to take home and keep

Access to comprehensive free lending library of DVDs and books

Quality products suitable for pregnancy and during early parenting available for purchase

“Individual/Personal Baby Care Support Service” available with Julie, coming to your home, for your ease and convenience

Class attendees receive free email and telephone support with Julie, 7 days a week

Choose Dates

  • 6/8/2018 to 10/9/2018
  • 15/10/2018 to 19/11/2018
Transition into Parenthood + Mindful Birth Course

Julie Clarke

Birth Educator, Doula, and Baby Whisperer

Julie Clarke is an Active Birth Antenatal Class educator, a Mindful Birth® Specialist facilitating classes for 10 years. She is a Doula that has supported over 150 births over 25 years and is also a Doula Trainer, providing unique training.

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