The birth of a baby is an exciting time, especially for first-time parents. Cabrini offers a midwife guided tour of our facility, as well as a range of informative and interactive classes to help parents prepare for pregnancy, childbirth and care of your new baby.


Preparing for Birth

Preparing to give birth and welcome a new baby brings many changes to your life, and you may feel excited or anxious when you think of what lies ahead.  Learning as much as you can will help you feel confident and reassured.  This guide, co-authored by our experienced Cabrini midwives, will help you prepare for labour and birth, learn what to expect during your recovery and guide you through caring for yourself and your newborn baby after birth.

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Maternity Unit Tour

$0.00 per class

We would be pleased to show you around Cabrini’s maternity unit.  On your 30 minute tour we hope to be able to show you our birth suites, a post natal room and special care nursery, but it is dependant upon availability.  Our tours are hosted by an experienced midwife, who will be able to answer your questions and provide detailed information on our services and classes.

Tours are available on weeknights and weekends. Bookings are essential.  Please select "Book now' for dates and times and complete the form below.

Tours commence from the Maternity Lounge room, 2nd floor, between Maternity South and Maternity Central wards.  Please arrive five minutes before the tour start time.

For any questions please contact us on (03) 9508 1724 or email maternity@cabrini.com.au

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Early Pregnancy

$30.00 per person

Learn how to enjoy a healthy pregnancy in this class facilitated by a Women’s Health Physiotherapist. Understand how to prevent problems such as back and pelvic pain, poor bladder control and what exercises are safe and beneficial in pregnancy. This interactive class for women only will cover all of these topics and more.

 

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Mandarin Birth & Beyond series

$120.00 per series

产前培训课程

欢迎来加入我们特别为准妈妈和准爸爸精心设计的中文培训课程。我们医院的助产师是非常有经验的产前培训老师,我们会热心来回答你所关心的问题。

 

课程分两部分,其中内容包括临产的表现,什么时候与我们联系,什么情况我们邀请你来医院,顺产是怎样展开的,还有自我帮助的技巧,缓解生产疼痛的选择,如何帮助顺利生宝宝的策略。另外我们会带你一起来参观我们的产房,产后房和婴儿房。课程还会带你一起来学习生宝宝可能需要引产程序,和协助生产的办法,还有刨腹产。

另外培训课程会帮助你来学习怎样成功的母乳你的宝宝,明白和你的宝宝贴身接触的益处和如何知道你的宝宝什么时候需要母乳,如何去安抚你的宝宝。和你分享新生儿筛查试验和宝宝安全睡眠须知。还有很重要的妈妈产后护理和产后心理变化。我们会为你提供全方面的个性化服务。

 

这个课程只需要一次付费120澳币,包含准爸爸的参与或者你另外的支持者。

时间安排在两个周日下午4点到6点半。请来电咨询和预定。我们会热心地为你服务。

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Lamaze Birth and Beyond - birthing with confidence

$160.00 per series

Lamaze Helps You Decide What’s Best for Both You and Your Baby

Your baby's 'birth day' is an event you will never forget. Preparing for this experience through knowledge and planning will empower you to approach your labour and birth with confidence.

Lamaze;

- Supporting you with science-backed pregnancy, birth and parenting information taught by certified childbirth educators.
- Guiding you as you navigate all of your options, and their benefits and risks.
- Helping you understand how your body was designed for birth, and encouraging you to work with your body’s natural abilities.
- Providing strategies for comfort and coping with pain during labour, reducing unnecessary medical interventions, and receiving continuous support during labour and birth.
- Encouraging bonding between you and your baby, with the importance of skin-to-skin contact and time to get to know your new baby after birth.

The mission of Lamaze International is to advance safe and healthy pregnancy, birth and early parenting through evidence-based education and advocacy.  

 

Times: Weekend - two consecutive Saturdays or Sundays - 9am-1pm 

For all Lamaze enquiries please call Cabrini 9508 1724

Our Preparing for Birth book, co-edited by two Cabrini midwives for Australia, is highly recommended in conjunction with Lamaze Birth and Beyond classes. Please purchase separately.

 

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Birth & Beyond - Weeknight Series

$120.00 per series

Designed for first time expectant parents the weeknight series runs once a week over three consecutive weeks. Come, meet and learn from experienced Cabrini midwives/educators and have all your questions answered!

Week 1 - Normal Birth: recognising labour, when to call and come to Cabrini, how labour unfolds, active birthing, self-help skills, pain relief options and labour support strategies.
Week 2 - Birth Variations: induction of labour, options for assisted births and caesarean births. A tour of the Maternity Unit (Birth Suite if available, Special Care Nursery and the Postnatal Unit) completes the evening.
Week 3 - Baby & Beyond: the importance of skin to skin contact with your baby, feeding cues in the lead up to the first breastfeed, the benefits of breastfeeding, newborn tests, calming a crying baby, SIDS education, postnatal mood changes and the value of postnatal support.

The one-off cost of $120 covers the expectant mum and her partner/support person for all three weeknight classes.

Series Times:

A series runs over three weeks duration on the following days and times:

- Tuesday:       7.00 - 9.00pm

Our Preparing for Birth book, co-edited by two Cabrini Midwives for Australia, is highly recommended in conjunction with the Birth & Beyond weeknight series. Please purchase separately.

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Birth & Beyond - Weekend Workshop

$120.00 per class

The weekend workshop offers an alternative to the 3 week series and offers condensed information about active labour and birth, self-help skills, pain relief options, induction of labour, caesarean birth, the support person’s role as well as an introduction to breastfeeding, SIDS education, postnatal mood changes and the value of postnatal support. A tour of the Maternity Unit is included.

In addition to this workshop, please consider booking into Baby First Aid and Birth Skills classes. 

Class Times:

9.00am - 3.30pm on either Saturday or Sunday

Our Preparing for Birth book, co-edited by two Cabrini midwives for Australia, is highly recommended in conjunction with the Birth & Beyond weekend workshop. Please purchase separately.

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Baby First Aid

$40.00 per person

Could you save your baby's life? How would you respond in an emergency? This two hour workshop will help you prepare for the unexpected in your baby's first year of life. You'll gain skills to help prevent and/or manage a number of injuries and emergency situations such as choking, febrile convulsions, burns, stings and more. There will be an opportunity to practise CPR on our baby manikins during the session.

Attend this workshop at any stage during your pregnancy or after your baby is born.

 

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Birth Skills

$40.00 per class

Facilitated by a women’s health Physiotherapist this practical Birth skills workshop is designed to empower women and their support person to break the stress response that can occur in labour. These birth skills include movement, positioning, massage, breath awareness, relaxation and TENS. Early physical recovery following birth will also be explored. (Rebates may be available from your private health insurer with extras cover)

Attendance at Birth Skills is recommended following the Birth & Beyond Series or Weekend Workshop

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Caesarean Birth

$40.00 per class

Planning a caesarean birth or just found out you need to have a caesarean? This class will prepare you for a caesarean birth at Cabrini including recognising signs of labour, preparing for theatre, the caesarean procedure/birth of your baby, physical/emotional recovery and caring for your baby at home. This class is facilitated by a Midwife and a Physiotherapist. A tour of the Maternity Unit is included. 

Attending the Baby & Beyond class is also highly recommended following the caesarean birth class to learn about the importance of skin to skin contact leading up to the first breastfeed, the benefits of breastfeeding, caring for your baby, newborn tests, calming a crying baby, SIDS and more.

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Baby & Beyond

$40.00 per class

This class is for first time expectant parents attending the caesarean birth class wanting more information on all things postnatal.

- the importance of skin-on-skin contact with your baby
- feeding cues in the lead up to the first breastfeed
- the benefits of breastfeeding
- newborn tests
- calming a crying baby
- SIDS education
- postnatal support

     

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Birth Refresher

$40.00 per class

Facilitated by a Midwife and a Physiotherapist, this class is for parents having another baby wishing to update their knowledge. This class provides an overview of birth options, including vaginal birth after caesarean, the latest birth skills, pain relief options, pelvic floor and back care and preparing your older child/children for the arrival of a baby. A tour of the Maternity Unit is included.

Our Preparing for Birth book, co-edited by two Cabrini Midwives for Australia, is highly recommended in conjunction with the Refresher Birth class. Please purchase separately.

 

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For Grandparents

$0.00 per person

This informative class is held each month for grandparents to be, to help celebrate becoming a grandparent.

Did you know?

- Babies sleep on their backs to help prevent SIDS
- Babies like to breastfeed in the first hour of life
- Dummies are not recommended until breastfeeding is established
- There is a correct way to swaddle babies to help prevent hip dislocation


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Refunds for classes are only available if your baby is born before the class starts, if medical complications develop and you are hospitalised or if the class is cancelled.

As we ensure the number of people attending each class is not too large, it is advised that you choose your class carefully.