Childbirth Education Classes

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Register Now for our childbirth classes.

Our childbirth classes are one of the most popular and comprehensive in the Manawatu. We run approximately 15 classes each year, with up to 12 couples in each class. Our childbirth classes are run by qualified Childbirth Educators, assisted by Parents Centre volunteers. Registration in our childbirth classes includes a 1 year membership with Palmerston North Parents Centre.

We recommend booking into classes as early as possible and that you start class around week 26-30 of your pregnancy, finishing at 34-38 weeks pregnant.

Our classes cover a variety of essential topics such as:

  • emotional & physical changes in pregnancy and postnatally, 
  • pelvic awareness, 
  • optimal foetal positioning, 
  • looking after yourself in pregnancy, 
  • informed consent and the LMC partnership,
  • patterns of labour,
  • hormonal blueprint of labour and birth,
  • working with vs managing pain, 
  • birth skills, 
  • breastfeeding, 
  • the golden hour, 
  • life with a newborn, 
  • early parenting, 
  • keeping babies safe, and 
  • a hospital tour

Coffee Groups

After each childbirth education course has been completed, most classes continue to meet informally as a “coffee group”.
Our coffee groups provide ongoing social meetings and parenting support and are a key reason many of our members choose to join Parents Centre. We also set up a Facebook group for the class at the beginning, so you can interact on the page and your Childbirth Educator can provide you with resources along the way to read in your own time. Register Now

Our Educator Team

Our centre has fantastic educators that are all very passionately involved in pregnancy, maternity and postnatal education in various roles in our region.

 

Teresa Watson - Childbirth Educator 

Hi I'm Teresa, a fresh faced and new member of the Childbirth Education team at Palmerston North Parents Centre.

While I might be new as a Childbirth Educator I have been a volunteer for Parents Centre for 7 years now in a variety of roles. I currently facilitate the centre's Music and Movement classes on Tuesday's during term time and also facilitate Practical Parenting classes. I am currently studying towards attaining a Diploma in Pregnancy, Childbirth and early Parenting which I plan to complete by the end of 2021 and then graduate to become a Transition to Parenting Educator. 

I live in Ashhurst with my husband Andrew and our two daughters, Lily 7 and Eva 4. Between us we have a gaggle of chickens, a cat called Jimjim and a growing collection of tropical fish. We love the outdoors and animals and our wild garden keeps us busy. I am also a Homebased Educator and we share our home with a number of other children who are like our extended family. Our garden is full of giggles and laughter daily and they are our daughters best friends.

My experiences in birth and early parenting, are the driving reason for my study and taking on this role. I am passionate about supporting new families; providing them with information/skills to empower them to make informed choices on their journey to develop their unique family rhythm. 

I look forward to meeting and working with new families on their childbirth and parenting journey


                                                                           


Jess White - Childbirth Educator

Hi I'm Jess, a dedicated member of the Childbirth Education team at Palmerston North Parents Centre.

I volunteered my time for Parents Centre for 5 years in the President role after the birth of my first child and began facilitating Practical Parenting classes. This led to me studying a Diploma in Childbirth Education, massage specialising in pregnancy and postnatal care, and yoga instructor training.

I have an incredible passion for childbirth education and supporting new parents at such an amazing time of change and transformation. It's an honour to be here and provide you with information and skills so you can have the best experience during birth and in the early days with your baby.

I live in Feilding with my partner Dave and our beautiful blended family of 5 children ranging in age from our baby - Elijah, Hudson 6, Bree 8, Cooper 10 and Anthony 17. Elijah was a delightful surprise that was welcomed at home early 2021 after a crazy year prior with Covid lockdowns and studying full time.

My dramatically different experiences of birth, feeding and all the changes that come with a new baby are what have driven me to study and facilitate these classes, and I look forward to each class, each week, from the 'awkward first date' night, through to the first baby being born. What a journey and I love meeting such engaged and attentive new families.


Nicola Reid - Childbirth Educator 

I'm Nicola Reid, proud Mama, Rugby wife, occasion Secondary School teacher and regular CBE for Palmerston North Parents' Centre. I am married to Nick and together we have three boys; Micah, Amon and Hugo.

My life has been a bit too full in recent years, so I am really looking forward to simplifying things.  My most important role is, of course, Mama. Most days see me running the school-preparation gauntlet that involves ensuring satisfactory teeth-brushing, extracting children from their pjs and the military operation that is loading the car in a manner that maintains lunchbox contents. I then dance around the lego pieces on our floor, fight my way through the laundry pile and engage with my other boys. This might sound chaotic but it makes my heart sing. Time with my boys is incredibly nourishing. 

I am also a Secondary School teacher and keep my hand in by relieving regularly. 

Becoming pregnant in 2008 started quite the love affair with pregnancy, labour, childbirth and parenting. What I found, however, was my own positive feelings about the journey were not met with the same enthusiasm by others. This got me thinking about the way we seem to treat our birthing population - judging, frightening, belittling and assuming. I felt I could potentially do something about this, so I set about my studies. My hope is that I empower others to discover the tools they require to  find their own way that is proudly and unapologetically unique to them. Informed decision making and embracing our autonomy are at the centre of this. I really believe that if a journey is based around these things, the experience can be really positive regardless of what happens along the way.