Course Content

Courses have 1-2 presenters, with PowerPoint, some group activities, hands-on demonstrations.

Compass Health can provide an interpreter if you need one.

Please let us know in advance -If you have any other special requests or requirements

Week One

Pregnancy - baby movements, safe sleep on your side.

-calling your Midwife or Hospital for urgent advice

- What is labour and what does it feel like?  How will I know?

- Preparation for feeding baby at the birth- hand expressing colostrum 

Normal labour and birth
   - Informed consent and decision making 
   - Optimal foetal positioning
   - Positions to assist natural birth
   - The stages of labour and coping at home in early labour 

Going to the birthing unit, or hospital birthing suite or calling your midwife for a planned home birth
   - What to take with you to the birthing suite 
   - When to contact your midwife or go to the hospital/ birthing unit 

The role of the support person

Packing your bag for the Birthing Unit or Hospital in labour/ postnatal stay and whats needed for baby

Week Two 

Normal birth to complex birth

  • More on labour -what to expect at all the different stages  with coping strategies
  • Natural pain relief methods, rebezo, breathing, good positions, hydration, the support person...
  • Positions for comfort and to assist the labour 
  • Options to consider how and where to birth your baby safely
  • Medically interventions / assisted birth methods
  • Induction and augmentation for labour
  • Caesarean sections- pre-planned before labour and changes to the plan in labour
  • Medical pain relief options including Epidurals

After the birth- in the birthing suite or at home

  • Routine delayed cord-cutting and the importance for your baby
  • Immediate skin to skin contact for baby  and getting to know baby
  • Mother and baby checks 
  • Initiating baby's first feed
  • Inpatient sleepover for mother-baby and the support person 

Week Three

Postnatal mother and baby 

  • What to expect on discharge - discharge check and paperwork, the prescription for pain relief  

 Baby checks and care  

   - Newborn baby checks
   - Bathing baby 
   - Nappy changing
   - Settling baby
   - Winding baby 
   - Safe sleeping (including Pepi-pods)
   - Baby blood tests
   - Immunisations
   - CPR / Saving a choking baby
   - Dental care
   - Car seat safety
   - Baby tummy and playtime
   - Cord care
   - Clothing layers
   - Baby Well Child checks
   - Parenting tips 

Postnatal maternal care
   - What to expect in the first six weeks
   - Sleeping and eating well
   - Lochia and afterpains
   - Postnatal anxiety and depression
   - Support at home - what's available in the community 

Support person/family member/ friend 
   - Helping to care for a new baby and care for the postnatal woman  and looking after yourself

Arranging hospital tours if allowed Covid19 has put a stop to tours until further notice

Follow up WhatsApp group for those who want to catch up with the class they attended. All you share is your name and cell phone number. 

Feeding your baby class 
How to feed your newborn baby; Ways of holding and positioning baby,  Human Milk expressing and collecting, Storage of human milk. What does the baby need? Nipple and breast care for comfortable human feeding. Community feeding support for at-home parents. 

Week three or four  tours virtual hospital tours:- Vimeo

Hutt maternity / virtual tour  

Wellington, Kenepuru and Kapiti  virtual tours,


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