Upcoming Courses

Antenatal and Parent Education Package

The Basics is $220: ​This is your Childbirth Education course, which comes with an associated ‘coffee group’, and one year of Parents Centre membership.  Please remember to check the box if this is the package you wish to book.

The Core Elements, includes Baby & You costs $285: ​This includes everything from The Basics, as well as your Baby and You course which is invaluable in those early days with your new baby. Please remember to check the box if this is the package you wish to book.

The Full Package, includes Baby & You and Bigger Baby & You costs $380: ​As the name says, this is the package to get you off to the best start, Childbirth Education, Baby and You AND Bigger Baby and You classes, along with an additional Parent Education class (such as Infant CPR/First Aid or Water Safety etc), as well as a 2 year membership and discounts which go along with that!

Antenatal Classes

Schedule (please check the due date range):

  • Tuesdays, 7th June to 12th July 2022, 6.45pm to 9.00pm (Due Date range: 26 Jul - 19 Sep)
  • Tuesdays, 26th July to 6th September 2022, 7.00pm to 9.00pm (Due Date range: 20 Sep - 2 Nov)
  • Wednesdays, 10th August to 20th September 2022, 7.00pm to 9.00pm (Due Date range: 5 Oct - 23 Nov)
  • Tuesdays, 13th September to 25th October 2022, 7.00pm to 9.00pm (Due Date range: 8 Nov - 13 Dec)
  • Wednesdays, 19th October to 30th November 2022, 7.00pm to 9.00pm (Due Date range: 14 Dec - 25 Jan)
  • Tuesdays, 1st November to 6th December 2022, 6.45pm to 9.00pm (Due Date range: 17 Jan - 28 Feb)

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Brief overview of pregnancy topics
  • Choices in childbirth
  • Your labour journey
  • Managing strategies
  • Dad's and Partners role
  • Breastfeeding
  • Transition to parenthood
  • Responsive parenting
  • Practical parenting

Classes are run on Monday or Tuesday evenings for 7 weeks in central Porirua. 

Once classes are completed, the class coordinator helps the participants to form an informal support group and coffee group.

Part of this Antenatal package entitles you to a one year membership to Parents Centre.  This includes discounts to other parenting programmes, partner discounts (e.g. The Sleep Store, Baby Factory, Resene and Baby on the move discounts), annual subscription to Parents Centre’s must read Kiwiparent magazine 6 times a year, and other local benefits.


Baby and You Course

This four week programme follows on from your childbirth education class, after the birth of your baby and focuses on helping you adjust to the change in lifestyle and the many new demands of Parenthood. Classes are held once a week at a time to be organised with your Educator.

Baby and You classes are designed for parents with babies up to about 12 weeks of age.

Baby and You is run as a discussion group, giving you the opportunity to discuss what your particular situation and challenges are with your newborn. Because all babies are unique with varying needs and personalities, the Baby and You forum will allow you to discuss your baby’s individual behaviours, and receive tips, advice and potential strategies which you can adapt to your own situation. New mothers have found Baby and You to be a wonderful source of support and encouragement for those first weeks after the birth of their baby. We also welcome dads who may be the primary caregiver or who are on paternity leave. The forum also gives you a chance to make contact with other new parents and be able to form a “coffee group” so that the support continues long after the Baby and You class finishes.

Led by trained childbirth educators, the topics which are covered include:

  • A reflection on the birth experience
  • Feeding
  • Sleeping
  • Coping with crying
  • Lifestyle changes and looking after yourself
  • Infant massage
  • Physical development
  • Social and emotional development
  • Age appropriate toys and activities

Book above with your Antenatal class with “The Core Elements” or email


Bigger Baby and You Course

A three week follow on course for parents and babies aged 4 months +.

As babies change from 4 months onwards becoming more aware of the world and themselves you may need new strategies for sleep, feeding and play. This course gives you options to try, and an understanding of how your baby is developing and a chance to share with others going through the same stage.

Each session will include Q & A time to ensure your questions are answered, rather than what we think you need to know! Specific topics covered will include sleep, teething, starting solids, play & child development.

Book above with your Antenatal class with “The Full Package” or email


COST $380.00


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