Childbirth Preparation and Early Parenting Education Classes



What: 12 hours of education from a practicing midwife with 20 years of antenatal education experience. 

The Howick Childrens Youth Theatre, 29 Granger Road, Howick,  up the hill from Howick Beach, off Selwyn Road Howick.   This is the old Star of the Sea Convent on the West side of Granger Road.


Wednesday night classes   - 5 x 2hour 15 minute sessions from 7.15pm


Saturday classes          - 2 x 6hr sessions from 9am - 3pm


Linda Boyd (BA SocSci - Nursing Studies)
Registered Nurse and Midwife . Linda works in the Howick area in
the Botany Maternity Unit and has taken over 6000 couples through her childbirth preparation and early parenting courses. To learn more about Linda 
click here.

Ellie Halligan, Registered Midwife from the UK. Works at Middlemore Hospital and Botany Downs Birthing Unit. Worked in parenting education in UK. Has been teaching with Antenatal Ed since June. 

Cost: $150 for course attendance. Inclusive of your choice of support people.

Contact Linda: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 021-139-5467

Find our list of dates here: Course dates 2019 - 2020



What our course covers:

Birth Preparation

  • Explore the journey of childbirth

  • Learn how to make confident decisions about your labour and birth

  • Understand the role of your lead maternity carer (LMC) and other maternity professionals

  • Roles for your support people, eg: Partner, family, friends
  • Explore natural birth and active labour including natural pain relief options

  • Recognising the signs of labour and preparation for going to hospital

  • Gain an understanding about the importance of other options, eg: Epidurals and Caesarean Sections


Early Parenting

  • Understanding your newborn and their needs and behaviours

  • Parenting styles, eg Attachment parenting

  • Practical skills for looking after your newborn, eg: Bathing, swaddling, carseats

  • Safe sleeping recommendations and cot safety

  • Infant feeding choices

  • Understanding the demands and realities of early parenting, eg: Managing a crying baby

  • Choices for immunisations, vitamin k, blood tests and hearing tests

Extra Benefits

  • Meet other pregnant couples and make great friends. Take the journey together

  • Link into other services, coffee groups, and lactation consultants.

  • Gain skills required to be a prepared and confident parent.

  • Have fun!


Course Dates 2019 - 2020

For Wednesday classes (7.15pm - 9.30pm) the course lasts for five consecutive Wednesday nights. 

For Saturday classes (9am - 3pm) the course lasts for two consecutive Saturdays. There will be a lunch break around midday.

It is important that you plan to have completed the class about four to six weeks before your due date.


Wednesday Class Start Dates Saturday Class Start Dates  2019 - 2020
October 30th 2019 January 15th 2020
February 19th 2020 March 25th 2020
April 29th 2020 June 3rd 2020
July 8th 2020 August 12th 2020
September 15th 2020 October 21st 2020
Nov 30th & December 7th 2019  

February 15th and 22nd   2020

March 21st &  28th   2020

May 2nd & 9th  2020  
 June 13th & 20th  2020  
 July 25th & August 1st   2020  




Welcome to Antenatal Education Howick. To find out about our classes head over to the classes page, we find classes in particular months fill quickly, so remember to book early so we can guarantee places in our popular classes

Please also check out our Facebook page here.