Selwyn & Christchurch

Antenatal Course Overview

Each night of your antenatal course explores the steps toward becoming a parent of a tiny human on the outside, and provides you with confidence and the resources to use in the first six weeks and beyond

Night 1


Decision making

Late pregnancy

Birth-place options & your postnatal care  

The hospital bag

Journey through the pelvis & optimal fetal positioning

Emergency catches!

Night 2

Labour & birth

What to expect

When is it time to…

Power of support people

Skin to skin & the birth of your placenta

The first few hours

Self-help ideas for labour pain

Night 3

Pain relief & assisted births

Understanding pain

Medical pain relief options

Overview of assisted births including:

  • Inductions
  • Caesarean sections
  • Vacuum & forceps
  • The operating theatre environment

Night 4

Breastfeeding class

Breast anatomy

Milk production

The first days, weeks & beyond

Positioning & latching

Hand expressing

Feeding challenges

Breast care

Support & resources

Night 5

Baby Wrangling 101

A team of no-holds-barred professional stunt babies will be on hand to guide you through these practical topics and more: 

  • Newborn pics
  • Clothing
  • Bathing
  • Nappy changing
  • Safe sleeping
  • Bedding
  • Cuddling, holding & comforting

Night 6

Graduation night

Mental wellness

Parenting strategies


Graduation celebration supper

And an invitation to The Arrivals Lounge for fortnightly postnatal support with feeding & parenting