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Childbirth and parenting education sessions

The Townsville Hospital holds regular childbirth and parenting education sessions as follows:

[+] Childbirth education session - Evening sessions (5 x 2-hour sessions)

These are a series of five consecutive classes, run over five weeks. Pregnant women and their partner/support person are invited to attend. Classes can be started from 24 weeks onwards.

The physiotherapist runs the first session in the Allied Health Department on the ground floor. The remaining four sessions are run by the hospital midwife.

Topics covered by the physiotherapist include (week 1):

  • Changes to your body during pregnancy
  • Caring for yourself - comfort measures, back care, pelvic floor care and general exercise
  • Relaxation techniques for labour

Topics covered by the midwife include (week 2-5):

  • What happens in hospital, when to come and what to bring
  • Focusing on the normal - the stages of labour and what is happening to your body
  • Exploring positions for labour and birth
  • Coping skills for all labours including practical tips for support people
  • Drug options and their side effects
  • Breastfeeding - how it works, positioning baby, where to go for support
  • Early parenting - preparing for baby, dealing with lifestyle and emotional changes, settling baby, community support
When: Tuesday 7-9pm
Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday 6:30-8:30pm (for women receiving care from the Wombatt Team Midwives) 
Venue:The Paluma meeting room, The Townsville Hospital
Bookings: Phone (07) 4433 1450

[+] Childbirth education session - Saturday (1 x 6-hour session)

This session is suited to women between 26 and 34 weeks of pregnancy. During the session, information and practical tips/skills are discussed and explored to help prepare the pregnant woman and her partner/support person for labour, birth and early parenting. Priority for attending is given to women who find it difficult to commit to multiple sessions e.g. women living out of the Townsville area.

It is recommended women attending compliment this session with a breastfeeding workshop (see below for more details).

When: 9.00am-3.30pm
Venue:The Paluma meeting room, The Townsville Hospital
Bookings: Phone (07) 4433 1450

[+] Young Parents' Program (7 x 3-hour sessions)

This seven-week program is run by a Child Health Nurse and a Midwife from The Townsville Hospital. The program is specially designed for young women under 23 years of age and their partner/support people. The sessions are held in a relaxed, friendly setting.

The program can be started from 20 weeks.

Topics covered include:

  • Staying healthy during pregnancy
  • Dealing with lifestyle changes, emotions and support available to you
  • Opportunity to talk with other members of the group - morning tea provided
  • Relaxation techniques and practical tips/skills for coping with labour and birth
  • When to come to hospital, what to bring, what to expect
  • Drugs in labour and their side effects
  • Breastfeeding tips, how it works and where to find support
  • Early parenting - realistic expectations
  • Settling baby
  • Session specific to dads/grandads
  • Talking to new mums and dads - previous group members share their experiences
  • Invited guest speakers - Dental Team, Relationships Australia, Centracare, Early Years, Queensland Youth Services – Munchkins/GS4W, Lifeline
When: Mondays 9:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Six sessions are held at Kirwan Campus, Thuringowa Drive
One session is held at The Townsville Hospital in the Paluma meeting room
During this session there is a tour of the birth suite and maternity ward.
Bookings: Phone Child Youth and Family Health (07) 4799 9000

[+] Birth After Caesarean (BAC) information sessions (1 x 2.5-hour session)

These sessions are specially designed for women who are between 22 to 30 weeks pregnant and have had a previous caesarean birth. They are run by a midwife with a specialist obstetrician providing some medical advice.

  • Discuss options for birth, both natural and repeat caesarean, with staff and other group members in a small, friendly setting
  • Explore various aspects of the previous caesarean birth - physical and emotional and the impact of future birth choices
  • Discuss various birth scenarios to help prepare women and their partners/support person for the birth experience
  • Where to go for help/support
When: One Monday per month 6:00-8:30pm
Venue:The Paluma meeting room, The Townsville Hospital
Bookings: Phone (07) 4433 1450

[+] Breastfeeding workshops (1 x 2-hour session)

These two-hour sessions are run by a midwife/lactation consultant. The session can be attended from 24 weeks onwards. Partners and a support person (friend, mum, sister, aunt…) are encouraged to attend. The session is held in a friendly, relaxed environment and provides the opportunity to explore thoughts and feelings surrounding breastfeeding.

Topics covered include:

  • Why women breastfeed
  • How breastfeeding works
  • Positioning and attaching baby at the breast
  • Avoiding and overcoming common feeding problems
  • Breastfeeding FAQ's
  • Expressing breastmilk
  • Going out with a breastfed baby
  • The role of the partner in breastfeeding
  • Diet and medications and breastfeeding
  • Where to find help and support
When: Wednesday 9:30-11:30am, once a month
Sunday 12:30-2:30pm, once a month 
Venue:The Paluma meeting room, The Townsville Hospital
Bookings: Phone (07) 4433 1450

For more information on sessions:

Leave a message or text the Childbirth Education mobile on 0457 905 534 or email

To make a booking, please call (07) 4433 1450. Places are limited, bookings are required for all sessions to avoid disappointment. Women can self-refer or can be referred by their midwife or doctor.

Last updated: 23 October 2018