To assist you and your family in preparing for the birth of your new baby and early parenting, Epworth offers a comprehensive maternity education program.
To prepare for the arrival of your baby, we highly recommend attending classes facilitated by Epworth midwives.
Patients are encouraged to attend classes between 30-35 weeks of pregnancy.
Epworth Freemasons online childbirth classes
With the current COVID-19 restrictions in place, we have suspended our in-hospital classes. We are however, proud to offer you our tailor-made online learning package along with a live, online version of our full course. The senior midwife hosting your session is here to answer all of your questions, no matter how big or small.
If you are an Epworth Freemasons patient and would like to join a class, please book using the button below. (If you are having issues accessing class schedules using Safari, please try Google Chrome or Firefox)
You will then receive links to our online learning package and details on how to take part. The links to online classes along with an allocated two hour Zoom session, will be sent out approximately one month prior to your scheduled class.
Your physical and mental wellbeing
Our Pre Admissions Midwife is here for personalised support for you during your pregnancy. In addition to your regular obstetric appointments, you are also able to book a one on one appointment throughout your pregnancy to discuss your physical and mental wellbeing. To secure your booking with the Epworth Freemasons Pre Admissions Midwife, please book here and select ‘Pre Admission appointment’ in the drop down menu. Alternatively, you can call 03 9418 8300 and select option 3 or email [email protected]
Please note that our pre admissions appointments are currently being held as a video chat or telephone call.
Our highly-regarded HypnoBirthing classes have returned and are now also being delivered online to Epworth Freemasons patients.
Watch our video to learn more about HypnoBirthing and how it could help you during pregnancy and birth.
To secure your place in our virtual classroom, please click on the booking button above. You will then receive email confirmation and further information about your session.
Labour, Birth and Baby
Topics addressed include preparation for labour and birth, stages of labour, positions for labour, pain relief, unexpected outcomes (including caesarean), physiological and emotional changes, breastfeeding, caring for your baby, coping at home and community resources.
This workshop is recommended for couples who have previous childbirth experience. It covers an overview of labour and birth, pain relief options, breastfeeding and helping other children adapt to a new sibling. This class is conducted once a month.
This class is a childbirth education class specifically designed for those who are booked for or have chosen to birth their baby via caesarean section. It discusses when to contact the hospital, the caesarean process, as well as baby and self-care once you leave hospital.
The breastfeeding class discusses why breastfeeding is important, attachment, expressing and storing breast milk. Breastfeeding position holds are demonstrated to ensure you are comfortable with different breastfeeding methods. Partners are also encouraged and welcome to attend and learn about breastfeeding. This class is designed for pregnant women to learn the basics of breastfeeding and how it can benefit you and your baby.
Please get in touch with us at [email protected] to request your copy of our Grandparents Handbook. The booklet contains information specifically designed for grandparents and discusses current infant and maternal health concepts such as SIDS, swaddling techniques, infant safety and supporting the new parents.
If you’re having twins, congratulations! You might be wondering how you’ll juggle two babies or what you might expect but rest assured that our midwives have lots of advice and support for you.Please contact [email protected] for your twins pack, an digital resource filled with tips on setting up your home, feeding and coping in those early days.
Antenatal phone call
Our role at Epworth Freemasons is to assist women to achieve a positive birth experience. If this is your first pregnancy, please wait until the conclusion of your childbirth education classes to make an appointment as often many questions are answered during the classes. However, if you have a personal concern you wish to discuss, please book in earlier. We offer the opportunity to discuss any concerns that you may have with one of our midwives in the form of a 30-minute phone call.
For bookings or further information
Epworth Geelong maternity education classes
With the current COVID-19 restrictions in place, we have suspended our in-hospital classes. We are however, proud to offer you our tailor-made online learning package which includes an interactive online class hosted by an antenatal educator to answer all of your questions.
Childbirth and parenting education
Topics addressed include preparation for labour and birth, stages of labour, positions in labour, pain relief, unexpected outcomes (including caesarean), physiological and emotional changes, breastfeeding, caring for your baby, coping at home and community resources.
During the breastfeeding class, breastfeeding techniques are demonstrated to ensure you are comfortable with different feeding methods. Topics covered within the class include why breastfeeding is important, attachment, expressing and storing breast milk. Partners are also encouraged to learn about breastfeeding.
This information session is specifically designed for partners and discusses the stages of labour, what to expect as a birth support partner, practical tips on how to support your partner, labour room etiquette, early parenting skills and answers to common questions that partners have.
This information session is specifically designed for grandparents and discusses current infant and maternal health concepts such as SIDS, swaddling techniques, infant safety and supporting the new parents.
For bookings or further information
Online class cancellation and refunds: If you choose to cancel before receiving your online package, you will receive a full refund. If you chose to cancel the class after your online package has been sent, you are eligible for a 50% refund.
Face to face: Refunds for face to face classes are only available if you give birth, are admitted to another hospital, or we are forced to cancel before your scheduled class.
We are unable to provide refunds if you cancel your online or face to face class within 72 hours of the scheduled class time.
Planning for your pregnancy
Trimester 1 - Starting well
- Am I pregnant?
- Ask an Epworth Midwife
- Your due date
- Feeling queasy
- Taking care of you in trimester 1
Trimester 2 - Midway check-in
- Your second trimester
- Monitoring your pregnancy
- Baby movement
- Maternity education classes
- Dealing with aches and pains
- Staying active during pregnancy
- Taking care of you in trimester 2
Trimester 3 - The big day
- Will COVID affect your birth?
- What to pack in your hospital bag
- Your birth plan
- Your support team
- Getting ready to come to hospital
- Gen V research at Epworth
- Welcome to the world gift box