Preparing for Parenthood

Learn Practical Skills
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Mental and Emotional Preparation
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Preparing for Parenthood is a NEW specialist course that teaches practical skills to support you to be the best parent you can be.

You are growing a new little human and soon you will be bringing them home. It is an exciting and nerve-wracking time. Whether this is your first baby or your third, we’ll help you learn some of the practical skills as well as help you to prepare mentally and emotionally for becoming a parent.

Our fun and engaging full day antenatal class is ideal for you and your partner. The Preparing for Parenthood course is facilitated by a qualified professional, this antenatal session gives you an opportunity to discuss your pregnancy, expectations of parenthood, practice mindfulness, preparing your house, discuss autonomy and routines, and supporting your baby’s needs. You will also get hands-on skills in relation to bathing your baby, feeding, nappies and swaddling!

Led by an experienced Midwife with a background in Occupational Therapy and a Masters in Women’s Health, the course allows continuity of support from pregnancy to postpartum where you can build friendships and share experiences in a small group setting. The workshop series is not a replacement for your hospital antenatal classes, it is designed to complement them and build on them. 

Antenatal Topics

Topic 1: Parenting and Expectations

In this session we talk about your expectations of parenthood. Are they different to your partners? How was your own childhood? What are the traditions and rules that are important to you? We will also touch on important topics in pregnancy such as sleep, food, mood, selfcare, body changes exercise and medication. We finish off with some practical lessons on nappy changing and building a mindfulness practice.

Topic 2: Preparing Yourself and Your Home

What do you really need at home to care for baby? We cover everything from cots and bassinets to pram and car seats, baby bags, clothes and more! We breakdown all the must-have, good-to-have and don’t bothers! You may have heard that it takes a village to raise a child, well in this session we work on building your very important support network. You’ll also learn some practical skills in swaddling, nursery rhymes and some more mindfulness.

Topic 3: Becoming a Parent

Let’s talk about routines and habits and how they might change! This week we touch on how babies work and what they need, what your partner can do to support you and introduce you to some handy tools and resources.

Topic 4: Navigating Big Changes and Hot Moments

Communication will be vital after the baby is born, that’s why week 4 is dedicated to discussing your communication styles and love languages.

Topic 5: Practical Parenting

Some basic moves for your parenting playbook are discussed and practiced this week. Learn some practical skills including bathing your baby and we talk about the activities of daily living with a baby and all the different ways it can look for each family.

Our Facilitator – Emma Atkinson

Emma was an Occupational Therapist and is a Midwife with a Masters in Women’s Health. She has also developed a preparation for parenthood course for the service. Her passion is women’s mental health especially around the perinatal period. In her spare time she enjoys music, reading and hanging out with her kids.

Partnership with Curtin University

Preparing for Parenthood was carefully designed by Belinda McLean Phd (Occupational Therapy), Belinda Coumo Phd student (Occupational Therapy) and Midwife Emma Atkinson with the purpose of creating a unique course that properly prepared parents, not just for childbirth, but for parenthood.

This course will make you uncomfortable at times. It will ask questions of you and your partner that will spark discussion and maybe even disagreements about the way you were parented and how you’d like to parent. It will take you on a journey to prepare you mentally, emotionally and practically, not just for a new baby but also for the transformation of becoming a parent.

Build your village

A huge focus of this course is building your village and providing you with the skills and developing your confidence to ask for support and meet other new parents. Throughout the course you will also meet a group of parents who, like you, will be expecting a baby and sharing this journey with you.

Many parents say talking to other people in a similar situation and sharing experiences over the 9 sessions is one of the major benefits of this class and some lasting friendships have been formed. 

Event Details

When: Saturday, 2nd of March @ 9.00 am – 4.00 pm

Where: Women’s Health & Wellbeing Services Group Room (Suite 7, Level 1 2232c Albany Hwy GOSNELLS WA)

Cost: Single – $55  And  Couple – $90