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Baby and You Antenatal & Postnatal Programme

Congratulations on your pregnancy, and welcome to Parents Centre Aotearoa!  This is an incredible time, as you embark on your parenting journey.

Dunedin Parents Centre are thankful to have secured funding from Lotteries to be able to reduce our Antenatal Package prices in 2023.

Package 1: Antenatal Classes + Baby & You + 1 year membership: ​$80

Package 2: Antenatal Classes + Baby & You + 2 years membership: ​$140

Package 3: Antenatal Classes + Baby & You + Community Services Card: ​$50

Antenatal Classes

Parents Centre antenatal programmes are delivered by qualified educators who hold an annual practicing certificate.  We ensure that the classes provide you with evidence-based information to help you make decisions.  They are carried out in a manner that is interactive, engaging, and fun.

Antenatal classes are held on a Monday or Wednesday night once a week from 6.45pm to 9pm, for 6 weeks.  Other options include Sundays for 2x sessions or over a weekend from 10am to 4pm.  These are held at 155 Kenmure Road, Mornington.  It is best to complete your course at least 4 weeks before your due date.

Evening Classes - 2023/2024

  • DUE DEC 2023 - Wed 4th Oct to 8th Nov
  • DUE JAN 2024 - Mon 6th Nov to 11th Dec
  • DUE MAR 2024 - Wed 10th Jan to 14th Feb
  • DUE APR 2024 - Mon 12th Feb to 18th Mar
  • DUE MAY 2024 - Wed 6th Mar to 10th Apr
  • DUE JUN 2024 - Mon 8th Apr to 13th May
  • DUE JUL 2024 - Wed 1st May to 5th Jun
  • DUE AUG 2024 - Mon 10th Jun to 15th Jul
  • DUE SEP 2024 - Wed 10th Jul to 14th Aug
  • DUE OCT 2024 -  Mon 5th Aug to 9th Sep
  • DUE NOV 2024 - Wed 4th Sep to 9th Oct
  • DUE DEC 2024 - Mon 7th Oct to 18th Nov (No session on Labour day)
  • DUE JAN 2025 - Wed 6th Nov to 11th Dec

 Weekend Classes

  • DUE Oct to Dec 2023 – Sundays Sept 3rd & 10th
  • DUE Jan to Mar 2024– Weekend Dec 9th & 10th
  • DUE Jun to Sep 2024 - Sundays May 19th & 26th
  • DUE Oct to Dec 2024 - Sundays Sep 15th & 22nd 
  • DUE Jan to Mar 2025 - Weekend Dec 7th & 8th 

Topics include

  • Brief overview of pregnancy topics
  • Choices in childbirth
  • Your labour journey
  • Relaxation, management & coping strategies
  • Support person/Partner’s role
  • Feeding your baby
  • Transition to parenthood
  • Responsive parenting
  • Practical parenting

Postnatal classes

Our postnatal programme follows on from antenatal classes and offer sound tips and strategies as you begin your journey into parenthood.  It is ideal for those with babies up to around 12 weeks old. 

To see your baby smile, play and grow can be an extraordinary experience.  You will have feelings of tenderness and closeness and a sense of awe at the miracles of the first milestones.

With a new baby, sometimes come uncertainties.  Your tiny bundle may rule the entire household through their routines, sleep patterns and personalities.  This can be very challenging for a new parent, so come and join us and ask your questions.

Topics include

  • A brief reflection birth experience
  • Feeding & Sleeping
  • Communication and Settling pēpi
  • Lifestyle changes and looking after yourself
  • Physical development
  • Social and emotional and brain development
  • Age-appropriate toys and activities

The structure of this course is relaxed and informal with time for your questions and a cuppa. A great opportunity for new parents to get out of the house, meet other parents experiencing the same joys and challenges and foster their coffee group.  

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COST $80.00

Infant Massage

The Infant Massage classes will be facilitated by a Certified Infant Massage Instructor and are run one day a week over 5 weeks from 1pm-2.30pm at Dunedin Parents Centre.  Members can attend for free so please make sure you tick the box that you're a member on the registration form.

As well as helping parents to bond with their baby, massage has therapeutic effects for both the parent and infant, including relaxation for parent and baby, better sleep patterns, reducing colic and tummy pain, soothing stressed babies and reducing the impact of Post Natal Depression (PND) and disrupted bonding.

Instructors teach a combination of Indian and Swedish Massage strokes, Reflexology and gentle Yoga stretches.  ​The massage strokes encourage circulation and relaxation, the reflexology works on the feet to release tension elsewhere in the body, and the yoga stretches help to develop suppleness in the muscles and joints.

Classes are suitable for babies from 6 weeks to 1yr old.

 

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COST $25.00

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