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Child Birth and Parenting Education (CBPE)

Becoming parents for the first time is an exciting yet sometimes daunting prospect. Preparing for the birth of your baby, both physically and emotionally is important. At Bendigo Health we have a team of dedicated midwives, lactation consultants, physiotherapists and an infant massage therapist who wish to support you in making the transition to parenthood by sharing their knowledge and expertise. By booking into one of our dynamic and interactive parenting workshops you will be empowered to birth your baby and move into parenthood with the confidence and knowledge you require to make this a positive and fulfilling journey.

Child Birth and Parenting Booking Form

Birthing classes cover topics including:

  • Changes which occur to a woman’s body preparing for birth
  • What to expect when labour begins
  • How to cope with labour, including medications available at the hospital
  • Newborn characteristics
  • Tests and procedures offered to all newborns in hospital
  • Parenting strategies at home, including settling techniques.

Physiotherapy in the child bearing year is an optional class

Suggested attendance at 20-26 weeks. 

Aimed at teaching practical skills to reduce the discomforts of pregnancy and the first few months after the birth of your baby. Along with massage and relaxation, the class covers back, pelvic floor and abdominal muscle exercise.

Child Birth and Parenting Education sessions are held in the multi-purpose room on level 3 at Bendigo Health, near the public lifts. You can choose whichever session suits you best, choices are:

Sunday AM workshop: 9am to 12pm - $40

Sunday PM workshop: 1pm to 4pm - $40

Wednesday evening workshop: 6pm to 9pm - $40

All sessions cover the same topics and include morning tea/supper and a class workbook for you to take notes. Health Care Card holders receive a 50% discount and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander free. If you feel you are unable to afford the full amount, discuss this with the CBPE coordinator and alternative arrangements can be considered on an individual basis.  

 Breastfeeding sessions are in the Multi-purpose room on Level 3 just near the main public lifts of the Bendigo Hospital, from 1.15 – 2.15 pm on either a Monday, Wednesday and some Friday’s (Covered in the cost of your birthing class).

Physio classes are in the Multi-purpose room on Level 3 of the Bendigo Hospital, on a Thursday from 3pm to 5pm (covered in the cost of your birthing class).

The Infant Massage specialist will call you to arrange an infant massage class, held in the Midwifery Practice Unit where you may have first booked into the hospital. These classes are held every Thursday.

Due to a high demand for all these sessions; prepayment is required before your booking can be made.

The Child Birth and Parenting coordinator can be contacted for enquiries or more information, and is available on Thursdays to reply to your enquiry. A message can be left anytime, on: 5454 7285 or alternatively email us at child_birth@bendigohealth.org.au

QUIT smoking support for pregnant/parenting women and their support person. Quit smoking brochures are available. A quit referral to assist you quit or reduce smoking can be made by staff to Bendigo Community Health Services or QUIT Victoria.

Breastfeeding Support Service

This service supports women in establishing and maintaining lactation. In addition, this service provides antenatal breastfeeding education to new mothers, women who have had previous breastfeeding problems, women with diabetes and women who have had a previous caesarean section. The parenting room in the Women's ward is staffed by lactation Consultants from 0830-1230 Mon-Fir (excluding PH). All Women are encouraged to access this service during their stay as we know that women that do have a more satisfying feeding and settling experience. These consultants also run a program once a month for new parents experiencing anxiety and depression called 'Best Beginnings'. Families can book through Women's health to attend 5454 7288. Women who have birthed their babies at Bendigo Health can self-refer to any of their service.This service is available up to 6 weeks following birth.

  • Breastfeeding classes are for those wanting to breastfeed.
  • Benefits of breast feeding to both mother and baby
  • Common myths/misconceptions about breast-feeding
  • Normal newborn requirements in the first week of life
  • How best to prepare yourself for breastfeeding.

To alter your breast feeding class please call 5454 7288.

Post-natal physiotherapy

Classes are available up to 12 weeks post birth for women who have birthed at Bendigo Health.
To book your spot please call the Physiotherapy Department on 5454 8783. 

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