Antenatal Classes

Mother with Baby

LMC Services offer antenatal classes for pregnant women in several locations in the Counties Manukau region. For classes in other regions, please contact your local District Health Board.

The classes are designed for women expecting their first baby but any pregnant woman is free to attend if they wish.

Ideally, these should be attended at or before 30 weeks gestation and it is expected the women attending will bring their partner or a support person.

The classes take around 12 hours to complete, usually spread over four three hourly weekly classes.

Class Content:

Week One:

  • The last three months of pregnancy
  • Keeping healthy
  • Your baby’s development
  • The onset of labour

Week Two:

  • Normal labour and birth
  • Self help and pain relief
  • The role of your support person
  • Your options for birth

Week Three:

  • More about your birth – what if you need special help?
  • Prematurity
  • Induction
  • Epidurals
  • Caesarean Birth
  • Assisted Delivery

Week Four:

  • After baby is born – the first few days
  • Breastfeeding
  • Parenting skills

In addition, those attending the classes have the opportunity to attend a guided tour of the maternity unit at Middlemore Hospital , if they wish.

The Educators

The educators are all experienced midwives with training in adult education or trained child birth educators.


The classes are free – there is no charge to attend


It is essential to book for the classes and we recommend booking at least four weeks in advance.

For more information, a class timetable or to book, please call LMC Services on 0800 300 022