Virtual classes prepare for childbirth

Posted: 12th Oct

Northern Health has launched virtual childbirth education classes to support expecting mothers and families during COVID-19.

‘We aren’t able to run face-to-face classes any more,’ said women’s and children’s services director of operations Nicole Carlon.

The virtual classes include the same content as would be in the face-to-face sessions with experienced childbirth educator Marie Treloar.

‘Preparing new parents for their birth and parenting journey has been challenging during the pandemic,’ Ms Treloar said.

‘But providing education via live sessions has been very effective and rewarding.

‘Families have felt empowered, equipped and supported during this time and feel more confident for the journey ahead.’

The team has received ‘fantastic’ feedback from parents and families.

‘Marie is a great presenter and you can tell she is very passionate about the topics discussed and helping women to have a calm and empowering birth experience,’ one patient wrote.

‘Really informative and gave us a better idea of things to include in our birth plan and different options available during labour,’ said another.

‘Loved the class and the teacher was so helpful and knowledgeable – would definitely recommend this and so glad we did it!’ said yet another.