Antenatal Classes, East Auckland.

Life Cycles antenatal classes are designed with the intention of lifting and supporting you through one of life’s most important journeys, this amazing time that is called pregnancy.

Your guide to pregnancy, birth and motherhood.

Having been a midwife for 15 years, I can help you separate fact from fiction and make the right decisions for your family. My antenatal classes are aimed to help you prepare for childbirth and motherhood. These classes teach you about newborn behaviour, caring for baby and breastfeeding. They’re also an excellent way to meet other expectant parents, and make new friends. 

I will help you to physically, mentally and emotionally prepare for labour, while providing all the information you are looking for in a fun and friendly learning environment. I’ll also help you to better understand your own body and how it works to minimise any birth anxieties you may be facing.

My antenatal classes are designed for mums and their chosen birthing partners. I teach a mix of evening classes in Botany and Saturday classes in Howick. I recommend booking a class that starts early in your third trimester, so you can finish well before birth. 

Howick Classes are 2 consecutive Saturdays, 10:00am-2:30pm.

Botany Classes are 4 consecutive Wednesdays, 6:00pm-8:30pm 

My antenatal classes provide a nurturing and supportive environment in which you can learn about pregnancy and birth within a small group setting. Run over a period of weeks, each class offers a mixture of interactive discussions, demonstrations and hands-on experience. There is also plenty of time for Q&A and lots of practical advice that is evidence based and considered best practice within the profession. 

We’ll also take a short break for a cup of tea and a light snack (provided). This gives you an opportunity to get to know others in your group and speak with women going through the same cycle.

  • How to prepare your mind and body for labour
  • Signs of labour 
  • Stages of labour and what to do
  • Coping during labour-natural and medical options
  • Labour and birth interventions including assisted deliveries
  • Newborn baby behaviour
  • Feeding, settling and caring for your newborn
  • The fourth trimester
  • Tips for new Dads
  • Impact of early parenting on relationships and lifestyle

 

My 15 years as a midwife means I have seen and experienced it all. No question is too strange or small. It’s a privilege to share my extensive knowledge and hands-on experience of birth with expectant mothers and their partners.

Antenatal advice you can trust

I’ve personally been present at hundreds of births and delivered lots of beautiful babies over the years. Having witnessed the many different ways women can bring new life into the world, my insight and qualifications exceed that of most childbirth educators. I’ve been present for home births, hospital births, medically assisted births and all levels of intervention. I have been a New Zealand registered midwife through the Midwifery Council of NZ since 2005 and also a member of the New Zealand College of Midwives. Additionally, I hold a Certificate of Midwifery from Bastyr University in Washington State, USA. 

I look forward to supporting you, while helping you navigate the emotional and physical changes associated with becoming a mother.