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The Rotunda was the first maternity hospital in dublin to get the national baby friendly hospital award

Parent Education Classes


Parent education classes help to build self-confidence by encouraging expectant parents to increase their own knowledge and to learn about the many aspects of pregnancy.

Midwife specialists and physiotherapists provide the classes. A dietitian and social worker give extra help and advice at the first class, which is for mums-to-be only.  Partners are encouraged to come to classes 2 - 6.

The classes take the form of relaxed, interactive discussions and demonstrations. They help parents to become more involved in the pregnancy. 

The classes also help to calm fears by explaining the physical and emotional changes that take place during pregnancy. You get a chance to share experiences with others and you gain the skills and confidence to make birth and parenthood a positive experience.

We encourage all pregnant women to attend parent education classes. You will be offered an appointment to attend an introductory class (mums-to-be only) at your booking visit. 

The remaining five classes will start ten weeks before your baby is due. In the hospital, classes are held once a week and last for two hours. If your partner is unable to attend, a friend or relative is welcome to come with you.


Parent education class

Topics covered in the parent education classes:

  •  healthy eating during pregnancy
  •  exercise in pregnancy
  •  posture and prevention of back pain
  •  care and health in pregnancy
  •  tour of the delivery suite (depending on how busy it is at the time)
  •  signs of labour and admission to hospital
  •  coping skills for labour
  •  relaxation techniques
  •  care during the stages of labour, including pain relief
  •  baby feeding and weaning
  •  care of the newborn
  •  exercises for after the birth of the baby
  •  adjusting to parenthood – emotional and psychological aspects
  •  going home with a new baby
  •  family planning
  •  returning to work and childcare options

Refresher classes are available and are aimed at women who already have a child. If you find you are unable to come to the classes in the hospital, there are classes in your local community. Special classes are held for couples with support needs (including teenage pregnancy, hearing impairment, language difficulties, sight impairment and adoptive parents).

To make an appointment for parent education classes, please contact:

  •  Public classes 2 to 6 – 01 817 1787
  •  Private classes – 087 6619233



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