There is a range of options for you and your partner for antenatal classes and education across our region.

Pregnancy to Parenting Antenatal Classes

Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand, Nelson Marlborough midwives and educators provide up-to-date information and advice on pregnancy and parenting in an informative, interactive and relaxed way. These antenatal classes, along with your healthcare team, assist you to have a fit, healthy pregnancy.

The Pregnancy to Parenting Education Series is a two-day course (or shorter intensive course for specific groups) where you'll gain skills to take you through pregnancy, labour and birth, the early days of parenting and beyond. During the classes there will be information on forming a birth plan, coping skills and the process of labour and birth; what to expect after the birth; feeding your baby and planning your new roles as parents. You will also have an opportunity to meet other expectant parents to form social networks in your community that relate to your current life stage. These classes are funded and are free to attend.

Course format

Our classes encourage and enable participants from across our region to benefit from antenatal education. Meet up with your antenatal educator, meet other expectant parents, and finish the course with a tour of Nelson Maternity unit ),  

In 2024 we are introducing 4 hour condensed courses for young parents on a Friday afternoon every 2 months (dates below). This is an opportunity for young people to get the information in smaller group settings with the opportunity to meet other young parents.

There will also be less formal, short sessions as a refresher/up to date information and opportunity to socialise with other soon to be 2nd,3rd,4th (and beyond) time parents. These would be good to attend from around 36-37 weeks pregnant (although feel free to come at any gestation).

ESOL classes will be held on an as needed basis with a relevant interpreter. Please contact the antenatal class inbox to organise.

Over this weekend of classes, you'll gain knowledge and skills to take you through pregnancy, labour and birth, the early days of parenting and beyond. During the classes there will be information on:

  • forming a birth plan
  • coping skills and the process of labour and birth
  • what to expect after the birth
  • feeding your baby, and
  • planning your new roles as parents.

Course Details for 2024

Standard Classes
  • Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th February
  • Saturday and Sunday 6th and 7th April
  • Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th June
  • Saturday and Sunday 10th and 11th August
  • Saturday and Sunday 5th and 6th October
  • Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th December
  • Further dates for remainder of year will be released early 2024
Young Parents
  • Friday 15th March 10:30-14:30
  • Friday 17th May 10:30-14:30
  • Friday 19th July 10:30-14:30
  • Friday 27th September 10:30-14:30
  • Friday 6th December 10:30-14:30
Refresher Groups
  • Friday 23rd February 10:30-13:00
  • Friday 12th April 10:30-13:00

How to register for a course

You must complete the registration form (link below) to get access to the Pregnancy to Parenting Education Series class materials.

Registration for classes will be accepted at any point in your pregnancy. Our innovative model ensures you can get into the class series that suits you and your whānau best. Typically though, attending antenatal classes from week 28 weeks onwards, and ideally before 37 weeks offers the best experience of learning for you and your birth partner.

We also offer a series for our Young Mums (23 years old and younger) and an ESOL Series (please complete the registration form and select the options for these two classes).

Registration Form

Click here to complete the Pregnancy to Parenting Education Series - Registration Form and select the course you would like to participate in. Once you have registered, you will be sent an automated reply with general information, your specific registration date will not be on here, so please make a note of which date you book for.  You will then be emailed by our antenatal class coordinator the week prior to your session with further, specific information.

Once we receive your registration, you will be sent an email with the link to access the Pregnancy to Parenting Education Series class materials. Simply use this link each time you’d like to view the materials or to join access the zoom link. 

If you have questions or difficulty registering, please check with your midwife or contact our Antenatal Educator, Erin Purvis, by emailing: [email protected]

Motueka Maternity’s Mama Morning (antenatal & postnatal)

Motueka Maternity’s Mama Morning - every Friday from 10.30am - 11.00am

Mama Morning is for Mamas in the last trimester of pregnancy and Mamas with babies up to 6 weeks old. 


Please join us to chat about the joys and challenges that new Mamas have. A great space to learn about babies, breastfeeding and being a Mama. Your questions are welcome. Or just come along to hear from our midwife and other Mamas in the region.

Motueka Maternity Unit
15 Courtney Street

Nelson Parents Centre antenatal classes

Nelsons Parents Centre provides childbirth education (antenatal) classes in Nelson and Motueka.

For more information and to book please visit:

Nelson Parents Centre website