Pregnancy to Parenting Education Series

Nelson Marlborough Health 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.

Over this six week class series, 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.

You will also have an opportunity to meet other expectant parents and a variety of community providers that will help you experience a healthy pregnancy, birth, and ease the transition into parenthood.

Class format

Our mixed model of classes encourage and enable participants from across our region to benefit from antenatal education. You can do the weekly online modules at your own pace, while also having an opportunity to meet up with your antenatal educator weekly, meet other expectant parents, and finish the series with a fun and informative in-person expo night, meeting and interacting with classmates and providers of health and wellness services in your community that relate to your current life stage.

Class materials

Each week there will be a virtual group class, where you can ask questions and consolidate your learning from the weekly modules (above). These group sessions are optional, but valuable.

How to join

The weekly virtual class is held via Zoom. You can join the class using this link:

When to join

Virtual group classes are held each Thursday evening at 7.00pm for the first five weeks during your selected class series:

Class Series


Weekly virtual group class dates

1 Thursday 3 February - Thursday 10 March 2022 3 February, 10 February, 17 February, 24 February and 3 March
2 Thursday 31 March - Thursday 5 May 2022 31 March, 7 April, 14 April, 21 April and 28 April
3 Thursday 26 May – Thursday 30 June 2022 26 May, 2 June, 9 June, 16 June and 23 June
4 Thursday 28 July - Thursday 1 September 2022 28 July, 4 August, 11 August, 18 August and 25 August
5 Thursday 22 September - Thursday 27 October 2022 22 September, 29 September, 6 October, 13 October and 20 October
6 Thursday 10 November - Thursday 15 December 2022 10 November, 17 November, 24 November, 1 December and 8 December

Week six, is an in-person expo evening (details below).

Week 6 of your class series is an in-person expo night held at your local birthing unit.

It begins with a tour of your local Maternity Ward, and continues with a social session where you can chat with other parents in your class series, meet and talk to other professionals that offer services you may use during this exciting time of your life, and hear from new parents about their recent journeys.


Expo nights are held on the last Thursday, during week 6, of your selected class series, from 7.00pm - 8.30pm:

Class Series

Class Series Dates

Expo Night Dates

1 Thursday 3 February - Thursday 10 March 2022 Thursday 10 March 2022
2 Thursday 31 March - Thursday 5 May 2022 Thursday 5 May 2022
3 Thursday 26 May – Thursday 30 June 2022 Thursday 30 June 2022
4 Thursday 28 July - Thursday 1 September 2022 Thursday 1 September 2022
5 Thursday 22 September - Thursday 27 October 2022 Thursday 27 October 2022
6 Thursday 10 November - Thursday 15 December 2022 Thursday 15 December 2022

Where to meet for your expo evening:

  • Nelson - Meet in the lobby of Nelson Hospital 
  • Wairau - Meet in the lobby of Wairau Hospital
  • Motueka - Meet in Reception of the Jack Ingalls Memorial Hospital
  • Golden Bay - Meet in the lobby of the Golden Bay Community Hospital

This class offers an online opportunity to access antenatal yoga classes, guided relaxations, and sleep advice for pregnant women and their partners across the Nelson Marlborough region.

It is free and an important aspect of antenatal education.

You can view the class via this link: