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 4 February - 11 March 2021 4 February, 11 February, 18 February, 25 February and 4 March
2 1 April - 6 May 2021 1 April, 8 April, 15 April, 22 April and 29 April
3 27 May - 1 July 2021 27 May, 3 June, 10 June, 17 June and 24 June
4 29 July - 2 September 2021 29 July, 5 August, 12 August, 19 August and 26 August
5 23 September - 28 October 2021 23 September, 30 September, 7 October, 14 October and 21 October
6 11 November - 16 December 2021 11 November, 18 November, 25 November, 2 December and 9 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 4 February - 11 March 2021 Thursday 11 March 2021
2 April - May 2021 Thursday 6 May 2021
3 27 May - 1 July 2021 Thursday 1 July 2021
4 29 July - 2 September 2021 Thursday 2 September 2022
5 23 September - 2October 2021 Thursday 28 October 2021
6 11 November - 16 December 2021 Thursday 16 December 2021

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: