Wellington Antenatal Parenting Classes

At the Johnsonville Antenatal Classes, expectant parents can anticipate:

  • an 8-week course or 3-day course facilitated by a fully qualified and practicing midwife, PEPE educator and a wonderful team of volunteers
  • learning the essential information to prepare you for pregnancy, birth and learn the practical aspects of parenting once baby is born
  • hearing from specialists in post-natal distress, car seat restraints, pelvic floor muscle development, baby massage, and baby wearing
  • learning from experienced parents about the early days at home and paternal adjustment
  • a friendly environment where important information is shared about your upcoming journey
  • delicious baking made by volunteers and a coffee group catch up once the course has finished
  • and most importantly meeting other expecting parents.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Maternity services, pregnancy care, and car seat safety
  • Labour
  • Breastfeeding and paternal adjustment
  • Birth interventions and baby essentials
  • Care following birth
  • Hospital visit and tips for your new family
  • Your new baby, brain development and attachment
  • Becoming parents, coping with a new baby.

The cost of attending the Wellington Johnsonville Antenatal classes is $180 per couple, with a 50% discount available to Community Services Card Holders. 

NB: The cost of courses may be subject to change

The upcoming schedule of courses


  • Tuesday 11 February - 31 March | 6.30pm-8.30pm
  • Saturday 11 April - 25 April | 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Tuesday 28 April - 16 June | 6.30pm-8.30pm
  • Saturday 4 July - 18 July | 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Tuesday 21 July - 8 September | 6.30pm-8.30pm
  • Saturday 26 September - 10 October | 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Tuesday 13 October - 1 December | 6.30pm-8.30pm
  • Saturday 5 December - 19 December | 9.00am-3.00pm

As a guideline the facilitator recommends starting antenatal classes with a view of finishing the course no later than 5 weeks before your due date. This is a guideline only and you are more than welcome to register for the course that best suits your needs.

Johnsonville Plunket reserves the right to cancel or change dates of upcoming courses if we do not have the numbers or funding available.

Register today

To book your Wellington Antenatal class today go to our booking site

Please email us if the course is full. We sometimes have families unexpectedly pull out and spots free up.

Testimonials and reviews can be found on our Facebook page


Address: 19 Rotoiti Street, Wellington, New Zealand
Email: johnsonville.antenatal@wellingtonplunket.org.nz


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