Bronwyn Gardner

HB Doulas

Traditional Antenatal Classes

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HB Doulas in collaboration with Hawkes Bay Parents Centre


Traditional Antenatal Classes


Attending antenatal classes is a great way to absorb information about pregnancy, labour and birth and early parenting and to meet new people.

The course covers:

  • Pregnancy information:  Terminology and anatomy, Optimal fetal positioning, Pelvic awareness and pelvic floor muscles, the role of your Lead Maternity Carer and the role of Support people, Birth plans.

  • Labour and birth information:  Labour hormones, Signs of labour, Stages of labour, How a birth team works together, Informed choice, Normal forms of pain relief including water, homebirth and loving, caring support.​​

  • Interventions, procedures and medical forms of pain relief:  Variations in presentation, Episiotomy, ventouse, forceps and caesarean section, Induction and augmentation, Artificial rupture of membranes, TENS, gas and epidural.

  • Life with a new baby:  Characteristics of a newborn, Apgar Score chart, Vitamin K, Guthrie heel prick, Circumcision, Unexpected outcomes.

  • Breastfeeding:  Breast anatomy, Skin to skin and how a baby feeds at the breast, Getting the latch right, Advantages of breastfeeding, General breastfeeding information and Where to go for help.

  • Practical parenting:  Making up a cot, Baby bathing, Layette, Infant car seat installation, Postnatal depression, Immunisation, Contraception, Safe sleep guidelines and SUDI.

This FULL antenatal package ALSO includes:

  • Electronic handouts for most of the above topics and many more!

  • Infant CPR refresher session

  • Tour of our maternity unit (Ata Rangi and Waioha)

  • Visit to Havelock North Family Centre

  • Postnatal session of Infant Massage

  • Voucher for various local services

  • Membership to Parents Centre NZ for 12 months

Classes available in both Hastings and Napier.  Check out my Facebook events page for all the course dates and details. 



“Thanks so much. You have made the classes exciting and enjoyable . You have made the whole birthing process seem so special.”

​“You are an amazing resource who helped us to achieve a great start to our new family."


About Bronwyn


I am a trained Child Birth Educator through Aoraki Polytechnic in Timaru NZ and completed my Postnatal Doula qualification with CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association) USA.  I have been teaching classes since 2006 and over this time have had the privilege to attend many births in my role as a Birth Doula and to have met hundreds of budding families in antenatal class.  I have been a La Leche League Breastfeeding Peer Counsellor since 2012.

I also work as an Educator for Brainwave Trust Aotearoa.  It's an amazing organisation, promoting the importance of healthy experiences in the life of a child, particularly in the first three years, in order to grow a healthy brain.  I am an accredited Early Years, Adolescents and Schools Programme Educator.

I feel very passionate about the importance of parenting and the challenges it creates.  I am still excited about working as an Educator and look forward to what the future offers.