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Bronwyn Gardner

HB Doulas

Traditional Antenatal Classes

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HB Doulas


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 (8 week course or intensive weekend):

  • 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 Cherrygrove

  • Postnatal session of Infant Massage

  • Postnatal session of Infant Reflexology.

  • Voucher for various local services




“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.