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Parent Education Activities

Saint Mary's midwives offer daytime and evening classes to help you prepare for birth and beyond. Classes are held at Saint Marys Hospital, at Trafford Hospital and in community settings. The young parents' midwife runs parent education sessions once a month if you are under 19.


Are you ready?

Now that you are pregnant, we would like to help you and your partner/friend prepare for the birth of your baby.

There are a variety of sessions both in the hospital and in the community where you will have the opportunity to meet the Midwives and Physiotherapists.

We aim to support you and give you enough information to make informed choices about your care.


Sessions available at Saint Mary's Hospital:

Birth workshop

This is a two hour session held on three consecutive weeks to help you prepare for labour and parenthood. Please book at 20 weeks' of pregnancy, following your anomaly scan.


These birth workshops are held:






7.00 pm-9.00 pm

7.00 pm-9.00 pm

7.00 pm-9.00 pm

9.30 am-1.00 pm (This is a one off class)

9.30 am-1.00 pm (This is a one off class)

Please book your place via the Health Education Team on (0161) 276 6914.


Breastfeeding workshops

Prepare for breastfeeding realistically.  We have sessions that are for women only and Sessions where partners can attend (evidence shows it is helpful to have good support from a person close to you).


Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays

10.00 am-1.00 pm (women only)

7.00 pm-9.00 pm (for women and partners)

Please book your place via the Health Education Team on (0161) 276 6914.


Community based Preparation for Parenthood:

The sessions below are for those women living within the boundaries of Central Manchester.

You don't need to book a place on the following sessions:

Baby Belles

Wednesdays                     10.00am-11.00 am

Martinscroft Surestart Centre, Epping Street, Hulme

For more information please contact (0161) 276 6246.


Fridays                              1.00 pm-2.00 pm

Surestart Centre, Wadeson Road, Ardwick


Salford based sessions:

A four week Parent Education course is held:

Thursdays             3.30 pm-5.30 pm

Langworthy Cornerstone

Langworthy Road



M6 5QQ

Tel: (0161) 206 5296


Exercise sessions:


Exercise to music, whilst the water supports your weight.

Midwives run the sessions.

Mondays             6.00 pm-6.45 pm

Stretford Leisure Centre,

Greatstone Road


Tel: (0161) 875 1414

Thursdays            1.30 pm-2.30 pm

Levenshulme Leisure Centre,

Barlow Moor Road

Tel: (0161) 224 4370

Fridays               12.00 pm-1.00 pm

Moss Side Baths, Moss Lane East

Tel: (0161) 226 5015

Plus ½ hour for refreshments and to meet the Midwives after sessions.


There is also an aquanatal that is not run by community midwives but is available for Salford women to attend:

Tuesdays             8.00 pm-9.00 pm

Worsley Pool

Bridgewater Road


M28 3AB

Tel: (0161) 790 2984


The parent education team also offers special sessions for women undergoing planned Caesarean sections, as well as classes for women expecting twins.

Please call (0161) 276 6914 to book.

You can find more information on preparing for birth and labour on the NHS choices website: