Pregnancy and Parenting Education Classes

Free for you and your family

Every pregnant woman or prospective adoptive parent, a support person or aiga/fanau/magafaoa are entitled to attend free antenatal classes.

The Tapuaki Pacific childbirth and parenting education classes are free and are aimed at Pacific mothers, her support person and/or family. Topics which are included in these sessions include but are not limited to:

  • Pregnancy
  • Maintaining a healthy pregnancy
  • Pregnancy care
  • Labour and birth
  • Early days at home
  • Breast feeding and safe sleep


Feedback from mothers who have attended the classes:

"To me, it [the programme] was really educational… You learn new things that you didn’t know before... It just helps you to be a healthy mother... it was the best class I ever took"

"She [lead facilitator] makes you feel like you can open up to her… someone you can trust and ask anything personal about being pregnant... you’re not shy to hold back and say “Ah, nah. I don’t wanna ask her that... I might sound dumb... I’m not comfortable..” She made us all feel welcome and comfortable... every question to her was a good one... and so you feel good"


"I didn’t wanna come because I didn’t want to know too much about giving birth... to me it was scary and I was already scared enough… But now I’m pretty much like “Ok. I’m having a baby; and I’m ready.” I’m waiting for baby to come… and I’m excited! I can’t wait to be a mother!"


Content provided by Jacinta Fa’alili-Fidow

Jacinta Fa’alili-Fidow is Manager of TAHA Well Pacific Mother & Infant Service based at the University of Auckland.  Jacinta was born in Samoa and was raised and still lives in South Auckland.  She has held roles in primary care quality coordination (Pasifika Healthcare, now called West Fono Trust), research funding processes (Manager Pacific Health Research, Health Research Council) and public health services policy, funding and planning (Portfolio Manager, Ministry of Health).  With a Masters of Public Health, and now mother of three, Jacinta is able to translate her passion for maternal and infant health into action through TAHA’s focus on improving Pacific pregnancy and parenting.