Congratulations, you’re having a baby! Whether it’s your first pregnancy or you’re an old hand at this parenting gig, there’s a lot to think through, prepare for and get excited about – from the day your test results come back positive to when you’re in the thick of breastfeeding, changing nappies and rocking your bub to sleep at 3am!

Pregnancy and childbirth is an exciting time for everyone in the family, but we understand that it can also be quite overwhelming.  You may be wondering which hospital to go to, whether to go public or private, which obstetricians you should meet, which antenatal groups you could attend and where you can get support once your baby finally arrives. There can be a lot to take in and so we’ve pulled together some of our key tips, resources and general information about pregnancy and birthing services on the Central Coast that will help you navigate through this wonderfully exciting time!


Antenatal and Birthing Classes on the Central Coast

You’ve absorbed the test results, had your first scan, told your family and friends the wonderful news and finally the morning sickness has subsided!  Now that your energy levels are coming back, it’s time to start thinking about antenatal classes and maybe even a spot of exercise!   

Birth and Beyond Antenatal Classes, Gosford Private Maternity Services

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Gosford Private runs a comprehensive antenatal program covering a wide range of topics including pregnancy, labour, Caesarean and Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC), baby care and parenting skills. These sessions are offered over two-half days on Saturday mornings, or as a full day course on a Saturday.

Birth and Beyond programs: Delivered by trained midwife educators at Gosford Private Hospital, this two-part antenatal course supports soon-to-be parents in the lead up to the birth of their baby. Expectant mums and dads will receive a comprehensive overview of pregnancy, birth and parenting – from how to prepare your mind and body and the three stages of labour, right through to relationship changes, expectations and coping strategies. This thorough course promises to give couples the tools they need to confidently embark on their new parenting journey! 

It Takes a Village Pre- and Post-Natal Counselling

It Takes a Village is a unique counselling service for new or soon-to-be parents. Women are invited along to join in small group sessions that are held in a relaxed ‘mother’s group’-style environment, and facilitated by qualified Counsellor Kate.

Kate’s group sessions run for an hour over the course of 5 weeks and give mums the opportunity to comfortably and openly discuss their feelings and challenges around what it means to be a parent. Throughout the five-week course, women will be able to share their own stories in a supportive and non-judgemental environment and be provided with the tools to survive motherhood. From depression, anxiety and parental guilt to relationships and loneliness – nothing is off the table.

LOCATION: Wamberal Park

Public Health Maternity Services on the Central Coast

The Central Coast Local Health District provides public health maternity services to the Central Coast community.  They offer a variety of courses including birthing and parenthood courses, gender specific classes (so dads get some attention!) and courses for young women who are pregnant and under the age of 21. Some classes are also available during evenings and weekends at selected locations. 

Calmbirth Classes

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Calmbirth is an evidence-based childbirth education program that has been clinically and scientifically proven to reduce the rates of medical intervention and the use of pain relief during childbirth, as well as the impact of perinatal anxiety and postnatal depression in women after childbirth. Irrespective of how women birth, this program is designed to positively enrich each individual birth experience. Classes are offered across NSW.

Birthability Lamaze Classes and Doula Support

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Run by Lamaze certified childbirth educator Gemma, Birthability gives women the essential information and practical tools they need to feel confident and prepared for their birth experience. Childbirth education courses are based at various locations across the Central Coast and cover a wide variety of topics from preparing for labour and understanding interventions and medications to postpartum care and ‘The Fourth Trimester’!  In addition to these classes, Gemma also provides a Doula support service.

Maternity and Newborn photography

Jessie Walker Photography

Jessie Walker Maternity Photography

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Capturing those precious moments leading up to the birth of your little one is priceless – your bump is growing, your family are ticking the days off on the calendar and soon your tiny human will be ready to say “hello” to the world.  Specialising in maternity and newborn photography, local Central Coast photographer Jessie Walker absolutely loves capturing candid moments in natural light, creating memories that you and your family can hold on to forever.

Jessie Walker Maternity Photography

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Soon-to-be mammas have a choice of having their maternity images taken throughout the day at Jessie’s studio in Hamlyn Terrace, or opt for an outdoor session at sunset – simply divine. AND, what makes Jessie’s offering even more unique is that all her sessions include the use of her stunning client closet – a treasure trove of beautiful gowns and garments that you can wear for your session.

Jessie Walker Maternity Photography

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Maternity sessions start at $750, with session bundles starting at $1,300. Maternity sessions are best done at around 30 weeks, however, book early as Jessie is fully booked up to 6 months ahead.

Contact: Jessie 0434 011 225, [email protected]

Bellebird Photography

Bellebird Photography Maternity

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Since pregnancy can leave us feeling a little (a LOT) exhausted and depleted, maternity photography often gets overlooked as a priority on the ‘to-do’ list. But despite the fact we may feel a little less than ‘glowing’, it’s a time that is over in what feels like the blink of an eye. This is why Central Coast Photographer Belinda from Bellebird Photography believes it’s so important for us to document this amazing time in our lives – because despite how we may feel, our precious baby bumps are beautiful! And with a set of gorgeous images such as these, you’ll forget all about the morning sickness and swollen ankles and look back on this time with a loving smile and full heart for years to come.

Bellebird Photography Maternity

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Maternity sessions are best booked between 32-35 weeks when your bump is beautifully round and you’re not totally over it! Each session takes around 45 minutes to an hour and is offered as an add on to a booked newborn session.

You can choose to have an on location shoot or have your photos taken in the comfort of Belinda’s studio in Lisarow.

Bellebird Photography Maternity

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Contact: Belinda 0425263798, [email protected]

Maggie Smith Photography

Maggie Smith Photography

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There’s no bigger miracle than growing a little life inside you and Maggie of Maggie Smith Photography will beautifully harness the wonder of your pregnancy from behind the lens.

Expectant mums can choose to have a sunrise or sunset photoshoot at their choice of location – from on the beach or in the bush to beside a flowing waterfall, or amidst the expansive grassland. Or – they can opt for the comfort of a fine art session at Maggie’s studio in Narara!

Once you have your gorgeous little bundle snuggled up in your arms, Maggie will then capture this unique and magical time through her art. She focuses on every little detail of their tiny toes, their chubby cheeks, and their super-soft skin – all of the adorable newborn features they’ll grow out of ever so quickly.

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Maternity Portraiture Package Inclusions: Includes access to designer gowns from Maggie’s maternity wardrobe, 10 images available via an online gallery and $50 off a newborn photography package with Maggie Smith. Sessions run for up to one hour.
Cost: $440

Premium Newborn Package Inclusions: Includes access to props and posing, 8 images via digital download, and sibling and family posing. Sessions run for 1-2 hours. Additional images can be purchased from the online gallery for $20 each.
Cost: $550

Deluxe Newborn Package Inclusions: Includes access to props and posing, 20 images both in colour and black and white on USB (40 total), and sibling and family posing. Sessions run for 2-3 hours. Additional images can be purchased from the online gallery for $20 each.
Cost: $800

Platinum Newborn Package Inclusions: Includes access to props and posing, 20 images both in colour and black and white on USB (40 total), a folio box with 20 matted prints or Boutique lay flat album (8×10), and sibling and family posing. Sessions run for 2-3 hours. Additional images can be purchased from the online gallery for $20 each.
Cost: $1,800

Image ©Maggie Smith Photography

Contact: Maggie Smith 0457 139089,  [email protected].

Prenatal Exercise Classes

Belle Movement Pilates Classes 


Belle Movement is a pilates and wellness studio in Ettalong that caters to mums and mums-to-be. We absolutely love them as they run pregnancy classes and postnatal classes, and they have a creche with an on-site nanny! The studio includes a crèche run by qualified nannies, so pregnant mums with kids can exercise and enjoy a little “me time” knowing that their children are being closely cared for.

Pregnant? Their “Belle Glow” classes have been specifically designed to keep expecting mums mobile and strong during pregnancy.  The focus during these classes is on mobility, pelvic floor, pelvis stability, core strength and a small amount of conditioning.

Have a newborn? “Belle Babies” is a class designed with postnatal recovery in mind. Your precious bub stays in the room with you AND there’s a nanny on site to give you a hand with the rocking, the burping, the settling.


LOCATION: The Galleria, 189 Ocean View Rd, Ettalong Beach.
PHONE: 0435 800 079 or 0434 406 308
EMAIL: [email protected]

Healthy Bumps pre-natal and post-natal exercise classes 

Healthy Bumps provide pregnant women with safe and effective exercise sessions that they can do throughout their pregnancy. The classes aim to prepare women for labour and to safely strengthen the pelvic floor and core to prevent the severity of pelvic floor dysfunction, prolapse, abdominal separation and other complications. The classes also offer a space where mums-to-be can improve fitness and strength levels in a safe environment and feel motivated to work out – with other pregnant women who feel the same as you.

The classes are run by accredited exercise physiologists who understand how to best modify your training to accommodate pregnancy-related complications such as pelvic or back pain, carpel tunnel, etc. Private health fund rebates and Medicate plan rebates are available. 

New Mums can also attend their specialist postnatal program – Vagina Rehab, a 6-week course concentrating on pelvic floor and core rebuilding, enabling women to return to exercise properly and safely.

LOCATION: Terrigal

Reform Pilates Studio

Reform Pilates Studio run a five week pregnancy and postnatal specific Pilates class designed to prepare both your body and mind for birth and beyond. 


Yoga Inlight

This yoga class is open to all stages of pregnancy, and aims to provide knowledge and tools that can be used throughout pregnancy, birthing and beyond. A safe and gentle practice, which includes different pranayama and meditation techniques to support the well being of both mother and baby.

LOCATION: Norah Head

NORah head swim school

These aquarobics classes are designed for strength and conditioning. They’re also great for pregnant women (with the approval of a Doctor).

LOCATION: Norah Head


These prenatal Pilates classes are designed by Physiotherapists with you and your baby in mind. They are strengthening, toning, informative and fun. Plus, class sizes are kept small so you’ll feel very well looked after.


Umina Beach Yoga

This yoga practice is very sensitive, nurturing and suitable for all stages of pregnancy. Gentle yoga poses help to alleviate common pregnancy problems, develop awareness of changes in the pelvis, support good posture and foetal positioning. 



During this six-week course, you will learn yoga practices including postures, breathing and relaxation techniques to help increase your awareness, strength and trust in yourself and your body to nourish and birth your baby.

LOCATION: Terrigal

birthing options on the central coast

It’s time to decide on where you want to have your baby! Whether you decide to have your baby privately or choose to go through the public system, we understand that making this choice is a very personal decision and is influenced by a number of factors. Luckily, there are many fabulous options and services on the Central Coast that aim to provide you with the best birthing experience, no matter what you decide!

Gosford Private Hospital

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As the only private maternity service on the Central Coast, Gosford Private Hospital pride themselves on the maternity services they provide to families, understanding that being pregnant is an enormously special time.  Patients can expect to have access to experienced doctors and specialist midwives, be given ample support and education both throughout pregnancy and after birth and be provided with an extended stay in modern private rooms while having meals taken care of for both Mum and Dad.

Gosford Private Hospital recently underwent a massive $32million redevelopment which saw the opening of a brand-new maternity ward in April 2021.  The new ward has its own dedicated, purpose-built space with three birthing suites each with its own bath, 12 spacious postnatal rooms with ensuites, a Special Care Nursery, beauty spa, family lounge and outdoor courtyard. You can find out more here.

Open days are held a couple of times per year and give parents-to-be the opportunity to take a tour, ask questions, meet the Obstetricians and the friendly team at Gosford Private Hospital. Keep your eye on their Facebook page for upcoming open day dates.

Gosford & Wyong Public Hospitals

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Gosford Public Hospital maternity ward underwent a redevelopment in 2018 and now has ten birthing suites – all with en-suite bathrooms and fixed baths as well as a maternity ward for care before and after birth. Services include a day assessment unit, medical and midwifery antenatal clinics and a Neonatal Nursery for unwell or premature babies. 

For soon-to-be parents living towards the Northern end of the Central Coast, Wyong Public Hospital provides another option for where to have your baby. Open to women with low-risk pregnancies and who are receiving care with Wyong Midwifery Group Practice, the hospital has three birthing suites with en-suite and fixed baths. For women who require a Cesarean section, an epidural or who have a medical condition such as Gestational Diabetes, it’s advised that you contact Central Coast Health to confirm which hospital would be best suited to your needs. Wyong Hospital is currently in the planning stage for a future redevelopment. You can keep up to date with the status of these development plans here.

having a doula

The support of a Doula can be wonderful for some couples or women who want the experience of a professional at their side throughout their pregnancy, during the birth of the baby and for the first few weeks after bub has arrived. Their purpose is to help women have a memorable, and empowering birthing experience.

If you are interested in finding a Doula on the Central Coast, this website is a handy directory.

Finding an Obstetrician

If you have decided to have your baby privately, then finding an Obstetrician that you and your partner feel comfortable with is a big part of the process.  To help with your research and making this decision, we have compiled a directory of practicising Obstetricians on the Central Coast below.

Dr Peta Skilbeck

Specialty: Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Practice: Intuition Private Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Suite 6, 12 Jarrett Street, North Gosford.  

Phone: 02 4321 0500

Dr Jini Mandapati

Specialty: Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Suite 1 & 2, North Gosford Medical Centre, 66 Etna Street, North Gosford.
Phone: 02 4322 7744

Dr Kelly Hankins

Specialty: Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Practice: Intuition Private Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Suite 6, 12 Jarrett Street, North Gosford.  

Phone: 02 4321 0500
Email: [email protected]

Dr Mutayyab Shah

Specialty: Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Practice: Intuition Private Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Suite 6, 12 Jarrett Street, North Gosford.  

Phone: 02 4321 0500
Email: [email protected]

Dr Amrou Metawa

Specialty: Obstetrics & Gynaecology
North Gosford Medical Centre, Suite 9, Level 1, 12 Jarrett Street, North Gosford.
Phone: 02 4323 6140
Email: [email protected]

Dr Raouf Farag

Specialty: Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Women’s Health & Conception Centre, 60 William Street, Gosford.
Phone: 02 4324 1992
Email: [email protected]

Prenatal Scanning

Your GP will write you a referral for a diagnostic imaging service as you reach the major milestones of your pregnancy.  These may include an initial dating scan, a nuchal translucency scan at 12 weeks and an anomoly scan at 20 weeks.  There are a number of services available on the Central Coast including those that offer bulk billing.  We have listed some of the major providers below.

COAST Women's Imaging

An independent medical imaging provider for women on the Central Coast, Coast Women’s Imaging specialise in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.  

LOCATION: North Gosford


I-Med provide ultrasound services as part of the routine care during pregnancy.

LOCATION: Erina, Woy Woy, Long Jetty, Kanwal & Tuggerah Lakes Private Hospital

medical imaging erina

Medical Imaging Erina provide prenatal ultrasound services and they also bulk bill.


PRP diagnostic Imaging

PRP ultrasounds include initial dating, nuchal translucency and anomaly scan at 20 weeks.

LOCATIONS: Erina, Gosford, Gosford North, Toukley, Tuggerah and Woy Woy

Specialist Services

For parents-to-be requiring specific education or support during their pregnancy and beyond, there are a number of free specialist services available on the Central Coast. Some of these include Aboriginal pregnancy support, support for young parents and free immunisation clinics.

Aboriginal Pregnancy NGIYANG

The Aboriginal Pregnancy and Child and Family Health service NGIYANG is a free service offered to Aboriginal families living in the Gosford Local Government Area, The Entrance, Bateau Bay and Chittaway Bay areas.  Services provided include culturally sensitive pregnancy care, early child development, immunisation, parenting support, education and referrals. The service is staffed by child and family health nurses, midwives and social workers who offer home visits and clinic appointments at Tuggerah, Umina, Gosford and The Entrance.  Aboriginal health workers are also available to provide parenting support and help families to access developmental health checks and immunisations.


Central Coast Health provide daytime courses for young pregnant women (aged 21 years and under) and their partners at Gosford and Wyong locations. Course topics include pregnancy, labour and birth, active birth, a tour of the delivery suite, the role of partners and support people, breastfeeding, caring for babies and parenting tips.

Central Coast Family Support Services – young parent program

Available to Central Coast residents under the age of 24 and who are currently pregnant or parenting, this free service supports younger parents in their transition to parenthood. Through the development of a support plan, CCFSS assists young people in accessing support services including centre based counselling, enhancing parenting practices and relationship skills and providing information about services and assistance available to them. Family case workers are available to meet with young people at the office in Kariong, in their home or at other agreed locations within the community.  They also run regular young parent groups and workshops across the Central Coast region.

Free Immunisation Clinics

Pregnant women are able to access the free whooping cough and flu vaccines through antenatal clinics, general practitioners (GPs) and Aboriginal Medical Services (AMSs). Women can also attend free walk-in clinics which are held monthly on a Saturday at Erina Health Centre. Visit the Central Coast Health website for upcoming dates.

central coast Breastfeeding Classes and Assistance


This class at Gosford Private Maternity Services will teach you the basics of breastfeeding, starting with how breasts make milk, the different breastfeeding positions, correct attachment and the transfer of milk. It will also cover how types of birth can impact on feeding and what to do if your baby won’t feed, as well as other breastfeeding tips and myths.

This course is available to women birthing at Gosford Private Hospital as well as to mums birthing at other private or public hospitals.  

Australian Breastfeeding Association Online Webinars

Parents wanting to gain confidence in breastfeeding their baby can now attend one of The Australian Breastfeeding Association’s 1.5 hour interactive webinar sessions. During these sessions, parents will have the opportunity to learn about how breastfeeding works, chat to other parents and take part in a live Q&A session with a breastfeeding mother.

Nursery and Baby Stores

If this is your first bub, then you’ll need to get prepared with all the baby gear! We have compiled a list of baby stores, children’s clothes shops and markets around the Coast so you can get shopping!

Baby Bunting, West Gosford – Phone: 4322 1000 | Visit Website

Little Wren Designs, Umina Beach – Phone 0490 450 267 | Visit Website

Precious Little, Terrigal – Phone 4385 1082 | Visit Website.

Tiny Folk Co,  Long Jetty and Erina Heights – Phone 4380 0687  | Visit Website.

Zarlak kids, Terrigal – Phone 4384 7815 |  Visit Website.

Baby Classes and Postnatal Services on the Central Coast

At the pointy end of your pregnancy and preparing for life with your new baby? Across the Central Coast, there are a heap of activities, playgroups and classes you can attend with your baby – from newborn stage through to their first birthday.

There are also a number of postnatal services available that will help you celebrate the excitement of new motherhood, as well as support you in the more challenging moments. From baby music classes and newborn photographers to breastfeeding support groups and Pilates classes with an on-site nanny – we’ve got you covered!

Visit our Baby Classes and Postnatal Services on the Central Coast feature for inspiration.

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