Story: Pregnancy, birth and baby care

Antenatal class, Upper Hutt, 1983

Antenatal class, Upper Hutt, 1983

The first antenatal classes were run by Helen Brew (who founded Parents Centre in 1952) and Plunket (separately) in 1948. Prospective parents learned about birth and baby care. Men and women attended Parents Centre classes together, but Plunket ran separate classes until the 1960s. This was a reflection of the different ethos of the two organisations – Parents Centre was less conservative than Plunket.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1983/1959/11
Photograph by Ross Giblin

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How to cite this page:

Kerryn Pollock, 'Pregnancy, birth and baby care - Pregnancy and antenatal care', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 August 2022)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 24 Oct 2018