Important COVID-19 Notice

Kia ora Aotearoa. As always, and during these exceptional times, the safety and health of the tamariki, rangatahi and whānau in our services remain our number one priority.

Due to the Level 4 COVID-19 New Zealand-wide lockdown, we are re-thinking how we can deliver our Child and Family Services and programmes during this time given the requirement for us all to self-isolate. Our priority is making sure that we provide a means for those most in need to stay in touch with us so that we can support them where they need it.  

We'll have more information for you soon.

Kia Kaha.

Education & support

Bumps to Babies is Barnardos' dedicated pregnancy and antenatal education and support programme in the MidCentral region. It provides expectant mums and partners (and support people) all the information they need to prepare for the arrival of their first child. It also helps new parents build support networks of people in similar situations to their own.

Classes are run in evenings and on weekends by trained and qualified educators. Attendees are given a wealth of information and resources, backed up by support from their educator and peers. Post-birth, we now offer Babies and Beyond which is 6 hours of FREE postnatal education. Here, parents can get back in touch with their antenatal classmates and develop a support network for them and their babies whilst also learning about information important to new parents such as settling, feeding, brain development, baby massage and much more. 

Bumps to Babies is fully funded by MidCentral District Health Board (DHB) and available to parents from all situations and walks of life.

Class schedule & locations

Download the 2020 class schedule (PDF, 565KB)

Bumps to Babies is currently only available in the MidCentral region. To find antenatal services in your area, contact your local DHB.


Book a class

To register for classes, email or phone 0508 247 8433.

Online Resources

We have provided below online information for anyone who is unable to attend any of our classes. The downloadable information is split into the 3 key areas of our teaching: Pregnancy, Labour and Early Parenting. There is also the option to have a phone appointment with one of our qualified Childbirth Educators who are available Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9am - 2pm. Phone 0508 247 8433 or email an enquiry to 

Māori or Pasifika

Interested in a kaupapa Māori approach to pregnancy and parenting? We recommend which incorporates tikanga and te reo Māori.

Pasifika pregnancy and parenting education:


Find out more

Get in touch

If you have any questions or would like to know more, call 0508 247 8433 or fill in our the form below: