We are a community based organisation which provides information and support for women and their families and promotes self-reliance and confidence in pregnancy, birth and parenting.

Nurturing Newborns

Every Tuesday from 10.30am (straight after Mums & Bubs Stretch Class). This session provides a supportive environment to discuss gentle parenting philosophy along with ways to meet your baby’s needs whilst continuing to nurture yourself. Pregnant women (and partners) are also welcome, a perfect opportunity to gain first hand information from those who have gone before you.

Topics covered Include:
Normal infant behaviour
Sleep for both babies and parents
Breastfeeding support
Signs of developmental milestones
Baby wearing benefits and options
Family relationship dynamics
Returning to work and breastfeeding
Introducing solids
Physical and emotional wellbeing
Building a supportive community


Birth Prep on Tuesday!

Our next Birth Prep course begins on Tuesday evening with our new educator, Sharon. If you still want to participate in that course, you can call or email over the weekend and we’ll book you in on Tuesday when the office opens. It’s never too early to take this course, pregnancy is only so long, accessing information early gives you more room to make choices and seek further information. Alternatively, you could book separately into the breastfeeding discussion in 4 weeks time to gain valuable knowledge and insight into the age old science and art of breast feeding.


2015 Stretch and Mums & Bubs Start Dates

Welcome to the new year, here are our stretch class commencement dates.

Palmerston Pregnancy Stretch begins Thursday 15/01/15

Nightcliff Pregnancy Stretch begins Wednesday 21/01/15

Mums & Bubs Stretch begins on Tuesday 03/03/15

Please call, email or drop in if you have any questions about these classes, our other events or would like to borrow from our wonderful library.

Hope to see you soon!


Position Vacant – Office Administrator (Part Time)

The Office Administrator plays a critical role at Childbirth Education Association, managing the day-to-day running of the organisation whilst providing a welcoming and nurturing space for CEA community and members.

This position is 24 hours per week with set hours from 9am-12pm Tuesday to Friday with the remaining hours on a flexible schedule.

Childbirth Education Association has a philosophy of informed choice and gentle parenting.

If you are interested in this challenging and dynamic position in a friendly and flexible work environment, please email info@ceadarwin.asn.au for a Position Description or telephone Leisa on 0410 260 810 or Bec on 0408 878 689.

Applications close Friday, 30 January.


Annual General Meeting

CEA’s Annual General Meeting will be held at the Nightcliff Community Centre on Friday, 5 December, starting at 10am.

We will be seeking nominations from individuals at this AGM, so if you would like to make a contribution to families and our birthing community and would like to work with a flexible and supportive group, come along and join the committee! For RSVP and more information, please contact the office.


Mums and Bubs recommences 2015

Our Mums and Bubs program has finished for the year! It will be back next year with an exciting and fresh new program starting Tuesday, 20 January, from 9am. Our lovely new Instructor Fiona Gowers has loads of experience and passion for postnatal fitness and wellbeing for mothers, and we can’t wait for you to meet her. Looking forward to more stretching and catching up with you next year.


Dates for Christmas & New Year

CEA takes a little break at the end of the year. These are the dates for our office and programs:

CEA Office/library:  last day Friday, 12/12/14, reopen Tuesday, 13/1/15
Mums & Bubs Stretch: finished for the year, recommence 20/1/15
Nightcliff Pregnancy Stretch: last day 10/12/14, recommence 21/1/15
Palmerston Pregnancy Stretch: last day 11/12/14, recommence 15/1/15  

If you have any queries over this break, please do email or phone, as we will be checking our messages weekly and will try to get back to you as soon as possible.


Organic Midwifery: Wisdom for Birthing Women

Come and join us at an informal gathering to hear the words of Carol Gautschi, Certified Professional Midwife with over 25 years experience, who is visiting Australia from the United States, and has presented at the Midwifery Today Conference.  Carol, who also has herbal and nutritional wisdom, has kindly agreed to come to Darwin to talk with the women in our community.  Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity.

More about Carol can be found at her website: www.gentlebirths.net

When: Saturday, 15 November at 3.00pm
Where: Nightcliff Community Centre, 18 Bauhinia Street, Nightcliff
Cost: Gold coin donation

More information:  info@ceadarwin.asn.au or 8948 3043


Children’s Week Family Fun Event

CEA and the Darwin Homebirth Group will have a stall together at the Family Fun Day event at the Jingili Water Gardens on Wednesday, 22 October.Picture 2

This event is organised by Darwin City Council to celebrate Children’s Week and there will be free fun activities for children 0 – 5 years.  We will be setting up a comfortable space for breastfeeding, relaxing and just catching up. Come along and enjoy an exciting program of free activities and entertainment for children and families: 9am – 12pm.

Palmerston City Council will also be celebrating Children’s Week with a free event for parent and children 0 -5 years on Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 9am – 12pm. For more information contact Anna on 8935 9967 or email: anna.schmidt@palmerston.nt.gov.au



Microbirth tickets available here


CEA will be screening the world premier of the documentary Microbirth on Saturday, 20 September, in the Theatrette at the Museum and Art Gallery of NT in Fannie Bay. The evening will start at 6.30pm with light refreshments. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door or BOOK NOW and save waiting in line.

For more information and the official trailer have a look at the Microbirth website.