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Antenatal Weekend Class

in Johannesburg


Come and spend a weekend with us to prepare you for your birthing.

At our antenatal classes we use a variety of teaching methods to ensure active participation.

Our Antenatal classes aim to:

  • Equip you with information to make informed choices regarding method of birth and place of birth

  • Optimise chances of a good birth experience

  • What to expect during labour and birth and clarify what a woman’s needs are during labour

  • Demistifying pain during labour and birth and discussion on different pain relief methods

  • Signs of labour and when to contact your birth team

  • Body movement and positions for labour and birth & perineal massage

  • What your birth partner and /or Doula can do for you

  • Your birth plan and how to make difficult decisions during labour and birth

  • Provide guidance for birth partner

  • Breastfeeding basics

  • The early days with your new baby

Our Antenatal classes are presented by:


Tertia Alkema 

Doula and co-owner of Mother Instinct and mother of two.

Cost: R2000 for the weekend for both you and your partner. This includes tea, coffee, eats and fruit.

Venue:  Moms & Babes, 411 Equestrian road, Ruimsig, Roodepoort.


You will receive complimentary gifts and each couple will be given handouts and selected resource information to use for their births.


8:30 - 14:00 both days

Dates for 2024

27 & 28 January

24 & 25 February

23 & 24 March

20 & 21 April

25 & 26 May

29 & 30 June

27 & 28 July

24 & 25 August

28 & 29 September

26 & 27 October

23 & 24 November




You can secure your attendance by filling in the above form or you can send us an e-mail at

We will forward you further information as well as a booking form.



Antenatal ClassesTestimonials


The two day antenatal class held at Mother Instinct was a wonderful learning experience for me and my husband.  The small classes were held in an intimate setting, (delicious, healthy food included!) and both instructors, registered nurse and midwife Elsabe Burger, and Doula Tertia Alkema were extremely knowledgeable, personable, committed and caring.  My husband and I completed the workshop feeling empowered and inspired for the wondrous natural birth experience that awaits us.     Jennifer Amosa

Hi Elsabe, Thanks to both you and Tertia. We had such a good weekend and feel a lot more confident about the whole birth of our princess. I’ll be sure to email you with our birth story in September and I’ll also def be around to come purchase some things from your wonderful shop (and to show off our baby).  Thanks again for doing what you two do. You have such a passion for your work and it radiates through the workshop.    Caroline Smit

Thank-You so much for the antenatal class, we both really enjoyed it and don’t feel as stupid anymore…and we are really really EXCITED about the whole journey of parenthood and are trying to truly be present in every moment. Drew is really happy, because he feels a lot more involved and knows how to be involved now! (plus he’s getting all the heartburn for me!! ha ha ha). I was quite pleasantly surprised at how simple and enjoyable the experience can be, most of the pregnancy/birth stories i have heard have been nightmarish, but i’m loving it all so far! and i’m certain that i’m going to enjoy every bit in the future, hopefully even the painful bits!!   Candice Hamer

It was a fantastic class and we are both so psyched up and motivated for the birth after it! It was really very inspiring to have that affirmation and support as it confirmed our philosophy on the birth process and how we feel about natural normalised birth.
I have recommended the antenatal classes to all my friends and colleagues who are pregnant as we got so much out of it.  Bridget and Giela

Hi Elsabe,   Darren and I really enjoyed this past weekend and have really perceived enormous value in having attended. This was a huge relief as some of our friends had mentioned to us that they had found their antenatal classes to be a complete waste of time (by and large the free classes offered by their hospitals). Thank you for answering all our questions and providing us a really solid base on which to make informed decision regarding the birth of our little girl. I know I am certainly a lot less scared and much more excited about what lies in store for us.  We will certainly stay in touch.  Liesel


Hello to the Mother Instinct ladies!

I know it has been a really long time, but it feels like the weekend we spent at the Genesis Clinic working through all those fears and curiosities of pregnancy and birth was only yesterday.

I just wanted to take the time to thank you for all the knowledge and patience that you brought to antenatal class.

We came on Saturday morning, confused about where and how Kim Holmes would give birth. In fact, pregnancy and birth seemed to be happening to us. Needless to say when we said goodbye on Sunday we felt empowered with a growing realisation: We can do this.

We have subsequently made many plans and ‘taken control’ of things, making the whole process feel like it should… a creative one.

I wish you guys many years of keeping up the good work!    Thanks again, James.


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