How is the Program Delivered?

Each household is uniquely different, so the MUMS NEST Program was developed to bring all this information, demonstrations and practical hands on experiences into your own home at a time convenient to you.  You may work full-time or on the weekends, so traditional classes just don’t fit into your busy routine.

The program is delivered in your home.  Session lengths vary, but generally go for 4 hours and can be weeknight or weekend morning or afternoon sessions.  As you progress from pre-conception, through your pregnancy, to the birth and beyond, then finally to the postnatal and parenting modules, I will ensure you have the knowledge you need at a pace and depth that is right for you and your partner.  If you do not currently have a partner, I warmly welcome your relative or support person who you have chosen to be with you at this time.

Aims and Outcomes of the Course

I aim to provide a high-quality programme that reflects the most recent evidenced based guidelines from NSW Health.  Public Hospitals are governed by these guidelines, Private Hospitals have their own guidelines as per Obstetrician preference, however these are mostly NSW Health standard.


Our Aims:


  • To help participants recognise and build their strengths as parents to be.

  • To enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of participants so they can provide a secure environment for their baby.

  • To equip participants with knowledge of a range of resources to enable them to acquire the information and support they need during pregnancy and new parenthood.

  • I will provide professional education that is researched based backed with 20 years of industry experience in both the public and private sector within NSW.


Our Desired Outcomes:


By the end of your course you will be able to…

  • Describe the importance of relaxation during pregnancy, labour and after the baby is here.

  • State 5 signs that labour is about to start or has started.

  • Know when to call the hospital during pregnancy and when you think you are in labour.

  • What to do if your baby is accidently born at home.

  • Demonstrate 3 positions that might make contractions easier to manage.

  • Suggest 2 easy-to-make inexpensive meals for the first few months after the baby is born.

  • Agree with your partner on equal allocation of household tasks and how to divide them along with baby care activities.

  • List internet sites that are reliable and useful about healthy eating and parenting advice.

  • Demonstrate baby care techniques.

  • Know the difference between elective caesarean, emergency caesarean, vaginal birth after caesarean delivery and instrumental deliveries.

  • Know what being induced and augmented means.

  • Have a thorough understanding of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical pain relief options, when to use them, how they affect you and your baby during and after the birth.

  • Be familiar with common discomforts in pregnancy, how to treat these discomforts to relieve symptoms and when to seek help and advice.

  • Know signs and symptoms of more dangerous situations which have the potential to affect your pregnancy if not treated.


Traditionally there are a couple of ways individuals and couples can gather the information they need to prepare themselves for the exciting event of bringing their new baby home.  These are hospital-based postnatal information sessions which may have some hands-on experiences, or some couples prefer to read books and watch videos to instruct them on baby care techniques.


Our first meeting is primarily to find out a bit about your situation and how I may be able to work in collaboration with you and/or your partner to prepare you to bring your baby home and to support you with your new bub at home if needed by phone or in-home visits.  I will supply you with a couple of lists to fill out and gather some personal information from you, and you can get to know me as well.  This session could take place at a café central to us both, by email, or over the phone if you prefer.


Course Topics Include:

  • Preparation to bring bub home including clothing, hygiene needs, furniture, car seat, what to pack in nappy bag etc.

  • How much you would expect your baby to sleep, eat, and play each day.  I will provide you with realistic week-to-week routines and frameworks you can expect from your baby from 0-3 months.

  • How to set up a soothing environment which promotes sleep using aromatherapy diffusion, baby massage, music and swaddling techniques.

  • Breast feeding, breast milk banks, demonstration of formula preparation and storage, feeding equipment and sterilisation methods.

  • Baby handling skills including bathing, settling to bed, nappies and dressing.

  • Infant communication and bonding ideas.

  • Information on groups available in your area to plug into to form a playgroup.

  • Tips and information from Qantas for travelling with your baby.

  • How to be a present and mindful parent without losing yourself in the process.

  • Creating boundaries for yourself, your child, your family... How to say no and feel good about it!

  • Relationship changes are common when you have a young child to care for.  Exercises for you and your partner to participate in to arm yourself with as much knowledge about yourself and each other’s love language which can help to give you both hands-on skills to care for yourself and each other in times of stress.

The topics listed here are not the only information available.  My teaching and demonstrations are based on your individual needs.  You may have had children from a previous relationship, so some skills have been mastered already.  I look forward to getting to know you and/or your partner, so I can see how we can best work together, so you feel empowered to step into this new role as a parent!


NOTE: I am also certified and qualified to teach Infant First Aid and CPR and this is available on request.  This is an in-home course that can be taught in the comfort of your own space.

The MUMS NEST Program Resources For You Include:

  • Lists to use as a guide of what clothing, furniture, lotions/hygiene products to have ready for when you bring your baby or babies home.

  • Pamphlets from supporting organisations who provide support for parents who may develop postnatal depression in response to this huge life change.

  • Visual guides on:

    1. Nappy changing

    2. Preparing a newborn bath

    3. How to carry your baby

    4. What to try if your baby is crying

    5. What to do if your baby chokes

    6. Baby massage and reflexology for common ailments

    7. Tummy time

    8. How to wrap/swaddle your newborn

    9. Safe sleeping/SUDI guidelines

    10. Formula preparation and storage

    11. Bonding through cuddling, contact and facial expression

    12. Wees and poos chart - what is normal in the first week

    13. Hungry cues

    14. Nine essential items for your nursery and for travel

    15. Amber teething beads... Are they useful?

You Have the Floor to Ask as Many Questions as You Want!

I am available to you outside of the planned hours that I spend with you as an ongoing resource for you.  This can come in the form of phone, skype or home visits.


If your baby is from an overseas surrogate, then you may find yourself in a situation where you become isolated from the support of your family and friends while you are picking up your baby.  My intention is that you will leave Oz fully prepared with all the necessary information, skills and resources to thrive and feel confident from day one with your new baby.  


Preparation is the key.  I will guide you through scenarios you haven’t even imagined could occur and give you solutions if they occur.

Session Costs:

All one-on-one sessions are charged at $120.00/hr and an amount of time is planned prior to our visit based on topics to cover.  There is currently no health fund rebate for this type of service, however there are very few services that offer this type of support, knowledge and expertise.

Please note this program is designed for families created by individuals, heterosexual couples and transgender individuals and couples.  I also have a program called DADS HIVE specifically for men who become parents through surrogacy or adoption.  Both programs are similar but uniquely different, as we are as men, women, transgender or gender fluid parents.

Thank you for taking the time to read the information I have provided to you about the MUMS NEST Program presented by Lotuspoint Training Programs.

Come and join my trainers and I for some amazing one-on-one parenting experiences to help you with one of the most exciting adventures of your life!

I look forward to hearing from soon!

Rachael Matthews​

RN, RM, Cert. IV in Training and Assessment​

Director, Lotuspoint Training Programs

Our Origins

Hi.  I'm Rachael Matthews - a Midwife and educational trainer with 23 years’ experience in the area of working with families to navigate this transition from couples to parents.


The MUMS NEST Program was created in response to a need in the community for a unique program which supports couples and individuals who have chosen to conceive naturally or who have used reproductive technology or a donor to create a family; all these methods providing them with an opportunity to become parents.

I warmly welcome all couples, singles, all ages, and even those who have had a baby or children before.  This program suits heterosexual couples, single women, two women and transgender couples or individuals.  Everyone is welcome!

I created this program in line with my passion to provide you with information that empowers you to feel like you are parenting well, and to provide you with knowledge so that you can make informed decisions and provide optimal care physically, emotionally and mentally for yourselves and your new baby.

Contact Us

Rachael Matthews

RN, RM, Cert IV Training and Assessment

Director, Lotuspoint Training Programs


mobile: 0406631610


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