Core of Life

Core of Life is a program developed by midwives for use by midwives and other health workers to encourage young people to discuss information, to challenge their beliefs and to embrace the concepts of birth, pregnancy and parenting as a normal part of a healthy adult lifestyle.

A large contribution to adolescent’s ideas about pregnancy; child birth and parenting are acquired from the media. Unfortunately this medium can sometimes leave false, frightening and/or often romantic images of pregnancy, birth and parenting to our young people. The Core of Life sessions aim to demystify these images by providing young people with more realistic and “normal” information about pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting.

This is achieved by providing current research based information, in a realistic, innovative and culturally sensitive manner through interactive slides, videos and role play.

The sessions are delivered to year nine students by a midwife and other health professional over a 90 minute timeframe (longer if time permits) to small class sizes (maximum of 20). Several sessions are usually required to accommodate numbers and schools should have appropriate IT to support the program.

Contact Women’s Health Services in your area to discuss the Core of Life program further.

Services available at these locations

Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour Women’s Health Centre
 45-53 Little Street,
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

Phone 6652 8111


Women’s Health Services
Kempsey Community Health Centre
3 Polwood Street,
West Kempsey NSW 2440

Phone 02 6562 6066


Women’s Health Services
Macksville Community Health Centre
100 Darruya Road
North Macksville NSW 2447, Australia

Phone 02 6598 3500

Port Macquarie

Women’s Health Services
Port Macquarie Community Health Centre
Morton Street,
Port Macquarie, New South Wales

Phone 02 6589 2105