Classes

Classes / Education:

    • Get scheduled for classes between 24 and 28 weeks in your pregnancy to ensure that you have completed your required classes by the start of your 36th week.
    • Note: there is NO waitlist for FULL classes. Please choose another date.
    • Questions, please call 303-788-0600 or email us.
    • Payment is due upon registration. 

** Parents with CHP+ or Medicaid please call for registration instructions **

All classes are held in suite #500 of Plaza de Medicos, specifically Blossom Wellness Center. We’ve been told we have one of the best class facilities in the Denver area. We have 500 square feet of class room space to spread out and get comfy on big pillows and pads. There is a plush couch, mod seats, yoga balls and a widescreen TV for films and presentations. Two roomy bathrooms are available as well. Free WiFi is available so you can twitter/blog/email friends and family from the class. *Getting childcare prior to a class is strongly advised as the attention of all those who attend need to be focused and not distracted.*

All our instructors are highly qualified or directly certified in the classes they teach. Mountain Midwifery Center considers education to a critical component of birth and wellness and we take pride in the strength and value of our class offerings. First-time parents are required to take a Natural Childbirth Series, Breastfeeding Class, and Newborn Care Class. Here's a list of classes available to both MMC clients and the public at large... 

 

  • Early Pregnancy Class - a one time, one hour class, price included in the registration fee -

      The Early Pregnancy class is for expecting parents in their first trimester. This class can be taken at any time, even prior to your first visit, but should be taken before the second appointment. It is good information for both mothers and partners, but it is not a mandatory class. There is no additionl charge for this class. 

     
    This class will cover topics such as:
     
    Maternity billing and birth center financial policies
    Discomforts of early pregnancy and self help remedies
    Diet and exercise in in the first trimester
    Screening and diagnostic tests, what is mandatory, recommended and optional?
     
    Open discussion with other MMC families  (click on date for online registration)
 

 

  • Natural Childbirth Preparation - a 4-week series, $230 -

      This class is a requirement of new, first-time parents at MMC. Please note, at this time these classes are closed to the general public. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we must meet the needs of our MMC families first. Thank you for your understanding. Participants will learn and discuss a variety of topics including: how to ease late pregnancy discomforts, optimal fetal positioning in both pregnancy and labor, the progress of labor and navigating the "what-ifs" of birth. This class will also spend time reviewing a variety of various relaxation and comfort measures including the importance of breath in labor and positioning. Content will also review what birth at MMC can look like in addition to discussing the importance of the partner at the birth, what they can expect and how to best support a laboring woman through a variety of techniques. We recommend starting the class between 28 and 32 weeks of pregnancy (to complete by 36 weeks).

    When we ask MMC parents-to-be to take a childbirth preparation class, this class gets our highest recommendation. The class was created by Heather Scott, a certified childbirth instructor and doula for over seven years in the community and currently works at MMC. All classes are taught by either Heather or Melissa Force, experienced certified childbirth instructors. (Click on date for online registration

 

  • Birth at MMC Class - a 1-time class, $65 - This one time class is required for families who are having their second to fifth child and are planning their first out-of-hospital birth. This class can also be taken by first-time families transferring care to us and have taken a hospital based class series or a class series outside of MMC. This class is recommended but not required for families whose last birth has been over a year at MMC. This will be a time to review the progression of labor, what birth at MMC is like; what is normal birth for MMC and what falls outside of normal and how it is supported.  This is also a time for couples to practice comfort measures and coping techniques for labor in the birth rooms.  Content is also directed at partners regarding how to support mom during the early labor phase at home, what to look for while laboring at home, and when to be calling the midwives. We ask you to take it before 36 weeks of pregnancy. A recent participant said, "We really found this refresher class to be useful information. We came in feeling like it was just a requirement but came away with new information and questions answered that we didn't even know we had! Thanks!" *3 couples must be registered in order for the class to meet. Please arrange childcare for your current child(ren). (Click on date for online registration)                  

 

 

  • Birth Recovery and Early Newborn Care for Parents-to-Be - 1 class, 2.5 hours - $65 - with Heather Thompson - This is a required class for first-time parents. We ask you to attend it between 32 and 36 weeks of pregnancy. This class covers care for baby and mother in the immediate post partum period,  basic newborn care (bathing, dressing, diapering) as well as logistical and emotional elements of the first few weeks of being new parents.  In addition to discussing the importance of a “babymoon,” recruiting help with household chores after baby arrives in order to make the transition easier, parents will be taught warning signs in various health areas including cord care, urination/bowel movements, skin care and more. Dads or partners arerequired to attend! (Click on date for online registration)

 

 

 

For the following classes, please visit Blossom Wellness Center for more information, dates, and details...

 

  • Baby wearing with Heather Thompsonplease see Blossom Wellness Center - Learn how to wear your baby! This class will help you choose a baby carrier that fits your lifestyle and personality as well as improve the use of carriers you may already own.    

  • Essential Oils in Pregnancy and Birth with Summer Tenney- please see Blossom Wellness Center - Learn about natural ways to optimize your health with natural methods. 

  • Cloth Diapering 101 with Amanda of Bundle Baby shop - please see Blossom Wellness Center - Learn the ins and outs of using cloth diapering. 

  • Holistic Fertility with Colleen Flowers of Flowers Fertility please see Blossom Wellness Center - Colleen is a Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner and will teach the basics of charting your cycle with the Fertility Awareness Method to maximize your chances of getting pregnant.  Prepare your body for pregnancy! 

  • Natural Birth Control with Colleen Flowers of Flowers Fertility - please see Blossom Wellness Center - "There is a proven, comprehensive way to prevent pregnancy and, at the same time, protect your health and your potential for future fertility. The Justisse Method of Fertility Awareness provides the knowledge you need to manage your own birth control naturally" (http://www.justisse.ca). Colleen is a Fertility Awareness Educator and a Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner (HRHP) through Justisse Healthworks for Women and loves teaching women and girls about their bodies!   

  • Wills & Wellness with Bonnie Bowles (Esq.) - please see Blossom Wellness Center - This free informational class is offered by Jeffrey R. Young & Associates. Find out about making a will, choosing your baby's guardian, and ensuring your baby's financial security.  

  • Doula Training: Advanced Practice Birth Support please see Blossom Wellness Center - Includes hands on training with birth center families, advanced practice topics for trained birth professionals, and orientation specific to the Mountain Midwifery Birth Center. Participants will engage in classroom, on site, and on line activities. See Cocoon Birth for more information.