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Classes

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. Most class offerings are open to anyone, not just for families planning to birth at our center. We love supporting the families in our community!

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO HAVE YOUR BABY AT OUR CENTER, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CLASS POLICY:
We encourage all birthing families to take ownership of their own health decisions. Choosing the Birth Center model of care requires you to be informed about the processes for birth, breastfeeding and the postpartum period. For the success and safety of our families, we require you attend some classes here with our instructors. THE PREGNANT CLIENT AND HER CHOSEN SUPPORT PERSON MUST ATTEND CLASS TOGETHER TO BIRTH AT OUR CENTER. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS REQUIREMENT. If you are struggling with this requirement please talk to your midwife as soon as possible so we can make arrangements in a timely manner.

Schedule your 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.
• There is NO waitlist for FULL classes. Please choose another date.
• Payment is due upon registration.
• Parents with CHP+ or Medicaid please call for registration instructions.
• Getting childcare prior to a class is required as the attention of all those who attend need to be focused and not distracted.

Click on the headings below to find out more about which classes are required or optional.


REQUIRED Classes for First Time Parents

Natural Childbirth Preparation for MMC Families

4-week series, $230

This class is a requirement of new, first-time parents at MMC (hospital families, please scroll down for a childbirth series geared specifically to you). 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 partner 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 she is currently a nurse at MMC. All classes are taught by either Heather or Melissa Force, experienced certified childbirth instructors. Email Heather or Melissa with questions.

For dues date between 9/5/16 and 10/5/16
Sundays, August 7 – 28, 1:00 – 4:00pm w/ Melissa
For due dates between 9/10/16 and 10/10/16
Saturdays, August 13 – September 3, 9:30am – 12:30pm w/ Melissa
For due dates between 9/26/16 and 10/26/16
Mondays, August 15 – 29, 5:30 – 9:00pm w/ Heather

For due dates between 10/8/16 and 11/5/16
Saturdays, September 10 – October 1, 9:30am – 12:30pm w/ Melissa
For due dates between 10/9/16 and 11/6/16
Sundays, September 11 – October 2, 1:00 – 4:00pm w/ Melissa
For due date between 10/11/16 and 11/8/16
Mondays, September 12 – October 3, 5:45pm-8:30pm w/ Heather

For due dates between 11/5/16 and 12/5/16
Saturdays, October 8 – 22, 9:30am – 1:00pm w. Melissa
For due date between 11/6/16 and 12/6/16
Sundays, October 9 -23, 1:00pm – 4:30pm w/ Melissa
Fur due dates between 11/7/16 and 12/7/16
Mondays, October 10 – 24, 5:30pm – 9:00pm w/ Heather

Breastfeeding Building Blocks: Part 1

1-time class, 2 hours, $65

This is a required class for first-time parents. We ask that you attend it between 32 and 36 weeks of pregnancy. Parents will learn about the health benefits of human milk, baby-led breastfeeding, and skin to skin care. The class will focus on how to thrive in the first 72 hours to 2 weeks postpartum. Class is interactive, baby dolls will be provided to learn different positions and questions are encouraged! This class also incorporates information that is helpful for partners of breastfeeding moms to know and watch for. All of our Breastfeeding classes are taught by Katie Halverstadt, IBCLC. Partners are required to attend! Email Katie with questions.

For due dates between 9/25/16 and 10/25/16
Saturday, August 27, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
For due date between 9/27/16 and 10/26/16
Tuesday, August 30, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

For due dates between 10/12/16 and 11/12/16
Tuesday, September 13, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
For due dates between 10/22/16 and 11/22/16
Saturday, September 24, 3:00 – 5:00pm

Planning for Postpartum Success: The First Four Weeks with your Newborn

1 class, 2 hours, $65

This is a required class for first-time parents. We ask you to attend it between 32 and 36 weeks of pregnancy.  This class prepares you to create a postpartum environment conducive to recovery.  The class covers logistic and emotional elements of the first few weeks of being new parents and includes discussion and planning of a “babymoon,” in the first few days and weeks.  Normal newborn physiology of the urination/bowel movements, skin care and temperature regulation are included as a guide to parents.   This class is taught by Pia Long, DONA. Partners are required to attend! Email Pia with questions.

For due dates between 9/22 and 10/22
Thursday, August 25, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

For due dates between 9/28 and 10/28
Thursday, September 1, 5:30pm-7:30pm
For due dates between 10/8 and 11/8
Saturday, September 10, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
For due dates between 10/20 and 11/20
Thursday, September 22, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

For due dates between 10/29 and 11/29
Saturday, October 1, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
For due dates between 11/24 and 12/24
Thursday, October 27, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

For due dates between 12/1 and 1/1
Thursday, November 3, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
For due dates between 12/3 and 1/3
Saturday, November 5, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
For due dates between 12/15 and 1/15
Thursday, November 17, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

36 Week Midwife Chat

The cost of this class is covered by your registration fee.

Schedule your session with our front desk staff. This class will be coupled with your 36 week appointment. This class can be taken as early as 34 weeks, but no later than 36 weeks. You and your partner will check in for a quick 10 min exam with a midwife or nurse, then join the class for discussion. We will review some items discussed in your classes such as when to call the midwife, the birth center rules, emergency rapid childbirth, postpartum visits and more. Prepare to be here approximately 2 hours. The chat is held on Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoons.

REQUIRED Classes for Parents Who Have Had a Baby Elsewhere

Birth at MMC Class

1-time class, 3 hours, $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. 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!” Email Melissa with questions.

*3 couples must be registered in order for the class to meet. Please arrange childcare for your current child(ren).

For due dates between 9/15/16 – 10/15/16
Thursday, August 18, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Fur due dates between 9/29/16 – 10/29/16
Friday, September 2, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
For due dates between 10/26/16 – 11/26/16
Wednesday, September 28, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

For due dates between 11/4/16 – 12/4/16
Thursday, October 6, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
For due dates between 11/23/16 – 12/23/16
Wednesday, October 26, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

 36 Week Midwife Chat

The cost of this class is covered by your registration fee.

Schedule your session with our front desk staff. This class will be coupled with your 36 week appointment. This class can be taken as early as 34 weeks, but no later than 36 weeks. You and your partner will check in for a quick 10 min exam with a midwife or nurse, then join the class for discussion. We will review some items discussed in your classes such as when to call the midwife, the birth center rules, emergency rapid childbirth, postpartum visits and more. Prepare to be here approximately 2 hours. The chat is held on Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoons.

REQUIRED Classes for Parents Who Have Had a Baby at MMC

36 Week Midwife Chat

The cost of this class is covered by your registration fee.

Schedule your session with our front desk staff. This class will be coupled with your 36 week appointment. This class can be taken as early as 34 weeks, but no later than 36 weeks. You and your partner will check in for a quick 10 min exam with a midwife or nurse, then join the class for discussion. We will review some items discussed in your classes such as when to call the midwife, the birth center rules, emergency rapid childbirth, postpartum visits and more. Prepare to be here approximately 2 hours. The chat is held on Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoons.

* The chat is the only required class for families who have had a baby at Mountain Midwifery Birth Center but we strongly encourage you to attend a Birth @ MMC class. This will give you time to review what birth will look like at our center and allow you to spend time in the birth rooms.

Birth at MMC Class

1-time class, 3 hours, $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. 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!” Email Melissa with questions.

*3 couples must be registered in order for the class to meet. Please arrange childcare for your current child(ten).

For due dates between 9/15/16 – 10/15/16
Thursday, August 18, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Fur due dates between 9/29/16 – 10/29/16
Friday, September 2, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
For due dates between 10/26/16 – 11/26/16
Wednesday, September 28, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

For due dates between 11/4/16 – 12/4/16
Thursday, October 6, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
For due dates between 11/23/16 – 12/23/16
Wednesday, October 26, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

OPTIONAL Pregnancy & Birth Classes at MMC

Early Pregnancy Class

1 hour class, held monthly, included in registration fee

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 clients and partners, but it is not a mandatory 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.

Wednesday, August 31, 4:15pm-5:15pm

Wednesday, September 28, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Thursday, October 27, 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Childbirth Preparation for Hospital Birthing Families with Melissa Force, CD (DONA)

3-week series, 3 hours each, $240

This class is a 3-week series for hospital birthing families. The participants will discuss and learn a variety of topics including: How to navigate the hospital system to work cohesively with the provider, wise and appropriate use of interventions, optimum fetal positioning, stages of labor and what to expect, tools for partners to help support the laboring woman, relaxation and comfort measures to use throughout the stages of labor, what to expect postpartum, and much more! This class is very interactive and open to questions and discussion. It is open to anyone having a hospital birth, we recommend you complete the class by 35 weeks. There are no children allowed in class. Partners and support team strongly recommended to attend.

The instructor is Melissa Force, CD (DONA). She has been a labor Doula for 5 years and has been teaching childbirth education classes at Mountain Midwifery since 2011. She has a passion for working with families through the journey of pregnancy and birth, and tries to make class both fun and helpful. Email Melissa with any questions.

Wednesdays, August 17 – 31, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Wednesdays, October 5 – 19, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Doula Meet & Greet

Free for families, $5 for doulas

Have you ever considered hiring a doula but aren’t sure what they do or how to pick one? We are offering you a free event where you can meet several highly qualified doulas and learn about all about their services. Doulas provide non-medical support services during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period. Come get acquianted with their services and meet several doulas. There is no obligation to hire a doula. This event is open to all families regardless of their choice of birthing location. Doulas provide serivces in all locations; home, hospital, and birth center. If you are a local doula, please click the registration link to register. Please avoid signing up for several of these events in a row. Allow other doulas the opportunity to register. Thanks!

*Register by clicking on the date and time preferred below:

Wednesday, September 21, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Saturday, October 15, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Saturday, November 19, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Tuesday, December 13, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

OPTIONAL Breastfeeding Classes at MMC

Breastfeeding Beyond the Basics: Part 2 with Katie Halverstadt, IBCLC

1-time class, 1 hour, $35, optional, MUST have taken Part 1

This class will cover finding a balance between breastfeeding and pumping/offering a bottle. As well as, information and support for moms who have returned  or will soon return to work. We will be addressing common questions and concerns. Babies, Pumps, and Dads are welcome to attend. Email Katie with questions.

Tuesday, September 13, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Breastfeeding Support Groups (facilitated by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants)

Held four times a month, 1- 2 hours, $10, drop-ins ok

Come in for some breastfeeding support and community building with Katie and Ana, both IBCLCs and our favorite breastfeeding experts! Email Katie or Ana to RSVP or just drop in. $10 cash or check at the door.

Saturday, August 13, 1:30pm-3:00pm w/ Ana
Tuesday, August 16, 4:00pm-5:00pm w/ Katie
Thursday, August 25, 1:30pm-3:00pm w/ Ana
Saturday, August 27, 1:30pm-2:30pm w/ Katie

* Starting in September : Breastfeeding Support Group will be weekly on Wednesdays @ 10:00am-11:00am

Upcoming Workshops for Families

Friends and Family CPR with Jessica Nieto, AHA Instructor

2 hours, $25 per person, family/group discount available, offered when requested

Friends and Family CPR: Approximately 2hrs. Enables more people to learn CPR and use their skills to act quickly in an emergency.

Audience: Ideal for those who want to learn the essential life-saving skills of CPR, but do not need a course completion card. Parents, grandparents, siblings, baby sitters, and others.

Course: Covers Hands-Only CPR for adults. Child/Infant CPR( compressions and Breaths). Adult and Child AED use. Adult/Child/Infant choking relief.

Price: $25/Person, $45/Couple, Group discounts available.

  • No certification

Register: www.cpror.org, email courses@cpror.org, or call Jessica at 720-809-6046 with any questions.

Thursday, Sept. 8, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Thursday, Oct. 13, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Thursday, Dec. 8, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Chinese Medicine and Postpartum Imbalance Workshop by Yao

1.5 hour,  workshops held quarterly, $15

YAO Clinic has been in business since 1997 and continues to bring to its patients new and creative ways of practicing traditional Chinese Medicine backed with western internal medical analyses allowing for truth in diagnosis and purity in treatment.  YAO Clinic has experienced staff trained not only in Chinese Medicine including Acupuncture and Chinese Internal Herbal Medicine, but also Functional Medicine and Homeopathy.

Join Michelle Luiz, LAc, Associate Clinician of YAO Clinic to learn more about the various ranges of postpartum imbalance which can include postpartum depression. Topics will include: Chinese Medical views on blood in gynecology and the effects on the psyche, Range in symptoms of Postpartum Imbalance, Antidepressants and breastfeeding, Efficacy of Chinese herbs in treatment, Your food and its effects on your mental emotional health, and more! Register here. Check out Yao’s website.

More dates coming soon. Email Yao to request a class.

 Yoga classes by Belly Bliss

Your first Belly Bliss class is ALWAYS free, please call them at 303-399-1191 to schedule! If you are a return Belly Bliss client, please use their website to register.

Belly Yoga, Saturdays, 8:00am – 9:00am

Pelvic Floor Health with N2 Physical Therapy

1 hour class, offered quarterly, $10 per person.

This introductory course that will cover a variety of topics related to your pelvis and pelvic floor muscles. This class will help you understand where and what your pelvic floor muscles are, what happens to them throughout your pregnancy and delivery, and will discuss the most common issues dealt with during and after pregnancy (incontinence, pelvic pain). You will also learn what a pelvic floor therapist is and how we can help! Our main goal is to provided you with the education and knowledge of what is going on with your body pre and post-baby and understand that there are non-surgical options to help you return to your pre-baby self. Email Shelley for registration.

Tuesday, December 6th, 5:00pm-6:00pm

Wills & Wellness: “FREE” Estate Planning Essentials for Parents

1 1/2 hours, free

In this educational and informative talk, Wills & Wellness Estate Planning Attorney & Mountain Midwifery Mom will cover what you need to know about making sure your kids are taken care of by the people you want, in the way you want, no matter what. You’ll learn how to protect your children by choosing a guardian, how a will works versus a trust and how to preserve your insights, values, stories, and experiences as part of your estate plan.  We use the story and life of a fictional family to make this sensitive topic entertaining!

Newborns and non-crawling infants welcome (please leave crawlers and toddlers with a loving caregiver). RSVP is requested as space is limited.

Monday, 9/12, 11:30am-1:00pm
Tuesday, 12/6, 10:00am-11:30am

Financial Empowerment for Growing Families with Lia Baggao, CFP®

Free, one hour

Whether this is your first child or your fifth, planning for the birth of your new bundle of joy comes with a host of financial questions. Join us as we dive into three of the seven Life Priorities and walk through an interactive workbook designed to provide you an actionable plan to help you plan for your new baby, and beyond. Attendees will have the opportunity to schedule a free 1:1 follow-up consultation with Lia. Children welcome. Lia is a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch in Cherry Creek. Please RSVP to Lia Baggao, CFP® by email or 720.941.2057.
Contact Lia to request another class.

Thursday, September 22, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Support Groups

Tuesday Coffee Hour @ Caribou Coffee

Every Tuesday, 10:00am – 11:00am

Please join us as we meet every Tuesday at Caribou Coffee for tea, coffee, or a treat to chat and build community. Kiddos welcome. Come late or leave early if you need to. 1400 E Hampden Ave., Cherry Hills, CO 80113. Join us!

Friday’s Family Community Circle

Every Friday, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Free

You are invited to join in on our informal, educational, and lighthearted conversation group with other parents just like you. This is a parent-led topic group to truly address our day-to-day joys, challenges and questions. We will discover together how to handle sleep deprivation, feeding concerns, family and relationship balance, “me” time, getting out and about, age-appropriate activities, community resources, simplicity, parenting ideas and so much more! We will occasionally have experts visit us to speak about their expertise. This group is a combination of the MMMamas group and the Sweet Beginnings group. Kiddos welcome. Bring a snack to share if you’d like!

Professional Development Workshops

Doula Open House

August 19, 2016 6:30pm-8:30pm

September 16, 2016 6:30pm-8:30pm

Join us for an exciting and informative night all about our new Doula Programs here at MMC.Network with other colleagues, take a tour of the Birth Center and listen to our team discuss our new exciting opportunities for ALL doula’s (certified and certifying) that will be taking place at Mountain Midwifery Birth Center.

Please pre-register for either date so we are able to account for refreshments and seating.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all!

Integrative Resuscitation of the Newborn w/ Karen Strange CPM, AAP/NRP

October 12, 2016, 8:45am-5:45pm

Throughout this lively and engaging workshop, participants learn when, why and how they need to assist a newborn in respiratory distress or in need of neonatal resuscitation. They learn all the steps necessary when presented with a newborn in respiratory distress, or not breathing, with or without an adequate heartbeat. All taught in the least traumatic way. This workshop takes you beyond the basic AAP/NRP training.

Information is presented from the perspective that you may be the only knowledgeable and skilled professional (doctor, nurse, midwife, etc.) in attendance. These skills are relevant in all birth settings: home, clinic, hospital, birth centers, city, rural or resource poor parts of the world.

Workshop Fee: $240 Pre-registration required and deposit due by September 21st!

To learn more about this upcoming workshop: CLICK HERE  

To Register  CLICK HERE

Infant & Pediatric First Aid & CPR with Jessica Nieto, AHA approved instructor

3 hours, one time class, $65/person or $115/couple

This class is a 2 year heart saver certification through American Heart Association. This class is geared towards babysitters, daycare providers or any professionals outside of healthcare. Jessica is a certified CPR/AED/First Aid instructor for infants, children and adults. She is offering her infant first aid and CPR classes once a month. Other classes are available upon request. Please email her. Register using her website. Jessica also is available for private sessions where she comes to you OR book a private party for your business or  home.

Sunday, Aug. 21, 9:00am-12:30pm
Sunday, Oct. 2, 9:00am-12:30pm

Email Jessica to RSVP.

BLS for Healthcare Providers with Jessica Nieto, AHA instructor

Check back for more dates soon or email Jessica to request a class, $55

The Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS) Classroom Course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner. This course is for healthcare professionals who need to know how to perform CPR, as well as other lifesaving skills, in a wide variety of in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings. Video-based course ensures consistency but also features instructor led, hands on class format that reinforces skills proficiency. Email or call Jessica to register.

720-809-6046 | Email | Website

All classes are held at the new MMC facility in the Frontier Room. We’ve been told we have one of the best class facilities in the Denver area. We have a large classroom space to spread out and get comfy on big pillows and pads. There are comfortable padded chairs, 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. All our instructors are highly qualified or directly certified in the classes they teach. If you would like to host your class or workshop here at MMC, please contact Michelle, who is filling in for Alison.