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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

3-week series, $230

This class is a requirement of new, first-time parents at MMC (hospital families, you may take this class but please note that it will not address birth specific to a hospital setting). 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. All classes are taught by  Joy Konkle, LPC, CLD, ICCE. Email Joy at joykonkle@yahoo.com with questions.

For due dates between 10/07/18 and 11/15/18
Mondays, Sept 10 – 24, 5:45 pm- 9:15 pm

For due dates between 10/15/18 and 11/22/18
Sundays, Sept 16 – 30, 1:00 pm- 4:30 pm

Breastfeeding Building Blocks: Part 1

1-time class, 2.5 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 at latchonbaby@gmail.com with questions. Medicaid and CHP+ clients at MMC should contact the front desk for registration instructions.

For due dates between 8/28 and 9/26/18
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – 5:30-8:00 pm

For due dates between 9/7/18 and 10/12/18
Tuesday 8/21/2018, 5:30-8:00 pm

For due dates between 9/28/18 and 10/19/18
Sunday, 9/16/2018, 9:00 – 11:30 am

For due dates between 10/02 and 10/23/2018
Tuesday 9/25/2018, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

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. Medicaid and CHP+ clients at MMC should contact the front desk for registration instructions.

For due dates between 9/10/18 and 10/5/18
Saturday, August 11, 1:30pm-3:30pm

For due dates between 9/15/18 and 10/15/18
Thursday, August 16, 5:30pm-7:30pm

36 Week Midwife Chat

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

The Midwife Chat is a required class for all MMC families that is attended between 34 to 36 weeks in your pregnancy. This class will be coupled with your 36 week appointment. Families are eligible to attend the chat anywhere between 34 weeks to the end of their 36th week.

At the chat, you and your partner will check in for a quick 10 minute 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. Please arrange childcare for your current child(ren)Partners must attend – no exceptions.

We will be collecting the Group Beta Strep (GBS) test sometime in your 36th week (but not earlier or later), so most families find it more convenient to attend the chat in their 36th week. It isn’t necessary to coordinate the two, but if you attend the chat in your 34th or 35th week, you will need to stop by MMC during your 36th week to get the GBS test done. This would just be a quick visit and would not require you to see a nurse or midwife. Click the date with the due date range that your due date falls within.

This class is scheduled at the front desk.

REQUIRED Classes for Parents Who Have Had a Baby Elsewhere

Birth at MMC Class

1-time class, 3.5 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. Please arrange childcare for your current child(ren). 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 Jordan with questions. Medicaid and CHP+ clients at MMC should contact the front desk for registration instructions.

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

For due dates between 9/5/18 and 10/5/18
Wednesday, August 8, 5:30pm-9:00pm

For due dates between 9/30 – 10/21/18

Wednesday, Sept 12, 2018 – 5:30 – 8:00 pm

For due dates between 10/2 – 10/22/2018

Wednesday, Sept 26, 2018 – 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

 36 Week Midwife Chat

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

The Midwife Chat is a required class for all MMC families that is attended between 34 to 36 weeks in your pregnancy. This class will be coupled with your 36 week appointment. Families are eligible to attend the chat anywhere between 34 weeks to the end of their 36th week.

At the chat, you and your partner will check in for a quick 10 minute 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. Please arrange childcare for your current child(ren)Partners must attend – no exceptions.

We will be collecting the Group Beta Strep (GBS) test sometime in your 36th week (but not earlier or later), so most families find it more convenient to attend the chat in their 36th week. It isn’t necessary to coordinate the two, but if you attend the chat in your 34th or 35th week, you will need to stop by MMC during your 36th week to get the GBS test done. This would just be a quick visit and would not require you to see a nurse or midwife. Click the date with the due date range that your due date falls within.

This class is scheduled with the front desk before or after a prenatal appointment.

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.

The Midwife Chat is a required class for all MMC families that is attended between 34 to 36 weeks in your pregnancy. This class will be coupled with your 36 week appointment. Families are eligible to attend the chat anywhere between 34 weeks to the end of their 36th week.

At the chat, you and your partner will check in for a quick 10 minute 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. Please arrange childcare for your current child(ren)Partners must attend – no exceptions.

We will be collecting the Group Beta Strep (GBS) test sometime in your 36th week (but not earlier or later), so most families find it more convenient to attend the chat in their 36th week. It isn’t necessary to coordinate the two, but if you attend the chat in your 34th or 35th week, you will need to stop by MMC during your 36th week to get the GBS test done. This would just be a quick visit and would not require you to see a nurse or midwife. Click the date with the due date range that your due date falls within.

This class & visit are scheduled with the Front Desk.

* 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, 3.5 hours, $65 (optional, but encouraged)

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. Please arrange childcare for your current child(ren). 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 Jordan with questions. Medicaid and CHP+ clients at MMC should contact the front desk for registration instructions.

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

For due dates between 9/22 – 10/15/18
Wednesday, Sept 12, 2018 – 5:30 – 8:00 pm

For due dates between 10/9 – 10/28/2018

Wednesday, Sept 26, 2018 – 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

OPTIONAL Classes & Workshops for Growing Families at MMC

Find your Feminine Fire: Navigating Sex + Motherhood

Stay tuned for dates in June!

Connection. It’s what we as humans are wired for. It’s no secret that parenthood can be challenging on your relationship with yourself and your partner. Maybe you can resonate with the following:

-You want a more passionate relationship, but you have no sexual desire and frankly the only thing you want to do when you get into bed is SLEEP.

-You want to feel more confident in your post-kids body.

-You want more energy but instead, feel exhausted.

-You have intentions to take care of yourself, but the “to-do” list is too long and you often find yourself at the very bottom.

Join Sex + Relationship Coach Amanda Testa as we open up the conversation around the challenges of sex + motherhood, and tap into how you can be an amazing mom and still stay connected to yourself, your desires, and your partner. You can feel desire and want sex again and rekindle the passion and connection in your relationship.

Please bring a pen and journal.

$15 or join both sessions for $25

Register here

Music Together: early childhood music and movement class with Twinkle Together, LLC

First Monday of the month, 10:15am – 11:00am, FREE

Music Together is an early childhood music and movement program, designed for children birth through 4 or 5 along with a parent/caregiver. We come together to create a musical community. Each child has the opportunity to be “where they are” in their own development. Adults, regardless of musical ability, can help create an environment that helps children achieve basic music competence. Children of mixed ages participate at their own level by singing, moving, chanting, listening and exploring with musical instruments. Parents participate with the children and receive music development information about their child. All instructors are certified by Music Together. A 10-week series may be offered at MMC in the future.

FREE 2018 Demo Class Dates:

Monday, June 4

All classes @ 10:15am

Please call or visit the Twinkle Together website for more info and to register.

Doula Meet & Greet

$5 for families, $10 for doulas, held every 6 weeks or so

Check back for upcoming dates

Have you ever considered hiring a doula but aren’t sure what they do or how to pick one? We are offering you a low-cost 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 acquainted with their services and meet several doulas. First, we’ll meet in a large group and hear from each of the doulas about the basic services they provide. Then, you’ll get the opportunity to meet individually with each doula to chat about your specific needs and get a few questions answered. There is no obligation to hire a doula. This event is open to all families regardless of their choice of birthing location. Doulas provide services in all locations; birth center, home, and hospital. Snacks provided!

If you are a local doula and want to attend, please email Alyssa@mountainmidwifery.com for registration instructions. We request that you only request a date if you have not been to a recent Doula Meet & Greet event in order to give all doulas a chance to attend.

Baby Care Basics with Joy Konkle, LPC, CLD, ICCE

1-time class, 2.5 hours, $50, optional, held every other month

Thursday, August 30, 6:00 – 9:00pm

Consider this class the “How To” manual that should come with your baby! This class prepares new parents to have a better understanding of normal newborn appearance and behavior. Our time together will help to instill confidence in diapering and bathing techniques, baby wearing, basic infant care, and tips on bonding with your newborn with time for your questions. It is ideal, but not required, for both parents or other caregivers to attend this class together. Additional details and contact information can be found on her website.

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

One-time class, 1.5 hours, $45, optional, held every other month

Tuesday, July 17, 3:30pm – 5:00pm

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.

You must have taken the Breastfeeding Building Blocks: Part 1 class at MMC or have a successful breastfeeding relationship going. If you are struggling to get your breastfeeding relationship up and running, please consider coming at a breastfeeding support group at MMC first. They are on Wednesdays at 10:30 for $10.

Email Katie with questions.

Wednesday Breastfeeding Support Group with Ana Hill, IBCLC

Every Wednesday, 10:30am-11:30am, $10, drop-ins ok

Come in for some breastfeeding support and community building with Ana Hill, IBCLC of Rocky Mountain Lactation. Email Ana to RSVP or just drop in. $10 cash or check at the door. Older kiddos are welcome if they have something to keep them occupied and don’t distract other moms getting help. Ana also does consults. Please email her (or call (720) 394-6995 with urgent concerns).

South Denver Red Tent 

Held on the Sunday closest to the new moon each month, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, $5 suggested donation

Join us for a monthly new moon celebration to connect, renew, and support each other in our walk as women. We’ll explore cycles, seasons, loving our bodies, and the transitions of womanhood with ritual, crafts, story sharing, and the company of our sisters.

All women and woman-identified individuals age 15+ are welcome, along with babes in arms. The Red Tent is a safe, inclusive place for all faiths and cultural backgrounds. The Red Tent is not a religious event. It is a celebration of the womanspirit that connects us all and a safe place to talk about the experience of being women.

A $5 donation is suggested. No one will be turned away for inability to contribute.

Find more on their website and Facebook.

Babywearing International Meeting

Last Monday of the month (unless otherwise noted), 10:00am to 12:00pm, FREE

Carrier demos, safety overview, and one-on-one assistance. Library check-outs available for paid members. Children, dads, caregivers of all kinds are welcome! Please be sure to RSVP to our events by “joining” or “going”. Please also check back on the event page 24 hours prior to the event to make sure there have not been any changes or cancellations. Though we regret that they have to happen, because we deal with a vulnerable population (babies and kids) we sometimes need to make changes or cancellations due to illness. Visit the Babywearing International of Denver/Front Range Facebook page to learn more, connect, and RSVP for events.

 Wednesday Breastfeeding Support Group with Ana Hill, IBCLC

Every Wednesday, 10:30am-11:30am $15 ($10 cash), drop-ins ok

Come in for some breastfeeding support and community building with Ana Hill, IBCLC of Rocky Mountain Lactation. Email Ana at rockymtnlactation@gmail.com to RSVP or just drop in. $15 card or $10 cash. Older kiddos are welcome if they have something to keep them occupied and don’t distract other moms getting help. Ana also does consults. Please email her (or call (720) 394-6995 with urgent concerns).

Friday Family Community Circle

Every Friday, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Free

*This group is taking a short break for the month of April. We’ll be back on Friday, May 4!*

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. Kiddos and friends welcome. Bring a snack to share if you’d like! Email Gretchen Crocker with questions.

Professional Development Workshops

DONA Birth Doula Trainings with Sterling Doulas

2018 Trainings:

September 8-9
December 8-9

By attending this required two day DONA International-Approved Birth Doula Workshop, you will be taking one essential step toward your certification as a DONA Birth Doula. Students will acquire the necessary skills to support all types of families through their labor and childbirth, by receiving a strong educational foundation on Doula duties and responsibilities. You will become familiar with where Doula responsibilities begin and where they end during the birthing process.

For a complete list of certification requirements go to DONA’s website. We will gladly answer any questions you have on becoming a DONA International Certified Birth Doula.

Register here.

Birth Center Support, On-Call, and Volunteer Doula Orientation

Email Jessica at Jessica@mountainmidwifery.com to let her know you’re interested in a future orientation.

Join us to learn about our opportunities for ALL doulas (certified and certifying) at Mountain Midwifery Birth Center. We have several programs that support Mountain Midwifery Center staff and families during birth and labor. The Birth Center Support team supports the MMC staff when they are very busy with lots of families. The on-call doula team supports families that decide they want a birth doula at the last minute or when transferring. The volunteer doula team serves our Medicaid and CHP+ families. Contact Alyssa at Alyssa@mountainmidwifery.com to RSVP.

Suturing Skills for Midwives: The Art of Perineal Preservation and Repair

Saturday, June 23rd 8:30am-4:30pm

Join Nell Tharpe, CNM, FACNM, CRNFA for this hands-on workshop for CNMs and CPMs. Enrollment is limited to 8 midwives.Please register by clicking the above date.

Stay tuned for more professional development workshops coming soon!

Fitness classes

Strong As A Mother: Connect, Align, And Rebuild Your Body From The Inside Out with Zoe Levine, ACE C-PT

Tuesdays, 11:00am – 12:15pm, $250 for 6-week mini series

New mini 6-week series runs May 22 – August 14 (skips 6/15 and no class in July)
The Strong As A Mother (SAAM) mini series, is the best of the full SAAM 12 Week program compressed into 6 in-person classes with video access and weekly email support through the whole summer.

6 class mini series includes:

  • 6-75min in-person classes. (1hr movement, 15min for deeper exploration and talk based on the theme of class). 5 classes May- June, a break through July to practice on your own, and a final class mid August to wrap it up.
  • Full access to video recordings of the 12 week program to practice on your own through the summer
  • Weekly check in emails to keep you motivated
  • Homework supporting the focus each week to speed up your progress (downloadable audio recordings)
  • Small class sizes and plenty of attention for you (and baby)
  • A theraband, and a soft MELT Foot ball for home practice*
  • An entire summer of support, guidance, accountability, and motivation
  • Make up missed classes in other live classes or with video recordings

*Soft foam rollers will be available for purchase for $40. A soft roller is highly recommended for this program, but not required.
Regular price for full 12 week program in $365
Summer mini series is only $250 ($290 with roller)
Register here

Free MELT for Birth Professionals: An Afternoon Of Networking And Self-Care

June 16, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Join us for 90min of total body LOVE with the MELT Method then get inspired as you share, talk, and connect with other birth professionals. You spend so much of your time caring for others, this is a chance for your own body and mind to be on the receiving end and to learn a few amazing tools to take care of YOU for the long haul.
Learn how to use a specialized foam roller and hand and foot balls to bring your body back to a more ideal state by directly enhancing body awareness, rehydrating connective tissue, and quieting the nervous system. It’s a great way to clear your slate, so you can get back out there refreshed and ready to heal the world!
*Space and equipment are limited, must register here in advance.