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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, 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. All classes are taught by Melissa Force, experienced certified childbirth instructor, or Natalie Lawrence, RNC-OB, C-EFM. Email Melissa or Natalie with questions.

For due dates between 6/15/17 and 7/20/17
Saturdays, April 29 – May 13, 9:30am – 1:00pm w/ Melissa
Sundays, April 30 – May 14, 1:00pm – 4:30pm w/ Melissa
Mondays, May 1 – 15, 5:45pm – 9:15pm w/ Natalie

For due dates between 7/10/17 and 8/20/17
Saturdays, May 27 – June 10, 9:30am – 1:00pm w/ Melissa
Sundays, May 28 – June 11, 1:00pm – 4:30pm w/ Melissa
For due dates between 7/20/17 and 8/25/17
Mondays, June 5 – 19, 5:45pm – 9:15pm w/ Natalie 

 

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

For due dates between 6/10/17 and 7/10/17
Saturday, May 13, 1:30pm – 4:00pm
For due dates between 6/20/17 and 7/20/17
Tuesday, May 23, 5:30pm – 8:00pm

For due dates between 6/30/17 and 7/30/17
Saturday, June 3, 1:30pm – 4:oopm
For due dates between 7/10/17 and 8/5/17
Tuesday, June 13, 5:30pm – 8:00pm

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

For due dates between 6/10/17 and 7/10/17
Saturday, May 13, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
For due dates between 6/20/17 and 7/20/17
Thursday, May 18, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

For due dates between 6/30/17 and 7/30/17
Saturday, June 3, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
For due dates between 7/15/17 and 8/10/17
Thursday, June 15, 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. Please contact the front desk to schedule your chat.

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. 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 Melissa 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 6/5/17 and 6/30/17
Thursday, May 4, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
For due dates between 6/20/17 and 7/15/17
Sunday, May 21, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

For due dates between 7/5/17 and 7/30/17
Tuesday, June 6, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
For due dates between 7/20/17 and 8/15/17
Thursday, June 22, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

 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. Please contact the front desk to schedule your chat.

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. Please contact the front desk to schedule your chat.

* 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 (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 Melissa 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 6/5/17 and 6/30/17
Thursday, May 4, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
For due dates between 6/20/17 and 7/15/17
Sunday, May 21, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

For due dates between 7/5/17 and 7/30/17
Tuesday, June 6, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
For due dates between 7/20/17 and 8/15/17
Thursday, June 22, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

OPTIONAL Pregnancy & Birth Classes at MMC

Birth Blessing Workshop: Yoga And Nourishing Herbs For Pregnancy And Labor

Saturday, May 20th, 2017, 9:00am – 12:00pm, $65 per person

Lead by Lesley Gilbert, Certified Yoga Instructor and Herbalist from Sacred Spaces CO, with over 10 years of teaching experience. She is beyond blessed and honored to share this sacred time in your life! Namaste & Mahalo

As women we can tend to put our self care on the back burner… but when mama is happy everyone is happy! Treat yourself without guilt and honor your pregnancy with this totally nourishing and supportive workshop. You will learn how to be deeply connected to your intuition so you can feel at peace in your pregnancy and then your labor experience!

We will start our day with a meditation to create an energetic sacred space to deepen your connection to your baby. Followed by an hour of hatha yoga for pregnancy/labor. We will practice a powerful and strengthening vinyasa sequence to prep you for birth and show you what poses you can use as a tool during labor!

The second half of this thoughtful workshop Lesley will share with you her favorite nourishing tea for pregnancy, labor & postpartum. You will learn the healing properties of each of the herbs in the tea blend and you will create your own hand-blended nourishing tea to take home with you! You will gain EMPOWERMENT by learning medicine making!!

We enjoy a high nutritive snack.

What to bring:
-blanket and/or cushion to sit on
-yoga mat
-water (there will extra and tea)
-journal

Don’t miss Out! Space is LIMITED to 18! Register here.  No Refunds within 72 hours of the event. Call or text 303.717.5401 or Email Lesley with questions.

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 birthing parent, 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, May 3 – 17, 5:30pm – 8:30pm 

Doula Meet & Greet

$5 for families, $10 for doulas, held every other month

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. 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; home, hospital, and birth center. Snacks provided!

If you are a local doula and want to attend, please email Alison@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.

Register by clicking on the date and time preferred below:
Saturday, June 10, 1:30 – 2:30pm

OPTIONAL Breastfeeding & Baby Care Classes at MMC

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

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

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.

Sunday, April 30, 9:30am – 12:00pm

Infant Massage Parent Training with Tabatha Hargis, BA, CIMI, CHC, LMT

One-time class, $35/single, $50/couple, held every other month

Parents and caregivers will learn techniques of infant massage therapy to use on their babies to promote relaxation, bonding, and attachment. Relaxation from touch helps to balance the autonomic nervous system, releases oxytocin and prolactin, and creates healthy and nurturing maternal feelings to help increase bonding and attachment. Infant massage can also help reduce symptoms of colic, gas, and reflux, improve sleep, facilitate weight gain, enhance neurological development, promote self-esteem, and so much more!

You can either bring your baby with you, or if you have not had your baby yet, we will provide a doll to practice on.

Upcoming dates:

Sunday, May 7, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Saturday, July 22, 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Visit our website for more information on the benefits of Infant Massage and to register via email. Let us know which date you prefer.

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

One-time class, 1 hour, $35, optional, MUST have taken Part 1, held every other month

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, May 23, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

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).

Upcoming Workshops for Families

Wills & Wellness: FREE Estate Planning Essentials for Parents

1 1/2 hours, free

LIVE ONLINE session on Tuesday, May 2, 1:00pm – 2:30pm 

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. Click HERE to register for the free workshop.

Support Groups & Community

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.

Weekly Coffee Hours at Copper Door Coffee Roasters in Denver & Caribou Coffee in Englewood

1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesdays, 9:30am – 10:30am at Copper Door Coffee Roasters 932 Jersey St, Denver, 80220
2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 10:00am – 11:00am at Caribou Coffee, 1400 E Hampden Ave, Englewood, 80113

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).

Thursday Hope 4 Moms Support Group

Every Thursday, 11:00am-12:00pm, Free

NEW 8 – week session starting Thursday, April 27

Hope 4 Moms is a special support circle uniquely designed for pregnant women and moms. This support circle offers a safe, supportive environment for women to share their challenges with pregnancy and motherhood. Lap babies are welcome. This support circle will be open, ongoing and offer an 8-week rotating curriculum, focusing on topics related to Perinatal Mental Health and Wellness. Older kiddos are welcome if they have something to keep them occupied and don’t distract other moms getting help.

Topics include:
• Myths and Facts of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
• Holistic Self Care
• Mindfulness & Diaphragmatic Breathing

For more information or to make a one-on-one counseling appointment:
Integrative Pathways Counseling, LLC | 303-883-7271 | Email Mary Schroeter

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

Professional Development Workshops

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

No scheduled dates at this time. Please check back.

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 in advance.

Doula Open House

Contact Michelle to inquire about upcoming dates

A event for our Doula community! 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 doulas (certified and certifying) that will be taking place at Mountain Midwifery Birth Center. Please pre-register so we are able to account for refreshments and seating.

Fitness Classes

GroovaRoo Babywearing Dance with Denise Ziegler, AAFA, GroovaRoo Certified

1st & 3rd Mondays, 10:00am – 11:00am, see prices below

In the womb, mother and baby move to the same heartbeat. Dancing with your baby is a natural extension of this vital rhythmic synchronization. Come enjoy the benefits of GroovaRoo Dance of bonding more deeply with your baby, improving baby’s sensory-motor development, getting a low-impact aerobic workout, socializing with other mamas, and gaining confidence as a new parent.

Groovaroo is a 60-minute beginner dance class that incorporates a fun, energetic workout focused on bonding with your baby and your friends, while also releasing tension and allowing you to enjoy some groovy, soulful line dancing. If you are pregnant, have a squishy baby (at least 6 weeks old) or a toddler, this class is for you. We welcome you to arrive in your own ergonomic, 2 shoulder carrier where baby can face in, heart to heart. (i.e. Soft-Structured buckle carrier, Stretchy Wrap, or Mei Tai) If you need help with your carrier or would like to use a carrier from my personal stash, Please arrive 15 minutes early to get wrapped into the carrier.

Wear exercise shoes and bring baby, water and great attitude.  Previous dance experience is NOT necessary!

Eventbrite Pricing: $15 one time/drop in, 3/$42, 5/$65, or 10/$110

Cash Pricing (paid in person at time of class): 5/$55 or 10/$100

Email Denise to sign up or ask questions. Check out Denise’s website for more details on the class.

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

Tuesdays, 11:00am-12:00pm, $295 for 10-week series starting in May

Strong As A Mother is a postnatal fitness program incorporating strength, toning, flexibility, and core work designed to get your body back into shape and free of the aches and pains of motherhood. Let us make sure your baby stays content, while you build up a good sweat, rediscover your abdominal muscles, strengthen your pelvic floor, open those tight shoulders, relieve those achy back muscles, and tone your whole body. This class is the perfect combination of the lengthening effects of yoga, the detailed core work of Pilates, the intensity of a great gym workout, and the therapeutic effects of a good PT session all designed to rebuild your foundation and help you feel like yourself again. Click here to learn more.
Full 10-week program Includes:

  • One in-person classes each week.
  • Homework supporting the focus each week to speed up your progress.
  • Small class sizes and plenty of attention for you (and baby)!
  • All equipment you will need including a soft foam roller, a theraband, and a soft MELT Foot ball ($65 value)
  • 10 full weeks of support, guidance, accountability, and motivation
  • FREE bonus virtual MELT class and other goodies

Register here