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Classes & Events

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. 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.
• 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.
• Due dates guidelines are just guidelines, you are allowed to “fudge” early or late to meet your schedule.

Click on the headings below to find out more about which classes are required or optional. You can also see our classes listed on Mountain Midwifery’s EventBrite page or Facebook page. 


REQUIRED Classes for First Time Parents

Natural Childbirth Preparation

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.

Please click on this link to register on our EventBrite page

Breastfeeding Building Blocks

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.

Please click on this link to register on our EventBrite page

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.

Please click on this link to register on our EventBrite page

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 Joy at joykonkle@yahoo.com 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).

Please click on this link to register on our EventBrite page

 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 Joy at joykonkle@yahoo.com  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).

Please click on this link to register on our EventBrite page

OPTIONAL Classes & Workshops for Growing Families at MMC

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

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

This class can be found on our EventBrite page

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 Joy’s website.

Breastfeeding Beyond the Basics with Katie Halverstadt, IBCLC

One-time class, 1.5 hours, $45, optional, 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.

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.

Breastfeeding Support Group with Gretchen Crocker CLC,

Most every Fridays at 12:30, drop-ins ok

Come in for some breastfeeding support and community building. Sign up on our Facebook page  or just drop in. Older kiddos are welcome (please have something to keep them occupied; we have toys too).

Attachment Pregnancy with Joy Konkle, LPC, CLD, ICCE

Additional details and contact information can be found on Joy’s website. This class can be found on our EventBrite page

At no other time during life can humans be more attached then when a woman carries a child in utero. Attachment pregnancy is about understanding your emotional connection with your baby and creating a healthy pregnancy environment so that your baby can thrive. It is also about practicing conscious attachment, mindfulness and directly cultivating the crucial stepping stones needed for your baby’s emotional and physical development throughout his/her entire life.

To help you create an attachment pregnancy, in this class you will learn strategies such as:
1) Conscious attachment
2) Mindful Nutrition
3) Positive mental attitude (PMA)
4) Intentional stress reduction
5) Building your sacred circle
6) Nourishing your “womanplace”

From Joy, “Knowing that 25% of women report feeling chronic stress in pregnancy, which impacts both baby’s physical and emotional development in utero, I would love to help contribute to women building a strong emotional foundation from the early parts of their pregnancy journey. The goal is to create an emotionally healthy mom, which leads to an emotionally and physically healthy baby both in and outside the womb.”

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 woman spirit 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), 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, 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.

Breastfeeding Support Group with Gretchen Crocker CLC

Most every Friday,  drop-ins ok

Come in for some breastfeeding support and community building with Jessica Justice, and MMC RN and IBCLC lactation consultant. Sign up on our Facebook page  or just drop in. Older kiddos are welcome (please have something to keep them occupied; we have toys too).

Friday Family Community Circle

Every Friday, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Free

You are invited to join in on our informal, educational, and lighthearted group of parents just like you. This is a 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

Denver Doula Training with Ann Pollack CD/BDT(DONA), CLC, LCCE

2019 Trainings:
June 7 – 9
Sep 6 – 9

By attending this 2-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 Questions@mountainmidwifery.com to let us 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.

 

Fitness classes

Strong As A Mother with Zoe Levine

Reclaim your body. Activate your strength. Empower yourself.

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

This is NOT your typical mom and baby class. This is not bootcamp, it is not yoga. It’s not even about “getting your body back” in that tabloid/weight watchers sense. It is a comprehensive program that educates you about your own body, invites you to reconnect to those areas that feel a bit lost (deep core and pelvic floor!), and lays down a clear path to realign your body, unwind the tight spots, and rebuild your body’s deep strength and stability from the inside out. It is meant to be a great first stop to get you back to that place where you can run without leaking, bootcamp (or hold your baby!) without pain, do yoga without injury and feel great in your own body once again.

Babies and children are welcome, but not required.

Register at www.thethrivingbody.com/moms
Space is limited and are ongoing on a 12 week cycle. Join us for a scheduled free Intro class, or email zoe@thethrivingbody.com to try a class mid session.

Moving Through Pregnancy

Offered once a month Saturdays 3:30-5:30pm

Movement strategies for an easeful pregnancy, empowered birth, and supportive first 6 weeks with baby.
In this 2 hr workshop we will cover

  • best practices for improving alignment for you and baby
  • MELT Method tools for decreasing pain, tension, and discomfort
  • how to move safely through every stage of pregnancy
  • best practices for the first 6 weeks after birth
  • understanding the common changes and issues that come up, how to relieve them, and when to seek help

Comes with mini MELT Foot Treatment Kit and handouts for home practice
Register at www.thethrivingbody.com/calendar 

TESTIMONIALS for Zoe’s classes:

“This class should be required for every new mom that comes in through MMC! It feels just as important as all the other pre birth classes we had to take, maybe even more so. I can’t believe how much of a difference it has made in my life and in my recovery.”
– SAAM students on week 12

“Today as I left I literally felt alive in my body in a way I haven’t in years. Sometimes you don’t know the pain you were in until it’s gone. Best investment into myself ever!”
– Julie H., midwife, speaker, healer

“I loved the weekly in-person classes for the feedback and community (vs. the online work I had been trying). I also loved the simple exercises many of which I had never thought of or heard of before that were so effective. I think everyone needs to know about these exercises! When I do them consistently, my back pain is gone, my neck doesn’t go out, my knees are better, my joints are much better… just gotta stick with it!”
– Lauren S, midwife

“I tried this class because my midwife recommended it (one of her clients had done it and she saw a HUGE difference). Before SAAM I felt very insecure and uncomfortable in my body, and generally achy and weak. Now I feel more connected to my body. I feel so much stronger. I understand what my body needs and how to relieve tension. My posture has also greatly improved. I would highly recommend this class.”
– Joanna

“With two small kids and a full time office job, I don’t take a lot of time for myself. Zoe’s class was worth every precious minute. It helped loosen…and maybe the word is liquify…the many tight, painful, craggy, out-of-alignment spaces in my legs, pelvis, back, and neck. I felt lighter and more fluid. I’ve found that since the class I’ve been much more aware of my body (rather than trying my best to ignore it) and making adjustments to how I sit, stand, and bend over to pick up my kids.”
– Vivien