Compass Childbirth Classes

About the classes

Compass Childbirth Classes are free classes run by experienced and passionate Midwives in Wellington and Kenepuru. The Midwives run a relaxed, informal and jam-packed with information, tips, and techniques including:

  • What to expect in the third trimester
  • Preparing for labour and birth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Caring for a new baby
  • Parenting
  • grandparents are welcome to attend on our caring for the baby night.

The classes also include an optional guided walking tour of both Wellington and Kenepuru hospitals, as well as the opportunity to ask lots of questions and engage with other parents-to-be.

Compass Health funds classes via the Ministry of Health and CCDHB. The Ministry of Health gave full accreditation after auditing us in 2016.

How to book 

Classes are suitable for mothers and their birth supporter/whanau/ member/friend anytime from week 28 of pregnancy. Classes run for four weeks on a Monday or Wednesday evening, 6 pm to 8.30 pm or occasionally held over two-half days on the weekend. 

You can book online via the class calendar by selecting the dates that suit you. Bookings can be accepted anytime up until the day of the course but book early to avoid disappointment. We will confirm your place in the class via email within the week of booking. For a very late booking or change of plans, we may be able to fit you on an existing class via a phone call or email. 

Class Locations


  • Newtown classes cover parents located in the greater Wellington region: Northland, Ngaio, Karori, CBD, Island Bay, Mt Victoria, Seatoun, Miramar, etc
  • Location is generally at the Cancer Society Rooms at  52 Riddiford St, Newtown. Free parking is available.
  • The venue may change depending on availability. You will be advised of the new location if this applies to your class.


  • Kenepuru classes cover parents located in the Northern Suburbs: Broadmeadows, Khandallah, Johnsonville, Newlands, Churton Park, Tawa, Porirua, Elsdon, Titahi Bay, Plimmerton, Whitby, Papakowhai, Aotea
  • Classes are at Kenepuru Hospital Education Centre. Free parking is available.

About the Midwives/Educators

Denise Garcia is an LMC Midwife for Harbour City Midwives with 20 years experience. She has been teaching Childbirth Education for 30 years with Parents Centre, Tawa College, and private classes for 30 years. Denise has a Masters Degree in Education Leadership, Bachelor of Midwifery, and a Diploma of Childbirth Education. She has completed the UK Hypnobirth for Midwives training 2018.  She is on the two CCDHB committees; Maternity Quality Safety Committee as an LMC. 

Sue Allan is a Core Hospital Charge Midwife from Wellington Hospital. She has a Bachelor Of Midwifery and is a successful business owner.  

Newtown AUGUST FREE Course Series Begins Wednesday,31 July, Wed Aug 7, Thursday, Aug 8, (Walking Tour Wellington Hospital Main Foyer 6pm) is Wed Aug 14.
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31 Jul 2019
Kenepuru August FREE course series begins Aug 5, 12,19 (plus Wgtn hospital tour in main foyer- Wed Aug 14 @7pm -TBC)
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5 Aug 2019
Keneperu September FREE Course series begins Monday, Sept 9, 16, 23. (Wellington hospital tour Thursday 26 Sept meet in main foyer 7pm - TBC)
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9 Sep 2019
Newtown September FREE Course series begins Wednesday, Sept 11, 18, 25, (Wellington Hospital tour meet Thursday 26 Sept in main foyer 6pm -TBC)
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11 Sep 2019
Newtown October FREE Class series Begins Wednesday, October 2,9, 16, (6pm to 8.45pm) Walking Tour Wed 23 October @ 6pm meet in the main foyer.
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2 Oct 2019
Kenepuru October Free Course series begins Monday, October 7, 14, 21 ( Wellington hospital walking tour Wednesday 23 October 7pm- meet in the main foyer TBC)
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7 Oct 2019
Newtown #11 Free Class Series Wednesday Oct 30, Nov 6, 13. (6pm to 8-45pm) Walking tour Wellington Hospital meet in the main foyer Nov 20 6pm -TBC)
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30 Oct 2019
Kenepuru Hospital Education Centre free Course Series #11 begins Monday 4, 11, 18 November 2019 (6pm to 8.45pm) Wellington Hospital walking tour 7pm on 20 NOV -meet in the main foyer -TBC
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4 Nov 2019
Kenepuru Series 12, free course series begins Monday 25 Nov, Dec 2, 9 ( 6pm to 8.45pm) Wellington Hospital walking Tour THURSDAY, Dec 12 meet in the main foyer at 7pm -TBC
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25 Nov 2019
Newtown FREE Course series #12 begins Nov 27, Dec 4, 11 ( 6pm to 8.45pm) Walking tour Wellington Hospital main foyer - THURSDAY Dec 12 @ 6pm. Meet in the main foyer. TBC
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27 Nov 2019
tour see Thursday 12th Dec see above
9 Dec 2019
series 12 tour see above
12 Dec 2019
Kenepuru #1 free course series begins Monday January 13, 20 & 27 (6pm - 8-45pm) Walking Tour Thursday 30 Jan @ 7pm at Wgtn Hospital main foyer TBC
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13 Jan 2020
Newtown #1 Free course series begins Wednesdays Jan 15, 22, 29 (6pm to 8.45pm ) Walking Tour Thursday 30 Jan at 6pm at Wgtn hospital main Foyer TBC)
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15 Jan 2020
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