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/ class helpers

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 an ACM Charge Midwife from Wellington Hospital. She has a Bachelor Of Midwifery.  

Kate Allan is a non-practising Midwife who is having her 2nd baby in August 2019,  she is a baby car seat technician.

Patricia Davey is our volunteer course administrator and class assistant - she has a background in Hypnosis and has completed the Hypnobirth UK training 2018. Disclaimer: Patricia's Hypnotherapy practice is NOT associated with Compass Childbirth Classes and Patricia is regarded as a completely independent practitioner and not associated with the classes in this manner at all. 

Kenepuru Series 12, free course series begins Monday 25 Nov, Dec 2, 9 ( 6pm to 8.45pm) At Kenepuru Education Centre. (The Wgtn Hospital Walking Tour will be on Thursday Dec 12 meet in the Wgtn Hospital 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)At the cancer society rooms. (The Walking Tour of Wgtn Hospital-main foyer on Thursday Dec 12 @ 6pm. TBC )
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27 Nov 2019
last class session for Dec-book for Jan 6 for next class series 2020
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9 Dec 2019
last walking tour for 2019
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12 Dec 2019
Kenepuru #1 free course series begins Mondays January 6,13, 20-Wgtn Anniversary Day,(6pm to 8.45pm) at Kenepuru Education Centre. (Wgtn Hospital Walking tour is on Thursday 23 Jan 2019 @ 7pm meet Wgtn hospital main foyer- TBC)
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6 Jan 2020
Newtown #1 Free course series begins Wednesday, Jan 8,15,22 (6pm to 8-45pm) at the Cancer Society rooms. (Walking tour of Wgtn Hospital is on Thursday 23 Jan @ 6pm, meet in the Hospital main foyer- TBC.)
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8 Jan 2020
Kenepuru #2 Free Course Series begins Monday,(6pm to 8.45pm) on Jan 27, Feb 3 & 10th at Kenepuru Hospital Education Centre (The Walking Tour begins at Wellington Hospital main foyer on Tuesday 11 Feb @ 7pm -TBC)
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27 Jan 2020
Newtown Free Course Series #2 begins Wednesday, January 29, February 5, 12 (6pm to 8.45pm) at the Cancer Society (The walking tour at Wellington Hospital will be on Tuesday 11th Feb 6pm- meeting in the hospital main foyer- TBC)
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29 Jan 2020
Kenepuru #3 Free course series begins Monday February 24, March 2 & 9 ( 6pm to 8.45pm) at Kenepuru Hospital Education Centre. (the WGTN Hospital Walking Tour is on Thurs Mar 12, 2020 @ 7pm- meet in Wgtn Hospital main foyer- TBC)
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24 Feb 2020
Newtown #3 Free course series Wednesday Feb 26, March 4 11 ( 6pm to 8.45pm) at the Cancer Society. (The Wellington Hospital Tour is Thursday 12 March- meet in the hospital main foyer at 6pm - TBC)
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26 Feb 2020
Kenepuru #4 Free Course Series begins Monday, March 16, 23 30th (6pm to 8.45pm) At the Kenepuru Hospital Education Centre (The Walking Tour is Wednesday 2nd April @ 7pm meeting at Wellington Hospital-main foyer- TBC) .
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16 Mar 2020
no classes due to cancer society relay for life mid-to-end of March
18 Mar 2020
Newtown # 4-course series begins with the walking tour at 6pm Wednesday 2nd April meeting at Wellington hospital main atrium, followed by classes Wed 8th 15th and 22nd April at the Cancer Society.
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2 Apr 2020
Newtown Free Course Series 5 begins Wednesday, April 29 and May 6 & 13 (6pm to 8.45pm) At the Cancer Society. ( the Wgtn hospital walking tour meets in the main foyer Wednesday 20 May 6pm. -TBC
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29 Apr 2020
Kenepuru series 5. Free course begins Monday, May 4/ 11/ 18 May (6pm to 8.45pm) at Kenepuru Hospital Education Centre. ( The Wellington Hospital walking tour is Wednesday, May 20th at Wellington Hospital starting in the main foyer 7 pm - TBC)
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4 May 2020
Newtown classes 6 FREE Course series begins Wednesday, June 3, 10, 17 ( 6pm to 8-45pm) at the Cancer Society. ( The Wgtn hospital walking tour meets in the main foyer on 24 June 2020 at 6pm - TBC)
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3 Jun 2020
Kenepuru Series 6. Free Course series begins Monday June 8, 15, 22 (6pm to 8.45pm) at the Kenepuru Hospital Education Centre ( the Wgtn Hospital walking tour is Wednesday 24 June 2020 7pm meeting in Wgtn hospital's main foyer)- TBC
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8 Jun 2020
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