Compass Childbirth Classes are fully-funded / free classes run by experienced Midwives in Wellington and Kenepuru. The classes are 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

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


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, or alternatively are held over two-half days on a weekend. 


You can book online via the class calendar by selecting the dates that suit you. Bookings may be accepted up until the day of the course, but book early to avoid disappointment. We will confirm your booking via email within the week of booking. 


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.
  • Location may change depending on availability. You will be advised of the 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 located at Kenepuru Hospital Education Centre. Free parking is available.


About the Midwives/Educators


Denise Garcia is a Midwife of 20 years and a mother of six. She has been teaching Childbirth Education for 30 years. Denise has a Masters Degree in Education Leadership.


Sue Allan is a Midwife of six years working at Wellington Hospital and is a mother of three

Course content facilitation by PowerPoint/ Group Activities/ DVD’s / etc Plus A Tour of Delivery Suite

  • Late pregnancy/nutrition/ safe eating/ well health/ FLU and Whooping cough vaccines / and danger signs of pregnancy 
  • Informed Consent - Your Rights using your BRAIN- TO MAKE DECISIONS 
  • 3 Stages of labour and what to do to get through 
  • Labour and birth positions
  • Support persons role
  • Breathing for labour and birth
  • Family Violence 
  • Smoking cessation 
  • Natural pain relief / Medicated pain relief options
  • Medical Interventions- blood tests/ intravenous lines/ fetal monitoring
  • Assisted Birth - Forceps / Ventouse / Caesarean Births
  • What to pack in your hospital bags
  • Post natal care for Mum & Baby
  • Baby Safe Sleeping
  • Baby Bathing DVD to watch
  • Dental care - Bee Healthy
  • Baby sleep signs and settling/ winding techniques
  • Breast-feeding,latching and positioning baby at the breast, milk volumes/ mastitis signs/ nipple and breast care
  • Baby Well Child Checks
  • Baby Immunisation and medical tests 
  • Parenting tips
  • Community support after baby
  • Follow up coffee groups lists organised for those that wish to participate.
  • Compass Health can provide a Interpreter if you need one - please let us know in advance 
  • Any special support or requirements - please let me know before class so we can help as best we can 

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KENEPURU HOSPITAL - SERIES 1 KPH (FREE CLASSES)3 Weeks of classes plus 2 tours includes Wellington tour TBA 6PM - 8.30PM Mondays
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22 Jan 2018
Newtown class Series 1 (Free Classes) 6pm to 8.30pm
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24 Jan 2018, 31 Jan 2018
KENEPURU CLASS SERIES 2KPH (FREE CLASSES) Tour Wellington week 4 TBA 6pm to 8.30pm
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12 Feb 2018, 19 Feb 2018, 26 Feb 2018
NEWTOWN CLASS SERIES 2 (free classes) 6pm to 8.30pm
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14 Feb 2018, 21 Feb 2018, 28 Feb 2018, 7 Mar 2018
KENEPURU HOSPITAL CLASS SERIES 3kph (free classes) tour week 4 in Wellington Delivery Suite TBC 6pm - 8.30pm
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12 Mar 2018, 19 Mar 2018, 26 Mar 2018
NEWTOWN CLASS SERIES 3 (free classes) tour of Wellington hospital TBA 6pm to 8.30pm
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14 Mar 2018, 21 Mar 2018, 28 Mar 2018, 4 Apr 2018
Kenepuru Hospital Class Series 4 (FREE CLASSES) Tour week 4 in Wellington Delivery suite TBC. from 6pm to 8.30pm
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9 Apr 2018, 16 Apr 2018, 23 Apr 2018
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11 Apr 2018, 18 Apr 2018, 25 Apr 2018, 2 May 2018
KENEPURU HOSPITAL CLASS SERIES 5 (FREE CLASSES) tour week 4 in Wellington Delivery Suite TBC 6pm to 8.30pm
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7 May 2018, 14 May 2018, 21 May 2018
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16 May 2018, 23 May 2018, 30 May 2018, 6 Jun 2018
Kenepuru Class series 6 KPH
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11 Jun 2018, 18 Jun 2018, 25 Jun 2018
Newtown class series 6NT (free classes) (Tour Wgtn Delivery suite week 4 TBC) 6pm to 8.30 labour birth and baby
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13 Jun 2018, 20 Jun 2018, 27 Jun 2018, 4 Jul 2018
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