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.  

Keneperu May FREE course series begins, Monday 13, 20, 27 May (tour June 5 at Wellington Delivery Suite)
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13 May 2019
Newtown May FREE Course Series Begins Wednesday, May 15, 22,29 (Tour June 5 TBC)
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15 May 2019
Newtown June FREE Course Series begins, Wednesday, June 12, 19, 26 & (TOUR Wellington Hospital July 3- TBC)
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12 Jun 2019
Kenepuru June FREE Course series begins June 17, June 24 & July 1 (Tour July 3 at Wellington Delivery Suite TBC)
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17 Jun 2019
Newtown July Free Course Series Begins Wednesday, July 10, 17, 24 (Tour THURS 25 JULY Wgtn Delivery Suite TBC)
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10 Jul 2019
Keneperu July FREE Course Series Begins July 15, 22, 29 (Wgtn Delivery Suite Tour Thursday July 25th TBC)
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15 Jul 2019
Newtown AUGUST FREE Course Series Begins Wednesday,31 July, Wed Aug 7, Thursday, Aug 8, Tour wellington hospital 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 - Wed Aug 14 -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 - TBC)
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9 Sep 2019
Newtown September FREE Course series begins Wednesday, Sept 11, 18, 25, (Wellington Hospital tour Thursday 26 Sept TBC)
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11 Sep 2019
Newtown October FREE Class series Begins Wednesday, October 2,9, 16, tour 23 October.
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2 Oct 2019
Kenepuru October Free Course series begins Monday, October 7, 14, 21 ( Wellington hospital tour Wednesday 23 October TBC)
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7 Oct 2019
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