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. 

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
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) walking tour on Thursday 23 Jan 2019 7pm at Wgtn hospital
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6 Jan 2020
Newtown #1 Free course series begins Wednesday, Jan 8,15,22 (6pm to 8-45pm) Walking tour Thursday 23 Jan 6pm meet at Wellington Hospital Atrium.
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8 Jan 2020
Kenepuru #2 Free Course Series begins Monday,6pm to 8.45pm on Jan 27, Feb 3 & 10th Tour TBA
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27 Jan 2020
Newtown Free Course Series #2 begins Wednesday (6pm to 8.45pm) January 29, February 5, 12 (walking tour Wellington Hospital to be confirmed)
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29 Jan 2020
Kenepuru #3 Free course series begins Mondays(6pm to 8.45pm) on February 24, March 2 & 9 Walking Tour Wellington Thurs Mar 12, 2020 @ 7pm
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24 Feb 2020
Newtown #3 Free course series Wednesday, (6pm to 8.45pm) Feb 26, March 4 11 (Wellington Hospital Tour Thursday 12 March)
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26 Feb 2020
Kenepuru #4 Free Course Series begins Monday, March 16, 23 30th (6pm to 8.45pm) Walking Tour Wednesday 2nd April @ 7pm at Wellington Hospital.
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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 at Wellington hospital atrium, wed 8th 15th and 22nd classes.
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2 Apr 2020
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