Free antenatal, birth, childbirth, labour, pregnancy, postnatal baby and mother breastfeeding classes.

Welome to Compass Childbirth Classes. We cover Antenatal, Birth, Caring for baby, Breastfeeding and Parenting Classes. (Zoom will replace classes only at Covid19 level 2-4)  
Fully Funded Free classes by Tu Ora Compass Health - a not-for-profit organisation across Wellington and Porirua Cities.  The classes are led by Denise Garcia an LMC Community Midwife with a lovely group of helpers teaching up to date current information. (see below)
Who can attend? A pregnant woman and a support person with a family member or friend.  Hospital tours are available at covid19 level 1 only. If we are in level 3 or 4 each classes will be transferred to a Zoom class. We give email handouts with lots of links for all the sessions.
Kia Ora, talofa, ni hao, namaste, konnichiwa, marhaba, hello, hi to you all and a kind warm welcome. We look forward to meeting you.
Classes are located in Newtown, Churton Park, Kenepuru hospital and Cannons Creek, Porirua.  Late bookings for all classes happily accepted. Choose to attend a weekday class, evening classes, a Saturday Class or 'Online-ZOOM' Class from your home/ office/flat. A hospital walking tour comes free with all classes at covid19 level 1. 

WHEN? Monday or Wednesday evenings or Tuesday mornings. Or a full day Saturday class. 

Compass Childbirth Classes are run by experienced Midwives, a breastfeeding peer support counsellor Melissa Witko- who is fluent in sign language.  Relaxed, informal and jam-packed classes with ideas, tips, and much-needed information.

  • Natural labour and birth
  • Natural pain relief options including Rebezo and a look at hypnosis 
  • Medical Pain Relief Options including epidurals
  • Complex labour and birth-with medical interventions
  • Baby check and what to expect from newborn babies 
  • Breastfeeding your new baby
  • Caring for a new baby- CPR, nappies, Safe Sleep, bathing baby 
  • Parenting tips for sleep and coping with lifestyle changes

We have a postnatal zoom 30 minutes catch up for new mums. Kate Allan will email you a link so you can catch up from home when baby is here.  

link to our Facebook page or Instagram to get regular updates on classes and current information.

HOW TO BOOK:- send an Email or click on the link and so we can match you to your choice of online zoom or in-person classes. Or text 0226739001 Mon- Fri 9 am - 5 pm and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 

Who are we?

  1. Denise Garcia, mum of 6, with 6 mokopuna under 5. An LMC Community Postnatal Midwife, Childbirth Educator and trained Hypnobirth-Midwife-UK.
  2. Kate Allan is a mum of a 1-year-old baby, 9-year-old and step mum to 2 teenagers. She is a qualified baby car seat technician and has a Bachelor of Midwifery
  3. Melissa Witko is a mum of 3 young Pacific Island children, knows sign language, and is Breastfeeding Peer Support Counsellor.  
  4. Sue Allan is mum of 3, grandmother of 2, and a Hospital Charge Midwife with loads of experience. 

We support NICU- NEONATAL TRUST SHOP level 4 Wellington Hospital. They have fabric masks, hire and sell hosptial grade breast-pumps. $40 for a cot size merino baby blanket, or buy a bag of baby clothes for $5   

***Reminder to Book FREE Whooping Cough/ Flu Vaccines in pregnancy at your Doctor.

IF you are unwell or worried abour baby or reduced baby movements  Contact your Midwife IMMEDIATELY or call Wellington Hospital 04-3855999 ask for Delivery Suite / Hutt Hospital 04-5666999 ask for Delivery Suite- We recommend you get advice and get help today - don't delay. 


We are offering a free postnatal catch up on zoom once a month for attendees

The pregnancy guide has links and information to guide you through early pregnancy onwards.

Cancer Society Newtown Wednesday 4, 11, 18 November 6 pm to - 8.30 pm
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4 Nov 2020
Churton Park Community Centre Monday 9 16 23 30 November 2020 7-15 pm to 9.15 pm
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9 Nov 2020
Cannons Creek Tuesday morning 10 17 24 November and Dec 1 from 10am to 12.00
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10 Nov 2020
Cancer Society Newtown Saturday 21 November 9 am - 3.30 pm
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21 Nov 2020
ZOOM CLASS Online Wednesday 2 9 16 December 2020 6-45 pm to 8.45 pm. we will email a link the day before class
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2 Dec 2020
Kenepuru Hospital Education Centre Monday 11 18 25 Jan 2021 6 pm to 8-30 pm
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11 Jan 2021
Cancer Society Newtown Saturday 1 day class 16 Jan 2021 starts 9 am to 3.30 pm
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16 Jan 2021
Cannons Creek Tuesday morning 2 9 16 23 February 2021 from 10am to midday
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2 Feb 2021
Cancer Society Newtown Wednesday 3 10 17 Feb 2021 from 6 pm to 8-30pm
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3 Feb 2021
Churton Park Community Centre Monday 8 15 22 29 March 2020 at 7.15 pm to 9-15pm
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8 Mar 2021
ZOOM CLASS online Wednesday March 3 10 17 6.45 pm to 8.45 pm
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10 Mar 2021
Cannons Creek Tuesday Morning 6 13 20 27 April 2021 from 10am to midday
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6 Apr 2021
Cancer Society Newtown Wednesday 7 14 21 April 2021 from 6 pm to 8.30 pm
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7 Apr 2021
Churton Park Community Centre Monday 10, 17, 24 31 May 2021 from 7.15pm to 9.15pm
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10 May 2021
Cancer Society Newtown Saturday 1 day class 15 May 2021 from 9 am to 3.30 pm plus tour
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15 May 2021
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