COMPASS CHILDBIRTH CLASSES ARE SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID 19

QUESTION:- HOW DO WE PROTECT PREGNANT WOMEN FROM THE CORONA VIRUS?

ANSWER:- BY LIMITING CONTACT WITH OTHERS- OUR CLASSES MUST STOP NOW!

COMPASS CHILDBIRTH CLASSES ARE SUSPENDED IMMEDIATELY DUE TO COVID-19
WELLINGTON HOSPITAL HAVE ALSO CANCELLED ALL CHILDBIRTH &  BREASTFEEDING CLASSES IN AN EFFORT TO KEEP OUR PREGNANT VULNERABLE WOMEN & UNBORN BABIES, SAFER.  

PLEASE MAKE A PLAN WITH YOUR MIDWIFE ABOUT THE IMPACT OF CORONA VIRUS ON APPOINTMENTS IN CLINICS OR HOME VISITS.  MIDWIFE CLINIC, THE HOSPTIAL AND PHARMACIES ARE DOING SAFE DISTANCING- REMAIN TWO ARM LENGTHS AWAY FROM EVERYONE. SUPPORT PERSON:- ALLOW TIME FOR A  PICK UP THE HOSPITAL FILL THE PRESCRIPTION ON THE DAY BEFORE YOU GO HOME- SO YOU CAN GO STRIGHT HOME WITH MUM AND BABY. KEEP BABY SAFE AND AWAY  

DESPITE COVID-19 MIDWIFERY AND  ANTENATAL CHECKUPS ARE IMPORTANT AND NOT TO BE MISSED.  PLEASE MAKE CONTACT WITH YOUR MIDWIFE / GP HEALTHLINE FOR ADVICE IF YOU ARE UNWELL- KEEP BABY SAFE BY BEING SEEN REGULARLY. 

PLEASE CONSIDER THE NEED TO PREPARE EARLY BY HAVING A HAND OR ELECTRIC BREASTFEEDING  PUMP IN ADVANCE OR HIRE ONE ON YOUR WAY HOME FROM WELLINGTON HOSPITAL NEONATAL TRUST SHOP JUST OPPOSITE DELIVERY SUITE, LEVEL 4.

THE NEONATAL TRUST SHOP ARE GETTING IN EXTRA HAND AND ELECTRIC BREASTPUMPS TO HIRE OR BUY TO ENSURE YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED WHEN YOU GO HOME. THEY ALSO HAVE WOOLLEN SINGLETS AND BABY CLOTHES FOR SALE  https://www.neonataltrust.org.nz/trust-shop  

EARLY POSTNATAL DISCHARGES CAN BE DISCUSSED WITH YOUR MIDWIFE IN ADVANCE IF YOU ARE A WELL MOTHER AND HAVE HAD A FULL TERM HEALTHY WELL BABY. 

THE HOSPITAL IS LIMITING VISITORS AND FAMILY IN DELIVERY SUITE AND THE POSTNATAL PODS TO PROTECT OUR NEWEST HUMANS. 1 SUPPORT PERSON ONLY AT ALL TIMES AND NO CHILDREN. 

VISITORS / PATIENTS MUST WASH THEIR HANDS-ON ENTRY AND LEAVING THE HOSPITAL. 

PLEASE INFORM YOUR DOCTOR/ MIDWIFE/ HOSPITAL IF ANYONE IS SELF ISOLATING AT HOME OR IF ANYONE IS UNWELL - IN WHICH CASE FACETIME OR SHORT POSTNATAL VISITS MAY BE NEEDED.  WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR VALUABLE STAFF AS WELL SO THEY CAN CONTINUE TO LOOK AFTER MORE WOMEN AND BABIES. 

FOR REGULAR UPDATES RELATED TO PREGNANCY  https://www.healthline.com/health-news/coronavirus-may-less-harmful-for-children-pregnant-women 

THE FLU VACCINE AND WHOOPING COUGH IS FREE TO PREGNANT WOMEN AND IS IS AVAILABLE NOW AT YOUR GP OR PHARMACY- GET IN EARLY AS DEMAND IS HIGH. FAMILY TO DO THIS TOO PLEASE WITH A COST.  https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/healthy-living/immunisation/immunisation-pregnant-women

PREGNANCY LABOUR AND POSTNATAL INFORMATION AND VIDEOS INCLUDING ANTENATAL HAND EXPRESSING,  BREASTFEEDING, BABY CARES AT HOME -GO TO CCDHB PREGNANCY SERVICES WEBSITE FOR VIDEOS, VIRTUAL TOURS AND MATERNITY POSTNATAL CARE INFORMATION. https://www.ccdhb.org.nz/our-services/maternity/ccdhb-pregnancy-services/     INFORMATION ON HOW TO MAKE SURE BABY IS GETTING ENOUGH MILK AND HOW TO LATCH YOUR BABY. 

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS CALL YOUR MIDWIFE OR  FREE THE COVID-19 HEALTHLINE 08003585453  ABOUT THE CORONA VIRUS. 

 http://www.areyouok.org.nz/  STOP FAMILY VIOLENCE GET HELP PLEASE! AND FOR WOMEN WHO NEED HELP THE LINK TO WOMENS REFUGE

TOUGH TIMES AHEAD SO PLEASE CONNECT TO FAMILY, NEIGHBOURS AND FRIENDS VIA FACETIME  AND KEEP TALKING - WISHING YOU ALL WELL. STAY CALM AND KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE DAILY UPDATES ON COVID-19 https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirusps://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus  

KIND REGARDS TO YOU ALL. DENISE, SUE, KATE AND PATRICIA. 

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

  • 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

  • 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 and a Diploma in UK Hypnobirth for Midwives, She is on the two CCDHB committees. 

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

Kate Allan is a non-practising Midwife with a new baby, she is a baby car seat technician.

Patricia Davey is our volunteer course assistant - she has a background in Hypnosis and Teaching First Aid and has completed the UK Hypnobirth Diploma course 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. 

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

Saturday class 8.45 for a 9 am start.9AM-MIDDAY labour, birth/pain relief/natural birth to caesareans. 1 PM TO 4 PM Baby & mother postnatal, breastfeeding. BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH. Tour TBA.
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25 Apr 2020
Newtown Free Course Series 5 begins Wednesday, 29 April, 6 & 13 May 2020 (6 pm to 8.45 pm) At the Cancer Society. The Wgtn hospital walking tour meets in the Hospital Atrium by the escalator ain foyer Wednesday, May 20 at 6 pm. (TBC)
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29 Apr 2020
Kenepuru Series 6. Course series begins Monday, May 25, June 1(Queens Bday), June 8, (6 pm to 8.45 pm) at the Kenepuru Hospital Education Centre. The Wellington Hospital walking tour is Thursday 11 June at 7 pm meeting Wellington Hospital Main Atrium, by the escalator)- TBC
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25 May 2020
Newtown classes 6 FREE Course series begins Wednesday, June 3, 10, 17 (6 pm to 8-45pm) at the Cancer Society. ( The Wgtn hospital walking tour meets in the Main Atrium by the Escalator Thursday 11 June at 6 pm -TBC)
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3 Jun 2020
Saturday class 8.45 for 9 am start. 9 am to midday labour, natural & medical birth, pain relief options, caesarean section. 1 pm to 4 pm Baby and mother postnatal cares, breastfeeding. BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH - Tour TBA.
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20 Jun 2020
 
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