BIRTH & pARENTING CLASSES AND GROUPS
at Denver Center for Birth & Wellness
The following classes and groups are held on-site at Denver Center for Birth & Wellness, and are open to clients birthing at the center as well as with other providers in the community. These classes will ground and prepare families for an optimal birthing experience and healthy transition with their growing family. All families birthing at the center are asked to attend the appropriate classes based on their history and experience. Please contact us with any questions regarding class requirements based on your previous birthing experiences.
New Mama Mornings Support Group
This gathering will facilitate a community space for mothers and their babies to rejuvenate their motherhood pride by receiving and providing support to and from their new mama community. Each week mother’s will have the opportunity to receive lactation support, weigh their baby and ask questions. We believe it truly takes a village - this weekly class will build togetherness and support amongst families!
* Mothers and children will have the opportunity to gather for an hour and a half weekly. We meet every Tuesday from 11:30AM - 01:00PM
Breastfeeding Support Group
This group provides a facilitated support group in a community space for mothers and their babies. These mothers will receive help and hands on support offered by our staff nurse and IBCLC. This group provides one-on-one breastfeeding support in a group setting. Mother’s will receive lactation support, weigh their baby, ask questions and bond with other breastfeeding mothers.
* Mothers and children will have the opportunity to gather for an hour and a half every week. We meet every Wednesday from 10:00AM - 11:30AM.
Toddler Support Group
This group is for families to gather as a community. Our space provides a support group in a community environment for families and their toddlers/babies who are seeking a space for gathering as a community with growing toddlers who desire a time to socialize and connect.
* Families and children will have the opportunity to gather for an hour and a half weekly. We meet every Thursday from 10:00AM - 11:30AM
About the Instructors:
Jacie Gonzales, Birth Support Program Manager - HypnoBirthing® & Breastfeeding Educator and Birth Assistant, her experience of teaching classes for well over a decade as a HypnoBirthing® educator combined with the center’s unique culture and mission, delivers a comprehensive and customized experience for families looking to achieve a natural or birth center birth. Classes provide families with the evidence-based birth education and empowerment they need to feel prepared for their birth experience.
Cheryl Rempel, BSN, RN, IBCLC is the instructor for our breastfeeding and newborn classes. Cheryl has experience as a nurse, as well as, serving as a La Leche League leader supporting and encouraging mothers in their breastfeeding journeys. Cheryl's passion for the positive role that education plays in birth and breastfeeding led her to become an educator and lactation consultant (IBCLC) . Over the past five years she has taught hundreds of breastfeeding and childbirth classes.
Zoe Levine is a certified personal trainer and movement educator specializing in pre and postnatal fitness, and post rehab exercise. She is the creator of Strong As A Mother, a pelvic health specialist and midwife recommended postnatal fitness program that addresses core and pelvic floor health through whole body alignment. Her practice is informed by her work as a dancer, mother of 2, Advanced MELT Method instructor, and Restorative Exercise Specialist through Katy Bowman and Nutritious Movement(TM). She has also studied Craniosacral Therapy, Prenatal yoga, and is trained as a doula.
HypnoBirthing® Series – October 30th 6-9PM (this class meets on Wednesdays Oct 30th-Dec 4th)
Childbirth Refresher - October 18th 3-5:30PM
Breastfeeding - October 5th 9AM-12PM
Newborn and Postpartum Care - September 23rd 6-8:30PM
Newborn and Postpartum Care - October 28th 6-8:30PM
Moving Through Pregnancy - September 21st 3-5PM
All classes are continually held monthly and new dates are posted regularly. Please check back if the time-frame most appropriate for your due date is not yet posted.
birth and parenting classes:
HypnoBirthing® for Natural Birth
A class for all families new to natural birth or wanting a renewed education and connection with natural birthing techniques. This customized class empowers families to be engaged, aware, healthy, and to make their own choices. We strongly embrace the power of partner support and will focus on well-equipping the partner with numerous tools to be a trusted support and comfort to the mother. Your instructor brings years of true to life experience and an evidence-based curriculum helping each couple to gain the techniques which build trust and confidence and release fear.
*Parents will gather for five, three hour sessions. Suggested attendance at approximately 30 weeks.
Childbirth Refresher for Experienced Families
A class for families that have previously given birth naturally, either in or out-of-hospital. This one time class refresher will reignite your confidence in your innate abilities and strength and refresh your toolkit of skills to utilize for the preparation and birth of your baby. Your instructor will provide the necessary information for you to feel prepared for all that a birth center experience brings.
*Parents will gather for one, two & 1/2-hour session. Suggested attendance at approximately 28-32 weeks.
Newborn and Postpartum Care
This class will provide parents with tools for gentle infant care to turn to following birth at the center. Educators will emphasize in-home tools for early discharge, recovery in the home environment, baby and parent bonding and early warning signs to report to baby’s caregiver.
*Parents will gather for one, two & 1/2-hour session. Suggested attendance at approximately 32-36 weeks.
This class will normalize breastfeeding, prepare parents for a healthy and exclusive breastfeeding relationship, and empower parents to manage pitfalls that lead to early cessation of breastfeeding, including return to work. Educators will facilitate breastfeeding empowerment and support by drawing from their years of experience and wisdom supporting parents.
*Parents will gather for one, three-hour session. Suggested attendance at approximately 32-36 weeks.
Moving Through Pregnancy
Learn movement strategies for an easeful pregnancy, empowered birth, and supportive first six weeks with baby.
Instruction will include best everyday practices and habits for improving alignment for you and encouraging ideal positioning for baby to better support the natural birth process. You'll gain confidence in understanding how to move safely and comfortably through every stage of pregnancy as well as what to expect in those first 6 weeks after baby. You'll also learn MELT method tools for decreasing pain, tension, and discomfort to bring into your home practice through pregnancy and beyond. Zoe will be sure you leave with a thorough understanding of the common changes and issues that come up, how to relieve them, and when to seek help.
*Mothers will gather once prenatally for a two hour session. Suggested attendance anytime prenatally.
Cost $25 (or $15 if purchased with HypnoBirthing Series)
*Equipment will be provided which will be available for purchase if you want to start your own home practice.* MELT Hand And Foot Treatment Kit: $25 *Soft Foam Roller: $40