Learn More with MAIA's Classes and Support Groups
Fertility and Preconception
Childbirth Education and Newborn Support
- Childbirth Class for LGBTQ Families (Seattle and Berkeley)
- PEPS Groups for LGBTQ Families (Seattle)
- FREE Legal Workshop for Second Parent Adoption – 11/15/2017
Fertility and Conception Webinars
MAIA’s Fertility and Conception Webinars are for those who are:
- planning to conceive sometime in the next 6-12 months and wanting to be prepared
- getting ready to start trying and wondering how to maximize chances for success
- already trying and wondering, “What can I do to make this work?”
Discover what you need to know to conceive quickly and successfully! Learn how to use your own body’s signals for perfect timing – especially for those conceiving with frozen donor sperm. Understand the value of charting your fertility signs, what to chart and how to interpret what your body is telling you. This is a 2 hour class – a fantastic value!
Watch Timing is Everything on Vimeo.
Understand how the body works and why certain things enhance or detract from your fertile health. This class will support you not only to get pregnant, but also to carry a healthy pregnancy. Perfect for those who have been trying for a while, as well as those who are planning to start trying within the next year.
Watch Living a Fertile Lifestyle on Vimeo.
Queer Conception Support Group
Build community with queer identified parents-to-be and share the ups and downs of the conception process in a safe, affirming space.
Draw on a community of support that will carry you through the conception process, into pregnancy and well into the years of parenting to come. Compare notes with others who are charting their cycles, navigating the role of the nongestational parent, and making major financial decisions in the process of bringing a child into the world. Discuss gender identity and expression and how this affects decision making before and during pregnancy. Explore issues around race and family of origin. Talk about all the aspects of the conception process that are unique to queer families, in a safe space with experienced, professional group facilitation. Facilitated by midwife Kristin Kali, LM CPM.
Meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, 7:00-8:30pm at the MAIA office in Columbia City, Seattle. Registration is $60 per person and is good for 3 months (six meetings).
At MAIA, we are committed to providing venues for queer families to create community. We create the opportunity, but ONLY YOU can create your community! If you are currently trying to conceive or even just making plans to conceive, don’t wait – join this group today!
Childbirth Class for LGBTQ Families
Complete preparation for birth in a queer/trans centered environment.
Preparing you for birth while helping build your community, MAIA brings you this one-of-a-kind, queer centered and gender inclusive childbirth class. This class provides complete preparation for hospital, birth center or home birth, including:
- stages of labor
- anatomy and physiology of birth
- coping with labor
- comfort measures for birth
- partner support
- decision-making during labor
- what to expect in the first hours and days with your new baby
Our curriculum draws from Penny Simkin’s childbirth prep materials as well as the Birthing From Within philosophy. Queer-specific topics such as intentional family-building, gender identity and expression, and the central role of nongestational parents are woven throughout the childbirth preparation material. Presented with a blend of lecture, group discussion, experiential learning, and inner exploration, this class is an experience not to be missed! We consistently get rave reviews like the ones you can read here. Every time class ends, we hear the words, “We are SO GLAD we took this class!”
Listen to MAIA midwife Kristin Kali’s guided relaxation exercise:
WHY WE TEACH THIS CLASS AS A WEEKEND INTENSIVE: Over 13 years of providing this class to birthing families, we have found the Weekend Intensive model to be the most effective at preparing families for birth. The class is modeled after the progression through labor, starting with getting into your body and setting the tone for labor, coping with increasing intensity of contractions, finding your groove and working together with your birth partner, making choices about your care, facing fears and moving through the unexpected, and adjusting to life with a new baby.
Classes are held Friday evening 6-9pm, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 9am-3pm. Click a link below to register:
NEW DATE! February 2-4, 2018
NEW DATE! April 27-29, 2018
At MAIA, we are committed to providing venues for queer families to create community. We create the opportunity, but ONLY YOU can create your community! If you are pregnant now, don’t wait – REGISTER TODAY! If classes don’t fill by 30 days before the start date, the class will be canceled.
MAIA PEPS Groups for LGBTQ Families
Using the curriculum from the popular Program for Early Parents Support (PEPS) and integrating material that is specific to LGBTQ families, these facilitated support groups are a fantastic way to create community and find support during your child’s first year. Read more about this group on the PEPS website. Groups meet on Saturdays in members’ homes for 12 consecutive weeks.
Register for upcoming groups:
Winter Series 2018: 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24
Spring Series 2018: 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23
MAIA PEPS groups are now accepting families throughout Seattle and the Eastside. Groups will be arranged geographically as long as we have enough families to do so. We are especially looking to welcome more families from the North end and the Eastside, as well as more gay male families! Be sure to sign up early for the best chances of sticking close to home for this group! Meeting times will be announced as soon as we know whether or not we can do a geographic split.
Please note that in order to accommodate the needs of families with very young babies who are meeting in cozy living rooms without a lot of space to move around, we cannot meet the needs of walking toddlers or older siblings.
Registration fee: $105 per parent (per parent registration fee allows for proper billing of single parents, couples, and group families). Scholarships are available for families in need. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
At MAIA, we are committed to providing venues for queer families to create community. We create the opportunity, but ONLY YOU can create your community! If you are pregnant now, don’t wait – REGISTER TODAY! Early registration will assist us in connecting you with other families close to your home.
FREE Legal Workshop for Second Parent Adoption
Free Clinic with Local Family Law Attorneys for Second Parent Adoption!
Join us for an evening of camaraderie and support in filling out paperwork for the second parent adoption process. Facilitated by Kirstyn Palmisano of V. Freitas Law who will walk you through the process of completing your own second parent adoption and explain the legal protections it provides for LGBTQ2S parents. The necessary legal paperwork will be provided for free, and several volunteer attorneys will be available to answer questions. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity!
REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY 11/10/17 – THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL
When: November 15, 2017 at 4-7pm
Where: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 500 5th Avenue North, Seattle WA
Enter through Main Reception. Arrive from 4-6pm; doors close at 6.
Light refreshments will be served. Babes-in-arms welcome. No childcare provided.
Questions? Call Kat at 206.861.5369 or email email@example.com