Learn More with MAIA's Classes and Support Groups

Whether you want to learn how to track your fertile signs, navigate the logistics of conception, prepare yourself for childbirth or get support once your baby is born, MAIA’s renowned classes and support groups provide the information you need and the community you seek, all within a safe, affirming space.

Fertility and Preconception

Childbirth Education and Newborn Support

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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?”

Timing is Everything

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!
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Living a Fertile Lifestyle

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.
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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).

REGISTER HERE 

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.

With over 20 years experience assisting birthing families, MAIA midwife Kristin Kali, LM CPM 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

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 Kristin’s guided relaxation exercise:

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SEATTLE:

November 1 – December 20, 2016 – 8 week class series
March 30 – May 18, 2017 – 8 week class series
July 14-16, 2017 – Weekend Intensive
September 5 – October 26, 2017 – 8 week class series
December 8-10, 2017  – Weekend Intensive

BERKELEY: Weekend Intensives

January 6-8, 2017
March 31-April 2, 2017
July 28-30, 2017
November 3-5, 2017

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

Register Here for Upcoming Groups:

Winter Series 2016-2017: 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11
Spring Series 2017: 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13
Summer Series 2017: 5/27, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12

Groups meet on Saturdays from 10:30am to 12:30pm for 12 consecutive weeks.

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.  You can read more about this group on the PEPS website.

MAIA PEPS groups are now accepting families citywide. As this program grows, we will begin to divide the groups geographically and by baby’s birth date. 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. Scholarships are available for families in need. Contact info@maiamidwifery.com 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!  If groups don’t fill by 30 days before the start date, we push back the start date until there are enough families for the group to run.

Conception Options for LGBTQ Families

Join local Seattle fertility and family-building experts to explore building your family through pregnancy, from low tech options at home to assisted reproduction in a clinic and basic legal issues.  There will be ample time for Q&A – don’t miss this opportunity to ask your questions and get valuable, expert advice!
  • Preconception decision making
  • Known donor considerations
  • Working with a sperm bank
  • Home insemination
  • IUI at home or in the clinic
  • In vitro fertilization (IVF) and mini-IVF
  • IVF with partner egg
  • Embryo adoption
  • Fertility preservation
  • Legal issues
This event is held twice per year in the Calamus Auditorium at Gay City Health Project.  
Next Conception Options event:  Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 2-4pm  
Due to the popularity of this event and the limited number of seats available, we are charging $10 per person to secure your spot.  Additional seats may be available the day of the event, however it is highly recommended that you register ahead of time.  
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Queer Conception: Midwifery Approaches to Donor Insemination & Boosting Fertility

Centering queer and transmasculine pregnancy yet open to all, this class is 3 hours FULL of the best in midwifery model fertility approaches – which means knowing your body, knowing how it works, being empowered to make choices that support your health and lead to the best outcomes…all while being supported you in who you are and what is right for your family. 

INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF SUCCESS WITH PERFECT INSEMINATION TIMING.

Save thousands of dollars on vials of donor sperm by pinpointing YOUR body’s best insemination timing. Learn to understand your body’s unique ovulation pattern. With a little homework, you can utilize the services of a fertility clinic to inseminate at the time that is right for your body or improve your chances with a known donor at home.

UNDERSTAND YOUR BODY’S DAILY NEEDS FOR HORMONE BALANCE AND PEAK FERTILITY.

This functional approach to fertility enhancement will not only support you in getting pregnant, it will also help you emotionally weather the insemination process and go on to carry a healthy pregnancy.

Sunday, January 15 at 4:00 – 7:00pm
Location:  Six Degrees Health, 1st Floor, 204 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON
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