Free Women's Infertility Support Group

Infertility can be an enormous challenge on many levels—physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially, and interpersonally. But it can also be an opportunity to grow emotionally and spiritually. These FREE monthly groups are a place for women to come and share their experiences and feelings with others who are facing difficulties with infertility and pregnancy loss. The sessions will begin with a sharing circle and centering breath work and end with a guided meditation. At each session, a different topic will be considered to encourage sharing and healing. Topics that will be covered include: coping with stress, grief and loss, embracing acceptance, and envisioning the future. 

These groups will be facilitated by Brooke Vanek, MA, LP, NCC. Brooke is a Registered Psychotherapist and National Certified Counselor (NCC) who has been working in the field of mental health since 2008. She is passionate about helping people navigate the intense levels of stress and anxiety that dealing with a reproductive concern brings and has seen first-hand how stress can negatively impact our health, relationships, and ability to fully connect with the world around us. Brooke has undergone specialized training focused on reproductive mental health and her specialties include: pregnancy, postpartum, infertility and pregnancy loss. Brooke is the owner and director of Luna Counseling Center in Denver.

Please Note: On Wednesday, October 16, Brooke is travelling and will not be able to facilitate our Fertility Support Group. However, Jill Oulman (our previous group facilitator for more than 5 years) is very much looking forward to filling in and reconnecting with the group. Brooke will be back for our November meeting.

Jill Oulman is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Councelor (NCC) who works with a variety of concerns with a focus on Reproductive Mental Wellness. She works with individuals and couples as they navigate the emotions which often accompany challenging reproductive experiences. Jill connects with clients through pregnancy, fertility treatments, infertility, pregnancy loss, or navigating the postpartum period.

  • When: Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 PM:  10/16
  • Where: Acupuncture Denver 
  • Sign up: Online

If you sign up but cannot attend one or more sessions, please let us know by the day before so that we can get an accurate headcount. Please call or email us for more information, or click here to sign up for the upcoming group.


Acupressure for Pain Relief During Labor

Acupressure is a simple, safe, and non-invasive technique that has been shown to be effective in relieving pain and discomfort during all stages of labor.  Applying pressure to specific acupuncture points can promote the flow of vital energy needed during labor. This energy can be viewed in Western medical terms as the release of endorphins to block pain receptors, dilating the cervix, and increasing efficiency of contractions.  It allows a woman in labor to settle more comfortably into the waves of contractions and encourage her to open and connect with her body rather than close and resist pain.

This class will cover specific acupuncture points for labor, their function, and location on the body.  One of the benefits of acupressure during labor is that it is a hands-on technique that encourages partner involvement, so please bring your birth partner and/or support people.  We will also provide a booklet to take home. This class will be offered quarterly. 

  • When: TBD
  • Where: Acupuncture Denver
  • Cost: $50 per couple  
  • Sign up: Coming soon!

This class will be facilitated by Merry Reasons, Associate Acupuncturist at Acupuncture Denver.  Merry has been in practice since 2004, and specializing in fertility, prenatal and postpartum care, pre-birth acupuncture, and women’s health since joining the practice in 2008. She has had extensive training in acupuncture for labor and delivery and is passionate about creating a safe, healing space for clients to open their heart and trust the journey in front of them. 

Free Meditation Sessions

Learn to meditate! We offer a free meditation class one evening per month. We will do some simple opening qigong, teach calm-abiding and tong-len meditation, and have a sitting/walking meditation session for approximately 30 minutes. If you have never learned to meditate and want to learn basic sitting meditation as well as the Tibetan Buddhist compassion practice tong-len, this is a great class for you. You can come once or make it a monthly routine. While we do not charge for this class, we ask that you make a donation for us to pass on to the non-profit organization, WEEMA International - Empowering Ethiopian Communities. Call us at 303-929-9582 or email to learn more. 

  • When: TBD
  • Where: Acupuncture Denver
  • Cost: Free or donation to non-profit organization
  • Sign up: Coming soon!