Community and Courses

Community is very important to us, and is one answer to the isolation that some people experience when becoming parents - be it in the nuclear family, as single parents or in diverse constellations. Facilitating a network of mutual exchange and support among families and providers is central to our mission.

To encourage this, we offer our queer birth preparation classes and a variety of workshops, as well as interdiciplinary round tables and trainings. In the future, a major goal for us is finding a way to offer "Community Prenatals" and group appointments.

It is important to us that these are safer spaces. This means that state, hierarchical, and economic violence of any kind is not welcome.

Class and seminar calendar

For descriptions please check below!

September 2023

Queer/Trans* Birth Preparation Class: 9th + 10th September 2023
where: tba (Berlin)

October 2023

Workshop DIY Insemination: 11th October from 18-20:00
(in German, questions can be answered in English)
at Regenbogen Familienzentrum (Berlin) Register through:

November 2023

Queer/Trans* Birth Preparation Class: 18th + 19th November 2023, 10am - 5pm
where: tba (Berlin)

December 2023

Workshop DIY Insemination: 4th of December from 18-20:00
(in German, questions can be answered in English)
at Regenbogen Familienzentrum (Berlin) Register through:

January 2024

Queer/Trans* Birth Preparation Class: 27th and 28th of January 2024 approx. 9-17h
Location: Köln/Cologne (Sozialistische Selbsthilfe Köln-Mülheim)
Please send registrations for the course in Cologne to:

February 2024

Queer/Trans* Birth Preparation Class:  17th + 18th February 2024, 10am -5pm
where: tba (Berlin)

Birth Preparation class for queers

*** Our Birth Preparation classes are taught in German, but a translator is welcome to attend with you ***

Please check out the German site for a description.

DIY Insemination Workshop

DIY Insemination is a way for people to get pregnant. In this seminar we want to share information about different methods of DIY Insemination with you, as well as our  experiences and insights. This course is for FLINTA* people (Women, Lesbians, Inter, Nonbinary and Trans*people.
We'll present the different variations of insemination, tools and techniques, as well as talk about the relevant anatomy, cycle observation and share a few tips about creating good conditions for conception. We also want to create a space for you to ask questions, and have an open exchange about DIY insemination in the group.
At the end of the evening, we may be joined by a person who has become pregnant via DIY Insemination themselves, and would like to share their experience.

Click contact to sign up for our classes, or check the websites of our hosts where listed.

Queer Birthworkers Retreat

To all queer/trans*/inter*/non-binary/allied people working in and around birth care (midwives*, doctors*, doulas, students, etc):

Let's connect this summer!

Do you feel like spending three days together in an idyllic forest setting with great food and lots of opportunities to relax, focusing on queer-feminist birth care? Then sign up for the Queer-sensitive Birthcare Networking Retreat!

The intention is to create a space for exchange on various antenatal topics as well as community building, skill sharing and empowerment. To this end, participants are invited to contribute their own ideas for topics, input, and sharing as part of the open-space format. Unlike in recent years, where Cocoon has given a workshop, there is no such pre-set program at the networking meeting. Waldschlößchen is offering us the space to network, and that's exactly what we want to do together.

We will have time to go swimming in the lake, revive topics and projects that have been left undone over the last few years while on walks in the woods, or simply sit around the campfire together and enjoy the balmy summer evenings.
This networking retreat is whatever you want it to be, so that in addition to plenty of time to relax, these three days will be actively shaped by your input and wishes. You are welcome to give presentations, propose discussion groups, share your tips and tricks with the group, or show films. You can and should also bring in unfinished thoughts, first brainstorm project ideas as well as sensitive topics: We will support you in finding forms for this. Write us your thoughts on topics/discussion wishes/questions/projects by April 15th, 2023, so that Margo can develop a comprehensive schedule from them.

The organization and moderation will be done by Margo (no pronouns): Margo is an education consultant and otherwise on the road between science and activism and is looking forward to creating three wonderful days together with you. As the contact person for all organizational matters, questions and the schedule, Margo is looking forward to creating three wonderful days together with us.
For all answers to this email, as well as questions and queries, please write to Margo at this email address:

To sign up, please go directly to the Waldschlößchen website: 

Even though it will still be many months until we can enjoy the warm weather together, we are already looking forward to these three days with you!