Melissa Spilsted is the director and founder of Hypnobirthing Australia™. She is recognised as Australia’s leading expert in hypnobirthing nationwide and internationally. She teaches childbirth educators, caregivers and parents throughout Australia and the world.
She is a passionate advocate for natural birthing; but also recognises that sometimes the safest delivery for mother and baby is via c-section. In addition to being one of Australia’s most popular and recognised hypnobirthing instructors, she has pioneered a special course to prepare parents for caesarean birth which is receiving national and international acclaim.
She brings to her hypnotherapy and hypnobirthing classrooms 25 years of training experience and professional qualifications. In addition to this – Melissa has successfully used hypnobirthing techniques three times herself and has had three beautiful, peaceful and calm natural births!
Melissa Spilsted is a certified Hypnobirthing Practitioner & Childbirth Educator (HPCE), a registered Teacher (B.Ed, B.Arts), a Clinical Hypnotherapist (CHt), a member of CAPEA (Childbirth & Parenting Educators Australia), has appeared on Channel 9 – Today Show in 2020, Channel 7 Sunrise in 2019 & 2015, Radio 6PR (Perth), 2GB & 4BC National Radio, written for Mother and Baby Magazine, appeared in Practical Parenting Magazine & The Australian Woman’s Weekly, Mama Mia, Australia Birth Stories Podcast and various other publications, lectured midwives and midwifery students in local universities and hospitals and her work has been showcased at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.
This is what she says…
“When pregnant with my first child, I must admit that I was quite fearful of the perceived ‘pain’ associated with labour and childbirth – everyone I met seemed to have a horror story to tell. When my husband and I attended antenatal classes they passed an epidural needle around the group – it was HUGE. I then read up on the different drugs offered during labour and was horrified to learn of the documented side effects for both mother and baby – not to mention the unknown ones.
I decided that there had to be another way. Women had been giving birth since the beginning of time – our bodies are so remarkably complex and well designed – I found it hard to believe that the childbirth process was so flawed! I recognised the power of the mind-body connection and wished to utilise that for my birthing. That is when I discovered Hypnobirthing.
I was a bit sceptical at first, but thought I would give it a go. With only three weeks to go before my due date, my husband and I learnt hypnotherapy and hypnobirthing techniques for birthing. Thank goodness we did! I did really embrace a hypnobirthing philosophy, but I found the practice cds (in another accent) to be sometimes difficult to listen to – so I made my own recordings and incorporated some of my own conditioning/breathing techniques into my daily preparation. My births were beautiful, smooth and calm and I attribute this to the knowledge that my husband and I had acquired about the birthing process, hypnobirthing techniques learnt, support from my birth partner and my own program of ‘conditioning’.
I believe so strongly in the positive outcomes of using hypnobirthing that I now completely focus my hypnotherapy and teaching practice on sharing these techniques with parents and training new Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioners. I am very proud to know that I have made a positive difference to many family’s lives through education and the sharing of this these techniques.
It’s time for women to become empowered and elated by the birth process once again, and this is absolutely possible with hypnobirthing. My dream is that all babies have the opportunity to enter this world in a beautiful, calm and positive environment – the way nature intended.”
Melissa holds both group and individual hypnobirthing classes and hypnotherapy sessions servicing the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Melissa provides hypnobirthing training to midwives, doctors, hypnotherapists & childbirth educators all over Australia and the world to become Hypnobirthing Australia™ Practitioners.
Our aim at Hypnobirthing Australia™ – is to make hypnobirthing accessible to families all throughout Australia.
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