Imagining myself being lifted up over a gentle wave (through my surges) was my go-to visualisation throughout my own three births. I know it is also a favourite for many other hypnobirthing mamas, too! This is the main visualisation used in our world famous album ‘Surge of the Sea’. Click here to watch my video. I recently visited… Read More
CLICK HERE to watch my video. Come on a little journey to the sacred rock pools in Far North Queensland – Mossman Gorge. This beautiful place is the inspiration and setting for our popular pregnancy and birth self-hypnosis album, Rainforest Dreaming. Experience the sounds and sights of this tranquil and beautiful place in nature… and also hear about its… Read More
Yay!!! We have featured in the ABC News again! Hypnobirthing expert calls for standardised antenatal program in Australian hospitals by ABC Central Victoria Reporter Larrisa Romensky. I’m becoming bolder and bolder with my statements ? – but I know the importance of this issue. The conversation needs to be had. It is imperative that a high standard… Read More
In Hypnobirthing Australia classes, ‘visualisation’ is one of the important tools that we teach in preparation for a positive birth. But… let’s face it, the word ‘visualisation’ can sound a bit ‘woo-woo’.? How does it actually work and is there any science backing up its effectiveness? According to research using brain imagery, visualisation works because neurons in our brains… Read More
In all the years that I have been teaching childbirth education, one of the most common fears that mothers have communicated with me has been… “I’m so scared about being cut (episiotomy) and tearing!” So what is an episiotomy? It is a surgical cut intended to widen the vaginal opening; and the prospect of having this… Read More
Yesterday, a mother attending Hypnobirthing Australia Classes, asked me whether she was “allowed” to refuse vaginal examinations during labour. Good question. ? Although can I re-phrase it? You see, the question isn’t whether you are “allowed” to refuse a procedure – but rather, whether you choose to “allow” your caregiver to perform it. The power is always with… Read More
If you have a baby who: sleeps during the day, has the occasional cry but is generally settled, can be taken out without fear of having to spend the entire time apologising to everyone within earshot… then you don’t need to read this!
This story is for all the parents out there who have what is often labeled as an ‘unsettled’ baby who cries, refuses to sleep during the day and is basically making you doubt your natural abilities as a parent and sane person!
“I’m pretty confident” 1 “You have to train you mind like you train your body.” 2 “If you think you can’t, you won’t, and if you think you can, you will.” 3 These quotes all come from Olympic medalists – but they could equally all apply to birth! Millions of people throughout the world watch in awe… Read More
The ABC has featured the article Hypnobirthing: Hippie Trend or Legitimate Practice? which explores what hypnobirthing is all about and de-bunks many of the myths surrounding it. The article has been very popular and is also featured on the MamaMia website. Leading Australian childbirth experts Professor Hannah Dahlen, Dr Allan Cynan and Melissa Spilsted (Director of… Read More
Did you know that there is one born every minute in Australia? Well, one baby born every 1 minute & 44 seconds to be exact! HOW those babies are born can affect the physical, mental and emotional health of mother and baby short term and for many years to come. Birth intervention rates in Australia continue to… Read More