In our Hypnobirthing Australia classes, we encourage mothers to choose an anchor ‘colour’ for deep relaxation. Some mothers choose one whilst listening to their hypnobirthing albums and some find that they have already been attracted to a particular colour throughout their pregnancy. When I mentioned this in the class that I ran over the weekend, hypnomum Jade said that she had… Read More
Do you have that ‘something special’? Hypnobirthing Australia™ is looking for some very special individuals, with a passion for positive birthing, to join our team as Certified Hypnobirthing Australia™ Practitioners. Our Hypnobirthing Australia™ Practitioner Training is a 21 hour live course (over 3 full days or spread over 6 weeks). Hypnobirthing Australia™ is recognised nationally… Read More
Mums come up with all sorts of inventive ways of naturally inducing labour. This mama decided to boogie baby out to the tune of ‘Thriller’! ?
I often tell mothers who are attending our Hypnobirthing Australia and Hypnobubs classes that we can ‘think’ that we are making a LOT more noise during labour, than we actually are! This is feedback we received from a new mum who recently birthed her baby after completing our online course. My labour progressed very quickly. I arrived at hospital… Read More
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 significance… 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
This 7 minute video contains many gems of wisdom! Professor of Midwifery, Cecily Begley (Trinity College, Ireland), was interviewed at a recent midwifery conference and she discussed the overmedicalisation of birth and ways that mothers and midwives can work together to change it. In this video you will learn: How birth is a normal physiological function of the body… Read More
We know how important it is for you to have the best, most comprehensive, up-to-date and professional hypnobirthing education in preparation for the birth of your precious baby. So it is time for us to put our modesty aside and be completely frank with you; because by keeping quiet about the important differences between our modern Australian… Read More
Ok. ok. So we’ve all heard the stories (or perhaps been part of the story ourselves) where the birthing mother is told to hold her breath and push, push, PUSH in cheer-squad style. This scene is regularly depicted in movies/sitcoms, media, even comedies. The expectation that a woman is purple in the face, eyes bulging, screaming… Read More
This video is amazing. Watch as the orangutan interacts and kisses the pregnant belly of this mother. ❤️ orang-utans. We have more in common with our mammal sisters and brothers, than we sometimes realise. Melissa x
by Guest Blogger Emily Young I don’t know about you but since I was a little girl in knee-high socks and found out that “the baby comes out of there?”, I got the strong message that giving birth to a baby was scary, difficult and painful. The culprits to my warped understanding were far-flung and… Read More
This is just beautiful to watch. Researchers have developed a sensory sensor that enables partners to feel their baby move. Tip: go to 1.15 on the video to see how dads in this video react. This video made me teary!!! Melissa x