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 1:40min on the video to see how dads in this video react. This video made me teary!!! Melissa x
Do you want 50 minutes of FREE hypnobirthing tips and inspiration? How about something to listen to whilst driving or commuting? Well – look no further. ***CLICK TO LISTEN*** You can listen to this FREE podcast on ‘Removing the Fear of Childbirth’ where Dr Kaz Jaffe from ‘Mums the Word’ interviews Melissa Spilsted from Hypnobirthing Australia. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO… Read More
Vaginal Seeding for C-Section: The British Medical Journal recently released an article titled ‘How should health professionals engage with this increasingly popular but unproven practice’ and must admit I shook my head in disbelief when reading the article. I wonder if the authors of this article have considered the fact that babies traditionally DO come out via the vaginal route.
This is the first time I have written about my journey to starting Hypnobirthing Australia and Hypnobubs. I wanted to share this story in the hope of encouraging and inspiring other new parents to embrace the possible career/work changes that may occur when starting a family. Many mothers, in particular, hold fears about their future career prospects when… Read More
So often, birth is described in terms of being an ’emergency’. The very wise and inspirational Binnie A Dansby urges us to think of birth as an ’emergence’ rather than an ’emergency’. And I couldn’t agree with her more! Melissa x Emergence and Emergency in How we are Born from www.wholebeingfilms.com on Vimeo.
Great to see our Golden Girl, Olympic Gold Medalist Libby Trickett, with new little hypnobub Poppy, featuring in the Courier Mail this weekend! Libby and Luke Trickett attended hypnobirth classes in Brisbane with director of Hypnobirthing Australia, Melissa Spilsted. Now Libby is cheering for the Hypnobirthing Australia program that she used to prepare for her own… Read More
There is some controversy going on in the UK at the moment. A natural birth coach from Nottingham has called for Channel 4 series One Born Every Minute to be banned because, she says, it is “terrifying women” about childbirth and what to expect in labour. Well – I agree with her. I have placed a… Read More
At Hypnobirthing Australia we are all about avoiding unnecessary intervention. A new product has just hit the market which we think provides a safe and non-invasive monitoring test to differentiate between your membranes releasing – or a wee bit of ‘wee’! Sometimes we can experience a little incontinence when we are pregnant. Some mums find it difficult to determine… Read More
“Her husband may be the professional footballer, but Taneal Mead is the true Titan when it comes to childbirth. The brand new mum says she conquered a brief but intense four hours of hardcore labour thanks to two secret skills – cheerleader husband David, who refused to be sidelined… and hypnobirthing. Cradling bouncing baby boy… Read More
Often mothers don’t know that their babies are breech until their caregivers notify them. Some babies do not turn right up until birth, some turn during birth and some never turn and are born feet or bottom first! The most important thing to remember is ‘not to worry’. There are many non-invasive ways that… Read More
Melissa Spilsted is interviewed in this Essential Baby article about ways to ‘raise your pain threshold’. (Even though we in prefer not to label the sensations that we feel during labour as ‘pain’ – it is good to see hypnobirthing in the media!) How to raise your pain threshold in labour January 28, 2015 by Angela Tufvesson When… Read More
Published in the Winter 2015 issue of Nurture Magazine When I first became a mother, I wanted the world to believe that I had everything under control. In my mind, I had envisioned myself as becoming one of those perfectly groomed yummy mummies with the happily gurgling baby. You know, the type that we see… Read More
It is so refreshing to see a realistic depiction of a post-birth body. I’m so sick of seeing these supermodel photos showing women with taut skin and toned abs within weeks of having given birth! This beautiful and very healthy mama, Julie Bhosale from Auckland, NZ – shows us photos of her post-birth body in the hours,… Read More
I’ve taught a number of elite athletes and gold medalists over the years; and I was very honoured to have Luke & Libby Trickett (Australia’s Golden Girl) attend my Hypnobirthing Australia classes as they prepare for the birth of their baby!