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 1:40min 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