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!
So, you have had your positive birth experience and enjoyed using hypnobirthing throughout your pregnancy and birth. And now you’ve had your baby. Yayyyyy! A big congratulations! Parents often comment to us that they enjoyed their relaxation practice through pregnancy, and miss it when the pregnancy is over. But we want to emphasise that doesn’t have… Read More
This video is just incredible! See the power of the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin at work, in this video which shows a mother cat bonding with newborn ducklings. It gives you a little inkling of just how powerful that huge release of natural oxytocin (that mothers are designed to release in the greatest quantities at the time of… Read More
Thank you to this very special hypnobirthing family who has shared their precious moments with us all, and to The Heart of Motherhood birth photography/doula who has captured this hypnobirthing video so beautifully. Our Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner Emma from Hypnobirthing Ipswich was there to support this mother as she hypnobirthed like a star! And it is also worth… Read More
Recent research from the University of Alberta, found that women who exercise during their pregnancy are 20% less likely to need a caesarean section and 31% less likely to have a large baby. I think that we already knew that exercise has its benefits, but it is nice to see the research backing up what we suspected…… Read More
Melissa Spilsted is featured with a panel of experts in natural therapies in this June 2015 Nature & Health Magazine article about achieving a drug-free birth.
Just for a bit of fun! Here is our official ‘trailer’ for the Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioners Conference in Brisbane, 2015. Dr Sarah Buckley was our keynote speaker and a number of our very talented practitioners (Pip Wynn Owen, Shari Lyon, Tracey Rose & Vicki Hobbs) also presented some very informative sessions for us. It was wonderful to… Read More
I was chatting to a friend today about how we and previous generations have been conditioned to associate ‘sickness’ with calling the doctor and receiving a script to take medication. One of my favourite nursery rhymes as a child was “Miss Polly had a Dolly”. If you aren’t already familiar with it, it goes like this…… Read More
In this short video, I explain how to get started with your hypnobirthing practice and enjoy the benefits of your Free Pregnancy Relaxation MP3! Please leave a comment either below or on YouTube, to let me know how you are going with your relaxation practice.
Over the years, many mums have asked us for a general relaxation album that is unrelated to birth. A track focused on relaxation, confidence and empowerment with the same soothing voice and music that guided them through a positive pregnancy and birth. When we are pregnant, we enjoy taking that ‘time out’ on a regular basis to nurture a positive mindset… but after… Read More
Great to see that our program is receiving lots of media attention! This article appeared in Quest Newspapers/Courier Mail 3/2/15. Melissa Spilsted is the founder and director of Hypnobirthing Australia. Pictured with soon-to-be mums Kristina Halford of Toowoomba and Jenny Pham of Morningside. Photo by Sarah Keayes A mother-of-three has delivered a world-first for caesarean birth… Read More
Are you super passionate about spreading the word of positive birthing? Would you like to make this the year that you share this passion with others and even create a successful business for yourself at the same time? At Hypnobirthing Australia – we are very proud to know that through our passion, high quality training materials and… Read More
Not all babies march to the same beat! There is much talk about positioning of babies these days – and it can put mothers under a lot of undue stress. We must remember that in previous generations, mothers didn’t even know what position their baby was in until the birth Most babies do actually turn… Read More
It is Halloween! So – just for a little laugh.. let’s have a look at the likely differences between a more ‘medicalised’ style birth… and a hypnobirth! 😉 Here we have your stereotypical ‘medical style’ birth… complete with bright lights, hospital environment, noise, lack of intimacy or privacy, fear, tension and (as would be expected to follow) –… Read More
Melissa Spilsted, director of Hypnobirthing Australia, gives us some tips on helping to achieve a successful VBAC. Click here to download the .pdf VBAC Article by Melissa Spilsted – Nurture Magazine or click on the following images (though, be sure to click on the 2nd page, too!) This article is published in the November 2014 issue of www.nurtureparentingmagazine.com.au. … Read More
All of these different names and terms can get confusing! So what are the main differences between the Hypnobirthing Australia course and other courses such as ‘HypnoBirthing – The Mongan Method’ (who appear to be currently rebranding as ‘HypnoBirthing International’) and ‘Calmbirth’? Hypnobirthing Australia™ provides a uniquely Australian course developed by Melissa Spilsted BA, BEd, CHt… Read More
Circumcision. This is a topic that is discussed rarely – and yet it has lifelong effects for our baby boys. The procedure of infant circumcision is still quite common in many parts of Australia, today. Being the parents of three young boys, my husband and I know the pressure that ‘social norms’ can exert, regarding… Read More
Australia’s high caesarean rate ” especially within the private sector, has risen at an alarming rate. I have said this for many years; women are NOT “too posh to push” ” the absolute majority of women who have scheduled caesareans are following doctor’s recommendations. Sometimes this procedure is the safest for mother and baby; however… Read More
by Melissa Spilsted I often receive emails and messages from parents that I have taught in the past; telling me how calm and relaxed their hypnobubs are. It happens so often that I can’t help but feel that our mindset, bonding and relaxation practice through pregnancy and labour make a huge impact on our babies…. Read More