Melissa Spilsted is the Founder & Director of Hypnobirthing Australia™ and teaches parents hypnobirthing techniques in regular classes held at Paddington, Brisbane and Robina, Gold Coast. Melissa also teaches Practitioner Courses to childbirth professionals throughout Australia and the world. In addition to the regular Hypnobirthing Australia course, she has written a world first course for ‘Positive Caesarean Birth’.
Melissa brings to her hypnotherapy and hypnobirthing classrooms over 18 years experience in teaching and professional qualifications. In addition to this – Melissa has successfully used hypnobirthing techniques three times herself and has had three beautiful, peaceful and calm natural births!
Widely known as a hypnobirthing expert, Melissa’s TV and media appearances have included Channel 7 Sunrise, The Courier Mail, Woman’s Weekly, Nurture Magazine, Mother and Baby Magazine, Practical Parenting Magazine, Birth Matters, television and national radio interviews. Her work has also been showcased in the Royal College of Medicine in London and childbirth hypnosis albums (available through this website or iTunes) are popular throughout the world.
Based on her success in delivering hypnobirthing classes over a number of years, combined with her personal and professional teaching, voice training and clinical hypnotherapy experience; Melissa has developed the Hypnobirthing Australia™ Program that incorporates modern, contemporary training resources and professionally recorded Australian practice recordings; that is uniquely designed for contemporary Australian families and systems of maternity care.
Please click here to see Melissa’s timetable of classes and feel free to contact her directly to discuss your own positive preparation for a beautiful, calm birth.
Practice Name: My Best Birth
Servicing: Indooroopilly (Brisbane, QLD)
Mae’t is a Medicare Eligible Independent Midwife. She enjoys preparing mums and birth partners to have their best birth and an empowered transition to parenthood. Mae’t has been working with pregnant women and teaching childbirth preparation since 2004. Mae’t has three happy children, birthed in a hospital, a birth centre and a positive waterbirth. With experience in supporting women in birth, Mae’t has an interest and understanding of how to prepare mums and birth partners for a calm and empowering experience.
Practice Name: Belly2Birth Australia
Area’s Serviced: Gold Coast, Gladstone Central Queensland
Shari fell in love with Hypnobirthing after completing the Hypnobirthing Australia™ course with director Melissa Spilsted back in 2011 and using it to birth her first child. Shari went on to have a beautiful natural birth and felt so empowered by this experience she just had to pass on the message to other women and couples.
Shari has now been teaching the Hypnobirthing Australia™ program for 4 years and has taught hundreds of couples from all around Australia. Shari has also been awarded in our top 3 practitioners for the last 3 years running (2015, 2016 & 2017) she now comes highly recommended from the local Doctors and Midwives and has attended local hospital workshops where she has taught care providers how they can support Hypnobirthing couples during labour.
Shari is passionate about creating a beautiful experience for couples both in the course that she teaches and in the support that she offers not only as a Hypnobirthing Practitioner but also as a mum who has Hypnobirthed. You can watch her beautiful birth video HERE where she & her husband show how she used the techniques to have an amazing water birth.
Shari offers group classes for both Natural Birth & our Positive Caesarean Birth Courses on the Gold Coast, Queenland as well as in Gladstone, Central Queensland and she is also available for one-on-one online courses and is flexible and able to work in with you depending on your lifestyle.
To contact Shari please phone 0423 773 316 or visit http://www.belly2birth.com.au
Practice Name: 4babyandyou
Location of Service: Pretty Beach & Central Coast Region
Hi, my name is Jan Rourke. I have lived and worked with families on the beautiful Central Coast, NSW for over 20 years while raising my wonderful son here.
I am a Registered Nurse, Midwife and Child and Family Health Nurse. I also hold a Bachelor of Counselling, Diploma in Relationship Counselling, and Certificate in Clinical Hypnotherapy. I am half way through a Graduate Certificate in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health and recently completed infant massage and Hypnobirthing training. As you may tell from this list, I am passionate about empowering and supporting families.
I chose to undertake Hypnobirthing training as I have witnessed the impact of a negative birth experience on the mental, physical and relationship health of birthing families and have also observed the lifelong empowerment that can occur when the birthing experience is a positive one.
I believe Hypnobirthing offers the opportunity for women and their families to strengthen and/or develop the skills to know and trust themselves, communicate their needs clearly and achieve a happy and peaceful birth experience.
With this beautiful beginning the family is off to the very best start.
Practice Name: Hypnobirthing Centre WA
Vicki Hobbs is certified Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner and also a qualified Redial Massage Therapist specialising in pregnancy, induction, labour and postnatal massage. Vicki is one of the most highly trained pregnancy massage professionals in WA having completed the NurtureLife® Pregnancy Massage Practitioner course in 2013 with Pregnancy Massage Australia as well as the Diploma in Pregnancy Massage & Maternity Care in 2008 after training with Suzanne Yates, who is a well-known author, midwife and the Director of the Well Mother Centre in the UK.
Vicki has expert knowledge and training of the anatomy and physiology of the pregnant body, stretching during pregnancy, labour position techniques and massage instruction for your partner.
She is also a Certified Birthing Assistant (Doula) and Childbirth Educator and is passionate about sharing her knowledge as a Hypnobirthing Australia practitioner.
Vicki loves her work as a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist having trained with TAD James in 2006 and offers one-on-one pregnancy and birth hypnosis sessions for fear releasing and relaxation. She also shares beautiful Reiki and Energy healing sessions for mum (and baby) before, during and after pregnancy.
Practice Name: Harmonic Hypnobirthing
Location of Services: Mona Vale, Northern beaches and also Avoca Beach Central Coast.
I am mum to two gorgeous boys who I hypnobirthed powerfully, painlessly and joyfully into the world it was their empowering births that inspired me to become a Hypnobirthing practitioner.
My goal as a Childbirth Educator is to inspire and support women and their birthing companions to achieve positive and sacred childbirth experiences.
I assist families to know how profoundly transformative a calm and empowered birth can be and how integral a positive birth experience is to the establishment of confident early parenting.
I am a Certified Hypnotherapist, Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner and Childbirth Educator, Natural Therapist, Energetic Healer and Angelic Reiki Master Teacher.
I have over fifteen years experience working as a complementary therapist specialising in women’s health, most passionately as an Advanced Practitioner of the Australian Bushflower Essences.
I have been assisting couples of the Northern Beaches, North Shore and now Central Coast to achieve calm and confident birth experiences since 2012.
I offer group and private classes from Mona Vale, Northern beaches and also Avoca Beach Central Coast.
I am delighted to support you in your journey from pregnancy to birth!
Practice name: Tranquil birth
Servicing: Cranbourne, Melbourne (VIC)
I am a proud mum of 3 children; a nurse/midwife with over 10 years’ experience in both the public and private health care sectors and a I’m a Hypnobirthing practitioner. I facilitate childbirth education classes that assist women and their birth partners to release fear surrounding labour and birth. Instead they leave feeling empowered and excited.
When I had my children I was uninformed and I felt like control had almost totally been taken out of my hands. I was wrapped up in my fear and I know that this greatly affected my birth experience. As a midwife I see this happening in practice all too often. When I became a midwife I had the privilege to be part of a beautiful hypnobirth. That was the moment that I knew there was a better way and I had to share this information.
I am dedicated to empowering women throughout their pregnancy and birth. I believe by having confidence and by learning to trust their body women are able to bring their babies into the world calmly and experience birth as a wondrous, profound and joyful event.
Practice Name: Birth Savvy
Pip Wynn Owen has been a Registered Midwife since 1995, a Childbirth Educator since 2004 and is also a Mother of 4. She passionately believes that the birth of a child should be the most beautiful and empowering time in a couples life. And that women should feel like Wonder Woman after giving birth.
Like most hospital midwives Pip was “thrown in” to teaching antenatal classes, but it quickly became her passion and she decided she needed to do formal childbirth educator training. This dramatically changed her style of teaching and approach to prenatal education. However after the birth of her 4th child, her first with an obstetrician in the private hospital system, she realised there was a real need to step outside the system and give women a truly independent childbirth education service.
She started ‘Birth Savvy…Ask for what you want’ in early 2012 and now runs seminars, workshops, and private sessions in Perth WA
Pip realises how hard it can be to find your confidence and voice in today’s birthing environment and that sometimes information isn’t enough. She knows that what couples need, on top of good quality education, is specific techniques, tools and strategies to enable them to ask for and get the birth they truly want.
This is why Pip is delighted to be a Certified Hypnobirthing Australia™ Practitioner. She feels now she has found the programme that give couples the best chance at that beautiful, empowered birth she wishes for all couples.
Through Pip’s passion she is fast becoming the voice for pushing for better births in Perth’s private hospitals with journalists seeking her opinions for television news, radio, newspapers and magazines.
Practice Name: HypnoBump
My Name is Charmaine. I am a midwife and live in Busselton, a beautiful part of the south west of Western Australia. I am fortunate to have a very supportive husband and three gorgeous children.
In 2005 I graduated from university with a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), which took me on some great working adventures in the northwest of Western Australia and to remote Islands in the Northern Territory. My desire to be a midwife has always been strong so I finally took the dive back into study and graduated as a midwife in 2012.
My interest in hypnobirthing came about when I was pregnant with my third child and was overwhelmed with how beautifully calm and relaxed my labour was with my own ability to breathe my baby out.
As a midwife I come across many women fearful of childbirth, mostly due to previous experiences or from what they have heard through friends or media. I want to be able to make a difference, to provide women with the tools to relax, cope, feel empowered and have a positive mindset when they approach childbirth.
I’m extremely excited to be able to deliver hypnobirthing to many women in south west of Western Australia. Please contact me to start your own beautiful hypnobirthing journey.
Practice Name: Begins Within
Area’s Serviced: Gold Coast, Miami
Trudy is located at her “begins within … naturally” natural HealthCare and fertility practice centrally situated in Miami, Gold Coast.
Her motivation is to work with you to achieve balance – physically, mentally and emotionally so you can live your life to it’s full potential and reclaim ownershipof your health.
Trudy assists couples with preconception & conception care and birth preparation using herbs, nutriceuticals, bush essences, homoeopathics, lunar biorhythmic cycle calculations & hypnosis. Addressing fertility concerns and achieving positive fertility results for her clients within a short time frame using integrative natural medical treatments.
As a versatile naturopath, homoeopath, medical herbalist and certified consulting hypnotherapist, Trudy uses her extensive health analysis & knowledge of natural therapies to cover a broad cross section of services & treatments. Tailoring individual programs designed to achieve optimum physical, mental & emotional health, whilst fitting in with the demands & diversity of each client’s lifestyles.
Nutritional & lifestyle choices can profoundly affect fertility as well as the health of baby. Parents want the best possible start for their child and in fact it is a child’s natural birth right.
For Trudy, Hypnobirthing Australia™ classes are a ‘perfect fit’ to her extensive treatments and to support women to achieve a calm and empowered birth.
I am a mother of two beautiful children and a wife to an amazing husband. I have a passion for helping others but most of all a love of pregnancy, birth and beyond. I hope to share my knowledge and skills in helping you along this amazing journey and hope to provide you with the tools you need to endure a calm, relaxing and empowering birth.
I am a qualified primary school teacher who always has the children’s best interest at heart and have been in this profession for the past 9 years.
Most importantly I am a very warm and caring person who provides unconditional love to all around me.
This includes you, my client.
Hi, I’m Katherine, I am a mother of three young children and a certified Hypnobirthing Australia™ practitioner.
I love teaching the Hypnobirthing Australia™ program to expecting couples! I have successfully used hypnobirthing techniques during the births of my babies and have experienced labour both with and without hypnobirthing. This program helped me to relax and enjoy my pregnancy and labour and have the most amazing experiences of my life, beautiful, peaceful and calm natural births.
I really enjoy teaching parents the hypnobirthing techniques and helping them to release fears and anxieties towards birth. Society often focuses on the baby centred view of birth – as long as there is a healthy baby at the end that’s all that matters. I prefer to view birth as baby and mother (and father) focused, where mother’s wellbeing, physical, mental and emotional, is just as important as baby’s.
I previously trained as a Mongan Method Hypnobirthing practitioner but have since trained in the Hypnobirthing Australia program as it is uniquely designed for contemporary Australian families.
If you would like to have a chat please call me on 0438 376 213 or email me email@example.com
Practice Name: Natural Birth Connection
Area’s Serviced: Campbelltown
I am an experienced doula and childbirth educator in south-west Sydney. I personally used hypnobirthing for two of my births and found it to be empowering, transformative and healing. This is what sparked in me the deep desire to help other mums prepare for birth.
I have supported clients (as a doula) who were using hypnobirthing in their birth preparation and have witnessed the incredible difference that it made to their births. I am very proud to be a Certified Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner, and offer these amazing classes to the women in my area.
I truly believe that birth is meant to be a beautiful, sacred and positive event in our life; and it can be with hypnobirthing!
Practice Name: Hypnobirthing Geraldton
Melissa Ayling is a certified and award winning Hypnobirthing Australia™ Practitioner and has shared this special program with many couples of Geraldton and its surrounds. She is also a certified Meditation Therapist, Holistic Counsellor and has worked in administrative support in the medical field for over 11 years.
After using hypnobirthing for her own calm and positive birth, Melissa was inspired to share this birth preparation with others. She believes all mothers and their babies all deserve a positive and empowering birth experience; and an important factor in achieving this is through effective childbirth education.
This is what she says:
“I believe all women deserve to be empowered through knowledge, good support and tools to make choices in birth based on them as an individual person. No matter how a baby enters the world- birth can be and should be a positive, beautiful and transfomative time in a womens life. It is a meaningful life event where both a mother and baby are born and they fall in love with each other. This is worthy of a celebration!”
Melissa believes that hypnobirthing can help promote a more calm and confident pregnancy, positive birth experience and can be used throughout nursing. Hypnobirthing is also a great foundation to positive parenting and this can have great benefits on their child’s overall wellbeing in years to come. Hypnobirthing teaches skills for life!
Hypnobirthing classes are simple, straight-forward and down-to-earth. Melissa’s dedication to ’empowering women’ is evident while she presents Australia’s most popular childbirth education program. Melissa has a charismatic personality and is a honest, understanding and compassionate Hypnobirthing Australia™ practitioner.
No matter what birth you are preparing for she has classes to suit your needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact Melissa to speak further about your own path to a positive birth experience.
Practice Name: True Focus Hypnobirthing
Hi! My name is Laura. I am a Registered Nurse, a Registered Midwife and a Certified Hypnobirthing Practitioner. In 2006, I graduated from university after studying a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After working for 2 years as a Nurse, I developed a passion for Midwifery, so I went back to university to complete a postgraduate diploma.
I believe my midwifery philosophy and hypnobirthing go hand in hand. As a midwife, I come across many women who are fearful of childbirth, mostly due to what they see online, stories that they have heard from friends, some also due to previous experiences.
I want to teach women the techniques required to release their fears and replace them with endorphins. Pain is a result of fear and tension and can de diminished through the use of hypnobirthing. I want to provide women with the knowledge and tools required for them to relax, stay calm, feel empowered and be in control of their birth. Hypnobirthing is about positive birthing for all of those involved!
Practice Name: Birthing Breeze
“My passion is to empower and inspire expecting mothers and their birth partners to have a beautiful, calm and positive birth experience that they deserve.”
I am a certified pregnancy massage therapist, a certified Hypnobirthing Australia ™ Practitioner and I am a proud mother of two precious girls. My aim is to provide holistic care for birthing mothers and their birth partners, assisting to prepare their body, mind and spirit during the pregnancy and birth through massage therapy and the Hypnobirthing Australia ™ program.
I believe that ‘Having a baby’ is such a special moment in life. This intimate time paves a pathway of building the special relationship that exists between a mother and baby, also as a family. Becoming a mother was the most amazing and empowering experience I’ve ever had. I had beautiful, natural and gentle birth for both of my little ones using the same techniques and mindset that we teach in our Hypnobirthing Australia ™ class.
Empower, enhance and enjoy your primal birth instincts with Birthing Breeze.
Practice Name: Path to Birth
Jess is a Fertility, Pregnancy and Wellness Coach and an Australian Certified Hypnobirthing Practitioner.
Jess is passionate about all things fertility, pregnancy and birth! She is a big believer in the power of the mind-body connection and how this can be used to create an empowered, positive birthing experience!
With a background and qualifications in psychology and coaching, Jess loves working with women and birth partners, helping them to let go of any fears about birthing!
She is dedicated to arming mothers and birth partners with practical tools, relaxation techniques and information about childbirth and birthing options to create a mindset of confidence, courage and positivity as they prepare for their amazing birth!
Practice Name: Sarah Purvey
Hi, I’m Sarah. I’m a Clinical Psychologist and a Hypnobirthing Practitioner. I became passionate about birthing, during the pregnancy of my first child in 2013. My daughters birth was the most challenging, but beautiful and rewarding event I have ever experienced. I genuinely believe that the preparation I did throughout pregnancy and her subsequent relaxed entry into the world, made a contribution to her being such a calm, happy and alert baby.
You only get one chance to birth your baby, so it makes sense to give you and your birth partner some tools, to be as informed as you can be, for the arrival of your precious little one. I look forward to working with you, to help you prepare for the beginning of your journey with your baby.
Classes available from November 2014.
Private health rebates are available.
Please discuss payment options, if you are a health care card holder.
Group classes on weekends, 2 consecutive Sundays from 9am-5pm (with breaks). Please discuss for alternative arrangements, if a group class does not suit.
Any questions or to book a class, please call or email me
Practice Name: Integrative Hypnotherapy
Servicing: Melbourne CBD
Hypnobirthing Practitioner Certified Educator (HPCE)
Diploma in Life Coaching (Relationships)
NLP Master Practitioner
My life purpose is to expand happiness by assisting couples to build solid happy families.
I believe Hypnobirthing empowers and prepares you for a calm and positive birth experience. It also creates the foundation for a wonderful relationship with the newborn. The connection with the partner is also strengthened; couples build confidence together with new learning’s impacting many years to come, in a very positive way.
The birth of your baby is going to be the most important event in your life. I would love to help you to prepare for it, so it can be a wonderful event to remember.
As a hypnotherapist I believe that the Hypnobirthing Australia program, not only is the best in the market but also will give you the best tools for having an empowered birth.
I love to hear from you.
Practice Name: Empowered to Birth
Hello, I’m Debra, Midwife, Mother of four and passionate about every birth being a positive experience for every family.
My children were all born before I was a Midwife or a Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner. Their births span 3 decades and 2 centuries. I know, this makes me sound old, but it has given me wisdom on many levels.
Conventional Hospital Birthing Classes classes can be quite confronting. I know, because I teach these classes, both locally and previously at a large private hospital in Melbourne. The facts need to be taught in these settings, but often they are large, rushed and impersonal. Family and friends often feel it their role to inform a pregnant woman “How it was for me”. These uncensored stories and other life events can instil fear for many women.
I want to empower couples to be knowledgeable, flexible, assertive and prepared, no matter the mode of birth.
I want to help pregnant women and their birth support person overcome fear and anxiety they may have. Instead filling their birth preparation with positive images of birth and practical tools to cope with the journey through pregnancy, labour and birth into their parenting.
By attending one of my Hypnobirth Australia courses I can share all this with you.
Phone 0428 560 658 for more information or booking.
Classes are either:
Weekends: 2 x 6 hours 9am to 4pm
Evenings: 4 x 3 hours 6pm to 9pm
Practice Name: TDB Hypnobirth
Location of Services: Wollongong & Illawarra
Trish is the mother of two children, both ‘hypnobubs’. Her own beautiful birth experiences have inspired her to want to share the tools Hypnobirthing Australia offers with other women to help them achieve the calm, joyful, and positive birth that they and their baby deserve.
As well as being a Certified Hypnobirthing Practitioner, Trish is also an award winning Singer, Songwriter and a highly respected Estill Certified Master Teacher and Vocal Coach. Her 20 plus years of performance and teaching experience are utilized in her engaging, inspiring and effective delivery of the Hypnobirthing Australia material. Trish knows first hand that these techniques can and do work and is passionate about empowering women to embrace their innate ability to birth naturally, calmly and gently.
Practice Name: Doctor Erin
Practitioner Name: Dr. Erin Bowe PhD (Clin. Psych), MAPS, CClin, MAACBT
Location of Service: Macedon Ranges (VIC)
I’m a clinical psychologist, hypnobirthing practitioner and freelance writer with a keen interest in perinatal mental health, women’s wellness and parenting. You can find my words on parenting websites such as Essential Baby and Essential Kids. I’ve also provided expert media comment for publications like Kidspot, Dolly, and Take 5.
After working with many women who have experienced doubts, fears and even trauma regarding their births, I began thinking there must be better way to positively support women before they birth, rather than focusing on only healing negative experiences after the fact.
I had been following Melissa Spilsted’s amazing hypnobirthing program for many years. When I was preparing myself for the birth of my own daughter, Stella, I felt this would be the perfect opportunity to use myself as a guinea pig! My labour with Stella was intense and super quick, but I felt calm and recognised what was happening to my body each step of the way, just as hypnobirthing taught me.
As a practitioner, and a mother, I really do believe that the positive, evidence-based approach used in Australian Hypnobirthing makes all the difference to a calm, empowered birth.
Practice Name: The Hypnobirthing Mum
Location of Service: Lilyfield, Sydney (NSW)
Qualifications: Kerry Sutcliffe, Bsc(Hons), MPhil, PgCert APIMH, DipCouns, DipNLP, HPCE.
Kerry Sutcliffe is a Certified Hypnobirthing Practitioner and Childbirth Educator (HPCE) based in Inner West Sydney. Kerry is a hypnobirthing mum to three young children and her first-hand experience of giving birth using hypnobirthing techniques has resulted in three calm and empowering births. These experiences have led her to being a passionate advocate for this approach to birth.
With a background in Psychology, Counselling and Mental Health, Kerry has worked extensively with people living with anxiety and depression. The psychological and physical health of new and expectant mums is now the primary focus of her work.
Kerry has found the HypnoBirthing Australia™ course to be the most comprehensive, realistic and supportive programme available to mothers and their birth partners. When delivering this course Kerry presents the content in an understanding and reassuring manner and feels privileged to support mothers and their birth partners towards a calm and positive birthing experience.
Practice Name: Born Into Calm
Location of Service: Fremantle (WA)
As a Hypnobirthing Mum I have experienced first-hand how powerful a calm, positive birth can be for Mum, birth partner and baby.
Following the birth of my first baby I felt disillusioned with the ‘birth process’ – I felt like all decisions had been taken out of my hands. I absolutely knew there had to be a better way!
With baby number two on board, my search began…….
As a fitness ‘enthusiast’ I know that we can achieve amazing things when body and mind work together. I also believe in evidence-based approaches and, for me, Hypnobirthing Australia ticks all the boxes.
I am passionate about ensuring women know we have choices when it comes to birth and providing accurate information to enable you to make informed decisions from a place of positivity.
With over a decade of experience in adult education and training, I bring a supportive, respectful and light-hearted approach to my Born into Calm Hypnobirthing Australia classes.
I offer both small group classes and private sessions depending on your needs. Contact me to find out more or you can find me on Facebook