Practice Name: Mesmerised Mamas
Location of Service: Ballan (Victoria)
Hi All. My name is Margaret Sommeling.
I am a mother of four, a grandmother to one, I have an amazing husband who has been a fantastic support to me, and who made sacrifices to stay home to raise our children.
I am a practicing midwife; I have been working in a Midwifery Group Practice model since 2011 providing continuity of care to many women.
I had been intuitively working with visualisation and meditation techniques with labouring women within my own practice, therefore I sought out the Hypnobirthing Australia program to help build on my working foundations in turn using this proven program to educate women and their partners, who are committed to birthing together, who wish to take control and who seek the emancipation to birth without fear. I promote a holistic approach to birth. I support the belief that labour and birth can be positive and strive to ensure you achieve a positive, satisfying and supported birth, whatever the outcome!!
Practice Name: Mind Body Birthing
Servicing: Ballarat and district
My name is Katrina Foord and I am a qualified Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner. My interest in hypnobirthing has developed over my many years as a registered nurse, midwife, hypnotherapist, NLP (neuro linguistic programming practitioner) and a mother of two. Considering my background and experience it has become a natural progression to become a hypnobirthing practitioner.
I had two very different birthing experiences prior to becoming a hypnobirthing practitioner – an emergency Caesarean (after being induced) and a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean). One of the differences I remember is that with my vaginal birth, I had a covering obstetrician who asked me to visualise myself on a tropical island to help me relax. I remember this helping enormously.
I have always been interested in the power of the mind and subsequently completed courses in hypnotherapy and NLP. I have since used hypnotherapy for many things including walking on hot coals and completion of my first 1/2 marathon last year with ease.
My aim is to teach women and their birth partners, techniques such as breathing, visualisation, relaxation and self-hypnoisis to empower them to have a calm, positive birthing experience.
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: Change Therapy Hypnosis & Counselling
Location of Service: Point Cook (Victoria)
Janine Fowler brings a broad knowledge base to her classes – she is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Counsellor with her own successful private practice and is a professional member of the Australian Hypnotherapists Association and the National Hypnotherapists Register of Australia. In addition to her qualifications in mental health Janine also has a background in adult education with 20 years training experience in the corporate sector. She can now add a qualification with Hypnobirthing Australia to her list of achievements.
In addition to her professional background she is a mother to 3 young children. Janine’s natural birth experience with her own children adds another layer of insight and knowledge to the way she facilitates her classes. She is passionate about empowering people to live life free from fear, which in turn allows them to reach their full potential. Her practice is located in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne and she runs both group and individual classes.
Practice Name: Geelong Born
Location of Service: Geelong (VIC)
Hi, I’m Rosie.
I have proudly been working as a registered nurse and midwife for over 10 years. During this time, I have worked in a wide variety of women’s health and maternity settings. My role at Geelong Born focuses on independent childbirth education and midwifery support. I strive to empower, inspire and bring confidence to expectant parents.
I am mum to my two beautiful little girls. My own positive birthing experiences have given me further drive to promote pregnancy and childbirth as a natural and profound life event. I believe all births are unique and that women should be supported in a way that is individually tailored to their own needs. I draw upon experience as a mum and a midwife to ‘keep birth normal’ and avoid unnecessary intervention.
I am delighted to be a Certified Hypnobirthing Australia™ Practitioner. I passionately believe this program gives couples the best chance of achieving the birth they dream of. I take a relaxed and friendly approach during my classes and I feel very privileged to be teaching expectant parents how to give birth in such a calm and positive way.
Practice Name: Ready Mum
Location of Services: Docklands & Williamstown (Melbourne)
Hello, my name is Agnele (pronounced as Aniele). Professionally I’m a midwife and privately I’m a mother of 2 beautiful children. I chose hypnobirthing as my preferred method in childbirth education because I believe it teaches and inspires women, along with their partners as effective support, to birth calmly and fearlessly.
Nature intended for women to give birth with confidence, yet for many pregnant women I’ve met, the perception of physical pain involved provokes fear and apprehension of the birthing process. I want to support pregnant women and their partners to learn some important and valuable mind and body techniques.
I believe these techniques will provide confidence, support and strength allowing you and your partner to embrace the birthing process, not fear it.
Practice Name: Positive Birth
Location of Services: Collingwood and Canterbury (Melbourne, VIC)
I have over twenty years experience as a midwife and childbirth educator in both the private and public sectors in Australia and the UK.
I am currently employed as a Midwife at a large private hospital in Melbourne.
For me being a midwife is best expressed by my personal midwifery philosophy. Being ‘with woman’ is grounded in the principles of health and well-being and combines both art and science. Midwifery is a partnership between the midwife and the woman and her family which encompasses the art of communication and trust, intrinsically linked with scientific knowledge and research and the practice of safe judgement. It celebrates the strength of women and I have witnessed the transformative power of a positive birth experience.
I believe couples embarking on this journey should have knowledge that allows them to approach birth with positive anticipation and confidence.
The principles of Hypnobirthing align perfectly with this philosophy of midwifery and the resources and skills that Hypnobirthing provides can make a positive difference and have a long lasting effect on a couple and their journey as parents.
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: The Balance Within
Location of Service: St Kilda/ Balaclava (VIC)
Hi, I’m Emily and I am an expert on love. I have the privilege of helping couples have the most amazing relationships possible and help them navigate family life.
I have seen first hand how an empowering birth experience can strengthen couples and I believe passionately that all women can birth without fear. With a background in Education, I am also a qualified Master Coach and trained in Neuro Linguistic Programming, Timeline Therapy and Meta-dynamics, so it was a logical step for me to become a Hypnobirthing Practitioner. I adore being able to offer my clients this service and I love meeting new couples who are about to embark on the journey of parenthood (or adding to their family).
I run my classes like I run my life… Full of energy, fun and passion. My mission is to empower and educate women and their birthing partners so that they can embrace birthing without fear.
I look forward to meeting you.
Practice Name: Bodhi Hypnobirthing
Location of Service: Heidelberg (VIC)
My name is Eena Reyes-Sibulo, I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Business, I am a Pilates instructor, and proud mother to a beautiful hypnobirthing baby girl. After experiencing the wonderful benefits of having a gentle birth, I know firsthand how important it is as an expecting parent to be respected, validated, and well informed during the birthing process.
I strongly believe that regardless of the situation – even when special emergency circumstances arise, everyone has the right to a positive birth experience. I feel very privileged to be in a position to empower mothers and birth partners by teaching them valuable techniques that will positively assist them in their birthing journey. My goal as a Hypnobirthing practitioner is to spread the word of positive birth so more women start believing in themselves and the capabilities of their amazing bodies to birth babies naturally without fear.
My small group classes are held at Heidelberg Heights and surrounding suburbs which is conveniently located close to Mercy Hospital for Women. One-on-one classes as well as flexible times and dates are also available to accommodate your needs.
Let me help you prepare for your desired birth and show you how much of a powerful tool the mind truly is.
Practice Name: Flourishing Lives Psychology
Location of Services: Hawthorn East, Hawthorn, Auburn & Camberwell (VIC)
My interest for hypnobirthing originated in a chat at work when a colleague related what a great help hypnobirthing had been for the latest of her sister’s pregnancies. I remember going to the hospital for antenatal checks later on, during my first pregnancy, and being really shaken and becoming increasingly anxious after hearing the labouring mothers’ screams. My partner and I then decided to attend hypnobirthing classes and this was a revelation for both of us. And then I really took my family and midwives by surprise by how comfortable I was during my pre-labours and labours!
I am also a registered psychologist who holds a Psychology Masters, with training in trauma therapy and couple counselling. I completed my PhD by displaying an expert level of understanding in quantitative and qualitative research methods in the field of Health Sciences. I also have graduated with Philosophy Honours, specialising in the field of political philosophy. Thus my interest in hypnobirthing is also grounded in my academic background in psychology, scientific research, and political philosophy, and I can see hypnobirthing from the perspective of evidence-based integrative medicine and of human rights in childbirth.
Practice Name: Your Best Birth
Location of Service: Brighton East, VIC
Hello, I’m Megan. I am a qualified Hypnobirthing Australia practitioner, a midwife and a mother of one. I have recently completed my hypnobirthing training and have been a qualified midwife for 3 years. Congratulations on your pregnancy! As a midwife, I have looked after women and their partners through the antenatal, birthing and postnatal period. I understand that this can be an overwhelming experience and so I am extremely passionate about antenatal education and birth preparation as I believe the birth of your baby is the most important, and best day of your life.
Hypnobirthing classes will prepare you to understand labour and birth as a normal physiological event and will equip you with practical, evidence based tools and techniques to approach your birth with confidence and positivity.
This is the biggest and best moment of your life, and I can’t wait to help you achieve the positive, gentle and empowered birth experience you want.
Practice Name: Big Hearted Birth
Cindy Fenn is passionate and committed to helping woman and their birth partners birth their babies calmly, confidently and on their own terms. She believes birth is one of the most amazing and empowering things a woman’s body can do and knows from first-hand experience how successful the knowledge, skills and techniques taught in a Hypnobirthing Australia course can be for affecting a positive mind-set for your baby’s birthing day.
She is a trained teacher so knows how to teach knowledge and concepts effectively and assist you to have the birth you want. Your upcoming birth is unique and special and with it a range of wishes, feelings and emotions can surround it – Cindy can ensure you are equipped to confidently meet whatever turn your pregnancy, labour and birth take.
Cindy has Hypnobirthed her two boys and from this understands that each birth experience is unique. She has birthed in a hospital setting and at home and on her second birth had the good fortune of an unintentional, undisturbed birth. She believes that the best place for a woman to birth is where they feel most comfortable. Now also consolidating her passion with formal training in Childbirth wants all woman to have the best opportunity to experience their best birth.
Classes can be taught privately in the comfort of your own home, or in small groups where you can meet other local couples at a similar time in your life.
Practice Name: Horizon Hypnobirthing
Location of classes – Greensborough and surrounding suburbs.
My name is Sarah Boothroyd and I am a passionate hypnobirthing practitioner and mother of two hypnobirthing babies. I feel privileged to be in a position to teach mothers and birth partners how to use techniques that can positively assist them during their birthing journey.
Everyone desires and deserves a wonderful birth and after attending hypnobirthing classes myself I have experienced its benefits first hand and am dedicated to educating my clients so that they too can have the opportunity to experience their best birth.
I offer small group classes which are held in Greensborough as well as one-on-one with the option to be taught in the comfort of your own home. I also offer flexibility with class days and times to better suit your needs.
Practice Name: Breathe and birth
Hi, my name is Lisa, a passionate midwife of 4 years and paediatric nurse of 14 years.
I believe that it is the right of every woman to have a positive, empowering, beautiful and calm birth. I commonly see women come into hospital to have their baby with minimal knowledge of what to expect in labour and are happy to hand over all decisions to care givers.
The education and tools given in the hypnobirthing class, allows you and your birth partners to approach labour and birth in a positive way, with confidence to trust that your body is made to birth your baby and feel empowered that you can do it. With the aim to birth your baby calmly in whichever direction your labour journey takes you.
I myself have 3 beautiful children. Having had a normal birth, an emergency caesarean and a VBAC (Vaginal birth after caesarean), I know too well how important and how much of an amazing, long lasting effect, a positive and calm birth experience has on later life.
It would be such a privilege to teach you in this class. I want to inspire you, educate you and help you get your own positive birth.
Practice Name: Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting
Servicing: Victoria, Melbourne outer northern suburbs, Doreen, Mernda, Whittlesea and surrounding suburbs.
Noelene is a midwife, hypnobirthing childbirth educator, life coach, baby massage instructor and maternal and child health nurse. In addition to this, she is a mum to three beautiful children; Tristan, Kate and Christopher.
Her classes service the outer northern suburbs of Melbourne including, Doreen, Mernda, Whittlesea and surrounding suburbs.
Noelene will give you the tools and techniques to enable you to transform from being a “fearful birth worrier into a courageous birth warrior”.
Noelene is passionate about sharing her birthing knowledge, educating parents to help them achieve an amazing birth experience with the Hypnobirthing Australia program and then continuing to work after birth with mothers through the 12 week “Inspired To Success – Yummy Mummy” life coaching program and baby massage classes.
Practice Name: Prana Place
Location of Service: Doncaster East (Melbourne)
Dannielle is a Critical Care Registered Nurse, Yoga Practitioner and Yoga Teacher, offering Pre-Natal and Restorative Yoga to expectant mothers.
She encompasses the philosophy of natural child birth where possible. Her intention is to prepare expectant mothers and their birth partners through education, empowering them to create a unique individual experience free from unnecessary fear and anxiety, giving expectant mothers the confidence to trust in themselves and the birthing process. Therefore facilitating the transition from pregnancy to parenthood and creating positive, loving and joyous memories along the way for everyone involved.
Danielle offers, one-on-one couple session, monthly group sessions, refresher courses and hypnobirthing for caesarean.
Location of Service: Ringwood East (VIC)
As a registered nurse, midwife and maternal and child health practitioner, I care for families through providing safety, security and understanding through the complex and sometimes daunting experience that is childbirth and early parenthood.
On a personal level, I have often found myself struggling to come to terms with the highly medicalised, unintuitive and business-like path birth has taken in Australia. Through the media and health professionals instilling the subliminal message that birth is a high-risk event to be managed and feared, we have lost the ability to trust the incredibly clever process that is natural birth.
As a certified Hypnobirthing Australia practitioner, I offer women and their partners the opportunity to explore birth as a natural life experience. Equipped with a balance of information around natural techniques, normal birth physiology and the art of deep relaxation, parents and their babies can look forward to a safe, positive and gentle birth experience.
Practice Name: Eastside Midwives
Practitioner Name: Helen Barrington (Independent Midwife) BMid, IBCLC, GradCertPharm, GradDipCounsPsych
Servicing: Boronia (VIC)
Hi there! I’ve been working with birthing women for over 15 years. I’ve been a midwife for nearly 13 years and what a wonderful journey that’s been. It’s such a privilege to work with families in my community. I’m a mother of 3 and all of my births have been with midwives and have been wonderful, life changing experiences. The midwives who cared for me provided such helpful, patient encouragement, I’m indebted to them for life. Having said that, my aim for families that I work with is to be able to say “We did this together, as a couple !” and to be able to feel like they are stronger as a couple and more empowered together. I’d like couples to feel like they had all the tools themselves, and that it doesn’t necessarily matter where they birthed or how they birthed but they feel empowered and positive about their birthing experience. Able to go into parenting as a couple who are stronger and ready for whatever parenting has in store for them. This is what Hypnobirthing can do for you !!
Practice Name: Eastside Midwives
Practitioner Name: Amy Gillies (Independent Midwife & Counsellor) BN, GradDipMid, GradCertPharm, GradDip Psychology
Servicing: Boronia (VIC)
I have been a midwife for 15yrs – I am also a nurse, a lactation consultant and have a post graduate degree in psychology. I have worked in various settings as a midwife including, most recently, in independent practice. I co-own Eastside Midwives with Helen Barrington, a hub of activity for pregnant families and new parents.
I am a mother to two boys (18yrs and 7yrs) and learnt as much from their births as I did from my experience as a midwife. Using hypnosis during my second birth made it an amazingly empowering day and inspired me to become a Hypnobirth Australia Practitioner.
A Hypnobirth Australia course in our beautiful rooms in Boronia will provide you with the knowledge, tools and confidence to make your birth everything you dreamed it could be.
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: Nurture Birth Education
Six years ago, I became a midwife to help support women during birth. In those years I have spent majority of my time working in the private sector. I have cared for many women who have walked into the birthing suite with no real thought on how labour will be. They are simply willing to hand their care over to their caregivers and allow many of the decisions to be made for them.
Nurture Birth Education was born out of a need for something different in the birthing services field, especially in the private sector. I aim to educate women and their partners to empower them during their pregnancy and birthing journey. Following the philosophy of hypnobirthing I wish to provide women with the tools to overcome the fear and anxiety of birth for a positive birthing experience.