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: Illoura Birth
Location of Service: Melton (VIC)
Hi, I’m Vanessa; I am a registered Paediatric nurse and I teach undergraduate nursing students. I am also a first time mum to my very own hypnobub!
I remember feeling so excited about my baby’s arrival but I had these internal fears that kept popping up. Throughout my pregnancy, all I heard were horror stories of birth and was recommend to opt for an epidural or elective c-section to save me from what sounded like trauma I was about to endure!
I had a wonderful Obstetrician who recommended hypnobirthing to me and it was absolutely life changing for me and my husband! I went on to have a beautiful, calm and positive birthing experience that left me feeling on top of the world and so empowered.
I am very passionate about women’s health and preparing expectant mothers and their partners for birth. Every woman deserves to feel empowered to make informed decisions, remain positive before, during and after the birth of her baby.
I am so excited to be a Hypnobirthing Australia practitioner and be a part of the incredible hypnobirthing world. I cannot wait to teach you the tools, knowledge, preparation and support to bring your beautiful baby earthside.
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: Deep Blue Birth
Location of Service: Lucas (VIC)
Annie is a dedicated Mother, Birth Attendant and Educator from South-East Melbourne.
Annie used Meditation, Visualisation, Controlled Breathing techniques and Natural Therapies extensively in order to bring both of her own children into the world. Following these experiences, she became extremely motivated to share her knowledge to benefit other mothers and mothers-to-be.
Annie knows that although medical interventions are sometimes required in the birth space- a strong, calm, positive mindset is perhaps the most valuable tool for the marathon journey that is birth.
Having worked for many years as a Teacher and Early Childhood Professional, Annie completed her Doula training through the Australian Doula College and undertook Childbirth Educator training at the Royal Women’s hospital in 2017. She completed her Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner training at the end of 2018.
Annie believes in supporting women and their partners through their pregnancy, birth and early-parenthood experiences in a judgement-free setting.
Practice Name: Change Therapy Hypnosis & Counselling
Location of Service: Point Cook (Victoria)
I am a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Counsellor who is passionate about empowering women to birth with confidence.
We live in a time where our society seems to promote fear around birth and it is such a shame because it doesn’t have to be that way.
I have been fortunate to have 3 beautiful natural births and recognised so many things in this wonderful program that can help couples experience the birth of their children calmly and without fear.
It’s a pleasure to be a part of Hypnobirthing Australia and I look forward to sharing this wonderful program with you and your Birth Partner
Practice Name: The IN8 Life
Locations Serviced: Geelong West
Bachelor of Applied Science (Complementary Medicine). Masters of Clinical Chiropractic.
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: Big Hearted Birth
Location of Service: Elwood (VIC)
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: Bump 2 Babe
Location of Service: Malvern (VIC)
Hi! My name is Dahlia Lipson. I am a practicing Registered Nurse/Midwife with 7+ years’ experience and have loved everything about my job including meeting new people and making a positive difference in their lives.
I have always had a particular love for women’s health and childbirth but I must have always had a calling towards education. Classmates used to tell me “you’d make a great teacher Dahlia”. Well, they were right! Here I am now, a passionate Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner!
As a midwife and mother of two and having experienced such wonderful labours and births, I know the importance of feeling positive about pregnancy, labour and birth whether completely natural or not. Drawing on years of techniques and philosophies, current evidence-based research and effective relaxation techniques, mothers, partners and their babies can all benefit from the hypnobirthing approach to childbirth.
It is my mission and absolute privilege to help equip women and their birth partners with the knowledge, tools and support to feel prepared for a calm, empowered, safe and positive birth experience no matter what turn their journey may take.
Head to my website to book a class and I look forward to meeting you!
BNurs, PGDipMid, HPCE
Practice Name: Hypnobirth Tribe
Location of Service: Hampton (VIC)
My name is Julie and I am blessed to say I am a wife and hypnobirthing mother. I was reborn the day my first son was born. I have become more aware of who I am and what legacy I want to leave behind. And so begins the story of me. Once a corporate racegoer qualified in business and technology and now a passionate and full-time advocate for birth with one goal – to share positive birth and help parents realise their birth potential.
I believe it takes one generation to make the world a better place and so I dedicate my time to help facilitate empowered and calm birth, remind mothers that they are made to birth, encourage birth support and connection and help parents appreciate that if their minds and bodies are prepared, fear and tension has no home.
If this is the experience you are after and you are unsure of how to navigate the birthing world, please reach out. I have been there before and can assure you that you have already made a huge leap in positive birthing by just visiting. So, thank you for being part of the change!
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: Mindful Hypnobirthing
Location of Service: Doreen
Maryanne is a Mental Health Social Worker, and Certified Hypnotist. She has a special interest in mindfulness, meditation, fitness and wellness. Maryanne has worked in the field of mental health for 20 plus years and as such, is very passionate about working with women, assisting and supporting them to achieve optimum overall health and wellbeing. Maryanne is mum to 2 teenage daughters, who were both birthed in a birthing centre, a beautiful, calm and empowered experience on both occasions. Maryanne is committed to educating and supporting women to have a positive and empowered, memorable birth experience.
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.
Practice Name: Focus Osteopathy
Location of Service: Mount Waverley (VIC)
Lorrae Griffiths – Osteopath and Hypnobirthing Practitioner.
Lorrae is an experienced osteopath, certified hypnobirthing practitioner and co-founder of Focus Osteopathy. Lorrae is passionate about healthcare. She believes health care is a team effort between practitioner and client, striving to enable people to take the driver’s seat in their own health, inclusive of pregnancy.
As an osteopath, she has a keen interest and years of experience treating and supporting women through their pregnancy journey from pre-conception to post-natal care. She believes a woman’s body throughout pregnancy is incredible. It’s capability to grow, protect and nurture a baby is inspiring. Even more, so is the intuitive nature of a women’s body through childbirth.
Lorrae hopes for all women to feel empowered throughout their pregnancy journey, inclusive of childbirth. It’s this passion that lead Lorrae to become a certified hypnobirthing practitioner. Lorrae used hypnobirthing techniques for the birth of both her children and with such a positive experience, believed hypnobirthing is the perfect accompaniment to her osteopathic skills to assist her pregnant clients achieve a positive pregnancy and birth. Lorrae wants to see all women make educated decisions about childbirth and bring their babies into the world feeling relaxed, confident, strong and inspired.
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: 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: Eastside Midwives
Practitioner Name: Helen Barrington (Independent Midwife) BMid, IBCLC, GradCertPharm, GradDipCounsPsych
Servicing: Ferntree Gully, Melbourne (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: 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Avocado Baby
Location of Service: Mount Martha (VIC)
Felicity is a mother of two (soon to be three) toddlers. Having experienced different journeys with each of her previous births, she and her husband reflect upon these moments with a smile, feeling very fortunate for the way they arrived into the world. Discovering hypnobirthing with her first pregnancy, Felicity is a true believer of its ethos and approach in giving mums and birth partners the knowledge and confidence towards a positive and enriching experience.
Felicity is a qualified and registered yoga and pre/post natal instructor. She offers a pregnancy yoga course for mums-to-be to come together in a safe and warm environment, empowering women through the pregnancy journey. In the course, Felicity helps prepare women mentally and physically for the stages of pregnancy and birth, as well as restoring and nurturing body and mind. Pregnancy yoga in addition to hypnobirthing was Felicity’s outlet in each of her pregnancies, creating a special time for herself, her husband and their babies before they were born. Now it is her passion to help others in these precious moments.