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: Belly2Birth Australia
Area’s Serviced: Gold Coast
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 coming up to 5 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) and she also works at Hypnobirthing Australia head office. Shari now comes highly recommended from Doctors and Midwives and has attended local hospital workshops where she has shared the Hypnobirthing Australia™ program to care providers and 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 on her website home page, where Shari & 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 however is available to travel if need be for one-on-one sessions or as Skype Practitioner for our 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: Hypnobirthing Brisbane
Location of Service: Gordon Park (Brisbane)
Hello and welcome!
I am Caitlin, a childbirth educator, a registered nurse and a mother.
My passion is helping mothers.
Whether they are trying to conceive, pregnant, coping with a newborn or wrangling a toddler, I love hearing their stories, providing advice when I can or at least a shoulder to lean on. Since giving birth, I have provided casual encouragement to other women through my mommy blog http://www.motherdownunder.com.
I am thrilled to be a hypnobirthing practitioner and to be able to positively support women throughout their pregnancy, birth and beyond.
As a nurse, I have come to hypnobirthing from a scientific background, and I believe that empirically, the method makes so much sense. Our bodies are complex, are able to perform extraordinary feats and, just as they are capable of growing a perfect baby without our conscious input, they are also capable of birthing that perfect baby without much conscious effort.
After experiencing a beautiful hypnobirth, I felt so empowered and positive.
I strongly believe that, if your pregnancy and birth are the positive events that you hope they will be, you will enter motherhood feeling confident and better able to cope.
I found that hypnobirthing enabled me to have a relaxed pregnancy, a natural birth and demonstrated that trusting my mothering instincts led to ideal outcomes for me and my baby.
It is truly my wish that every woman has the opportunity to experience the pregnancy and birth that she desires.
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
Area’s Serviced: Stirling, Maylands & Northern Suburbs
Vicki Hobbs is a certified Hypnobirthing Australia™ Practitioner who has received a national award for the last three consecutive years for her dedication to community support and knowledge sharing.
She is a qualified Remedial 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 and birth positions and massage training for your partner as well as Spinning Babies techniques, acupressure and aromatherapy.
She is also a certified Birth & Postpartum Doula and Childbirth Educator and is passionate about sharing her knowledge about pregnancy, birth and beyond to support women through all stages of their journey so they feel strong, confident and prepared.
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: I offer group Hypnobirthing Australia™ classes from Dee Why, Northern Beaches and also Copacabana, Central Coast. I also teach private classes across the Northern Beaches, North Shore and Central Coast.
I am mum to two gorgeous boys who I hypnobirthed into the world with tremendous love, focus and strength, it was their empowering births that inspired me to become a Hypnobirthing Australia™ practitioner.
I am also trained and experienced as a Hypnotherapist, Birth Doula, Natural Therapist, Energetic Healer, Flower Essence specialist, Angelic Reiki Master Teacher and Conscious birth leader and have been assisting couples of the Northern Beaches, North Shore and Central Coast to achieve calm and confident birth experiences since 2012.
My intention as an holistic birthing expert is to inspire women and their birthing companions to achieve both positive and sacred childbirth experiences, I believe that the facilitation of quality and independent childbirth education through the Hypnobirthing Australia™ program supports this intention wholeheartedly.
I know that everything a woman needs to birth her baby with strength, confidence and joy comes from deep within her. Birth is the ultimate instinctive act and even though in modern maternity practices it can sometimes be difficult to trust your instincts and know how to surrender, I am committed to reconnecting mamas to their feminine power, and to develop the trust and confidence in the inherent wisdom of their bodies.
I am a member of the Holistic Birth and Parenting Collective, supporting parents through all aspects of their pregnancy and birth journey and I am also a Positive Birth Movement facilitator, dedicated to expanding the message of positive birth in the community.
I offer group Hypnobirthing Australia™ classes from Dee Why, Northern beaches and also Copacabana, Central Coast. I also teach private classes across the Northern Beaches, North Shore and Central Coast.
I can help you to embrace and feel nourished in your pregnancy and assist you to create the birth experience you truly deserve.
“It was the most amazing and calm experience. The midwives couldn’t understand how I stayed so calm…they didn’t realize how advanced I was in labour…I can’t thankyou enough Katie for your hypnobirthing course and for all the wisdom and support that resulted in such a beautiful, calm birth for us all. ”
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: Yoga Mummas
Location of Service: Port Macquarie (NSW)
I am a mother of two gorgeous children. I am a yoga teacher, specialising in pre and post natal yoga, and am passionate about advocating for better birth choices.
I have over 400 hours of registered yoga teacher training and have been practicing yoga for more than a decade. Here mind, body and soul are united through the breath. I believe this strong connection with my body is what enabled me to experience two amazing home water births, coupled with the support my midwife gave us in this setting. We felt empowered by knowledge, which gave us the courage to envisage our positive birth.
Not all women can access this kind of care, and most wouldn’t feel comfortable pursuing it. So I asked myself, “How can I help more women achieve the birth they desire, in any setting?”
When I came across hypnobirthing, I knew I had found something wonderful.
Hypnobirthing is a natural extension of all that we embody on the mat, delving further into the bigger picture of how you can prepare yourself for the birth that you desire.
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.
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: 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 10+ years.
This is what she says:
“I have always been very independent in life. However when I first became pregnant back in 2013 I realised quite quickly that pregnancy was a time where support was critical and that birth was an adventure I would need to prepare for.
My common sense was telling me there was more to childbirth. I wanted to approach my birth the way I approached my life. Positively, naturally and consciously.
I felt there was a lack of complimentary resources for pregnant women including limited childbirth education classes that acknowledged the feminine power and value of birth.
I found it hard to talk to people about the birth I was preparing for. I had no one to confide with and turn to ask my (many) questions. And despite many nudges on my part, I just couldn’t get my partner on board and understand the birth I wanted. I felt unheard.
Thankfully, the universe sent me hypnobirthing. The positive mindset I developed, as well as the knowledge and tools I learnt, helped me gain confidence in my ability to give birth & removed all of the fear from the equation.
Oh, and the cherry on top? I’ve birthed not one – but two – babies into the world using Hypnobirthing.
My first in a beautiful, calm and in control natural hospital birth and the second in a crazy-beautiful, exhilarating on the side-of-the-road car birth. Yes, I gave birth in my car! I know I was only able to do this because I had the hypnobirthing preparation to optimise the birth process and the tools to comfort myself during all its challenges and intensities.
Hypnobirthing changed my life – in fact, it became my calling. I’m now so passionate about bringing LIVE Hypnobirthing Australia™ classes to the Geraldton area – real time support & resources that were not available until recently. I want to support and inspire women the way I would of have loved to be, too.
I want to remind women that nature wants us to want to give birth. It doesn’t want us to fear it and meet our children full of adrenaline. Nature wants us to meet out babies full of oxytocin and feeling love!
I believe birth is one of the heights of human experiences. During birth, a woman should feel at her most powerful she has ever felt during her life. She is also at her most vulnerable. Imagine a world where ALL women felt informed, honoured and empowered at this time? Imagine the impact of every woman entering motherhood with a deep belief in themselves?
Birth is transformational stuff.”
Practice Name: True Focus Hypnobirthing
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: 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: Kathryn Bell Birth Support
Location of Services: Avalon, Northern Beaches, Sydney (NSW)
Kathryn is a mother of two, Doula and Positive Birth Movement Facilitator who has been working with couples since 2012 to help them achieve beautiful, empowering birth experiences. The birth of her first daughter inspired her to train as a doula. After supporting many hypnobirthing mums and seeing how effective the tools are, she became a Hypnobirthing Australia™ practitioner in 2015. Kathryn used the Hypnobirthing Australia™ tools herself for the birth of her second baby girl in July 2016.
Kathryn is passionate about helping couples to be informed, prepared and excited about the birth of their baby. She hopes all women can come to have confidence in their innate abilities and instincts so they can get the most out of the rite of passage that is birth.
Her focus is providing:
- balanced information about pregnancy care and birth options
- a holistic set of tools and techniques for pregnancy, birth and postpartum
- encouragement to trust in natural birth
- positive energy and inspiration, helping couples to envisage for themselves a beautiful and powerful birth experience
- caring, intuitive and practical doula support (educational, emotional and physical) for labour, birth and postpartum.
Kathryn teaches group classes in Avalon on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. She can also take you and your partner through the course privately. Kathryn provides doula support to couples across Sydney.
“Being a first-time mum, I attended every birth class my obstetrician provided. Each time we left feeling traumatised, it was all ‘this will happen to you’ and ‘this will happen to you’.
I had always wanted a water birth, but I wanted to know HOW I could do it in a calm, empowered way.
Kathryn came to our home to teach us privately. Each time she left we felt more empowered and ready for birth.
When the day came everything went perfectly … the midwives said I was deep in the self-hypnosis and a birthing goddess! I felt extremely empowered and having this amazing birth has carried me into an amazing intuitive journey of motherhood.
The process was deeply satisfying and bonded us as a new little family. I honestly learnt so much from Kathryn. I’m eternally grateful to her for passing on her knowledge.” (Carmen, 2016)
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: Mind, Bump & Birth
Location of Classes: Darwin (NT)
As a midwife and a fellow hypnobirthing mum of two, I am extremely passionate about ensuring women feel empowered during pregnancy, labour, birth and beyond. After using the Hypnobirthing Australia technique twice myself I want to enable other mums have the amazing experience I was able to experience, one full of love, empowerment and knowledge. Contact me today to book into a course in Darwin and surrounds.
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: Purely Mindful
Location of Service: Rockingham (WA)
Jo has had a keen interest in people for as long as she can remember. Her passion is helping her clients holistically to explore, create and achieve the life they want for themselves. Over the last eight years she has worked in various counselling roles, to assist people to bring about positive changes in their lives. Jo has worked with individuals, couples and families, to help them face the challenges encountered in their daily lives to help bring back their sense of balance and harmony. She has experience in the treatment of grief and loss, depression and anxiety, fears and phobias, addictions, goal setting and relationship counselling. Jo believes that hypnobirthing, hypnotherapy and counselling are respectful and gentle ways to create meaningful and long lasting changes.
There is more to than dealing with problems; there have been many occasions where clients have used our services as a platform to explore their potential and unlock their desires in order to reach fulfilment in their day to day lives. We can assist our clients to develop plans for their future in a safe and relaxed environment. Jo is passionate about women’s health and all that is encompassed within that that field.
Practice Name: Hypnobirthing Sunshine Coast
Practitioner Name: Kylie Gillespie (Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner, previous career in Physiotherapy) HPCE
Location of Service: Forest Glen and surrounding areas (Sunshine Coast)
Kylie previously worked in physiotherapy with special interest in birth and women’s health, before becoming interested in hypnotherapy and hypnobirthing. Years of physio clinical experience highlighted the important mind-body role in healing and wellness for Kylie. Her own four positive births were testimony to the power of that mind-body connection in birthing.
Every woman hopes for a gentle, natural positive birth and Kylie believes that a positive birth experience creates satisfaction, well-being and empowerment that reach well beyond the birthing suite. She provides education and support to assist women to experience the joy and empowerment of a positive birth, no matter what circumstances arise.
Group classes and private sessions are conducted in the Sunshine Coast and hinterland area at a number of locations including Forest Glen and Caloundra. Kylie has extensive qualifications and experience, and is committed to providing the best possible education and support to all her clients on their most important journey.
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
Practice Name: Connected Hypnobirthing
Location of Service: West Lakes (SA)
I’m Nikki Jones, a Registered Midwife and Hypnobirthing Australia Certified Practitioner.
I am passionate about empowering women and their birth partners, educating and sharing knowledge, for women to know they have choice, power and to feel supported. I feel providing up-to-date, evidence based education and information supports making informed decisions towards having a positive, calm, safe and beautiful birth experience.
I have been a midwife for 10 years; working in Midwifery Group Practice providing women centred continuity of care before having my first baby. Returning to work, teaching childbirth education in a public hospital before having my second baby – my own Hypnobub.
Being a hypnobirthing mum myself, knowing the techniques, that they work, helped me have a positive, empowering and enjoyable birth. I want to share those techniques and connect with each couple that I teach, my goal is for you to leave feeling confident, relaxed, supported with a positive mindset, abundance of knowledge and tools to achieve your own unique positive and empowering pregnancy, birth and start to parenting.
Offering regular 2-day group classes in a friendly studio with beautiful lake views, the ideal environment to share the Hypnobirthing Australia program. I also offer private classes and a postnatal education class so if you’re keen to know more please contact me.
Practice Name: Julie Vélina
Location of Service: Manly (NSW)
Julie Vélina believes that every woman deserves to experience a peaceful and calm birth and be confident in her choices.