“Will they let me give birth in that position?” “Will they let me say no to a vaginal examination?” “Will they let me have delayed cord clamping” “Will they let me deliver the placenta physiologically?” I hear questions like these a lot during my classes. It is a great insight into how many people subconsciously…

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I just received this beautiful message from one of my dads. This mum developed high blood pressure in late pregnancy. After a number of days using natural induction methods, they made an informed decision to be induced using a balloon catheter and later syntocinon. Induction is tough. It can go from 0-100 very quickly and…

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Hypnobirth Australia mum with baby

❤❤❤AND JUST LIKE THAT A MOTHER IS BORN❤❤❤ My beautiful client Kathleen deep in the love bubble with her little hypnobub, Penelope. The message that her partner wrote with this stunning photo made me well up 😢. It captures so beautifully the feelings of the birth partner. The awe and admiration of their partner’s incredible…

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Breathing through labour contractions on the way to hospital

The Hypnobirth Australia Positive Birth Course teaches three different types of breathing for the different stages of labour. The following video shows me in the early stages of labour (about 8 hours in) using the ‘Surge’ or ‘Contraction Breathing’. I practiced this technique daily during my pregnancy from 26 weeks after learning it during my…

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@artshapedphotography

One of the misconceptions about Hypnobirth is that Hypnomums are ‘zoned out’ or ‘in a trance’ and have to be quiet or placid. While it may look like this – Hypnomums have actually trained themselves to be in an incredible state of deep relaxation while also being in a state of acute awareness. They can…

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Role of your endorphins during labour and birth

Do you know about the role of your hormones during labour? Did you feel a euphoric high after birth? Endorphins are the body’s natural pain relievers. Powerful naturally-occurring opiates. Beta-endorphin levels peak at birth and allow a woman to deal with the intensity of the experience and enter an altered state of consciousness. Beta-endorphins are…

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Hannah Polites Hypnobirth

This is a beautiful interview with a couple who completed the Positive Birth course with Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner Shari Lyon from Belly2Birth Hypnobirthing on the Gold Coast. Hannah is a midwife and Garth is a Doctor (Paediatrician) so when it comes to the physiological side of labour, these guys have it covered. However, after a…

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I have never been so proud of myself as I was the day I gave birth to my little boy, Freddy. I was 39 weeks and 5 days when my labour began. That day I had, had acupuncture to help induce labour. After the acupuncture, I walked about 4 kilometres to the top of the…

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