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Next course starting Thursday Feb 2

Make choices without fear

Media Birth Trauma

So where do we get our expectations of labour and birth from and are they valid?

Most likely from the TV or movies. A birth scene on a fictional drama it’s likely to be traumatic, loud, scary, and involve some kind of emergency and a lot of screaming.

ER TV show

Often depictions are based around the idea that birth involves immense suffering, being out of control and lots of blood. But in reality what I see every working day as a midwife, doesn’t make for good entertainment. It’s often not loud, it’s not dramatic, and it’s not over in 10 minutes. Many of the births that I have witnessed have been calm, gentle, joyful, powerful and rewarding.

Unfortunately as a society we don’t get to see this, and sadly women who can report incredible birth experiences are sometimes seen as being an exception to the rule or just lucky. And something I am hearing more as each year passes is the perception that the celebration of such a momentous event is in some way deemed to be casting judgement over other women for not being able to achieve a natural un-medicated birth.

Midwife led Australia wide online antenatal and hypnobirthing class

I have over 20 years experience as a midwife in the UK and Australia, working in both private and public hospitals. I have helped thousands of women in every scenario, from homebirths and water-births, births with complex issues, intervention, and caesarean births.

I currently work in a busy Melbourne Hospital, and am passionate about supporting women and families be as relaxed and confident as they can be whatever the circumstances. I divide my time as a midwife between the Birth Centre and the Child Birth Education Team. This means I am upto date with current research, policies and procedures when it comes to all things birth related.

In addition, I am a government accredited Clinical Hypnotherapist, with an Honours degree in Psychology. In my private practice I specialise in treating anxiety, trauma, fertility issues, pain management and phobias, as well as hypnobirthing techniques.

Bringing together these sets of skills, knowledge, and experience I can guide and prepare you to have the positive birth experience that you desire.

What A Focused Birth childbirth education offers you

  • Comprehensive antenatal classes developed and facilitated live by a registered Midwife and Childbirth educator
  • Access to additional resources and recommended reading
  • Toolbox of relaxation techniques, coping strategies, active birth principles
  • Breathing techniques
  • In depth breastfeeding information
  • Chance to ask questions relevant to your individual circumstances
  • Birth Preference Customisable Template
  • Comprehensive customisable ‘What to pack’ lists
  • Huge list of positive affirmations to choose from
  • Opportunity to address personal issues, such as previous traumatic experiences
  • Opportunity to upgrade to include individual hypnotherapy sessions
Justine Daly, Midwife and Childbirth educator

Online antenatal and hypnobirthing class
only $399 per couple

Next course starts Thursday Feb 2

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