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Here’s why you’ll love our Classes

HypnoBirthing works

HypnoBirthing International™ – The Mongan Method is a comprehensive childbirth education program with over 27 years of proven results and is practiced in 97 countries around the world. Our classes will prepare you to meet whatever turn your birth takes, so that you can write your own unique birth story.

Partners Learn How to Help

“I was feeling worried about the birth right from the time I found out my partner was pregnant. I’d had lots of mates telling some pretty horrific stories, I didn’t want this for my partner and I knew she wanted a different kind of birth. I was sceptical about the HypnoBirthing classes, but I was “in” from the first class. The knowledge, tools, practical skills and confidence the classes gave me genuinely helped me to support my partner and settle my own anxieties. The birth was such a team effort as a result and my partner was amazing!” ~ Dave

Positive Birth is Possible

Birth is really meant to be a positive, enjoyable experience. Nature wants you to do it again and again! HypnoBirthing returns the art of birthing to a woman. It allows her to summon her natural Birthing Instincts and have the best birth possible – bringing her baby safely into a positive environment filled with confidence and love.

HypnoBirthing International – The Mongan Method Gives You a Toolkit

 

Our classes will fill your birthing toolkit with the evidence based techniques of deep relaxation, self-hypnosis, special breathing, visualisation, affirmations, rebozo, acupressure, light touch massage and more

Who are we and why do we want to help you succeed?

We are three Registered Midwives who come together with a strong background of childbirth education and love for our work with women and their families. A combined 50+ years of midwifery experience and 8 beautiful children between us (so far) we share the strong belief that all women should be given the opportunity to have a positive and safe birthing experience.

We are passionate and committed to making a real difference in the lives of women and their families – teaching, supporting and inspiring them through their birth journey. The result is women and partners working as a team to make evidence-based informed choices about their birth experience – Birth matters.

 

Erin

Hi, I’m Erin, I’m an Endorsed Registered Midwife with 10 years experience working in both the private and public healthcare system. I recently made the transition to Private Practice and I love working in partnership with women. I am very privileged to support women to birth in the privacy and safety of their homes. I became a HypnoBirthing Educator after the birth of my own beautiful son William as I wanted to empower and inspire women to birth with the same joy and power that I did. I’m a self-professed birth junkie. I can’t wait to chat about birth with you!”

Rowena

I’m a mum of 3 children and like a typical mum I think they’re all pretty incredible human beings. I’ve been a midwife for over 20 years, it constantly challenges me on lots of levels but I wouldn’t be anything else. Twenty plus years on and I still cry when I witness a birth – I believe 100% that birth matters and how women birth matters as well. I’m currently studying to become a Lactation Consultant which will be an exciting new phase in my life.

I love my job but the greatest loves of my life are my husband Rob, and my children Patrick, Abbey and Lachlan.”

Rowena

I’m a mum of 3 children and like a typical mum I think they’re all pretty incredible human beings. I’ve been a midwife for over 20 years, it constantly challenges me on lots of levels but I wouldn’t be anything else. Twenty plus years on and I still cry when I witness a birth – I believe 100% that birth matters and how women birth matters as well. I’m currently studying to become a Lactation Consultant which will be an exciting new phase in my life.

I love my job but the greatest loves of my life are my husband Rob, and my children Patrick, Abbey and Lachlan.”

Fleur

“Hi I’m Fleur, a passionate midwife of 18 years and mum to four gorgeous children. I fell in love with midwifery the moment I witnessed my first birth and have been fortunate to support hundreds of women and their partners since. My favourite part of my job is watching women trust their body, supported by their loving partner and then meeting their squishy babies for the first time! I float away from those shifts on cloud nine! I love teaching HypnoBirthing and am committed to changing your perception of birth so that you work together as an unstoppable team. I want your journey of parenthood to start in the right direction, filled with excitement and joy. I can’t wait to meet you!”

Pricing

We provide a premium service with qualified passionate midwives

 

Congratulations on looking to invest in your new family’s future. Many couples spend hours on choosing the ‘right’ pram or nursery furniture but don’t prepare for their baby’s birth with the same emphasis. This course might just be the most important money you spend. Birthing your baby is so much more than just having a ‘healthy baby’ at the end.

HypnoBirthing Group Classes

$665/couple

 

Our Group Class are our most popular option and a great way to learn. Our Group Classes run over five weeks where new concepts are introduced building on the previous week’s knowledge. Our Group Classes are kept small to ensure you get the best support and opportunity to ask the questions you need to.

Your partner and any other support people who will be at your birth should attend. This may include a close family member, friend, doula or student midwife.

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12.5 hours of content

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Max 4 couples per session

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Marie Mongan’s HypnoBirthing book and CD

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Rainbow relaxation MP3

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Bonding and affirmation MP3’s

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Hypnotic scripts and class notes

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Birth preference template

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Phone/SMS/Email support pre and post birth from registered midwives

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Linking you to current birth related articles, blogs and professional resources and referrals

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Pukka teas, fresh fruit and healthy snacks each week

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A gift to help you on your journey

Add Breastfeeding Class – 3 hour breastfeeding and what to expect in the first month class for $120

Private Classes

$1,195/couple

When you come to our dedicated learning space. Dates and timing will be discussed on an individual basis.

 

$1,295/couple

For one of the Birthing Instincts team to come to your home. Dates and timing will be discussed on an individual basis.

Breastfeeding Classes

Breastfeeding and What to Expect in the First Month of Life

$145/couple ($25 discount when combined with our HypnoBirthing Class)

 

This 3 hour class covers breastfeeding and newborn behaviours – what to expect from birth through to the first month of life. You will learn correct attachment and positioning skills, the physiology behind successful breastfeeding, how often your baby needs to feed and WHY. Safe sleeping, settling baby and strategies to help your new family unit enjoy this special time. 

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3 hours of content

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Class notes

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Pukka teas, fresh fruit and healthy snacks 

Refresher

HypnoBirthing

$185/couple

 

The Refresher Class is for parents who have attended a HypnoBirthing Course with a previous pregnancy and want to brush up on the skills and techniques. It’s a great opportunity to debrief on previous births and it will be tailored to cover exactly what you need. 

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1.5 hours

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One-to-one session

(Or 50% off the full group course if you have previously attended one of our HypnoBirthing Courses)

Free info session

HypnoBirthing can sound a bit strange and the price can be an investment. If you or your partner are unsure about HypnoBirthing, come to our free info night to see if it is for you. Bookings are essential and there is no obligation to book into a course afterwards.

We will discuss:

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How to avoid a traumatic birth

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How to experience less pain, fear and worry before and during birth

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How HypnoBirthing can help you birth in calm & comfort

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How to choose the best care provider

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How to reduce the likelihood of needing intervention

…. And receive a Free Goody Bag)

Midwife Support Package

$1495

The support package will be tailored to suit individual needs. 

It includes one antenatal appointment where we will get to know each other a little more. We will clarify your birthing preferences and discuss possible strategies if circumstances should change ie induction of labour/breech/caesarean. 

From here we will formulate a birth plan that we can share with your midwife on the day.

We will be on call from 37 weeks until your birth and available to discuss any concerns or queries during this time. 

The package includes full continuous birth support when in established labour and the immediate postnatal period until you are comfortable. Two postnatal support visits including birth debrief & ongoing breastfeeding support.

Homebirth Services

Erin is a Private Midwife offering shared care with a number of hospitals around Melbourne as well as homebirth services through Aveta Birthing Services. She is a member of the Melbourne Midwifery Collective (see her profile here).

Erin is endorsed to prescribe relevant medications and provide medicare rebates for her clients.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the HypnoBirthing course for?

The great thing about the course is that it is for everyone!

  • First, second or fifth time mums.
  • Women who would like a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC).
  • Women who have experienced a difficult, disappointing or traumatic birth.

We have a small selection of current relevant books that can be borrowed on this topic and many other topics related to birth.

How long is the HypnoBirthing course?

The course runs over 5 weeks, each session is 2.5 hours long. New concepts are introduced each session building on the previous week’s knowledge.

Learning how to achieve the birth you want requires time and attention and we don’t believe you can learn or remember everything you need in a one or two day course – investing in a 5 week course allows you to reflect and practice what you’ve learnt from each week and bring any questions you may have to the following week’s class.

Many of our couples become great friends by the end of the 5 weeks, connecting with like-minded people and making their own first mother’s group.

Do you offer a breastfeeding class?

Yes! Our 3 hour Breastfeeding and What to Expect in the First Month of Life class, cover all the details about the benefits of breastfeeding, how breastfeeding works, the key to successful breastfeeding as well as normal infant sleep and developing realistic expectations of your beautiful newborn baby and the fourth trimester.

Do I need to do the breastfeeding class if I am doing the HypnoBirthing classes?

We do recommend that you and your partner attend Breastfeeding and What to Expect in the First Month of Life class. We touch on breastfeeding in class 5 of our HypnoBirthing course but the breastfeeding class is a much more comprehensive course. We offer a package to those who attend both our HypnoBirthing and breastfeeding class – see prices.

Can I get a rebate from my private health insurance?

Great news – YES you can. We can provide you with a receipt for our services with a Medicare provider number. The rebates will be dependent on your individual health insurer and policy.

What if I can’t make one of the sessions can I do a make-up class, how much does that cost?

We totally know that sometimes “stuff” happens, however it’s really important that you get all the new information from each of the sessions. Where possible we will place you into one of the other classes on the week you miss -no charge- or alternatively we will discuss with you a private make up session at a cost of $175 per couple.

Do you have gift vouchers?

Yes we do, they make a great gift from friends and family. Just ask one of the team, they can be personalised as well.

I’m signed up for traditional hospital classes – Do I still need to do those if I do a HypnoBirthing course

The short answer is no, the huge advantage of attending our HypnoBirthing course is that it is only run by qualified midwives, we give you all the information and support you need for a positive birth.

Do you offer birth support?

The support package will be tailored to suit individual needs as one size won’t fit all. 

It includes one antenatal appointment 2-3 hrs in which we will get to know each other a little more clarify your birthing preferences and discuss possible alternatives/strategies if circumstances should change ie induction of labour. From here we will formulate a birth plan that we can share with your midwife on the day.

We will be on call from 37 weeks until your birth and available to discuss any concerns or queries during this time. When we meet we will discuss when the best time for this care to start.

The package includes full continuous support during birthing and the immediate postnatal period until you are comfortable. Two postnatal support visits including birth debrief & ongoing breastfeeding support.

What should I wear and do I need to bring anything?

It’s best to wear loose comfortable clothes, pants are good for freedom of movement. Each week you will need to bring your text & handout book, notebook and pen.

 

Does my partner need to attend?

We recommend that your partner comes. The HypnoBirthing and the Breastfeeding and the First Month of Life courses are designed for you both. We get that sometimes partners can be a bit sceptical at the start but at the end of the 5 weeks we see a real transformation. Your partner will learn about how amazing your body is and will learn all the necessary skills to support you both physically and emotionally through birth – they will feel empowered and excited too!!

If your partner doesn’t want to come or can’t come due to other circumstances, you are welcome to bring a friend, family member or whoever will be supporting you on your birthing day – or alternatively come by yourself and be supported by the Birthing Instincts team.

What is my partner’s role?

“My partner really became my birth warrior, I felt so close to him we were kind of in tune with each other, I think because we both understood what was happening to me and why” Ellie 2019.

 

One of the great things about the course is that partners really begin to learn just how invaluable their presence is. It absolutely should be viewed as a shared experience. The course really prepares them for birth and beyond.

Through this course partners will gain a tool box full of techniques they can use to support and guide through labour. No one knows you better and this is a huge bonus in the birth setting.

Below are just some of the things partners learn

  • Soft touch massage & acupressure points.
  • Different positions to suggest at different stages.
  • Robozo Manteada (long woven woollen scarf Mexican midwives use) techniques you can use with this before birth during and after.
  • Breathing techniques that will be used before during and after birth
  • How to write a birth plan that represents your informed choices
  • How hugs not drugs can get a labour that’s slowed down restarted
  • What to expect in the days after birth and how to best support your partner and look after yourself as well.
  • What true consent really means, learn to be the advocate, spokesperson, and guide to lead the birth in a direction that is safe, and not intervened with unnecessarily.
  • Learn how to protect your birth environment, keeping it a calm and safe space for birth.
  • Enhance your connection and bond deeply with your baby and your partner.
  • PS we have a lot of fun together learning all of this!

And sooo much more….

 

Still not convinced?

Give us a call for an obligation free chat or book into a free info session to learn more about our course and see if it’s right for you.

What our HypnoBirthing Partners have to say: