Sue has been teaching calmbirth® pregnancy and birth preparation in Melbourne since 2005. Workshops are inclusive of LGBTIQ+ couples.
THRIVE – Supporting the Transition to Parenthood (REGISTER)
Becoming a parent is one of the most challenging transitions we can go through, often involving a mixture of emotions as we navigate our changing roles. THRIVE is a safe and nurturing space to explore these new experiences with others while learning to build confidence, develop coping skills and strengthen relationships. Over 9 weeks we explore a different theme, share morning tea and end with a guided relaxation. Themes includes birth debriefing, identity as mothers, creative parenting, sex after birth, rituals of parenting, and creating community.
Babies are welcome in the space as part of the course. Open to any new mother with babies from 0-3 months of age. Numbers limited to a maximum of 10 parents.
Cost is $350 which covers morning tea, notes and access to online relaxations.
Fridays 10am to 12pm. Next course starting early May (TBA)
MEDITATION Sessions in Pregnancy (REGISTER)
Weekly 1hr mindfulness meditation practice during pregnancy ($10 per session)
Come along to explore the benefits of meditation in pregnancy and every day life through practising different modes of mindfulness – mindful movement, sitting practice, walking practice, guided practices. Increase your awareness, restore and replenish energy. Partners and supports also welcome.
Mana Health Practice, 130 Plenty Rd, Preston on Thursdays 4.30-5.30PM
calmbirth® workshops, Brunswick
The calmbirth® philosophy is based on the belief that pregnancy, labour and birth are normal life events and that birth is a natural process. The calmbirth® workshops draw on contemporary birth physiology and neuroscience giving couples a greater understanding of the birthing process whilst aiming to understand and reduce fear and anxiety. With greater knowledge and understanding, women and their partners are able to feel confident to make informed decisions around their birth choices.
The workshops combine an understanding of the birthing process, the hormones of labour and birth and practical skills for managing pain, sensations and challenges of labour, that include breathing, relaxation and visualisation techniques, positioning and massage. Life after birth and the transition to parenthood and the role of the partner/support is also emphasised.
The comprehensive course is complementary to all models of care – private or public, birth centre or home-birth and are not an alternative to the birthing choices you have already made. You will gain practical knowledge and skills whether this is your first or third baby, or hoping to achieve a vaginal birth after a previous caesarean (VBAC). Refresher classes are also available for subsequent pregnancies if you’ve completed the original course.
Classes are held at My Midwives, Brunswick
Cost per couple – $550 (for the two days) which includes the booklet, downloads and refreshments. ($150 non-refundable deposit to secure enrolment)
Weekend workshops run from 9am to approx 4.30pm over two days.
9th & 16th of December (fully booked…thank you)
6th & 13th of January (fully booked…thank you)
10th & 17th of February (last minute cancellation….place available!)
23rd & 24th of March (fully booked…thank you)
27th & 28th of April (fully booked….thank you)
4th & 11th of May
16th & 23rd of June
14th & 21st of July
4th & 11th of August