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 Course (REGISTER)
When embarking on this new journey of parenthood there can be challenging transitions and a range of emotions. Our new programme THRIVE aims to provide a safe, non-judgemental and nurturing environment to build confidence and develop coping skills. Over 9 weeks we explore a different theme that include mindfulness techniques to enable you to:
- Navigate change with self-awareness and compassion
- Be aware of your reactions and respond wisely and calmly
- Be present and connected with yourself, your baby and the community around you
Themes include Creative and Intuitive Parenting, the Challenges of Parenting in this Current Era, Identity as Mothers and Self-discovery, Navigating and Nurturing Relationship Changes, Birth and Sex, Maintaining Life Balance and Wellbeing, Creating Community and Family Rituals.
Babies are welcome in the space as part of the course. Open to any new mother with babies from 0-6 months of age. Numbers limited to a maximum of 10.
Cost: Introductory Price $300 which covers morning tea, notes and access to guided relaxations. (If finances are a barrier to enrolling, please get in touch to discuss payment options).
Where: Mana Health Practice, 130 Plenty Rd, Preston
Next course starts: 14th of June to 16th August (1 week break during school holidays) 10am to 12pm (REGISTER)
MEDITATION Sessions in Pregnancy (REGISTER)
Weekly 1hr mindfulness meditation practice during pregnancy
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. Cost is $15 casually
Mana Health Practice, 130 Plenty Rd, Preston every Friday 1-2pm (except public holidays)
calmbirth® workshops, Brunswick REGISTER
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.
4th & 11th of May
16th & 23rd of June (one space for a couple left due to late cancellation!)
14th & 21st of July (fully booked….thank you)
3rd & 10th of August (fully booked….thank you)
8th& 15th of September
6th & 13th of October
10th & 17th of November
8th & 15th of December