Faculty Member – Australia – HypnoBirthing® Institute
Anthea is a passionate health professional, an experienced Antenatal Educator, Trainer and Hypnotherapist supporting families in conception, pregnancy, birthing and parenting.
Anthea is a Faculty Member for the HypnoBirthing® Institute, facilitating the Practitioner Training & Support for Practitioners here in Australia. She has been awarded the role as a Global Presence Ambassador for Parenting 2.0, is a Director of the Australian Birth and Parenting Network and runs HypnoBirthing Gold Coast.
Anthea is working with therapy based on the philosophy that our unconscious minds can heal our bodies, and control the delicate process of conception and birthing. She is focused on helping people find their unlimited potential in all areas of life, on helping women to rediscover their natural birthing instincts and works to provide couples with information about their bodies, the birth process, how their mind affects conception and birth helping to empower them to take control of their own journey.
Anthea is married and has two children. She lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.
Meaghan Amor’s passion, love & knowledge for the journey of Birth has been a guiding light for many women.
As an accredited Doula & HypnoBirthing Educator Meaghan offers formal training plus a heart felt love for what she does.
Her experience as a Doula extends over 20 years.
With her nurturing side & holistic approach to each individual client Meaghan has enjoyed a long career in pre & post natal Aromatherapy Massage on the gold coast.
She gives her expectant Mothers & Fathers all the knowledge & confidence they need to have an amazing Birth experience.
Meaghan believes that every birthing couple deserves to have their preferences met, understood & honoured…
I have been a midwife for 10years and am still very active in my local hospital, currently working between the ward and birth suite. I am involved with a number of home birth midwives as well providing support and constantly learning where able. I am a mum of 3 little boys and it was their births that reinforced the need for education and preparation for birth in pregnancy, not only physically but mentally and emotionally. I have been a private educator for a number of years now and love the connections and beautiful results I get working with families.
How I work with parents
I help parents take back their birth, understanding how their body works, how to assist rather than resist their natural processes. I involved partners and educate them how to be an awesome support not just an occasional help. I provide you with the skills to take control and responsibility for yourself, your baby and your birth.
My training & experience
HypnoBirthing International Educator – 3years
Mum – 7 years
Numerous additional qualifications in
SIDs safe sleeping
Newborn first aid
Breastfeeding support and assistance
I specialise in HypnoBirthing® classes because I used the techniques for both my births and I came out of those experiences in full goddess mode – strong, capable and whole. These are the things I want every woman to take away from her birth experience. I give you a toolbox for labour and birth, natural pain management, hospital systems and help create a beautiful family bond from conception.
Our clinic is located in the Tallebudgera Valley on the Gold Coast, we love to inspire, nurture and care for families to make positive healthy lifestyle choices through chiropractic wellness care.
We have two Chiropractors – Dr Jana Judd & Dr Elise Flipo
Dr Jana Judd
Jana studied at Macquarie University in Sydney, where she received a Bachelor in Chiropractic Science and a Masters in Chiropractic Science. She continues to further her knowledge for the benefits of her patients and has Advanced Certification in Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT) and Webster Certification. She is also a Table Educator at SOT seminars, teaching other Chiropractors these amazing techniques and sharing her knowledge.
Jana has a holistic attitude towards health and health care, and utilises many techniques to improve your overall health and well being, not just to fix a sore back. There is so much more to Chiropractic!
Jana specialises in the care of women through pregnancy and their newborns, and children of all ages…and of course the dads as well! She will care for anyone that wants to start living a healthier life than they are today.
Because of her strong belief in a healthy lifestyle starting before you are even born, Jana also supports some of her patients, who aim for the best possible start to life for their children, as a Doula during labour.
QUALIFICATIONS and PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
– Bachelor and Masters of Chiropractic Science
– Advanced Certification of SOT
– Member of Sacro-Occipital Technique Organisation Australia (SOTOA)
– Registered with National Chiropractors Registration Board
– Member of International Chiropractic Paediatric Association (ICPA)
– Birth Right Doula
– First Aid Certificate
– Qualified in Webster Technique
– Member of Australian Vaccination Network (AVN)
Dr Elise Flipo
Elise completed 5 years of study of a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Chiropractic) and Masters of Clinical Chiropractic at RMIT in Melbourne and has also worked as a Remedial Massage Therapist for many years and believes that chiropractic and massage therapy work incredibly well together.
To Elise, Chiropractic is about transformation. She believes health comes from within and that chiropractic assists people to function at their best. As a chiropractor Elise is passionate about providing a holistic approach to care and believes having a properly functioning nervous system is essential to achieving wellness.
Elise enjoys working with people of all ages and has witnessed the benefits of families receiving care. She is passionate about working with women during their pregnancies and loves meeting the little ones when they arrive for their adjustments.
Growing up near the beach Elise found that the water and sunshine is grounding and makes her soul happy. She also has a love for music, playing the piano, singing and finding new artists to listen to. If Elise is not at the beach she will be out having coffee and catching up with friends.
The techniques Elise uses are Sacrol Occiptial Technique (SOT), Neuro emotional Technique (NET), chiropractic and paediatric adjustements.
QUALIFICATIONS and PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
– Bachelor of Health Sciences (Chiropractic)
– Masters of Clinical Chiropractic
– Diploma of Remedial Massage
– Registered with the Chiropractors Association of Australia
– First Aid Certificate
Hi Beautiful Mummas,
Thanks for taking the time to read my profile.
My name is Kirsty, I’m 35 years young and have a beautiful HypnoBirthing baby boy, River who is 22 months old. I love being a stay at home mum especially living on the Gold Coast because we get to spend our days at the beach. I am a happy, positive, enthusiastic and healthy mama. I love yoga, meditating, nature and using alternative methods to heal and be the healthiest version of myself. I am a school teacher by trade and hold a Masters in Special Education, I’m also a yoga teacher and now a HypnoBirthing teacher as I love sharing knowledge and empowering people. After my own amazing birth using HypnoBirthing along with other natural therapies – yoga, meditation, acupuncture, massage and kinesiology as part of my birth preparation, I just had to share this AMAZING birth education with all women far and wide. I want all women to experience a calm, positive and informed birth no matter what journey their birth takes. I want all women to know that birth is NORMAL, NATURAL and ACHIEVABLE without the use of drugs and interventions. I want all women to meet their BIRTH GOALS whatever that might look like for them. I want all women to come out of birth feeling like GODDESS WARRIORS (like one of my HypnoBirthing mumma said she felt after her birth) even if it doesn’t go to plan. This is why I became a HypnoBirthing practitioner and I want to help you achieve your birth goal. I love that I support women from the moment they begin their HypnoBirthing journey to the moment they meet their baby.
Below is my own birth story and have attached some birthing images (taken during the last 45mins of labour). I hope you enjoy reading and can see in the photos can see just how calm. in control and relaxed I was using the HypnoBirthing techniques and tools.
It’s hard to believe that River, my beautiful ‘baby’ boy is nearly 18 months old already. I will always remember the day he was born as being both intense and blissful, just how nature intended. Although I had an amazing birth that went exactly how I visualised, I was reluctant to share my story as I felt guilty, I knew other women have had contrasting experiences. But when I do open up and share I have to roll my eyes when people say ‘oh you just lucky with your birth’.
I want to reassure all mums-to-be that you don’t have to get lucky to enjoy your birth experience as much as I did. I’m not lucky, I just worked hard during pregnancy to prepare my mind, body and soul for my birth. I believe most women can have a blissful birth like me. My advice; be prepared to do all that you can to reach your desired outcome. The two biggest things are to educate yourself on the journey ahead and use HypnoBirthing to prepare your mind and body to be ready for birth.
Throughout my pregnancy not only did I religiously practice HypnoBirthing from 20 weeks until I went into labour at 41 weeks and 2 days but I also meditated and practiced yoga daily. I made this as routine as brushing my teeth twice a day. I also visited the acupuncturist, chiropractor, kinesiologist, massage therapist regularly, invested in a private midwife, read heaps of books and nourished my body by consuming a plant-based diet. I was guided to do everything in my power to be ready for my birth day. It wasn’t a chore for me, I loved it. My motto was that if I could do everything in my power to be ready and it still doesn’t go to plan then so be it. That is okay. I would accept that my baby decided to take a different path into this world. But it was in my power to do what I could and not leave it to luck or chance.
The only time I felt some anxiety was when I went past the expected due date. I was adamant I didn’t want to be induced so I had acupuncturist sessions, massages with clary sage, made love, bounced on the fit ball, walked, practiced nipple stimulation, ate dates and watched heaps of HypnoBirthing births on Youtube while crying my eyes out (I think the last one did the trick!).
Nine days after the expected due date I woke up at 2am with period like pains, I didn’t share this with my partner but listened to rainbow relaxation and went back to sleep. At 4am I woke and they had intensified so I called Steph my midwife. She told me to sleep and rest, it would be a long day. I took a hot water bottle and went back to sleep until 5.30am at which point the surges intensified. I woke my partner up and we began practicing our HypnoBirthing techniques, I listened to my rainbow relaxation visualisation track while breathing and smelling clary sage. The surges seemed very close together and although I was connected to my breath I just couldn’t get comfortable using the fit ball, on all fours or even in the bath. I wanted to constantly empty my bowels and was beginning to feel a little anxious. I thought I would have time to lie around watching movies, relaxing, eating, showering or going for walks! I had organised homeopathic supplements prior to labour and started taking the supplement for rapid labour. Around 6.30am I ended up on the toilet with my drink bottle and listening to the rainbow relaxation while Guy, my partner stood at the door timing my surges.
Alone on the toilet I totally let go, riding the waves of labour, totally surrendering and getting lost in my breathing. Every minute or so my entire body was overcome by a surge, they were incredibly powerful but I can honestly say I felt no pain, they were intense but only mildly uncomfortable. They felt so natural.
I felt like I was on an amazing carpet ride, eyes closed, knees wide apart, circling my hips, circling my head, doing light touches on my belly and back, moaning and went totally within. My partner had contacted the midwife again, she said that the surges were too far apart and inconsistent but to contact her if I felt pressure in my bum. At about 10.30am my membranes released while I was on the toilet, my breathing changed and my surges forced me to begin bearing down so that I could now feel pressure in my bum. I started to get a little concerned because I didn’t want to have the baby in the toilet. After a phone call from Guy, my midwife came straight away. After checking me externally she advised that the birth was very close! She knew we wanted a water birth and reckoned we had just enough time to get to GCUH where we had booked a birthing suite. The most difficult part of the experience was walking down our 71 stairs, stopping midway to breathe through a surge. It was surreal to be lying down in the car, trying to moderate my surges as all my body wanted to do was bear down. I didn’t want a car birth! In the car, I listened to rainbow relaxation using head phones and wore an eye mask so I could focus on my breathing and block out external stimuli.
We arrived at the hospital at 12.15pm, I walked to the birthing suite, refusing the wheel chair as I didn’t want to slow the surges down. I got into the warm bath straight away, the water was very soothing. I continued listening to the rainbow relaxation and focusing on my breathing, surrendering to my body’s surges and allowing them to guide me. After parking the car my partner finally arrived, the midwife has just sent him a text to hurry up as River was well on his way. Guy was straight in the pool with me and we began working together on breathing and visualising just like we had practiced all those times before. Guy gently reminded me to relax my face, relax my jaw, relax my shoulders, to focus on my breathing, he talked me through a visualisation of lotus flower opening, just like my vagina was doing with River. In my mind I could see the petals unfolding and River’s head emerging, just as I had practised during my pregnancy.
The only time the midwife interacted with us was when she checked River’s heart beat and wiped my face with a rose water cloth. Within the pool my body instinctively knew what position to get into, I was up on my toes, knees apart in a squat holding onto the side of the pool, bearing down while my partner continued to remind me to relax my face, jaw, mouth and shoulders. I birthed River in one go, catching him in the water and pulling him up to my chest, which the midwife and my partner missed as they didn’t realise it would be so quick! He was born at 1pm, a day baby which I didn’t expect at all. I naturally birthed the placenta as I had arranged to encapsulate it for later consumption. I patiently watched River to the crawl to my breast and attach on his own without interruption.
We thought it was totally normal when our new family left the hospital at 6pm that night, 4 hours after giving birth. On the way home we even stopped to get vegan take-out to refuel my body and were sitting eating dinner with our new baby shortly after. What joy to be home as a family that evening.
Everyone’s birth is a unique journey and I believe we have the power to choose our experience, even though it may not go to plan. HypnoBirthing is one of the most powerful ways to take ownership and create the birth outcome you desire. My sister who also used HypnoBirthing and had a natural water birth three weeks prior to me said this about birth, I totally agree “Failing to plan is planning to fail”.
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I’m Tina Ziegenfusz, a hypnobirthing supportive doula servicing families in the Brisbane area. I’ve been practicing as a doula in Brisbane for eight years, and specialise in supporting hospital and birth centre births. I offer services covering pregnancy, labour preparation, birth support and postnatal support through the first six weeks after your baby’s birth. I’d love to support you as you take these first steps into parenthood, making positive memories that will be part of your family’s story for years to come.
My name is Moran and I am a mother of 3 healthy and beautiful girls. My passion into HypnoBirthing and supporting mums through this journey through labour and birth has come from my own experiences and the influence and profound effect that the power of the mind can have on our pregnancy, birthing experience and post partum period. I have personally witnessed what a disempowering birth can do to us mentally and physically and through sheer determination, mental exercises, willingness and true profound inner strength how you can have a positive birthing experience.
I teach group and private HypnoBirthing classes and service both the Gold Coast and Brisbane area.
I also offer Doula services and have attended many births now as a doula and it is such a rewarding experience to be present for the parents that I work with in aiding them enjoy the birth experience which will leave an imprint for a lifetime. I work in births in any setting and all circumstances, from home birth, birthing centre to hospital births and have witnessed the most AMAZING births imaginable.
I am a true believer that “when you change the way you think about birth, the way you birth will change’ ~ Marie Mongan
Trish always remembered being fascinated by babies and how they came into the world and so was really excited on first becoming pregnant in 1999 and then again in 2001. Unfortunately, both of these births were not what she had envisaged. During her third pregnancy she discovered HypnoBirthing® and the benefits of having a Doula by her side. This time she laboured and birthed easily and calmly and this made her realise that birth can be the way she had always thought it was meant to be.
This experience led her to change the direction of her life and in 2006 she became a Certified HypnoBirthing® Practitioner. Since then Trish has enjoyed working with families as they bring their children into the world. The use of hypnosis during the HypnoBirthing® classes also intrigued Trish and she became fascinated with the untapped potential of the subconscious mind. As a Clinical Hypnotherapist she can assist HypnoBirthing® families with issues that are outside the scope of the classroom setting. This broadens the scope of her practice to include a larger range of issues. Hypnotherapy commonly helps alleviate anxiety, stress, addictions, depression, and PTSD. It can assist with weight reduction, improving self confidence and infertility as well as many other issues.
Trish has always provided a good sounding board, listening with a compassionate ear and wanting to help people solve their life’s challenges. Her genuine desire to connect with people needing support, underpins her skill set and she is often told that her calming manner and comforting voice offer reassurance to the wonderful people she has worked with over the years.
Trish says…“I look forward to being by your side as your Hypnotherapist should you need support with life’s challenges…or as your HypnoBirthing® Practitioner for when you are pregnant and choose a birth free of fear…or as your Doula for when you decide that you need hands on emotional support during birth…or maybe all three! Thank you.”