You're hoping for a vaginal birth and want the best and safest experience possible. But you also you know things may not work out the way you plan, and you want to know what to do if that happens.
Everyone says something different, and with all the conflicting information you just want to know how to work out what’s actually important.
You've heard some pretty full on stories, but something tells you that you can actually do this. Only there's that little voice in your head keeps whispering, 'But god, what if it's really bad...is it really possible to do this without an epidural and still come out in one piece?'
Somewhere inside you know this could be different.
What if this could be a positive experience?
What if your baby could be birthed in love?
What if you could let go, and allow yourself to come Undone?
A positive birth helps you start new baby life with a deep connection to your mother instinct, and makes the ups and downs of parenthood that much easier to navigate.
An easy-to-read complement to the content covered in the calls.
Everything in one place, where you can learn, connect in real time, stay supported and be encouraged.
Held via group video call, where we go through what you actually need to know.
All the materials also easily accessed so you can come back again and again.
Week 1: What Lies Beneath
Work out the context for your birth, how mindset affects everything, and what your ideal birth means for you.
Week 2: The F Word.
How to handle fear, how to use it, and what to do when things start to come undone.
Week 3: Your Labour Tool Kit
Explore what's going on in your body, how labour starts and what actually happens in labour. Weigh up medical and non-medical pain relief, their pros and cons, and when to use what. Learn the one crucial thing you need to birth effectively, and why breathing won't necessarily get your baby out.
Week 4: When Birth Doesn't Go To Plan
Sometimes we need a plan B, or C or D. Birth doesn't always follow the path we hoped, and it's important to know your options ahead of time so you're not making choice on the big day.
PLUS A BONUS MODULE: Preparing for Post Partum
Learn some basics of caring for your new baby and your new body, what's the difference between common and normal, and how you can start planning ahead of time.
Because birth is a mental game. It requires making visible the unconscious programming residing within, and consciously undoing that.
Because birth is not a one time event. It sends you on a trajectory into motherhood and can impact you for the rest of your life. Women in dementia wards can still remember their births.
Because birth may be natural, but the way we do birth is anything but. And understanding what it is you need compared to what is on offer as standard is crucial. Up to 70% of hospital policy is not based on evidence, and a huge number of women are coming out of birth traumatised, so relying on what is ‘routinely done’ is not exactly a recipe for a positive birth.
Because your birth affects your baby, too, and a healthy baby is more than just an alive baby – because we are wired for attachment, how we experience these events as babies help to set our idea of what love and connection are. We want healthy babies in body AND mind.
Because healthy mothers raise healthy babies, and those healthy babies become our future. Trauma has a flow on effect to the whole of society. Improving pregnancy, birth and newborn life improves the future of society.
Because in pregnancy, birth and the post-birth period, our brains are designed to be re-wired. That rewiring can be positive, or less than positive. We want to come out of this experience as ready and able as possible to take on motherhood.
I’m a qualified Clinical Educator, diploma-qualified Childbirth Educator and certified labour doula (and many more pieces of paper), and mum of two (gorgeous but intense) children.
Having experienced both empowering and traumatic birth, hospital and home, I’m passionate about helping mothers understand birth in a deeper, holistic way, so they can have the birth they want.
I know how scary and overwhelming this can be. I also know how amazing it can be.
My background is a unique blend of science and magic. With studies and career experience spanning International Health, anthropology, neurological development for babies and toddlers, skin cancer and clinical education, and even starting (and putting on hold) a PhD, I have the science well grounded. But as a meditation teacher and healer, I infuse the evidence with magic to help you explore the Full Circle of birth.
"Anna is amazing... having just been part of this course, I'd totally recommend it to ANYone about to have a baby.. even if it's not your first. So much information, so much support, so much insight. I could say a lot about this... I'm so deeply grateful for how much more empowered I feel because of this course. Even when things don't go to plan, Anna has helped me feel more capable of finding answers to make my own choices. This course is HONEST and so beautifully practical and holistic at the same time."
-Meredith, Full Circle Birth participant
"The best birth course everrrrr. I honestly can't recommend it enough!! It has given me so much knowledge even with this being my 3rd pregnancy!"
-Christie, Full Circle Birth participant
"Yes, I’ve had a baby before… but although I read lots and thought I understood what I needed to get through labour as naturally as possible, I didn’t feel empowered enough to put it all into practice. Quite frankly, my first birth was dictated by the obstetrician, hospital policies and my own fear… and I regret the things that happened. Through this course I’ve gained an expansion on the knowledge I already had, an expansion which has ‘clicked’ everything into place. I am now feeling positive and empowered that I can do this. I can!"
-Erica, Preparing for Birth participant
"Anna facilitates this course with a relaxed, easy delivery. She's friendly and has exceptional knowledge."
-Kerrie, Preparing for Birth participant
"This course is completely different to antenatal courses; very personal, about the EXPERIENCE of childbirth. It's empowering."
-Sarah, Preparing for Birth participant