I began pregnancy education whilst still a classroom teacher in outback Queensland. I knew there was a huge contrast from what I was seeing on our school farm with the birthing mammals (their births all without fanfare), to the "horror birth stories" my well intentioned colleagues and friends were passing on.
In 2008 I found out I was pregnant with my first son. I knew all about how my baby was developing, what to eat, how to keep my body fit for birth, but I really wanted to ensure I was mentally and emotionally prepared for labour and birth. I wanted to be informed, educated and have tools and techniques to ensure I was confident for birthing day. I did quite a bit of research, and decided the global antenatal education program of HypnoBirthing was the best to prepare me, and my birth companion. I now have 4 children, all HypnoBirthed babies making me one of the most experienced practitioners in the country.
After my first daughter was born, in 2011, my private midwife was adamant I needed to be teaching other birthing mums HypnoBirthing, so I completed my practitioner training and have since educated couples as far west as Quilpie, all across the Darling Downs and Toowoomba.
My positive births began my volunteer advocacy for maternity reform, and I'm now the Director of Maternity Consumer Network, and spend many hours educating, advocating and representing consumers.
I have since completed my yoga teacher training, and prenatal yoga education and teach holistic pregnancy Yoga classes and workshop. Through the ancient practice of yoga, mums become educated and prepared for birth.
I am so fortunate to work with so many inspiring mums- both who I meet in classes and those who advocate for maternity reform alongside me. My move to the Sunshine Coast in 2018 has allowed me to continue to teach dozens of couples childbirth education with Hypnobirthing and pregnancy yoga.