Hypnobirthing Explained by Melissa Ayling

Hypnobirthing Australia™  is a state-of-the-art program that provides up-to-date, evidence-based childbirth education. It helps an expecting mother and her birth partner prepare for a calm, positive and empowering birth experience.


What to expect from my hypnobirthing classes?

In the same way an athlete prepares for an upcoming event, expecting mothers can train their minds and bodies for their upcoming labour. This preparation promotes confidence, calm and the trust to allow their bodies to do what it is designed to do.

My Hypnobirthing Australia™ classes provide parents with the much-needed support as well as knowledge, tools and techniques to relax and rise above any unnecessary doubts, anxieties or fears surrounding birth. Some of the tools covered in class include breathing, relaxation, visualisations and beautiful self-hypnosis MP3s (think guided meditations), birthing positions and aromatherapy.

These classes provide a safe environment for expecting mothers to develop a positive mindset, make informed choices and get their partners onboard. They also explain how the mind-body connection works.


How do birth partners come into the picture?

In class, we cover very practical tools specifically designed for birth partners who want to play an active role in supporting their partners throughout labour and birth. These tools include light touch massage and acupressure.

Birth partners are also taught how to create a calm, beautiful and comfortable birthing environment and advocate for the mother at times of need.

All of these tools and techniques are brought together to help the mother relax, reduce pain and encourage labour to progress.


What does the science say?

A recent study found that independent childbirth education classes lower the need for medical intervention. A few headline statistics include the following:

  • 65% reduction in epidural rates
  • 44% reduction in caesarean sections
  • 53% reduction in the resuscitation of babies

Reduce the need for medical interventions and the costs associated with labour go down too. Another study indicates that independent childbirth education classes lower the costs from AUD808 to AUD659 per woman.


Other benefits of the Hypnobirthing Australia™ way

While many women come along to hypnobirthing classes for a more natural approach to birth, these classes also help mothers embrace whatever path their birth journey takes.

The Hypnobirthing Australia™ approach is a great foundation to positive parenting and can offer the added benefit of improved sleep during pregnancy, a strengthened bond with birth partners, better breastfeeding outcomes and a reduced risk of postnatal depression.

Hypnobirthing Australia™ classes are very simple, easy-to-learn and down to earth.  It will be one of the best investments in your family that you will ever make.


My name is Melissa Ayling and I am a Hypnobirthing Australia™ practitioner and birth doula. Over the years, I have enjoyed sharing this wonderful program with many women and their partners from Geraldton and rural Western Australia. If hypnobirthing is something you have been thinking about, please feel free to take a wander around my website. In it, you will find lots of information and birth stories that inspire. And please don’t think twice about reaching out. I’d be honoured to be a part of your journey. Here is the link to my next upcoming hypnobirthing classes.