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Today on the blog I am sharing one of my best kept secrets – she is Erin Gregory, founder of YOUR EMPOWERED BIRTH. Erin is a registered midwife and nurse, and currently works with my OBGYN at St Vincent’s Private Hospital. Erin has over 10 years experience working in the birth suite, antenatal and postnatal units, and special care nurseries. Erin is a qualified Hypnobirth® Educator, and is dedicated to combining these skills with her passion for a natural and positive birthing experience. The hubby and I participated in Erin’s classes at 27 weeks, and I left feeling so confident that I wanted to give birth then and there! Erin’s warm nature, humour and incredible skillset have absolutely prepared me for childbirth – in the best possible way. Don’t be thrown by the ‘Hypnobirth®’ title, Erin will assist you and your partner with the type of journey you desire. For us, we did not want any airy-fairy labour techniques or an overly complicated plan of attack. Our birth plan is to deliver our little princess safely. While of course I am reasonably anxious and nervous about the unknown, I have the skills and knowledge to know I will be fine. This is what our bodies were designed to do, whatever pathway we end-up walking. While most hospitals will offer a variety of childbirth/breastfeeding classes, we opted for a smaller and more intimate group setting with Erin. I cannot recommend this superstar and her classes highly enough, she is a true gem.
ABOUT ‘YOUR EMPOWERED BIRTH’ – By Erin Gregory
It goes without saying that creating and growing a human being is a journey filled with excitement, vulnerability, anticipation, some sleeplessness and the odd digestive mishap. But when did we lose sight of the beauty of birth and let ourselves truly get lost the wonder that is birthing our baby (babies)? Its hard work, its intense (my daughter is now almost 3 and i can recall her birth like it was yesterday) but it is AMAZING…. thats right it is possible, it can happen, you are stronger and more capable than you know. Believe me I’ve witnessed hundreds of woman achieve birth!
Lets be thankful for modern medical and midwifery care, the extraordinary talents that some clinicians possess to support us if pregnancy and birth take an unexpected high risk journey. But lets remember that most don’t and that making a contingency “Just incase plan” is great but doesn’t have to be the only plan you have. You can plan for the birth you want, be honest with yourselves about what you hope for and what is important to you.
As a registered midwife and nurse, I have over 10 years experience working in the birth suite, antenatal and postnatal units, and special care nurseries. My natural and positive philosophy about birth isn’t based on some idealistic view of what birth must be or look like, but so much more. Its not about the mode of birth (vaginal or caesarian section) its not about drug free, in a pool at home or in a private hospital. Its about being EMPOWERED, WELL SUPPORTED and believing in what YOUR BODY IS CAPABLE OF. It’s about eliminating fear and EMPOWERING our partners to feel equipped to support you, and not just feel like an onlooker.
HOW ‘YOUR EMPOWERED BIRTH’ WORKS:
As women we want a caregiver that will help keep us physically safe during pregnancy and birth, but when do we make time to empower ourselves physically and emotionally for the journey ahead? When did someone last remind you that this was the birth of YOUR little person, not a medical event? This is where YOUR EMPOWERED BIRTH comes in. The YOUR EMPOWERED BIRTH sessions are offered over two evenings. The chance for you and your partner (birth team) to spend 5hours learning about how your body is designed for birth and how you can positively influence your birthing outcome. We (Dr Lionel Steinberg & I) cover the nuts and bolts (stages of labour and likely events in labour) but also explore intervention in labour, dispel myths and share with you evidence based information that will provide you with the tools to equip you for your birth. At whatever stage of your journey you find yourself, pre-pregnancy, pregnant, or about to welcome your little person, remember to be kind to yourself and that a positive birth experience is possible.
CONTACT ERIN GREGORY >
To find out more about Erin’s classes with Dr Lionel Steinberg and what they involve, please get in touch: www.yourempoweredbirth.com.au // firstname.lastname@example.org // @erin_yeb // 0421 336 094
BANNER IMAGE VIA KELLY JORDAN PHOTOGRAPHY – we have booked Kelly for our birth and cannot wait to work with her! To see more info on Kelly, CLICK HERE >