When you know this, there’s nothing to fear:
You are wildly powerful.
All mothers are – whether we have the birth we planned for or things went a little differently. We’re born powerful – it’s our birthright.
You don’t know what to expect during labour.
Thanks to dramatic portrayals of childbirth in television and film, as well as the hordes of misinformation now available to expectant mothers, birth is hugely regarded as a negative event. The thought of your body doing something you’ve never done before can be quite intimidating!
At the moment you feel like your voice isn’t being heard.
You may have left your caregiver appointment feeling rushed, uncertain & voiceless. You can’t seem to openly communicate about the birth you are wanting and you feel shy when it comes to discussing your desires and preferences. You would prefer clear & open communication with a caregiver who respects your individual wants. Surely there is more to birth than it being a medical and pathological event?
Your partner isn’t sure how to best support you.
They might be experiencing some reluctance in supporting you simply from the sheer overwhelm of the unknown. They have the instinctual urge to protect you but are unsure how to advocate for you in a system they don’t understand. They may be pressuring you to leave birth up to the experts and agree to whatever you’ve been told.
It doesn’t have to be this way, mama.
Welcome, to you and your baby
I’m Melissa Ayling. I’m a Hypnobirthing Australia™ practitioner, birth doula, postnatal doula, beach lover, wife to Sam, mother to Jarvis and Lockie (both brilliantly hypnobirthed into the world!) and loud and proud advocate for mothers everywhere.
My calling in life is to help expecting women believe in themselves and trust their innate strengths as humans and mothers. Everything a woman needs to positively birth her baby already resides within her inner reserves of feminine power. In the modern world, it can be hard to trust your instincts and surrender to something that is so actively managed. With the help of Hypnobirthing, I help pregnant women reconnect to their intuition, embrace whatever path the birth journey takes, and reach childbirth’s full potential.
Doubting your ability to achieve the birth experience you desire? I believe in you. I can see that capability in every mother. Ready to step up and write a birth story without regret?
Wow, what an amazing experience pregnancy and giving birth were! After what could be considered a miracle pregnancy, we wanted to prepare for the big day as best we could. I had previously heard good things about hypnobirthing and I was so happy when I saw that Melissa offered classes in Geraldton. The classes gave both my partner, Chad, and myself many techniques to achieve the positive experience we were after no matter where our birthing journey took us.Pipp
What is Hypnobirthing Australia™?
Hypnobirthing Australia™ is a state-of-the-art childbirth education program that showcases the rich complexities of labour. Using everything from science to ancient wisdom, Hypnobirthing helps parents-to-be to rise above any unnecessary doubts, anxieties or fears surrounding birth. It empowers a mother with the ultimate positive mindset plus gives her tools and techniques to inspire calmness and confidence throughout the entire birth and postpartum process.
No terrifying videos of red-faced women screaming at the top of their lungs allowed.
So, you might ask, “If I already possess everything I need for the birth I want, why should I work with you, Melissa?”
I can teach you how to tap into your strength, manage your fears, communicate your needs, and have a calm and positive birth experience.
No matter what way your birth unfolds – from a non-medicated hospital birth to a planned induction, a Caesarean to cosy home birth – Hypnobirthing will help you to have the best birth possible.
My Story (and the reason I do and love this work!)
When I first became pregnant in 2013, I felt frustrated and overwhelmed. And not only because I had morning sickness for the first and nearly whole second trimester while working full-time. I was frustrated because there seemed to be such a lack of alternative resources for pregnant women, including very limited childbirth education classes.
Even as someone that has always been very independent, I realised quite quickly that pregnancy was a time where support was critical, and that birth was an adventure I would need to prepare for.
I wanted to approach my birth the way I approached my life:
Positively, naturally and consciously.
And what was available? Just regular doctors’ appointments, a few scans, blood tests and the regular hospital antenatal classes. I didn’t feel that these resources acknowledged the feminine power and value of birth. I knew they were meant to help, and sometimes can help, but I could also see how passive and fearful they might make a woman feel.
I was lacking real, live support. I found it hard to talk to people about the birth I was preparing for. I had no one to confide with and turn to to ask my (many!) questions. And despite many nudges on my part, I just couldn’t get my partner on board and understand the birth I wanted. I felt unheard.
My common sense was telling me there was more to childbirth.
Thankfully, the universe sent me Hypnobirthing. The positive mindset I developed, as well as the knowledge and tools I learnt, helped me gain confidence in my ability to give birth and removed all of the fear from the equation.
Oh, and the cherry on top? I’ve birthed not one – but two – babies into the world using Hypnobirthing.
My first in a beautiful, calm and in control natural hospital birth, and the second in a crazy-beautiful, exhilarating on the side-of-the-road car birth. Yes, I gave birth in my car! I know I was only able to do this because I had the Hypnobirthing preparation to optimise the birth process and the confidence to comfort myself during all its challenges and intensities.
Hypnobirthing changed my life – in fact, it became my calling. I’m now so passionate about bringing LIVE Hypnobirthing Australia™ classes to the Geraldton area – real time support and resources that were not available until recently. I want to support and inspire women the way I would have loved to be, too.
I want to remind women that nature wants us to want to give birth. It doesn’t want us to fear it and meet our children full of adrenaline. Nature wants us to meet our babies full of oxytocin and love!
Credentials & Professional Experience
- Certified Hypnobirthing Australia™ practitioner 2014
- Award winning for outstanding practitioner achievement
- Current member of Maternity Consumer Network Australia
- Certified Sacred Scent Aromatherapy Birth Worker
- Certified IVHHD meditation therapist and holistic counsellor
- Former medical secretary (10+ years)
- Need additional care? I can help. I have a wide network in the Geraldton area and I’m all for referring on people out for the best care possible, from birth photography to the best pregnancy masseuses in town, to a travelling private midwife.