Group and Private Classes

Birth preparation for both you and your partner is incredibly important, no matter whether it’s your first birth, or you’ve had previous births.

It’s important to ensure that you are informed and supported along the way, that you know your rights, and the choices you have around outcomes. It’s also important that you and your birth partner or your birth team have establised some really good anchors, that you go into the birth feeling calm, confident and trusting in the process. And, that everyone including your care providers, have a clear understanding of your preferences.

If you want a positive experience, no matter how your birth unfolds, it’s essential that you are prepared.



Group Classes

These are a fantastic option if you want to meet other expecting couples.

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Private Classes

These are a great if you prefer to do the class from the comfort and privacy of home.

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Split Group/Private

These are a great option if you want to do the group but can't make one of the days.

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Group Classes 

I run group classes once a month in Ballina. These usually run across a weekend, from 9.00am - 4.30pm, both days.

The classes are perfectly designed for you and your birth partner to prepare effectively for a positive birth, but I have a lot of mums who come without their partners too. This is a time to really honour your pregnancy, make sure you're both hearing the same information at the same time and on the same page, and an opportunity to have a bit of fun along the way (plus, meet other expecting couples).

Within the course investment, each couple is provided with:

  • 12 hours of face-to-face class teaching with me
  • A printed folio of resources which is yours to keep, use and practice with
  • Access to an online portal with unique download code to a range of extra online resources including an e-book, mp3 downloads, practice tracks, birth videos and more
  • A goody bag
  • Ongoing extra support from me throughout your pregnancy to help with advice, information or questions

For a more in depth look at what is covered, scroll to the bottom of the page for course outline.

July Classes

Day 1: Sat 27th July 
9am - 4.30pm

Day 2: Sun 28th July
9am - 4.30pm


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August Classes

Day 1: Sat 24th August
9am - 4.30pm

Day 2: Sun 25th August 
9am - 4.30pm


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Private Classes 

Exactly the same content as the group classes, but from the comfort of your home, (or mine). Usually I come to you, and we have the option of splitting it up into 2 x 6hour session, or 3 x 4hour sessions.

The content is the same, the format is the same, but we can tailor the conversation more specifically to you and your circumstances.

Within the course investment, you will get all of the things listed in 'group classes' above.

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Split Group/Private 

Perhaps you would like to benefit from the group classes - meeting other couples and sharing in the learning but can only make one of the days. 

You can do day 1 OR day 2 in the privacy of your home (or mine) at a time that suits, you and come along to the group session for the other one.

The only catch is you do need to do them in order so day 1 content has to come first.

The content is the same, the format is the same, but we can tailor the conversation more specifically to you and your circumstances during your private session. 

Within the course investment, you will get all of the things listed in 'group classes' above.

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We loved the course and Fiona! We now feel confident about going into labour and are looking forward to the experience together - we feel like it is now something to embrace and find joy in instead of fear.


Group Hypnobirthing Client 08/21

The class was so informative and I feel so much more confident in using meditation practices, which I have been struggling with for a really long time.

But aside from gaining confidence, I am most grateful for the support it gave us as a team, and the confidence I can see has completely bloomed in [my partner]. The most important part for him is advocating for me and our baby in terms of induction. It feels like we are even more on the same page.


O. Shepherd (Group Classes)

I teach the Hypnobirthing Australia™ Positive Birth Program™

Unit 1 (Day 1): Creating and Maintaining a Positive Mindset


  • Introduction to the positive mindset of Hypnobirthing
  • How our brain is wired to birth
  • The role of our caregivers
  • Mind/body connection
  • What is self-hypnosis and how will we use it for birthing?
  • Our hormones are our friends
  • My amazing uterus – understanding the physiology behind birthing
  • Fear-Tension-Pain Syndrome
  • Causes of Fear (including history) and how it affects our labour
  • Re-programming the Subconscious
  • The language for empowered birthing
  • The power of affirmations
  • Birthing environment

Unit 2 (Day 1): Our Toolkit for Birth

  • Self-hypnosis tracks
  • Birth music
  • Conditioning with scent
  • Hypnotic anchors and triggers
  • Releasing endorphins through massage and touch
  • Acupressure techniques for pregnancy, birth & breastfeeding
  • Visualisations for pregnancy, labour & birthing
  • The importance of facial relaxation
  • Relaxation Breathing – a skill for life
  • Surge Breathing – the best tool ever!
  • Fear release
  • Techniques to help make your surges more comfortable
  • The ‘urge’ to push/bear down – Breathing/Bearing down

Unit 3 (Day 2): Preparation & Choices for Empowered Birthing

  • Bonding with baby
  • Choices in maternity care
  • Birth Preferences – having open communication with your caregivers
  • Knowledge is power – researching common interventions and procedures
  • Questions to ask, to assist in making informed decisions
  • Birth partner as advocate
  • ‘Guess date’ – a normal range of pregnancy
  • Inductions – things you’re not always told
  • Achieving a natural start to labour
  • Maintaining a healthy diet
  • Preparing the body – staying active
  • Optimising baby’s position
  • Breech or Posterior – options & positions
  • Instant relaxation techniques
  • Self-hypnosis, meditation and deep relaxation techniques & scripts

Unit 4 (Day 2): Birth - bringing it all together

  • What to expect in the weeks and days leading up to birth
  • Signs that labour is starting
  • What to expect through labour (membranes releasing etc)
  • When to call the midwife/go to the hospital
  • Accidental home/car birth – what to do!
  • Birth partner’s role
  • Common procedures
  • Using water during labour and birth
  • Upright positioning, movement and birth positions
  • Special circumstances (including caesarean birth)
  • Vocalisation
  • Cord clamping & placenta delivery
  • Undisturbed bonding & breastfeeding time – skin to skin
  • What to expect afterwards
  • Effective postnatal planning and preparation 
  • Self-hypnosis – Rehearsal for Birth
  • A practice routine – preparation for birth!