The Birth House Newsletter - March 2017
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Acupuncture services and Dancing for Birth classes now offered at The Birth House

We are delighted to welcome Dr Jaya Ferreira, who will be providing Acupuncture at The Birth House on Fridays from the 10th of March.  We are also very happy to welcome back Chloe Janev, who is once again offering Dancing for Birth™ classes at The Birth House.

Our Film night "Why not birth" was a great success, with over forty people in attendance.  We have had a number of requests for us to screen the film again, and we are in the process of confirming a new screening date, to be held in conjunction with a homebirth information session, in early April, with a confirmed date to be announced shortly. Mindfulness for Pregnancy classes have started this month, and there are still places available.  It is possible to attend the classes on a casual basis, and new participants are always welcome.

We are pleased to announce that Denise Love is presenting her important workshop "When a baby dies" at The Birth House in June this year. Bookings are now open, and the workshop is suitable for all birth workers, therapists and medical professionals, parents, women, and men.

We conclude this newsletter with the beautiful story of Digby's unexpected homebirth, so be sure to read all the way to the end .....

Jaya Ferreira - Acupuncturist - Natural Fertility Geelong

Acupuncture is now offered at the Birth House with Jaya Ferreira. Specialising in natural fertility, pregnancy support and women’s health, Jaya can support you to have a healthy happy pregnancy. Having a baby is an incredibly amazing time, however it can be not only physically challenging but also an immensely emotional and spiritual journey. Jaya uses scientifically supported acupuncture techniques in combination with Chinese herbal medicine and energetic healing to alleviate your symptoms and leave you feeling relaxed and calm.
Jaya’s philosophy of health is that the mind and body are inter-connected, and healing is about aligning and balancing both the emotional and physical body. The philosophy of acupuncture is to stimulate the body to bring itself into a natural state of balance. Acupuncture can assist you at each stage of your pregnancy, providing a natural and safe way to prepare your body for labour.

Acupuncture can assist with:

  • Morning sickness
  • Constipation/haemorrhoids
  • Anxiety/stress
  • Heartburn/hypertension
  • Threatened miscarriage
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Headaches, migraines
  • Fatigue, fluid retention
  • Posterior and breech positions
  • Labour preparation
  • Postpartum recovery
  • Post natal depression
  • Breast feeding problems/mastitis

Acupuncture is available at the Birth House on Fridays. To book an appointment please call 03 4216 5223 or book online at

Dancing for Birth™ with Chloe Janev

Dancing For Birth™ prenatal and postnatal classes have spread across four continents and have hit Geelong!

5 Week Courses Commencing:

  • Thursday 16th March 6.30pm
  • Thursday 20th April 6.30pm

The moves incorporated in Dancing For Birth™  classes are inspired by traditional feminine world dances such as Bellydance, Latin and African dances.  Weekly classes (or private tuition) combine dance moves along with valuable childbirth preparation skills.  You’ll become stronger, more agile, more at ease with your body and be both mentally and physically ready to embrace your unique birth experience.

Are You Pregnant?
Classes are suitable for all stages of pregnancy as well as new mums! Learn how to work with gravity for a shorter birth and build confidence in your own birthing ability

Weekly Classes Include

  • Dance
  • Relaxation
  • Birth Wisdom
  • Abs & Pelvic Floor
  • Gain Essential Childbirth Preparation Skills
  • Positioning During Labour
  • Comfort Techniques

Do you have a newborn or baby that can be carried?
A wonderful way to exercise with your baby! Bring a sling or carrier and wear your baby while you dance! Babies love the motion of dancing and are easily soothed by being held while you dance

5 Week Dancing For Birth™ Course

Cost – $125 upfront payment to secure your spot

5x 1hour classes weekly at The Birth House Geelong – Bookings Required – limited numbers

***Private tuition also available in your home please contact me to discuss

For bookings phone: 0425752975, or for more information please visit:

“Dancing For Birth™ class participants report experiencing low levels of discomfort, few or no interventions, brief labours and high levels of satisfaction during their births”

When a baby dies - workshop with Denise Love

From infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth and death in the first few weeks

To be hosted by The Birth House
June 7th 2017
9.30am to 3pm 

~ facilitated by Denise Love

Whether you want to think about your loss or become more comfortable with your experience, “be there” for others, or talk “death” and feel more comfortable, come and sit in circle with us.

At this workshop we will discuss how to deal with:

  • Getting the shock – the mother and you!
  • Preparing for and experiencing a birth when you know a baby has died
  • Support during a miscarriage.
  • Getting ready to support during the birth in a medically assisted abortion/miscarriage.
  • Being ready for birth in a planned stillbirth at home or in hospital
  • “Holding the space” and experience the loss or any kind
  • Empathy and compassion, fatigue and boundaries
  • How do you ask for money at a time like this?

This workshop is suitable for all birth workers, therapists and medical professionals, parents, women, and men. Denise would like as many people in the community as possible to gain skills in this area.

Cost: $95 one day workshop
Bookings: email to book your place
For more information please visit:

Celebration Day for Girls

The next Celebration Day for Girls is being held in March, and there are still a few places available.
A Celebration Day for Girls is a one-day workshop for 10-12 years old girls with their mother or female carer. This carefully crafted workshop was designed by Jane Bennett to support girls and mothers at this special threshold in both their lives, and to provide an affirming, grounded and connected celebration of the journey to womanhood.

At the Celebration Day girls enjoy lively discussion, fun activities, women’s stories and gentle celebration of the magical threshold of puberty and menarche. During the Day girls are warmly invited into the time-honoured, nurturing connection and support women have long shared with each other.

Saturday the 25th of March 10am – 12pm – and Sunday the 26th of March – 10am – 4pm
Session times are:
SATURDAY 10am – 12 noon – Mothers/female carers only
SUNDAY 10am – 1pm – Daughters only
SUNDAY 1pm – 4pm – Daughters & Mother/carers together

To make a booking, please contact Ingrid on 0420 932 751, or by email
For more information please visit:

Mindfulness for Pregnancy

"Mindfulness for Pregnancy" classes are offered at The Birth House on Monday mornings.

Pregnancy is such a precious time in a woman's life and Mindfulness can help you make the most out of it. Research has shown that Mindfulness can help improve your sleep, decrease stress and anxiety levels, regulate blood pressure and weight, increase well-being levels and positive feelings, decrease the risk of pre-term birth, promote the healthy development of your child... and more.
To secure your spot, contact Linda De Marco by phone on 0405 028 045, or email
For more information, visit:

Naturopath ~ Carly Merlo ~ at The Birth House

Birth Notices


Such a precious bubble of oxytocin as this family welcomed their son Leon, in a beautiful home birth on the 14th February ❤️❤. Parents Nora & Sam were surrounded by Leon's big sister Mayla, Oma Rita, and midwives Pia & Melissa as they welcomed their new son earthside.

Dusty Sage Olsen

Chad & Ellise Olsen are over the moon to announce that after two hospital births they were finally blessed with the homebirth of another little lady. Dusty Sage arrived quickly on the 21st of February at 4.01pm, weighing 8lb 2oz. Birthed into her proud Dad's hands before there was time for the birth pool. Her sisters, Olive & Willa along with Chad's daughter Remy, are smitten with their new sister. Chad & Ellise are so grateful to their midwives, Lynne & Kristy, who have supported them with all their children's births.

Digby's unexpected homebirth

Charlotte wrote Digby’s birth story in a letter to Rhea Dempsey, one of our My Birth childbirth educators.  Story and images shared with permission.....

Dear Rhea,
I had the most amazingly positive birthing experience and I really wanted to thank you and share with you. You remember we were planning to birth at The Birth House in Geelong. Well 2 weeks ago today at 4am our baby boy arrived in the crutch of my tracksuit pants in the lounge room of our cosy home.

8 hours prior to meeting him my waters broke and my partner Wade and I were as cool as cucumbers. We texted our midwife that they had released and were all clear. She advised all the normal things, sleep through the night, shower, hot water bottle.By midnight I was still in bed but had very quickly gone into DEEP PRIMAL BIRTHING WOMAN … and loving it! Amazing deep noises, enjoyed observed my body and baby working together, and not long after was a mass exodus from my entire digestive track with vomiting and diarrhoea. My thoughts were, ‘YES, this must be the start of pre labour, my body is dumping stuff it doesn’t need to gear up for some incredible physical work’. Ha, no, I was wrong, not pre labour, must have been established labour!


At 2am there was no chance of trying to rest in bed. ‘I can’t stay in bed for any more’ I managed to blurt out in between contractions. And that was the last fully formed sentence I vocalised. I was forming sentences in my head during contractions to try to communicate in the down time, but only one word demands came out. Slowly to the lounge room we moved and swayed, danced and sung from one active birthing pose to the next. A shower and lots of show around 3am. At this time I remember thinking something has changed, I went from deep primal birthing woman to more alert and still amazed at observing my body. Wade reminded me that after one contraction I exclaimed ‘that was incredible’.

During this time, Wade had taken it upon himself to time contractions, he mentioned at some stage that they were sporadic, somewhere between 3-10mins apart but only lasting 15sec. When I heard this my mind reassured me; ‘just stick with this, I can go on like this for days, it feels just fine, they need to be 60-90sec before we call our midwife again. Let’s not bother her until daybreak!'

In hindsight Wade was only timing the peak in the wave when I was singing my song but really they were actually long enough to be ‘go’ time. But how lovely not to have to get in the car and interrupt the hormonal orchestra playing perfectly in tune.

In the shower there were definite burning sensations and my thoughts were, yippee that’s my cervix starting to open. No wrong again, that was my vagina stretching beautifully! There was some mild bowel pressure, but not like you had drummed in! There was some feelings of bearing down, but I didn’t forcefully go with it as I was nervous of pushing too early.

Back out to the lounge where I experienced the contractions escalating on top of one another, brilliant! But still no thoughts of ‘I’m nearly there’, more like, I can do this for days! Half squatting/straddled over a chair and leaning over elbows supported by couch, there was THE moment. I didn’t see it coming, there was no pushing, there was just a beautiful baby slithering into my tracksuit pants!

Wade leapt off the coach … he was NOT allowed to touch me during the labour … and picked up Digby out of the tracksuit crutch. He cool, calm and collected, unwound the umbilical cord from Digby, Digs took a nice little gasp and a reassuring cry, turned pink and the rest is history! His cry was very short, his telling of his birth story was just as quick as his birth. Wade’s next reaction, was ‘it has to be skin-on-skin’, ‘Get your top off!’

We both went high alert, high functioning from then on, I ordered Wade around to get tarp, bucket. Call the midwife … but just take a few photos first. Our midwife arrived 25mins later, thank goodness, as she was a HUGE help with the placenta delivery and everything that followed.

We feel so blessed to have had such a positive birth experience, to not leave the house for as long as we wanted, lasted 4 days … and then we had to walk Digby down the road, to see/listen to the ocean.
We are all going along swimmingly, keeping cortisol levels at a min and after 2 weeks of motherhood, I feel the tiniest bit more prepared for the 50years of parenting ahead!

I feel lucky to have worked my way through the stages to being a ‘pain embracing’ woman and that Wade saw me as a Cathy Freeman not a patient in pain! Thank you again Rhea. May you continue to do amazing, empowering work in the field of childbirth and enjoy all your gorgeous grandchildren in between.
Charlotte xx

Rhea Dempsey presents session 2 of My Birth – Independent Childbirth Education at The Birth House.  Rhea also offers a Melbourne based weekend birth preparation workshop called “Embracing the Intensity”

For more birth stories please visit:

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