The Hunter Birth Education Centre is predominantly a virtual centre. We also provide specialised childbirth education courses at various locations around Newcastle.

We are:

* An information website,
* A provider of high quality, independent Birth Education (courses also include key Breastfeeding and Parenting Education),
* Managed by Natalie Meade – a passionate womens’ health and birth activist! Please contact Natalie by email or phone anytime you like for compassionate and caring information to support you during your pregnancy, birth and post partum journey,
* Providing good, local referrals to anything you see described on our page,
* Completely independent of any hospital or government health service.

Our website has been set up to empower you to know your choices.
Our website has been set up so that women can know the type of care and the locations available to them.

(check out “Where to Birth?”)

Our hope is that you may be surprised at all the great options available in the Hunter and feel very glad you found the many choices listed here.

Sadly, your medical care provider does not have time to mention all the great pregnancy and birth options available to you.

Sadly women who follow standard pregnancy care are often only rewarded with standard birth experiences.
 

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Accessing the latest evidence based research we present to you birth education approaches and prenatal health options that excel birth into the future.

The Hunter Birth Education Centre website offers, lists and refers services that actively improve emotional outcomes for mothers, fathers and babies. 

We are speaking with health professionals daily assessing what they offer and providng information on their services where appropriate. Follow this link if you are an interested health professional.

 
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Emotional Support (our highest priority)

Our Birth Education addresses and supports you emotionally and mentally to reduce the risk of perinatal complications (the period leading up to and shortly after birth).

Any woman can experience perinatal emotional complications at any point and one of the important risk factors is:

Traumatic birth or extenuating circumstances around the birth, including the perception of traumatic or difficult birth.
 
The most protective action you can take against negative birth outcomes is to choose independent antenatal education and to choose your birth carer wisely.
 

Why is it important to address perinatal emotional complications?

Of course, mothers deserve to experience happiness and joy like anyone else does.

Left unaddressed, perinatal emotional complications can worsen.

Unresolved perinatal emotional complications effect the relationship between mother and baby, as well as effects on the baby’s cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Research has indicated that infants and toddlers of depressed parents tend to show more behavioral disturbances and difficulties with certain social interactions; furthermore, these children are more susceptible to depression even into their adolescent years.

Emotional support leading to the alleviation of emotional complications can have a positive impact on both a mother and her baby.

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There are further Perinatal risk factors, all addressed in the birth education courses provided through the Hunter Birth Education Centre, these include:

relationship problems / lack of support from partner 

a previous history of depression/anxiety/mood disorder

history of trauma, e.g. abuse, intimate partner violence, sexual assault

major life stress, e.g. loss of a job, recent move

persistent lack of sleep

social isolation, lack of support or community resources

concerns around baby’s health or well-being / a Neonatal intensive Care stay

history of infertility or previous miscarriages or losses

difficulty breastfeeding, especially if breastfeeding was something the mother had hoped to do

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to hear more about our emphasis on the emotional support of women and families

Call the Hunter Birth Education Centre.

0406 934 645