From Natalie: “My main goal has been to create a centralised website that can inform and empower you as you prepare and make decisions for your birth and your post partum choices.

Please enjoy the services listed and/or provided here that improve physical and emotional outcomes for yourself, your baby and your family.


The Hunter Birth Education Centre is:

* A provider of the highest quality Private Birth Education. Plus: relationship education; parenting education; birth trauma counselling; and breastfeeding referrals, education and support.
* An information website,
* Founded and Managed by Natalie Meade – a passionate womens’ health and birth activist
* Providing good, local referrals to any service you see described on our page,
* Independent of all hospital and all government health services (Which allows us the rare freedom to be able to ‘tell it how it is’ in regards to the current maternity system).

Our hope is that you may be surprised at all the great options available in the Hunter and feel very glad you found our page.

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.

 

Emotional Support is one of our very, highest priorities!

Natalie provides Birth Education that addresses and supports you emotionally and mentally which works 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 has been shown to be:

Traumatic birth or extenuating circumstances around the birth, including the perception of traumatic or difficult birth.

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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?

We strongly believe that pregnancy can include moments of joy for the mother when she is well supported.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Call for your free, ten minute:

CHAT WITH NAT

0406 934 645