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Melissa Spilsted

Melissa Spilsted is the director of Hypnobirthing Australia™ and teaches Hypnobirthing techniques to parents and practitioners throughout Australia and the world.

She brings to her hypnotherapy and Hypnobirthing classrooms over 17 years experience in training. Melissa has successfully used Hypnobirthing techniques three times herself and has had three beautiful, peaceful and calm natural births!

Starting out as a member of the HypnoBirthing – The Mongan Method Institute in the USA; Melissa has now developed an innovative Hypnobirthing program that is uniquely designed for contemporary Australian families. Based on her success in delivering Hypnobirthing classes over a number of years, combined with her personal and professional teaching, voice training and clinical hypnotherapy experience; Melissa has developed the Hypnobirthing Australia™ Program that incorporates modern training resources and professionally recorded Australian practice CDs.

Melissa is a certified Hypnobirthing Childbirth Educator (HBCE), a registered Teacher (B.Ed, B.Arts), a Clinical Hypnotherapist (Clinical Member of the AHA), the Vice President of the CAPEA Qld (Childbirth and Parenting Childbirth Educators Australia), has written for Mother and Baby Magazine, appeared in Practical Parenting Magazine & The Australian Woman’s Weekly, lectured midwives and midwifery students in local universities and hospitals and her work has been showcased at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. In addition to this, Melissa has recorded popular childbirth/parenting hypnosis albums.

As a highly trained and AHA registered Clinical Hypnotherapist, Melissa is unique in also being qualified to offer Private Health Fund Rebates for many funds.

Melissa offers Hypnobirthing sessions for both natural and caesearean birthing. She is a passionate advocate for natural birthing; but also recognises that sometimes the safest delivery for mother and baby is via c-section. In addition to being one of Australia’s most popular and recognised Hypnobirthing instructors, she has pioneered a special course to prepare parents for Caesearean Birth which is receiving national and international acclaim.

This is what she says…
“When pregnant with my first child, I must admit that I was quite fearful of the perceived ‘pain’ associated with labour and childbirth – everyone I met seemed to have a horror story to tell. When my husband and I attended antenatal classes they passed an epidural needle around the group – it was HUGE. I then read up on the different drugs offered during labour and was horrified to learn of the documented side effects for both mother and baby – not to mention the unknown ones.

I decided that there had to be another way. Women had been giving birth since the beginning of time – our bodies are so remarkably complex and well designed – I found it hard to believe that the childbirth process was so flawed! I recognised the power of the mind-body connection and wished to utilise that for my birthing. That is when I discovered Hypnobirthing.

I was a bit sceptical at first, but thought I would give it a go. With only three weeks to go before my due date, my husband and I learnt Hypnobirthing. Thank goodness we did! I did really embrace the Hypnobirthing philosophy, but I found the practice cds (in another accent) to be sometimes difficult to listen to – so I made my own recordings and incorporated some of my own conditioning techniques into my daily preparation. My births were beautiful, smooth and calm and I attribute this to the knowledge that my husband and I had acquired about the birthing process, Hypnobirthing techniques learnt, support from my birth partner and my own program of ‘conditioning’.

I believe so strongly in the positive outcomes of using Hypnobirthing that I now completely focus my hypnotherapy and teaching practice on sharing these techniques with parents and training new Hypnobirthing practitioners. I am very proud to know that I have made a positive difference to many family’s lives through education and the sharing of this these techniques.

It’s time for women to become empowered and elated by the birth process once again, and this is absolutely possible with Hypnobirthing. My dream is that all babies have the opportunity to enter this world in a beautiful, calm and positive environment – the way nature intended.”

Now, you can enjoy the calm and confidence of these techniques from the comfort of your own home.