We are very fortunate to have the renowned Rhea Dempsey providing counselling, birth debriefing and birth preparation services at FGHG. Rhea has over 35 years experience supporting couples in labour and attending over 1000 births making her one of the premier experts in the field of birth in Australia. Her book “Birth with confidence: Savvy choices for normal birth” is a must read for every pregnant woman and her support team.
Pregnancy and birth involve profound physical and emotional changes. Joyous expectations can combine with confusing and ambivalent feelings, often raising fears about your ability to face the challenges of pregnancy, birth and parenting as well as issues about life and death.
Discover what to expect and how to deal with the strong, often painful physicality of birth. Explore breathing awareness, positions, movement, sound release, visualisation and support strategies to learn how to release and yield to body sensation. Understand psychological and relationship patterns which may affect birth dynamics.
Rhea brings her extensive experience to her unique process of supporting couples following birth. Birth Debriefing is a valuable tool for couples who have already experienced birth and need to understand and make sense of their previous experience in order to let it go, learn from it and possibly prepare for a subsequent baby. Anyone can benefit from birth debriefing but it is highly recommended for couples who have experienced a difficult birth or for whom grief or fear from their birth experience lingers, or if you have experienced a late term miscarriage or stillbirth.
Understanding your own needs and expectations leads to wise choices for a satisfying birth experience. Explore your options for pregnancy care and birth. Understand the implications of birth place choices (hospital, birth centre, home birth) as well as understanding the role of obstetric, midwifery, independent midwifery and birth attendant care.
Once the initial pregnancy celebrations are over, most couples are confronted with unfamiliar territory and many choices in planning the arrival of their baby:
Birth Choices Consultations will:
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