My name’s Janelle and I have four daughters aged 8, 6, 4 & 1. We live just out of Dardanup (10 minutes from Bunbury) where I homeschool our girls from our little piece of paradise.

If you ask any of my friends or family they will tell you that when it comes to birth, I’m always talking about it (and usually boring everyone around me who isn’t as interested in the subject as I am!). I’m so in awe of how clever our bodies are and it saddens me that women can sometimes feel like they are “broken” when things don’t go to plan. From my experience, I have found that if a woman has encouragement, support and honest education, the rate of women having births that don’t go to plan would drop dramatically. Birth should make you, not break you. If you are educated and ready for the birthing experience, you are more likely to feel in control of the decisions that you make and this results in an empowering birthing experience which is a wonderful start to motherhood.

I think that natural birth is a beautiful thing. I think that interventions are extremely overused. I believe that women’s bodies are designed to give birth naturally and there’s no reason for a pregnant Mumma to doubt what her body can do. However I also understand how daunting a natural birth can seem. So as your doula, I will make sure that all your concerns are put to rest well before your due date. I will also provide education, help you with your birth plan, discuss your birthing desires, and help to mentally prepare you and your partner (if applicable), so when it comes time to birth your baby, you are educated, calm and ready.

Even though I tend to be more naturally-minded, your journey is yours. The pregnancy and birth are yours. Which means the decisions are yours. I never judge if you choose a different path and I totally understand that this is sometimes going to be the case. My own daughters births consisted of 1 emergency c-sec, 1 VBAC, 1 elective c-sec and a VBA2C (I’ve included my stories below).My role is to provide information and continuing unconditional support without imposing my opinions on you.


My own birth stories…

After experiencing my own not so perfect births for my first 3, I wish I could go back and do things differently. I truly believe that if I had’ve educated myself about birth before my first daughter was born, I would have avoided all the problems I ended up having. Not educating myself was a huge mistake.

My first daughter was born via emergency c-sec after the reason/excuse “failure to progress” after a long, hard labour.

This meant I was hooked up to monitors for my VBAC with my second daughter. Due to this, even though I had no pain relief throughout the birth, I was unable to get up off my back and move during labour which led to massive tearing and a long recovery. But it was a successful VBAC and the feeling of empowerment I got afterwards was amazing! I would have done it again in a second! This was one of the most amazing experiences of my life!

After my first 2 births, I decided to book an elective c-sec for my third because I figured at least I would know what I was getting into in regards to the recovery time (it turns out I didn’t – the first c-sec recovery was MUCH easier). It ended up being emergency c-sec though because I went into labour naturally. Then I found out afterwards that I had almost made it! I was 5cm and progressing just before they started with the c-sec. If only I had waited a few more hours…

After doing a lot of research myself I decided to do the official doula training as well so that I could help others learn from my experiences. While studying, I realised that I could pretty much pinpoint the mistakes I made during labour and if I could do it over again I truly believe I would have been able to birth all 3 babies naturally with no problems (including my largest baby who was 10 pounds 2 ounces).

About a year after I became a doula, I was excited to find out that I was pregnant again! I went about things completely differently than I had with my first 3. I hired an independent midwife and planned a home water birth. I also completed my HypnoBirthing® practitioner course (a happy coincidence as I had booked in to do this before I found out I was pregnant) which made a huge difference to the mindset that I went into the birth with.

My fourth daughter was born into this world at almost 10 pounds and I needed no stitches whatsoever! I can’t rave about this experience enough! I needed no recovery afterwards (within a couple of hours, I felt better than I had even before I was pregnant!). This pregnancy/birth part of my journey was finally complete.

Now I feel so blessed to be able to help other women as they travel their own paths through their pregnancy and birth journey!


If you’re interested in reading my full birth stories, I’ve written full accounts in my blog. You can find them here:

► My first birth: Emergency c-sec after “failing to progress”

► My second birth: VBAC with tearing

► My Third birth: Elective C-Sec

My Fourth birth: VBA2C


If you have any questions, please feel free to email me on janelle@trustbreathebirth.com.au

Janelle x


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    { Bunbury HypnoBirthing® Classes }

    Mondays 8, 15, 22, 29 May & Tues 6 June


    Limited to 4 couples.

    Bookings Essential: www.trustbreathebirth.com.au/hypnobirthing/enrol-in-a-class/


    If you have any questions, you're more than welcome to send me a pm. I'm always happy to answer questions about the course!

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    Trust Breathe Birth - HypnoBirthing in Bunbury & Surrounds added an event.

    Evenings 6pm-8.30pm: Mon 8, 15, 22, 29 May & Tues 6 June 2017.

    (The course runs for 5 weeks. Each class is 2.5 hours long.)

    Venue: Bunbury Counselling, on Spencer Street.

    Cost: $450 per couple.

    Bookings Essential: www.trustbreathebirth.com.au/hypnobirthing/enrol-in-a-class/

    Everyone who signs up also receives a FREE official “HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method” book (which is posted out to you upon enrolment), plus a relaxation CD and digital tracks for pregnancy and birth. You also receive plenty of handouts and other items during the course as well.

    The course is limited to 3 couples, so please get in quick to avoid missing out!

    A sample of the topics covered in the HypnoBirthing® course include...

    - The physiology of labour and birth

    - History of Birthing

    - How the Uterus & Birthing Muscles Work

    - How fear affects your birthing body

    - Bonding with baby while you are pregnant

    - Selecting Care Providers and Your Birthing Environment

    - Preparing your Mind and Body for Birth

    - Breathing Techniques for labour

    - Relaxation Techniques for pregnancy, labour and birth

    - Visualisations and Affirmations

    - Writing a birth plan

    - Breech Babies

    - Looking at Your Guess Date (Due Date)

    - Artificial Induction / Natural Ways to Initiate Labour

    - Releasing Emotions, Fears and Limiting Thoughts

    - Birth Companions Role (teaches your partner how they can help!)

    - Misconceptions about Labour

    - What you can do if Labor Slows or Rests

    - Positions for labour & birthing

    - Repositioning Baby if needed

    - First Breastfeeding

    - Baby’s First Hour

    If you're preparing for a positive birth experience, it's SO important to choose a wonderful, positive, informative birth education program to help you fully understand birth and mentally prepare yourself and your partner for labour, birth and parenthood.

    HypnoBirthing is a full birth education program, which explains exactly what happens with your body and baby during labour and birth. Knowing this will allow you to work with your labour, and often love the experience, rather than just enduring it. HypnoBirthing is a full, holistic birth education program which runs as one 2.5 hour class a week for 5 weeks.


    What is HypnoBirthing®?

    HypnoBirthing® is a full childbirth education course and so much more.

    Throughout the course, we discuss what your body will be doing during labour and birth and why. We talk about what your baby will be doing during labour and birth and why. The course explains how to work with your body’s birthing process and natural expulsive reflex, to allow your body to do what it was designed to do and does so well. It teaches anatomy, breathing techniques, how different positions, interventions and situations help or hinder the labour and birth process.

    It teaches your partner about birth and gives them confidence and tips (and even a cheat sheet!) on how to best support you.

    It teaches the history of birth and the medical system.

    It explains how fear and stress affects your body’s ability to birth and also affects your baby’s oxygen supply. It’s important to face your fears and work through them and release them, so they don’t become an issue during your labour and birth. HypnoBirthing® helps you do this.

    It discusses breastfeeding, care providers, water births, hospital births, home births, cord clamping, scans tests and your options… it goes over SO much over the space of 5 weeks.

    But the biggest thing you’ll notice isn’t the specifics of what it teaches. The biggest thing that you’ll notice is what all this information changes your mindset about birth. HypnoBirthing® helps you get back to your instincts. By the end of the course, you will notice that you will be feeling SO much more confident. SO much more informed. And SO much more excited about your upcoming birth than you ever thought possible. It will really ignite a passion inside you, that you may have never realised you had.

    And that’s something that you will take with you throughout the rest of your pregnancy, your birth, your post partum period, parenthood, and the rest of your life.


    Private classes are also available to be booked any time and can also be booked by clicking the link above.

    More information on what HypnoBirthing is can be found on my website: www.trustbreathebirth.com.au or comment or pm me if you have questions �

    Janelle xx


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