Prepare for your birth journey today with our birth class

The Birth Class

By Australian Birth Stories

The empowering online childbirth education program that will help you confidently prepare for birth

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You’re inching closer to one of the most transformative experiences of your life - the birth of your baby.

As a mother-to-be, there’s a chance that along with the joy and jittery anticipation of meeting your little one.

Right now, you may also be feeling:

  • Overwhelmed with information, opinions or conflicting ideas about birth.
  • Nervous about pain, the unknowns of labour, or feeling out of control.
  • Like you’re not yet equipped with the practical guidance you need to feel fully prepared physically, mentally and emotionally.

Does any of this ring true for you? If so, you’re in the right place.

Introducing The Birth Class

The access-anytime program that helps you confidently prepare for your best birth possible.

Over 9 value-packed audio lessons — and from the comfort of your own home — The Birth Class walks you through everything you need to know to feel positive, calm, capable and READY throughout your birth experience.

In The Birth Class, you’ll be guided through every aspect of birth, covering topics such as:

  • Physiological childbirth
  • The stages of labour, including the third stage of labour and what to expect AFTER you give birth
  • How to harness the body’s natural hormones throughout the birth process
  • Optimal maternal positioning and how to prepare your body in pregnancy for your best possible birth
  • How to use breath work and sound as a pain management tool
  • Steps to take to avoid a ‘cascade of interventions’
  • Active birth positions — and why they are essential
  • All you need to know about Caesarean sections, including ways to prepare for a VBAC
  • How to set yourself up for breastfeeding success.

And so much more.

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This course is valued at over $1500.00 AUD
Your investment $249.00 AUD
Buy The Birth Class or $62.25 per fortnight
over x6 weeks via PayPal

Your Virtual Birth Team

Let’s look at exactly what you’ll learn inside the program.

  • 1
    Physiological Childbirth with Doula, Rhea Dempsey

    We begin our journey by walking you through:

    • The role of hormones in labour and birth
    • The detriment of a birth culture that pities labouring women
    • The importance of finding the right care provider
    • How to choose and equip your birth partner
  • 2
    Optimal Maternal Positioning (OMP) with Midwife, Lauretta Hamilton

    Lauretta teaches on all things anatomy, including:

    • How to create balance and alignment in your pelvis and soft tissues during pregnancy.
    • The importance of creating space for the baby.
    • Posture during pregnancy and the influence this can have on the length of your labour.
    • How to use movement to work with your baby during labour.
  • 3
    Active Birth with Women’s Physiologist, Laura Callea

    Together, we discuss: 

    • How to use gravity in labour
    • The difference between pathological pain and physiological pain
    • How to safely remain active in pregnancy
    • Non pharmacological pain relief tools such as the TENS machine, water and the peanut ball
  • 4
    The Power of Breath and Sound in Labour with Yoga Teacher 
and Birth Educator, Jodi Wilson

    Our prenatal yoga teacher and birth educator, Jodi, walks us through: 

    • How to utilise your breath in the various stages of labour
    • The relationship between the jaw and soft palate and the cervix and why keeping your jaw relaxed helps keep your pelvic floor and cervix relaxed
    • Three essential breathing exercises for labour
    • How to use sound and breathing effectively in the pushing phase of labour
  • 5
    Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC) with Midwife, Edwina Sharock

    You’ll learn: 

    • The questions you should be asking your care provider to ensure they support VBACs
    • The risks and benefits of VBACs
    • The importance of going through your previous birth notes and history.
    • Preparing your birth support partner and discussing your previous birth and what you would like this time around.
  • 6
    Pain Management and Birth Interventions with Midwife, Beth Ryan

    Beth and I explore:

    • Why you may be offered induction and what is involved in this process
    • Epidurals and the pros and cons
    • The cascade of interventions and how to use the B.R.A.I.N acronym
    • Instrumental birth, understanding episiotomies, forceps and the ventouse
  • 7
    Breech Birth with Obstetrician, Dr Andrew Bisits

    What you will learn:

    • When should I be concerned about my baby’s breech position?
    • What are the different breech presentations?
    • What is External Cephalic Rotation (EVC) and how is it performed?
    • What are the risks and benefits of attempting a breech vaginal birth?
    • How is a breech vaginal birth managed and how is it different to a cephalic (head down) position?
  • 8
    Caesareans with Midwife, Luka McCabe

    You’ll learn:

    • Why you might be offered an emergency caesarean
    • Step by step whats involved from signing the paperwork right through to recovery
    • What to expect in the recovery room and how to care for your scar
    • How to modify breastfeeding and other movement post-birth
  • 9
    Breastfeeding with Midwife, Amberley Harris

    A wealth of wisdom on:

    • The composition of breastmilk from colostrum, transitional milk, to mature milk
    • Antenatal expressing
    • The breast crawl and the golden hour post birth together with a 10minute video showing the breast crawl in action.
    • Feeding on demand and weight gain in the first few days and weeks post birth
  • 10
    What to Expect After Birth with Midwife, Beth Ryan

    In the final audio, you’ll learn:

    • Physiological third stage of labour and an actively managed third stage
    • Bleeding post birth what is considered normal and what is a haemorrhage
    • Aftercare of stitches and grazes
    • The newborn screening tests offered to baby, along with information on vitamins and vaccines

You'll also receive these incredible bonuses

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The Birth Class

70-page Workbook

With written content, images of active birth positions and diagrams depicting the stages of labour (so nothing takes you by surprise). Transcriptions of the audio interviews so you can relax and listen on the go.

Printable Birth Preferences Template

8 pages

To help you feel as relaxed as possible leading up to, and during, your labour.

Yoga Nidra Meditation

25 minutes audio

To help you feel as relaxed as possible leading up to, and during, your labour.

Breath for Birth

5 minutes Audio

Relax, tune in and regulate your nervous system as you’re guided through this powerful breathing technique.

Your Hospital Bag Checklist

2 pages

All the essentials you’ll need for a hospital birth.

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A must-listen for anyone expecting a baby

I just wanted to say a huge thank you not only for the amazing podcasts but for creating The Birth Class.

I birthed our beautiful girl almost 2 weeks ago completely drug and complication-free. Even if my birth went completely different I would have felt the same way — completely confident in my body, all because of your incredible work. No one knows what the journey ahead looks like with a newborn but after listening to the birth class modules, my partner and I had a lot more confidence in ourselves. Thank you so much.

Bec

Been listening and working through your birth class and podcast I'm now 37 weeks pregnant and feel so relaxed and ready for labour and giving birth.

You've given me so many tools and knowledge to take to the hospital with me, I live in regional NSW and have very limited resources available without a massive drive. Your work has been so valuable to me and I can't thank you enough.

Paris

Sophie, I had my baby girl on Monday, Sept 6th, after a day of labour at home on my own.

I walked around the block, bounced on the fit ball in the sunshine and listened to Australian Birth Stories on my EarPods for a few hours while I breathed through contractions. At 5pm we called my Mum to pick up our toddler and then called the birth suite. My waters broke on the living room floor and my partner and I had a harrowing drive to the hospital, where it turned out I was 10cm dilated! Willa was born 7 minutes after we arrived, with no intervention. This was such a different birth from my first, who was induced 10 days after my waters broke at 36 weeks. Thank you for creating The Birth Class, it helped me dance and move through my contractions. You provide such a wonderful resource with no judgement, which is so important.

Sam

Thank you so much for your amazing course The Birth Class.

Over the last 9 months as I was preparing for my third birth I was really looking for as many resources as possible to educate myself on my options for this birth. I decided to purchase The Birth Class when I was 32 weeks pregnant and my husband and I spent the last 8 weeks of my pregnancy listening to it during our weekend drives up to the beach. From active birth positions, the importance of rest between contraction and breathing techniques, the class was great at preparing my husband and I... The TENS machine I used with this labour was AMAZING and I’m so cross I didn’t use it with my first 2 births. I also used the purple line in labour to avoid internals in the hospital and it was great and I avoided any internal checks in birth suites. Thank you once again my third child’s birth story is something I will always cherish and feel immense pride about.

Sarah

You'll Receive

Lifetime Access

This program is yours for life. Turn to it again and again over the course of your current and any future pregnancies.

Convenient Audio Format

Tune in from the comfort of your own home, or take with you on a walk or in the car. All the information you need for an empowered birth experience, available any time.

Affordable Access to the Wisdom of 9 Specialists

Access the insight of 9 leading industry specialists for less than the cost of one consultation.

Meet your host Sophie Walker

Hi there, I’m Sophie — host of the top-rated weekly podcast Australian Birth Stories (5 million downloads and counting), creator of educational programs for pregnancy and motherhood, and mother to 3 boys under 7.

I have a Masters in Public Health, and for as long as I can remember, I’ve been deeply interested in babies and birth; a fascination that only amplified when I became pregnant with my eldest son, Niko.

Despite planning for a drug-free birth centre birth, what unfolded was a lengthy 36 hour labour with a hospital transfer, induction, epidural, episiotomy, forceps, and a postpartum haemorrhage....

Along with my new baby and my aching postpartum body, I carried significant physical and emotional trauma home from the hospital. My second birth was the complete opposite; positive, redemptive, and empowering.
Research claims that a positive birth experience - regardless of where or how a woman is birthing - is dependent on two things:

  • A pregnant woman has the opportunity to make informed decisions.

  • Those decisions are respected and supported by her care provider.

After interviewing over 300 Australian women I wholeheartedly agree with this research. Women have positive births every day - in the comfort of their home, in surgical theatres, in birth centre bathtubs and on the bed in hospital labour wards. And the foundation of these positive birth experiences? Birth education. The podcast is a beautiful collection of stories that have become a powerful, informative and, often entertaining, resource. It’s endorsed by the Australian College of Midwives and currently has over 8 million downloads. Sitting alongside the podcast is a series of online education courses that feature interviews with leading specialists in perinatal health.
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FAQs

  • When should you start birthing classes?

    I feel that it’s never too early to start educating yourself on the process of labour, and birth. Even if you’ve done it all before.

    Generally, it’s a good idea to begin some form of education for you and your birth partner by about 20-24 weeks with the aim to have your labour preparation finished by 34 weeks. This gives you time to process what you have learned and think about how you will implement it on the day your baby arrives.

    In saying that you have lifetime access to The Birth Class so you can grab it now and listen as many times as you like.

    The breathing exercises and meditation are for pregnancy so you can start them as soon as you like.

    Ideally, you should start birthing classes towards the end of your second trimester and aim to have them completed by 34 weeks.

  • What do birthing classes teach you?

    Birthing classes teach you about the physiological process of birth which helps you to understand exactly what the body does in labour. With this understanding comes trust in the body’s natural ability to birth. Alongside this education, we teach a range of breathing and sound techniques and mindset tools you can use to navigate labour and birth, skills that are beneficial for birthing women and their support partners. Beyond this foundational knowledge, we discuss the range of pain relief options available for labour (both pharmacological and non-pharmacological), the risks and benefits of inductions and interventions, and what you can expect from a caesarean birth. We also discuss the hours after birth and how they’re affected by the type of birth you had and how you choose to feed your baby.

  • Are birthing classes necessary?

    Research shows that a positive birth experience – regardless of where and how a woman is birthing – is dependent on two things: the birthing woman being able to make informed decisions and those decisions being supported and respected by her care provider.

    Birthing classes give you accessible evidence-based information, language to confidently discuss your birth preferences with your care provider and practical skills to navigate labour and birth. If you want a positive birth experience, birthing classes are essential.

  • What are the benefits of taking a childbirth class?

    Childbirth classes encourage you to get prepared for birth. They start the conversation between you and your birth partner about your priorities and intentions for birth, they help you understand the process of birth and give you skills so you can approach labour, birth and postpartum with calm and confidence.

  • What do I need to know before labour?

    It’s a really great idea to understand what happens in your body during labour so you can understand the role of contractions and therefore welcome the pain of labour as good, positive, productive pain. It’s also beneficial to understand your pain relief options so you can make confident and informed decisions in labour. Labour and birth are unpredictable so discussing your preferences for all eventualities is a pro-active step to a positive birth experience.

  • How much do birthing classes cost?

    Our online birth education course, The Birth Class, is $269 and gives you lifetime access to eight audio modules featuring a range of perinatal specialists who discuss everything from the role of hormones in labour, the process of a c-section, breathing and sound skills for labour, achieving a VBAC and what you can expect from the hours after birth.

  • What are the benefits of online birth education?

    You and your partner can listen where you’re most comfortable and when you’ve got the time and energy to absorb the information and consider how you want to plan for your birth. It’s a personal and intimate form of education that doesn’t involve uncomfortable group workshops or the time pressure of weekend classes. Listen in your own time – in the car, in the bath, on a Sunday morning when you’re in bed drinking tea – and listen as many times as you like. Online birth education starts available conversations between you and your birth partner that will ensure you go into labour with trust in the prices, an understanding of your options and practical skills to navigate all possible scenarios.

  • How is the course delivered?

    This audio series will be available for you to listen to conveniently via the web or through the free Kajabi app which is Apple and Android compatible.

  • What do I do if I haven’t received a confirmation email?

    The confirmation email will come to the email account you use to purchase with. Please check your Spam / Promotions folders, and if you can’t locate it, get in touch sophie@australianbirthstories.com so we can help you out!

  • Is the program refundable?

    Due to the nature of an instant access digital product, all sales are final.

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Confidence comes from knowing you’re doing everything you can to prepare your body for birth...

No matter how your experience unfolds on the day.

My intention is that this program leaves you feeling encouraged, excited and informed; demystifying the birth process, and freeing you from any fears or confusion you might be feeling as you get ready to meet your baby.

You’ve got this — and your virtual birth team and I have got you covered.

To your beautiful birth,

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