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Stefanie Poole Doula & Birth Education, Pregnancy Counselling, Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne

Birth Education For A

Healthy Heart & Mind 

What your traditional birth classes don't cover but you'll wish they did 

Pregnancy and birth are more than a physiological experience. Preparing mentally and emotionally for parenthood is one of the most important things you can do. Your mind is incredibly powerful and can have a profound effect on your body, your identity, how you birth, parent, and connect with your community. Birth Education For A Healthy Heart & Mind ™ class covers the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

  • You are pregnant or newly postpartum (if you are pregnant I recommend your class takes place between 24-35 weeks gestation).

  • You are a parent at any stage of your journey wanting to gain a deeper understanding of your mental health and wellness​

  • You are a proactive parent wanting to gain more knowledge, awareness and strategies for maintaining mental wellness during parenthood. 

This class is for you if; 

Here's What You'll Learn 

My Signature Seven Step Guide to a Healthy Heart & Mind ™

This Seven Step Guide was created from my many years of professional and personal experience in supporting both myself, and my clients, to achieve mental wellness.

I will guide you through my seven steps for creating mental wellness for you and your family. You will learn how to;

1. Commit to your mental wellness

  • Are you “all in” when it comes to committing to your mental health and wellness?

  • How do you define what mental wellness looks like for you and your family?

  • How can you identify and release anything holding you back from committing to your mental wellness.

2. Clarify the meaning of mental wellness

  • Explore the meaning of mental health as it relates to you and your community.

  • Understand the term mental fitness and how you can use it to maintain mental wellness and change the way society perceives mental health.

  • Identify mental health issues that can arise in the perinatal period

  • Identify the possible effects mental ill health can have on your child(ren)

  • Understand postnatal depletion and matrescence as they relate to mental health 


3. Create Your Mental Wellness Plan

  • Understand your mental health history and how it may impact birth and parenting

  • Identify the common risk factors for maternal mental health issues

  • Recognise the risks and benefits of psychiatric medication during pregnancy, postpartum and breast/chest-feeding.

  • Identify the connection between sleep and mental health

  • Gather your “All Star Support Team”

  • Develop your emotional wellness plan using your “mental health preferences”

  • Develop a mental health "safety" plan if needed

4. Communicate Your Needs

  • Become your own mental health advocate (ways you can talk to your care providers, family and friends about your mental health).

  • Talk with your child(ren) about your mental health/mental ill health

  • Understand your mental health rights

  • Use your voice and speak your truth (create boundaries, explore expectations and ask questions)

5. Collaborate With Your Support Team

  • Become an active participant within your healthcare team

  • Share your story and mental wellness plan  

  • Understand how collaboration benefits you and your healthcare team.

  • Identify support team roles, responsibilities and accountability

6. Connect With Yourself and Your Community

  • Practice healthy heart and mind techniques for mental wellness

  • Understand the importance of preparing the mind for pregnancy, birth and beyond

  • Identify your mental health resources and supports and how to access them

  • Create your unique self-care routines

  • Recognise the importance of creating your parenting community and how to begin

7. Celebrate Your Success

  • Explore the benefits of celebrating your success

  • Identify your unique way of celebrating your success

You will leave feeling....

Class Options 

Virtual: Private Class via Zoom (from the comfort of your own home) 

  • $370 for you and your partner

  • 2 x 2 hours of interactive content for you and your partner

  • Receive the Full Program (plus your Healthy Heart & Mind Workbook) 

  • Flexible class options: weekdays, evenings and weekends  


Nothing to book right now. Check back soon.

Virtual Group Class via Zoom (from the comfort of your own home) 

  • $260 for you and your partner

  • 4 hours of interactive content for you and your partner

  • A great way to meet other birthing families

  • Receive the Full Program (plus Healthy Heart & Mind Workbook) 

  • Class run on weekends only 


Nothing to book right now. Check back soon.

empowered with the information and knowledge needed to make informed decisions around your mental wellbeing and identify the supports, tools and resources you need for staying emotionally strong if times get tough. Together we will develop your customised mental wellness plan containing your “mental health preferences.” This plan will assist you in discussing your emotional wellbeing with your care providers, family and friends.

"I look forward to supporting you and your family to enter parenthood with a healthy heart & mind."


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