Founded by Janet Blaskas, Active Birth is a philosophy of working with the natural process of labour and birth. An Active Birth is instinctive, following the spontaneous process of labour and birth using your own resources. Active Birth supports women to do what feels right for them. Supporters say that Active Birth lessens the risk of complications during labour.
As the term 'Active Birth' suggests, women are encourage to be active not passive during their labours. This approach promotes walking around, remaining upright (where possible), choosing positions for labour and birth freely, and finding ways to relax in upright positions. Many types of childbirth education classes incorporate part or all of the Active Birth philosophy into their programs.
For further information visit the Active Birth Website
Active birth Classes
Here are Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, all our birth preparation courses are based on the Active Birth philosophy. To find out more about Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond courses visit this page.
Active Birth Articles
"Exercising while pregnant has been shown to have a broad range of benefits, including avoiding pregnancy complications like preeclampsia and diabetes. Exercise will also help you stay fit, keep your weight gain under control and can shorten labour." This article by Yvette Barton gives all the necessary information on the use of birthing balls in both pregnancy and birth.
Stand and Deliver! Upright Births Best for Mum and Bub
Think of childbirth and you’re likely to picture a woman lying on her back on a hospital bed. That’s the position most (78%) Australian women adopt to give birth birth, despite growing evidence that being upright to give birth can have better outcomes for the mother and baby.
Rebozos as a tool for pregnancy and labour
On this page you will find YouTube videos and links to articles on using the rebozo as a tool for pregnancy and labour. A rebozo is a traditional Mexican shawl, which is long enough to wrap around a woman's body
Stand and deliver! Everything you need to know about birth positions
When it comes to childbirth most midwives will tell you it’s not something you can do lying down, yet this is exactly how many women still give birth in Australia. Changing positions during labour and birth changes the shape and size of the pelvis, helping the baby to move through the birth canal.
Active birth - Slow dancing
This video clip by Penny Simkin demonstrates slow dancing as an active birth technique. Couples can use "slow dancing" during labor to help labor progress, decrease discomfort and assist with rotation of the baby.
Active birth with your birthing partner
Zoe, a mother of four and a teacher of both prenatal and baby yoga says: “Understanding and learning these poses will empower pregnant women with knowledge and understanding of active birth positions.”