Big demand for birthing information session
THERE'S something fertile about Gladstone, and it's leading to a demand for more birthing services.
Almost 1000 local babies were registered with Births Deaths and Marriages in 2014, and if the RSVP list to an upcoming pregnancy session is anything to go by, the new year will bring with it many a happy delivery.
Gladstone families are seeking more birthing options than the traditional choice of public or private, according to organiser and hypnobirthing professional Shari Lyon.
Ms Lyon of Belly2Birth hastily worked to find a bigger venue after responses to an event she's hosting in Gladstone exceeded venue capacity within 24 hours.
"I was overwhelmed with the response," she said.
"This is the second event that I have held and we have a lot more husbands and partners coming, which is great to see, as it's just as important for them to know about their options when it comes to supporting their partners."
The purpose of the event is to rewire a woman's conception of birth as a painful and terrifying experience.
"Women can spend up to $1500 on a pram but invest nothing in preparing for their birth experience," Ms Lyon said.
"A lot of expectant mothers have fear instilled in them after hearing stories from their mothers, friends and family," she said.
"The evening is about making Gladstone women aware, you do have support. Take responsibility for the birth that you want to have."
Birthing professionals including a doula, yoga instructor, midwife, chiropractor, naturopath and more will be on hand to answer questions.
"Women are really starting to take more interest as to what is available to them to help them achieve a healthy pregnancy and best possible birth," Ms Lyon said.
"It's really about women taking back their birth and being more in the driver's seat where they are in control about how their birth plays out."
The free information session will be held on February 6 at 6pm, at the Senior Citizens Hall in Oaka Lane, Gladstone.
Head to the Belly2Birth website to book.