Mamashanti’s Birth Partners Workshops

Mamashanti’s Birth Partners Workshops are a practical and lighthearted opportunity for you and your partner to prepare for birth. Insightful and informative, these sessions will leave you feeling positive and confident about all you can do to prepare for birth and parenthood.

We focus on tried and true techniques to build confidence and demystify the process of birth, making this perfect for first-time parents or as excellent refresher. Perhaps more than anything else, these workshops offer time and space for you and your partner to consciously connect with one another and your growing child. Attending these workshop you will learn how to:

Be present ~ learn subtle, potent and entirely practical methods to enhance your capacity to be authentically present to your partner and the energy of her birth. Learn to express yourself with confidence and compassion. Experience the profound and transformative use of your breath as the primary tool to bring you into synchronicity with your birthing woman and be the anchor for her intimate holding circle.

Practical intimacy ~ birth is one of the the most intimate experiences of a woman’s life. Feelings of safety that naturally arise from intimacy are fundamental to a woman’s capacity to open up and yield to the intensity of birth. Learn practical and loving ways to support your woman, by reaching into that intimacy with courage and compassion.

Create calm in any setting ~ experience mamashanti’s simple plan to create and restore calm in any birth setting. Simple and infinitely adaptable techniques to bring you both into a space of calm and clarity.

Birth choices ~ thorough exploration of birthing choices available in Victoria to help you evaluate your shared birthing preferences; reflect on your hopes and concerns for birth and early parenting to help you articulate the model of care that best suits your needs. Feel confident in your capacity to work effectively with your chosen birth setting and care providers. Clarify the tone and qualities you hope to experience in birth. Communicating confidently will help you understand and integrate the advice given by medical caregivers.

Gentle bodywork ~ learn traditional techniques to unravel tension and resistance from your woman’s body; to encourage your child to position favourably for birth and assist progress in labour. Methods will include acupressure for pregnancy, birth and postnatal support; rebozo sifting; and subtle postural adjustments to help your birthing woman embrace her birthing potential.

Self Care ~ how to compassionately and practically support yourself as you provide support for your birthing woman.

Thank you so much Nina for the amazing active birth workshop. We really enjoyed it and we both got so much more out of it than the hospital class we did. We left the session feeling relaxed and more confident, prepared and informed, thanks to your gentle, encouraging and accepting guidance. – Virginia and Andrew –


Workshop Dates 2017

MELBOURNE: Grace Revolution
Sundays 11:30 – 4:30
23 April; 4 June; 29 October

Workshop Fees:
Full: $275 /Concession*: $260 per couple.

Extra support person: $70 each

*Concession: available for health card holders; women living in country Victoria; or those who have attended classes, retreats or workshops with mamashanti during a previous pregnancy.

Your workshop fee includes: mamashanti’s comprehensive 30+ page booklet detailing practices and resources; time for a tea break; plenty of time to ask questions about pregnancy, labour and birth and follow-up support from Nina.

Active {conscious & engaged} Birth Preparation Package – Book Victoria’s most comprehensive and accessible preparation for childbirth. Breathe for Birth (just for women) and Birth Partners Workshop (for pregnant women & their partners) packaged together for a generously reduced combined price Full: $430/ Concession: $415*

Can’t make these workshops dates? Perhaps you have specific concerns about birth that you’d like to work through? Book your own Birth Partners Private Session


Postpartum Fitness Regimes…. Darling aren’t you stretched and worn thin enough?

Every woman who has birthed a child, has also birthed herself as a mother. Most women will make this transition from knowing themselves in their maiden form their whole lives to new the stage of mother with little or no guidance, ritual or support. Many women find themselves equally overwhelmed by their love for their newborn and the aching for the relative simplicity of their pre-motherhood life. Body and mind captive to habit and muscle memory; personal boundaries porous; energy and emotions scattered by surging hormones; it’s hardly surprising how persuasive the influence of dominant culture is. The outrageous voice roaring at women from all directions is demanding they return to their pre-pregnant form to lose “baby fat”, to disappear the magnificent and transformative influence of pregnancy and birth; to “regain control”.

In times of profound transition, when women are most vulnerable it’s understandable many women will look to physical fitness as a tool to restore some sense of boundaries to recapture the illusion of control.

But your energy is no longer your own, you share your energy with your growing child. The physical practices that you used to energise yourself before you were pregnant will drain you of your precious reserves. Just as you’re getting to know your child, you’re getting to know yourself as a mother. At every stage of your life, as you have navigated profound transitions, what was it you most craved? Unconditional love, support, acceptance? This is the rich journey of motherhood. As you learn to mother your newborn, you have this golden opportunity to learn to mother yourself.

When you feel yourself made weary by the fierce tenderness of mothering, this is when you most need to pour unconditional love, acceptance, compassion into yourself. Seek out practices that fill your cup, nourish you energetically, and help you restore healthy personal boundaries.

The real news is this – that pre-pregnant body everyone’s demanding you to chase does not exist! Just as you chose to birth and raise your child, consciously choose to embrace this new you. You birthed yourself into motherhood, now raise yourself with all the love and joy you are offering your child.

Darling, how does your regime look now?

Looking for some loving guidance?  I’m running my shantimama women’s yoga workshops through out he year in Melbourne and Kyneton.  Living in the Macedon Ranges? I’m now running  Womanly Yoga classes in Kyneton.

And if you need some convincing about taking care of yourself through postpartum recovery, I highly recommend reading this article Postnatal Depletion.