Our Active birth workshops are led by  advanced childbirth educator and senior yoga teacher, Suzanne Swan.  Suzanne has been doing this work for over sixteen years and her experience affirms that having the partner involved in the birth process, working hands on as a team with the mother, promotes a positive birth experience and enhances family bonding.

This small group education education class explores practical ways to assist the labouring woman at birth.  The attention is on the partner's participation during the labour and how the birth itself is as much a team effort as the conception. It covers practical mind-body techniques not taught in other hospital classes (ie. breathing, massage and birth positions) and focuses on an undisturbed physiological birth, describing the benefits of an active birth for the mother & baby. 

This workshop complements hospital antenatal classes or other classes such as Hypnobirthing, and is also an excellent refresher for parents. There is clear evidence that using upright positions in the first stage of labour reduces the duration of labour, the risk of ceasarean birth and the need for an epidural.

"Birthing is both an internal and a learned experience. Women benefit greatly in birth with this self-knowledge and with a partner and/or support team* who help her work with her body. When a woman experiences the love, attention and touch of her partner during labour she will easily relax and these feelings are passed to the baby." - Suzanne Swan, yogababy founder.

  During the workshop, we practise:

  • Natural forms of pain relief such as breath, touch, massage, water, heat, movement, and sound
  • Breathing skills to release inner tension and stay focused
  • Relaxation skills to enhance the natural hormones of labour
  • Massage techniques to ease pregnancy discomforts and enhance labour
  • Use of movement to reduce the effect of stress
  • Use of sound to connect with a woman's strength and power
  • Active birth positioning for 1st and 2nd stage
  • Releasing fears and creating positive birth affirmations
  • Understanding the birth process and what to expect
  • Decision making model for dealing with the unexpected

Sundays 9am - 4pm @ Auchenflower

  • 20th Aug
  • 17th Sept
  • 22nd Oct
  • 19th Nov
  • 10th Dec
  • 14th Jan
  • 18th Feb
  • 23rd Mar

If the dates don't suit  Private sessions are available with Suzanne Swan.

Cost:  $360 per couple

Enrolment is limited to 8 couples, please register early to secure a space.  When you have booked please complete the online  registration form.

Try our Active Birth Bundle for $495

You can attend a weekly Active birth yoga class covering the eight Active Birth Skills (Relaxation, Affirmations, Optimally Positioning Baby, Visualisation, Breathing, Vocalisation & 1st/2nd Stage Birthing positions) that you practice with your partner in the workshop.  The yoga classes give you more practice and in-depth study of the Active Birth Skills.  


Comparing workshops

For information about the difference between our Active Birth Workshop and other courses, see our Workshop comparison.

To increase the potential of achieving an active birth it is recommended that the pregnant mother also attend as many of  the Active Birth Yoga classes towards the end of her pregnancy to practise the birth skills presented in this workshop.

*Couple/Partner/Support team

Your couple/partner/support team can include:

  • Birthing mother and father
  • Same-sex couples
  • Single mother with support person/doula
  • Mother and daughter (birthing)
  • Birthing mother, father and support person/doula (additional $50 for third person)


Your workshop was inspiring, empowering, informative and full of heart, it gave me the confidence to completely trust my body and the process of life
— Jesse and Kim
I just wanted to say thank you for the yoga classes and the active birth workshop. Both of these helped give me and my husband the information, tools and confidence to have the kind of birthing experience I really wanted - natural, drug free, exhilarating, thoroughly satisfying. My girl was born with waters still intact, after an 8 hour labour, most of which we spent at home. She was born in hospital in the shower, where I was kneeling with my elbows on a swiss ball, my arms straight and hands holding onto a grab bar on the wall. In all, I spent 20 mins of the labour on the bed. The whole experience just blew me away, and the recovery has gone extremely well. Your classes played an important part in making us feel empowered to be clear and firm about what we wanted, which the hospital staff respected. In fact, they seemed to quite enjoy the experience!
— Workshop participant
I’d like to say thank you for all your guidance during the classes and at the active birth class for dads and support people. Both Sus and I credit her easy and fast labour with all the preparation she did with the Yoga Baby classes and the Active Birth workshop. In addition to the physical benefits and preparation she undertook, Sus was very calm and mentally prepared as much as she could be for the labour. We were both able to fully enjoy and experience the birth without drugs or intervention. I have no doubt that the lack of anxiety about the labour, as a result of your classes, was a huge contributor
— Simon
Thank you for all your support during my pregnancy, you really put your heart and soul into what you do.
— Workshop participant
We wanted to pass on our heartfelt thanks for hosting such a wonderful workshop on the weekend. We both benefited greatly - and my husband told me afterwards it was the first time he had been made to feel a valued and important part of our pregnancy and birthing journey. Thank you again so much for enriching this experience for us.
— Karen
Your workshop gave me complete confidence in my ability to achieve a natural, active birth.
— Workshop participant
Thank you so much for an informative workshop on the weekend. Both Shaun and I enjoyed it and have taken away some useful skills and tools to help us navigate the birth of our little one in the coming weeks. Your knowledge, calmness and approach to the course made it that much more enjoyable and memorable.
— Workshop participant
We wanted to thank you for a really wonderful active birth workshop. We both got a lot out of it and were impressed by how practical and user-friendly the information was. Our birth preparations feel much more like a team effort after spending the day together in the active birth workshop and we’re really excited about what lays ahead.
— Rob & Lauren
Our midwife commented on how in-sync myself and my husband were, and how much strength I drew from him. Thank you for giving him the confidence to support me using a variety of different methods
— Workshop participant
The Active Birth Workshop was a very complementary day to the ante-natal classes at hospital. I feel much more prepared for the pre-labour and birth now. Ante-natal classes were five x 2.5 hour sessions which highlighted what could go wrong with birth but offered very little in practical advice. The workshop has given me much more confidence and a greater understanding of my role and how to be more effective in the role. Thank you very much!
— Father to be