When do I Start ?

  • You can start at any stage in your pregnancy (recommended from 24 weeks onwards)  
  • You will cover all the active birth skills over 8 weeks. As the classes cycle round every eight weeks you can start anytime.
  • Over 32 weeks? Even just a few classes will guide you towards a more confident and empowering birth experience. 

The  classes aim is to teach you the skills involved in achieving a physiological birth.  Learn evidence based mind-body techniques to keep calm; respond creatively; reduce fear and the experience of pain; &  increase your focus and confidence.  

Active birth skills covered over a 8 week cycle

  • Relaxation & Mindfulness
  • Releasing fears & Affirmations
  • Optimal baby positioning
  • Visualisation in pregnancy & labour 
  • Breathing for pregnancy, labour & birth 
  • Vocalisation in labour & birth
  • Labour : first stage using active birth positions 
  • Birth: second stage using upright birth positions 

What to expect from an Active Birth class? 

  • Doing yoga postures to strengthen and relax you in preparation for birth
  • You will practice evidence based birth skills that ease labour - imagine if you knew how to relax in any position so your muscles moved smoothly without resistance
  • Active birth skills education and discussion facilitated by Suzanne Swan
  • You will be sent a follow-up email with guided meditations/relaxations, the birth skills learnt in class and additional handouts to read and share with your partner/support team
  • Great moral and physical support from other women wanting to learn  how to prepare for a physiological birth too

Class schedule - NEW 8 WEEK CYCLE STARTS THIS WEEK!!

Next 8 week cycles 17th Oct - 7th Dec;13th Dec - 13th Feb ( two week xmas break 23rd Dec - 5th Jan)

  • Tuesdays - 5.15pm - 6.30pm  West End 
  • Wednesdays  - 12.30pm - 2.15pm   Auchenflower 
  • Thursdays - 6.00pm-7.15pm Auchenflower 

Payment options

SPECIAL - MONTHLY UNLIMITED FOR $125

  • $99 for 4 class pass (4 week expiry)
  • $180 for 8 class pass (10 week expiry)*
  • $125 Monthly Unlimited (Active Birth/Pregnancy Yoga)
  • Email us to arrange a class pass that suits your pregnancy
  • * Any unused classes after your baby's birth date can be used in Mums & Bubs Yoga classes.  Please notify us when your baby is born.

What about my Partner's involvement?

Our experience has shown that an active birth includes the participation of the birthing woman's partner. As well as booking into the Active Birth Yoga classes for you, it is recommended that your birthing partner attend an Active Birth Workshop or 3hr Private Session. 

Try our Active Birth or Private Session bundles for $468 (includes 8 class pass + a full day workshop or 3hr private session with your birth partner)  * Any unused classes after your baby's birth date can be used in Mummy & Me Yoga classes.  Please notify us when your baby is born.

I had in my body all that I had been taught and I found an instinct and power inside of me that I think is so often lost in our busy, modern, over-thinking world.
— Cassie
Thank you for the wisdom and resources you provided in both your private class and the active birth yoga classes, we had a spontaneous labour with natural vaginal birth. The birthing team were very proud of me and stated they felt privileged being part of such a birth (a rare occasion they felt). I found the use of breathing, letting go, positioning and vocalisation extremely helpful throughout labour and birth. I found practising visualisation and breathing in class and at home built my confidence in myself and my body ‘to do what it does’ and things came to me naturally. I am recovering very well and my baby girl appears to be settling into life outside the womb .
— Rebecca

Thanks to Suzanne’s wonderful classes, I had the confidence to go with my body’s natural instincts during labour and was able to deliver our healthy baby boy all by myself
— Serena
I particularly liked the focus on our partners for the full day workshop and the lead up with just the mums for the weekly active birth yoga classes. The lessons I learnt about natural birth through yogababy were invaluable for me during labour. The most inspiring thing I learnt was the technique of slow breaths and sound vibrations during each contraction to manage sensations and keep control. I went on to use this technique for my whole labour and went on to achieve the natural, drug-free birth I was hoping for.
— Susannah
Thank you for the pre natal and active birth yoga courses! My husband and I used all the postures and the songs you taught us during the classes to control breathing and achieve a drug free vaginal birth. After 20 hours (8 of which were established labour) I delivered a healthy 8lb baby boy. Due to the empowerment you helped me feel during my first ever pregnancy and labour experience, I found myself approaching parenthood with confidence and strength. Suzanne, you truly have a gift for enabling women to trust their bodies. Thank you a thousand times over!
— Kelly
The yoga baby sessions help transform my first pregnancy and birthing journey. When I joined the class, I was terrified of giving birth and thought it would only be safe under highly supervised and medicative conditions. The classes allowed me to connect with myself and my growing baby and this gave me the confidence to work with my body to aim for a natural birth. My labor, though painful, was a positive and pleasurable experience. My son, now one year old, makes me laugh everyday. Thanks again for offering this wonderful class and for your mentorship throughout.
— Michelle
Yoga baby active birth classes gave me the confidence and knowledge to deliver my baby boy without medications or intervention. After a whole day of pre-labor at 37 weeks I wasn’t sure whether this was the real thing. Thankfully mum drove me to yoga which was the week where we learnt how to cope in the first stages of labor and sure enough Suzanne’s techniques helped me to hold off going to hospital until 5pm the following day. A few hours later I was in a birthing pool, leaning against my crying husband with a little baby on my chest- bliss. Suzanne has a wealth of knowledge and helped me to understand what actions I need to take to prepare myself and to move my baby into an ideal birthing position. I will recommend Yogababy to all my friends!
— Prue

Active Birth yoga classes are gentle, safe and beneficial for you and your growing baby. Along with practising pre natal yoga and breathing exercises that prepare you for birth, these classes explore topics that will increase your potential of achieving a natural and empowering birth. You will practise classical Pregnancy yoga sequences throughout each class. An active birth workbook to accompany the classes for home practice is available to purchase at your first class.

"Active Birth is nothing new. Strong intention, relaxed body and an open mind are the main ingredients for an Active Birth." - Janet Balaskas (founder of Active Birth Movement.

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN A CLASS ?

As well as exploring Active Birth Skills such as Breathing in Labour, you will be moving in the class, releasing tension from your pelvis and strengthening your buttocks & legs.  You will be  practicing yoga postures that are relevant to birth like standing, squatting, lunging, all fours and resting postures.  Mindfulness and relaxation techniques are included in every class. There is clear evidence that using upright positions in the first stage of labour reduces the duration of labour, the risk of caesarean birth and the need for an epidural.

The classes are primarily for you to learn the skills involved in birthing your baby naturally.  Learn active  birth skills  and keep healthy by learning mind-body techniques to keep calm, respond creatively, reduce fear and the experience of pain,  increase focus and confidence.  

You can start the active birth yoga course at any stage in your pregnancy.  It is recommended to commence the cycle in the later part of your 2nd trimester.  However, you can commence at anytime. Even just a few classes will guide you towards a more confident and empowering birth experience. Depending on availability, you can start mid-way through a course and/or finish up when your baby is due.