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“Giving birth should be your greatest achievement not your greatest fear.” ~ Jane Weideman

Deep gratitude for our birth photos:  Angela Gallo

Giving birth is a not-to-be-missed experience. Savour your pregnancy, look forward to meeting your baby and trust that your body will do exactly what it was designed so well to do. Like countless generations of women before you, you can give birth with confidence, joy and deep satisfaction.

Melbourne women and their partners can now benefit from the world’s most established and respected, evidence-based childbirth education program. Founder of birthwell birthright and co-founder of Lamaze Australia, Tanya Cawthorne is also the Immediate Past President of Lamaze International (and the first non-North American to serve on the Board of Directors in Lamaze’s 60-plus year history). As Australia’s leading and most experienced Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Tanya is also the director of Lamaze Educator training in Australia and to date, has trained over 150 Lamaze childbirth educators across Australia.

Tanya is also a DONA International trained birth doula and offers doula support.

We passionately believe that all pregnant women and their partners should be able to access the highest quality of independent childbirth education, giving them the information, tools and skills needed to help them give birth with confidence. Going home with a tiny new baby can be overwhelming and that’s why we devote a significant part of our course to newborn care and early parenting.

For Parents-to-be


The birth of your baby (especially if you are expecting your first child) is a major milestone in your life. Take the time to prepare yourself for this amazing journey and give birth with confidence! Click here to book your course today. Time poor, or prefer a private class in the comfort of your own home? We’ve got you covered! 

Are you planning a VBAC? Then check out VBAC Your Way! We offer both in-person and online course options. birthwell birthright’s unique course will provide women and their partners with all the current evidence-based information and resources they need to maximise their chances of having a successful VBAC.

For Professionals


Photo: Menucha Korik Photography

Passionate about birth? Click here to find out how you can become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. We also run DONA International approved birth doula training programs and postpartum doula trainings. In addition, birthwell birthright regularly runs engaging and exciting professional development events and workshops for birth professionals.

Coming up:


Dates: Wednesday – Sunday, June 12th – 16th, 2024
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm each day
Location: Bustle Studios, Level 1, 457 Elizabeth St., Surry Hills, NSW 2010.
Please note: Entrance on Rutland St via the red door.
To register, click HERE. ONLY 3 PLACES LEFT!

Dates: Friday – Sunday, October 4th, 5th & 6th & Saturday – Sunday, October 12th & 13th, 2024
(5 x full days taught across two consecutive weekends)
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm each day (AEST)
Location: Your living room! This course will be held live via Zoom.
To register, click HERE.

Registration for our 2024 Lamaze educator training programs is now open! To learn more, click here.

We help mothers and birth professionals thrive.

We live in an era of information overload. Around the world, pregnant women are bombarded on a daily basis with messages that birth is an emergency waiting to happen. It’s rare that we see beautiful images of birth and rarer still that we are exposed to empowering and positive stories of birth. As a result, many women don’t have faith in their body’s ability to give birth naturally and without a lot of medical intervention.

birthwell birthright aims to help mothers regain their connection to a vital force deep inside that knows how to give birth.

It’s that same force that intuitively guides us to parent our children.

More than ever, pregnant women and their partners need access to quality, evidence-based childbirth education. That’s why we are also leading the way by training a new generation of Australian Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators. We need more birth professionals offering mothers a new way of looking at birth that will lead them from fear to freedom and from less ‘doing’ to more ‘being’. Find out how you can be a part of this birth revolution by clicking here.

Meet some of our families


Ashley, Tom and baby Max


“I managed to get through with no tearing, no pain relief, and no stress. I never felt like the delivery was more than I could handle. It was at times painful, but not the type of pain that I found stressful or distressing. The midwives were all blown away and told me I was just amazing at giving birth and that most first timers don’t do it so calmly or without any request for pain relief. I’m telling you this not to brag, but because I wanted to let you know that a lot of the reason I found it so easy and was so calm and relaxed was because of the information and resources that you provided as part of your Lamaze course. “ Read More…


Denise and baby Fred

South Yarra

“Tanya provided more information and practical knowledge then you would ever get at a hospital birth class (I did one and it was almost a waste of time). She helped me see this amazing experience of giving birth is what I am designed for as a woman. She helped me have faith in my body and put me in a completely different headspace, one that eliminated all the fear.
My labour and birth was the most incredible experience I’ve ever had and I’d do it all again in a second.” Read more of Denise’s story…


Dana and Jon

Box Hill

“I felt more confident going through labour and birth as the course reinforced just how natural and powerful the human body is. We used a lot of the tools we learnt from the course. Our son was safely born at home and I managed to have a natural, drug free home birth and it was the most empowering, challenging and beautiful experience I have gone through.” Read more of Dana and Jon’s story…


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