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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 President Elect 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 100 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. Also included in all our Lamaze courses is a 2-hour comprehensive infant first aid & CPR course, taught by experienced paramedics (and mums!) so you can parent with confidence too!

SPECIAL UPDATE: Pregnancy and giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic

Pregnancy can be a time of anxiety for many people at the best of times. These are not normal times. Globally, we are facing challenges that we’ve never had to face before. It is a scary time for all of us.

That being said, if you are pregnant and reading this, I want you to know ONE very important thing: you are not alone.

I know that you are probably feeling very overwhelmed right now. There is a lot of confusion out there and not a lot of answers. I want to reassure you that support is available for you and your partner. I can provide you with comprehensive, evidence-based childbirth education (live online, small group and private sessions are available) and I will be ensuring that the class includes the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus and its impact on pregnancy, birth and your baby.

I also provide doula support. If at all possible, I will support you at home in early labour, until you feel ready to go to hospital. I will provide labour support if you are having a home birth (with a qualified midwife) and pending hospital approval, I will continue to support you in hospital throughout your labour. In circumstances where I am unable to provide in-person support, I will be available via phone, text, FaceTime, WhatsApp or Zoom in order to provide you and your partner with virtual support.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, please reach out to me. I am here to listen and to provide support. You can call me on 0422 067 985 or email me at

Remember – you are NOT alone.

Lamaze Childbirth Classes 

My #1 priority is the health and well-being of all my clients and their babies. In light of the current recommendation to practice social distancing, I will be offering both live online classes and small in-person classes (maximum of 2 couples) in Caulfield South. I am also available for private one-to-one classes in my client’s home. 

To learn more about our childbirth education options, please click HERE.

Wishing you an healthy and empowered birth!

Tanya x

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 February 10th – Sunday 14th February, 2021
Time: 9am – 5pm each day
Venue: TBC

Dates: Wednesday 24th February – Sunday 28th February, 2021
Time: 9am – 5pm each day
Venue: Your Body Works Chiropractic, 112 Thistle St., Gordon Park, Brisbane 4031

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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