Mamatoto’s Birth Retreats


Mamatoto Retreats are an antenatal education program for pregnant couples preparing for a positive birth experience. The aim of the program is to help pregnant couples attending the classes eliminate the fear experienced by many in relation to their approaching labour and birth and to learn how Women’s bodies are so beautifully designed to give birth.

During the classes, couples discover how the laboring mother’s body responds physiologically when fear vs relaxation is present. Couples also learn practical skills of Relaxation, Breathing and Creative Visualization which are used during pregnancy, labour, childbirth and beyond.


Attending our Mamatoto Retreats will teach you and your partner the following:

    • How beliefs, thoughts and emotions can influence a Mother’s physiology during pregnancy, labour and birth
    • That fear leads to tension which gives rise to pain experienced during labour and childbirth and how you can reduce fear, tension and pain
    • How certain breathing techniques can facilitate relaxation, and the physiology behind this
    • How the mother’s body is beautifully designed to birth her baby, and how relaxation can facilitate the natural physiology of labour and birth
    • The magic of touch and the benefits of light touch massage
    • How you can use your own creative imagination to facilitate relaxation
    • Learn about the stages of labour, and what you and your partner can do to facilitate progress in labour and birth, and how certain positions make space for the baby…so lets practice some Active Birth positions!
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  • Un-forseen and unexpected challenges and how you can prevent some of these from happening and create a positive experience when intervention may be required
  • How partners can offer practical support to the birthing woman

Mamatoto’s Birth Retreats 

Weekend retreats are held from 10.00am until 4.30pm over two weekend days in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges in Selby

Private classes are also offered…

Dates for Retreats…


Sunday 13th and Sunday 20th February (With Dina and Shelley) in Selby

Sunday 10th and Sunday 17th April (With Shelley and Dina) in Selby

Sunday 19th and Sunday 26th June (With Shelley and Dina) in Selby


Mamatoto Birth Retreats cost $450.00 per couple (includes GST)

This cost includes:

  • Birth and early parenting education
  • Extensive electronic information
  • A little gift bag with some birthing essentials
  • Links to all video’s watched throughout the classes
  • Morning tea and Afternoon tea. Lunch can be purchased at nearby cafes
  • The cost also includes continued support from us after the classes!

A deposit of $200.00 is required at booking. For bookings email

Teachers Federation Health, NIB, Australian Unity, Bupa Australia (HBA, Mutual Community, Anz Health Insurance, HIF, MBF and MBF alliances – SGIO, SGIC & NRMA), Manchester Unity, HCF, AHM, The Doctors Health Fund, Defence Health, may cover part of the costs of birth education classes run by a Midwife or Midwifery Services – discuss with your Private Health Insurer for details

Please note that amount of rebate covered depends on the type of cover. Your health insurer is best to answer any questions regarding the amount of rebate per class.

Our midwives are all Registered Midwives and classes are recognised by most Private Health Insurance funds

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Private Classes and Refresher Classes are available on request

A percentage of funds raised from our birth retreats will be donated to “The Hamlin Fistula Relief and Aid Fund” to educate new Midwives, so that each village in Ethiopia can have an educated midwife in attendance at Births see the Hamlin website.

Mamatoto Midwives also fund a Midwifery Student to complete the Hamlin School of Midwifery each year and are committed to continuing this support each year to see each student complete their Bachelor of Midwifery x

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