Nadine Richardson is a mother and the founder of She Births®, the world's only scientifically verified childbirth education program. She is a health education innovator, a social impact entrepreneur and an expert transformational facilitator. Nadine has been a teacher of prenatal yoga, a doula and doula mentor, childbirth and parenting expert for over 20 years leading tens of thousands of families on a journey towards strength, community and well being across the perinatal period. She advocates for more normal births and promotes integrative holistic care, where obstetrics, midwifery and doula work create optimal outcomes for each family as they desire.
Nadine is a thought leader currently completing her first book and developing a documentary TV series celebrating the beauty and diversity of birth around the globe. She presents across numerous media platforms and conferences, runs workshops for midwives within hospital settings and doctors in multiple clinics and medical schools. Nadine also presents to complementary medicine practitioners and speaks within the corporate space about pregnancy, parental rights and the importance of birth preparation. She Births® is a holistic and evidence based course with a ‘dash of magic’. It was originally designed in 2008 for her local community of Bondi Beach, Sydney and has grown organically through word of mouth. She Births® has continued to be researched since the publication in the British Medical Journal in July 2016. Currently her organisation is working with multiple universities and extending the research and efficacy of antenatal education as a preventative measure that can improve birth outcomes, increase maternal satisfaction and potentially prevent postnatal depression and trauma.
When my son was born I have to say, like many women do, the experience of labour shocked me! Even after 12 weeks of birth education I felt like my partner and I were not prepared with tools or knowledge to navigate the intensity and complexity of birth, or, for the greater challenges that came along afterwards.
Although we debriefed my birth experience I was still left with numerous questions about how my labour had unfolded. I began studying everything I could about childbirth and quickly became a prenatal yoga specialist and qualified doula. I studied numerous antenatal education methodologies and began using a far broader approach than most, including multiple complementary medicine techniques and a yoga based philosophy that aligns people with their own innate power.
Being immersed within the community and following peoples journey throughout pregnancy, birth and parenting has been the greatest teacher over the last 20 years. Although She Births® is now scientifically verified it arose purely from a deep desire to improve the quality of people’s lives and support new families. The thousands of hours in labour rooms, being that key person couples turn to for support, information and pain relief, has created the extraordinary course now available to everybody.
Although the statistics show that She Births® is the most successful program in the world to increase normal birth rates – for me, the biggest success of She Births® is that we empower couples to create a beautiful birth experience… no matter what unfolds.
Nadine is a health education innovator, a social impact entrepreneur and an expert facilitator. She is currently writing her book, hosting the extremely successful She Births® Show and developing a groundbreaking TV series that celebrates birth diversity.
Nadine advocates for more normal births and promotes integrative holistic care, where obstetrics, midwifery and Doula work create optimal outcomes. She is spokesperson for the wider yoga and birth communities and presents to numerous media platforms and conferences.
The team she has brought together at The Birthing Institute all have a passion for the advancement of society through innovation and disruptive enterprise. We don’t mind if it’s complex, as long as there’s a vision for doing something better for health, birth and humanity.
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Why choose to attend one of Nadine's Weekend Courses? 'Because it will change the way you think about birth' - NR
Education does not begin and end within the hours of the classroom. There is always something to learn, and someone to learn from - and this blog captures the best of it.
Inspiring talks and enlightening conversations as Nadine sits down with some of the most incredible childbirth and parenting professionals out there.
Nadine teaches a truly unique and dynamic prenatal yoga style. Every class allows you to prepare physically, mentally and spiritually for the birth of your baby and the birth of the ‘mother within’.
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