Sarah

Dr. Sarah Brooks (Chinese Medicine)

BAppSc (Chinese Medicine/Human Biology) RMIT

HPCE (Hypnobirthing Practitioner Childbirth Educator) – Hypnobirthing Australia ™

 

A little about me…& why I do what I do!

My two births were the most incredible days of my life! Both so different, yet both such a positive & powerful experience thanks to the amazing support & preparation Hypnobirthing gave us. My greatest wish is for all women to feel like this after giving birth, even when birth doesn’t go to plan (as my first birth certainly didn’t!).

Like many women today, before having my own children, I had many fears about birth. Most of these fears had come from other people’s ‘horror stories’ as well as the message society gives us today, that birth is risky and women must be helped or saved from the whole process! But I have always loved natural medicine & believe our bodies have amazing self-healing abilities when given the right environment to thrive. So deep down I could see I truly believed birth was a ‘normal’ physiological process…and so my research on everything ‘birth’ began!

I am so grateful that I knew the benefits of independent childbirth education, hiring a doula & having a known midwife during my first pregnancy as together this pulled me through the intensity of a hospital induction back labour with only gas & air! I then discovered the Hypnobirthing AustraliaTM program during my second pregnancy & was completely blown away by the results. Listening to the self-hypnosis tracks each night before bed in my third trimester completely put my mind at ease. Then during my surges, the breathing & visualisation techniques were so effective that I did not experience any ‘pain’ at all until transition…my midwife almost missed the birth!

How different this experience was to my first & I know it absolutely was the knowledge, tools, support & preparation that this Hypnobirthing course gave me. Educating women so they too can face their fears & step into their power during pregnancy & birth is what fires me up most in life, and I am so honoured & excited to be sharing this program with others!

My formal qualifications & story

I graduated from RMIT University (Melbourne) in 2009, where I achieved a Bachelor of Applied Science with distinction, majoring in both Chinese Medicine and Human Biology.

In my final year at University, I travelled to China where I completed a Clinical Internship at the Jiangsu Province Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Nanjing). Here I had the invaluable opportunity of working with specialists in Acupuncture, Gynecology, Fertility, Dermatology, & Gastrointestinal medicine.

I am a registered Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia, and I am also a member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA).

I am also currently undertaking a 3 year postgraduate in Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine with the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine. This system is by far the best I have found to accurately diagnose & prescribe with Chinese Herbs and I am so grateful & excited to see the wonderful benefits for my clients.

Over my years of practice, my clinic has focused on women’s health & supporting couples with fertility & through pregnancy. But since having my two boys (now 1 & 3), I have really felt the call to work even more closely with women during pregnancy & birth (In fact, I have really been a ‘closet doula’ ever since!). The Hypnobirthing Australia ™ program & having a doula by my side were both so pivotal in how incredible & positive my births were, I could think of nothing better than to also be able to offer both these services to my clients. So here I am 🙂