We are a community based organisation which provides information and support for women and their families and promotes self-reliance and confidence in pregnancy, birth and parenting.

2015 Stretch and Mums & Bubs Start Dates

Welcome to the new year, here are our stretch class commencement dates.

Palmerston Pregnancy Stretch begins Thursday 15/01/15

Nightcliff Pregnancy Stretch begins Wednesday 21/01/15

Mums & Bubs Stretch begins on Tuesday 03/03/15

Please call, email or drop in if you have any questions about these classes, our other events or would like to borrow from our wonderful library.

Hope to see you soon!


Position Vacant – Office Administrator (Part Time)

The Office Administrator plays a critical role at Childbirth Education Association, managing the day-to-day running of the organisation whilst providing a welcoming and nurturing space for CEA community and members.

This position is 24 hours per week with set hours from 9am-12pm Tuesday to Friday with the remaining hours on a flexible schedule.

Childbirth Education Association has a philosophy of informed choice and gentle parenting.

If you are interested in this challenging and dynamic position in a friendly and flexible work environment, please email info@ceadarwin.asn.au for a Position Description or telephone Leisa on 0410 260 810 or Bec on 0408 878 689.

Applications close Friday, 30 January.


Annual General Meeting

CEA’s Annual General Meeting will be held at the Nightcliff Community Centre on Friday, 5 December, starting at 10am.

We will be seeking nominations from individuals at this AGM, so if you would like to make a contribution to families and our birthing community and would like to work with a flexible and supportive group, come along and join the committee! For RSVP and more information, please contact the office.


Mums and Bubs recommences 2015

Our Mums and Bubs program has finished for the year! It will be back next year with an exciting and fresh new program starting Tuesday, 20 January, from 9am. Our lovely new Instructor Fiona Gowers has loads of experience and passion for postnatal fitness and wellbeing for mothers, and we can’t wait for you to meet her. Looking forward to more stretching and catching up with you next year.


Dates for Christmas & New Year

CEA takes a little break at the end of the year. These are the dates for our office and programs:

CEA Office/library:  last day Friday, 12/12/14, reopen Tuesday, 13/1/15
Mums & Bubs Stretch: finished for the year, recommence 20/1/15
Nightcliff Pregnancy Stretch: last day 10/12/14, recommence 21/1/15
Palmerston Pregnancy Stretch: last day 11/12/14, recommence 15/1/15  

If you have any queries over this break, please do email or phone, as we will be checking our messages weekly and will try to get back to you as soon as possible.


Organic Midwifery: Wisdom for Birthing Women

Come and join us at an informal gathering to hear the words of Carol Gautschi, Certified Professional Midwife with over 25 years experience, who is visiting Australia from the United States, and has presented at the Midwifery Today Conference.  Carol, who also has herbal and nutritional wisdom, has kindly agreed to come to Darwin to talk with the women in our community.  Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity.

More about Carol can be found at her website: www.gentlebirths.net

When: Saturday, 15 November at 3.00pm
Where: Nightcliff Community Centre, 18 Bauhinia Street, Nightcliff
Cost: Gold coin donation

More information:  info@ceadarwin.asn.au or 8948 3043


Children’s Week Family Fun Event

CEA and the Darwin Homebirth Group will have a stall together at the Family Fun Day event at the Jingili Water Gardens on Wednesday, 22 October.Picture 2

This event is organised by Darwin City Council to celebrate Children’s Week and there will be free fun activities for children 0 – 5 years.  We will be setting up a comfortable space for breastfeeding, relaxing and just catching up. Come along and enjoy an exciting program of free activities and entertainment for children and families: 9am – 12pm.

Palmerston City Council will also be celebrating Children’s Week with a free event for parent and children 0 -5 years on Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 9am – 12pm. For more information contact Anna on 8935 9967 or email: anna.schmidt@palmerston.nt.gov.au



Microbirth tickets available here


CEA will be screening the world premier of the documentary Microbirth on Saturday, 20 September, in the Theatrette at the Museum and Art Gallery of NT in Fannie Bay. The evening will start at 6.30pm with light refreshments. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door or BOOK NOW and save waiting in line.

For more information and the official trailer have a look at the Microbirth website.


Microbirth Film

“Microbirth” is a new feature-length documentary looking at birth in a whole new way; through the lens of a microscope. Investigating the latest scientific research, the film reveals how we give birth could impact the lifelong health of our children.

“Microbirth” aims to raise public awareness about the importance of “seeding the baby’s microbiome” at birth with the mother’s own bacteria – this bacteria helps train the immune system to recognise what is “friend” and what is “foe”.This documentary reveals why we should include the “seeding of the baby’s microbiome” on every birth plan – for even if vaginal birth isn’t possible, immediate skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding can still help to provide bacteria crucial to the development of the baby’s immune system. In the scientists’ view, if we can get the seeding of the baby’s microbiome right at birth, this could make a massive difference to the baby’s health for the rest of its life. Consequently, “Microbirth” is of extreme importance for global health!

Childbirth Education Association will screen “Microbirth” as part of a world premiere on Saturday 20 September 2014. It will also be a fundraising evening with refreshments provided. Tickets are available from the the office or through our online booking site. BOOK NOW!

Watch the trailer for “Microbirth” here.


CBF Grant, Library & Rebozo

Childbirth Education Association would like to thank the Department of Justice for a Community Benefit Fund grant that has enabled our organisation to purchase much needed resources and equipment for our library and education programs. We now have new books on the library shelf and an iPad to help our Librarian catalogue our collection – take a look at the booklist and find out more about how to borrow these fantastic titles. That’s not all, this round of CBF funding has assisted our organisation to purchase many other resources for our programs.

Our Birth Preparation participants are now able to learn the Rebozo techniques with our new rebozo shawls. The rebozo is a traditional Mexican shawl and also a technique originally used by Mexican midwives from the Yucatan Peninsula. Presently known here in Australia as Rebozo sifting or jiggling, the Rebozo is a versatile tool for relaxation and pain relief throughout pregnancy, and labour. With the assistance of a birth support person or Doula, simple and effective techniques can help with relaxing tight ligaments and optimal positioning for baby. If you want to find out more, join one of our Birth Preparation classes or borrow the DVD “Reviving the Rebozo” from our library. Take a look at the trailer for “Reviving the Rebozo” here.