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.

HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method

Would you like to learn how to labour in a state of deep relaxation and allow your body to birth in the beautiful, natural way it’s designed to? Perhaps you would like to find out more about HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method, the philosophy and birth education that is taking the world by calm….

HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method, is as much a philosophy of birth as it is a technique for achieving a satisfying, relaxing, and stress-free method of birthing.  HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method teaches you, along with your birthing companion, the art and joy of experiencing birth in a more comfortable manner.  You will learn to call upon your body’s own natural relaxant and thus lessen or eliminate discomfort and the need for medication.  HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method teaches you to release all prior programming about birth, how to trust your body and work with it, as well as how to free yourself of harmful emotions that lead to pain-causing fear and unyielding muscles.

Childbirth Education Association is partnering with certified practitioner Rebecca Sonsie to provide couples with a course for HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method. This course will be five sessions held on Sundays 4pm to 6.30pm: 27 April, 4 May, 11 May, 18 May and 25 May.

Find out more about our HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method course on our webpage or contact the CEA office for more information and bookings.



March Morning Tea

Our next Morning Tea is a special date! Kim Lock, the author of Peace, Love & Khaki Socks and the blog Little Leaf, and certified Breastfeeding Counsellor, will be joining us at the Nightcliff Community Centre on Saturday 29 March. Please come and join a sharing circle and enjoy the company of other lovely mums and families and the calm and comforting words of Kim Lock.


Looking for Fitness Instructors!

CEA is currently seeking casual Fitness Instructors for our Pregnancy Stretch and Mums & Bubs classes. If you have  a passion for supporting women through their pregnancy and into parenting with yoga, fitness and wellbeing, then please contact the office for more information and expressions of interest.


Morning Tea with ABA

Our first Morning Tea for the year will be a cuppa and chat with ABA members and counsellors on Friday, 28 February.  Come down to the Nightcliff Community Centre and join us from 9.30am onwards.  It’s a great opportunity to use the library and meet some great families and just relax in a cool, comfortable and friendly space.  Bring a plate to share if you can – but never mind if there’s nothing in the cupboard, as there is alway plenty of good food and an overflowing cuppa to sustain us.


Fitness Programs recommence this week!

CEA’s Nightcliff & Palmerston Pregnancy Stretch and the Mums & Bubs Stretch sessions start again this week. Welcome back to our amazing Instructors Cassie, Jenny & Alissa! Welcome back to all our Stretchers and welcome to new participants. We are looking forward to a fit and healthy 2014; and sharing the joy and excitement of family life with many pregnant bellies and blissful bubs in the year ahead. Our programs continue the same as last year and we hope that you can join us soon:

Mums & Bubs Stretch is held every Tuesday, 9am to 10.30am at the Nightcliff Community Centre

Nightcliff Pregnancy Stretch is held every Wednesday, 5.30pm to 7pm at the Nightcliff Community Centre

Palmerston Pregnancy Stretch is held every Thursday, 6pm to 7.30pm at the Palmerston Health Precinct in the Multipurpose Room

The office and library reopens next week:  Tuesday, 28th January

For more information about our fitness programs click here or contact the office.


Christmas and New Year dates:

We will be taking a bit of a holiday! If you have any queries over the 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. Have a wonderful Christmas – we will look forward to seeing you in the New Year!  xX CEA Committee and staff Xx

CEA Office
Closing:  Friday, 13 December
Opens:  Tuesday, 28 January
Nightcliff Pregnancy Stretch
Last session 2013: Wednesday, 18 December
First session 2014: Wednesday, 22 January
Palmerston Pregnancy Stretch
Last session 2013: Thursday, 12 December
First session 2014: Thursday, 23 January
Mums & Bubs Stretch
Last session 2013: Tuesday, 17 December
First session 2014: Tuesday, 21 January
January Birth Preparation
The course for January will be on Mondays 6pm – 8pm:
6th January.
13th January
20th January
3rd February (Antenatal Breastfeeding Education class)

For bookings Please contact the office.


CEA Christmas Party

CEA is having a Christmas party! Come along and join in with the festivities and fun, Friday, 13 December starting 9am. Please bring a plate to share if you can, no matter if you don’t manage it as there is always lots of food! Everyone welcome.


CEA Annual General Meeting

Our AGM will be held on Sunday 8th December, starting at 2pm.

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 this wonderful committee!  For RSVP and more information, please contact the office on the contacts below.


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 next Wednesday morning, 23 October. 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.  We will also have the apple corer for the children to make apple slinkies. Come along and enjoy an exciting program of free activities and entertainment for children and families: 9am – 12pm.


Wellbeing Morning Tea

We have Naturopath and Childbirth Educator Paula Geraghty, joining us for a nurturing morning at the Nightcliff Community Centre on Friday, 11th October. Over a pot of herb tea, Paula will be talking to us about finding health and wellbeing in our gardens and the many ways we can nurture ourselves with local, natural ingredients in our daily diet.  Join us for a cuppa and a celebration of Mental Health Week from 9am to 12pm.