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.

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.


Birthtalk Seminar and Workshops

CEA is proud to present a Birthtalk seminar and healing circles for parents and expecting parents.

Scared of Birth? Bring your hopes and fears: mythbusting, truth telling and how it can be different to what you think. Saturday 2nd August, 9am to 12pm at Barbara James House. This is a free event – limited seats available so please be sure to book a place. Book Now

The Healing Circle – A safe and supportive place to begin to debrief, understand and make sense of your pregnancy, birth or postnatal experiences.

Session 1: Saturday 2nd August, 6pm to 9pm at the Palmerston Library. Tickets $30. Book Now

Session 2: Sunday 3rd August, 9am to 12pm at Childbirth Education Association. Tickets $30. Book Now


Birth – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Birth – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly - a seminar for those working with, or supporting women throughout their perinatal experience and beyond.

This compelling seminar is presented by Debby Gould, co-founder of Birthtalk.org, and co-author of new book, “How to Heal a Bad Birth: making sense, making peace and moving on.” Debby draws on her experiences as a midwife, a doula and as facilitator of Birthtalk’s “Healing From Birth” support sessions for the past 12 years.

Friday 1st August, 6pm to 9.30pm at the MAGNT Theatrette. This is a free event – limited seats available, so please be sure to book a place.  Book Now


Morning Tea at the Darwin Toy Library

Morning Tea at the Darwin Toy Library is on this Thursday, 26th June. Come down and enjoy a morning relaxing in the garden with toys and great company. We will be there from 9am to 12pm with the kettle on – please bring a plate to share if you can. Everyone welcome!


Birthtalk Workshops

Birthtalk is coming to Darwin and we are planning workshops for parents, expecting parents and maternity health professionals.  Birthtalk specialises in healing from traumatic birth, planning a positive birth and support and education for birthing after Caesarean. Workshops will be held over the weekend Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd August – stay tuned for our program and dates on our Facebook page and take a look at the Birthtalk website www.birthtalk.org for more information about this fantistic and supportive organisation.


May Morning Tea

Jo Davies from Baby Got Back will be joining us for the morning and sharing her passion for babywearing. Jo brings consultancy and new ideas for babywearing to Darwin – if you’re thinking of purchasing a carrier, curious about how it’s done or would just like to meet some other parents and expecting parents, come down to the Nightcliff Community Centre on Friday. We will be out in the garden from 9.30am.
We will provide tea and coffee and something to nibble on – a shared plate is always welcome, but not necessary!