Midwifery services – Meet Marie Gentile-Andrit, Midwife and Childbirth Educator
At Mummabubbas Marie’s aim is to work alongside women, partners and babies, to discover and enhance what is understood to be an already present ‘knowing’. Marie, midwife and founder has a deep belief in women, in particular during this phase of their life. Her belief has developed over years of witnessing the interactions of the very clever mothers and babies who have formed much of her learning and knowledge. Marie trusts that harnessing this ever present and existent ‘knowing’ which is deeply seeded, is nature’s way of guiding women, partners and babies into the next phase of their life, as mothers, fathers and families.
Much of Marie’s approach is on mindfulness based labour, birth and parenting. After close observation and gracious learning from the women Marie has cared for she believes that pregnancy and childbirth can be remarkably transformative when utilising the life-skill of mindfulness. Being present in the now and mindful to a growing baby whilst cocooned in a tummy has just as many benefits to both mother and baby as parenting mindfully from the moment of birth. From experience Marie has learned that women find being in the present moment enables them to live through this ordinary and extraordinary life transition with greater confidence, wisdom and joy. Practising mindfulness becomes not only a way of approaching pregnancy and birthing but a lifelong resource for parenting and living with greater calmness, intuition, awareness, connectedness and care.
At Mummabubbas, Midwifery antenatal education encompasses a belief that women who are embarking on the journey of labour, birth and motherhood do so with a greater sense of confidence and reflective achievement when they are supported with information and education. Marie is a qualified childbirth educator and Calmbirth practitioner. She conducts Calmbirth education classes which are an extended modality of childbirth and parenting education. Calmbirth education assists mothers and their partners towards a calm, mindful and joyous labour, birth and early parenting experience, however it unfolds. The education is underpinned by the most up to date evidence in mind, body science. Marie’s classes aim to inform and support where the desire to achieve a calm, mindful and empowered experience is important. Classes are conducted in a tranquil and relaxed setting, private or group sessions are available in the North/East of Melbourne.
Marie’s education approach is informative and gentle. In practice she has seen that preparing for labour, birth and parenting in this way, there is increased confidence, less ongoing self doubt and less need for continuous external approval or validation, enabling the journey, complete with its tiny baby challenges and miraculous experiences, to be fully celebrated.