Personal Support options

The value of being able to talk with someone who understands what you have been through, and knows how important your birth experience is to your sense of wellbeing, cannot be underestimated. The healing process begins with being listened to by a compassionate person, someone who validates your thoughts and feelings surrounding your birth. Following a traumatic birth, women are frequently fed the undermining line that, "A healthy baby is all that matters." At Voice For Parents, I acknowledge that the emotional and mental wellbeing of parents is incredibly important, too. I’m here to help you process what happened, and to assist you with finding ways to move forward positively.

For all personal support sessions, I will come to work with you in your home if you live within 20 mins of Hamilton. Outside of this, you can either come to my home, or have your session via phone or Skype, or I may be able to arrange to come to you (additional travel expenses will apply*). Partners are welcome to attend these sessions at no extra cost. If you are are unsure whether or not to have your partner present, please discuss this with me.

Carla Sargent (ex-midwife & passionate advocate of positive birthing)

Carla Sargent (ex-midwife & passionate advocate of positive birthing)

Unravelling YOur Birth Story (2 hours)

This session is a vital first step on your pathway to healing. I'll help you to make better sense of what happened and why. We'll discuss tools that will assist you in healing, and I'll support you to remove any residual guilt you may be harbouring with regards to how you brought your baby into the world, including any struggles you may have had, or still have, around bonding with your baby. You'll leave this session feeling empowered with new-found knowledge and insights, and full of hope for a more peaceful journey as you seek to resolve your trauma.

Investment: $140 or any koha accepted (do not let finances stop you from connecting with me)

Note: This service is available for traumatised partners, too. We can tailor the consultation to meet your specific needs (click here for further details). 


Personalised Planning for a better birth (2 hours)

Already worked on processing your traumatic birth? Ready to plan for a healing, positive and empowering next birth? This session is designed for those who've previously unravelled their birth story with me. Together we will...

  • talk about your greatest hopes for this birth and uncover the steps needed to fulfil them

  • discuss your fears surrounding this birth and put steps in place to keep them in check

  • revisit the 'stumbling blocks' of your previous birth and make plans in case any similar scenarios should arise again

  • delve into the 'how, where and with whom?' questions regarding your upcoming birth, making sure you've got the key understandings for a smooth pathway to the positive birth you're seeking

  • talk 'birth plans' and look at the points you'll need to discuss with your midwife/care-providers

  • make plans for the roles that your partner and/or other support people will play in your birth

Investment: $140 or any koha accepted (do not let finances stop you from connecting with me) 


Processing and Positive Planning - tying it all together (3 hours)

Together we will spend an intensive three hours unravelling your traumatic birth story, then setting you up for the healing birth you're seeking. This session is a combination of the two above. It'll leave you feeling strong, inspired and empowered - this may well be THE best investment you make for yourself and your family, ever.

Investment: $210 or any koha accepted (do not let finances stop you from connecting with me)