Bronwyn Arnold-Briggs

Birth Photographer and Hypnobirthing

Hi I’m Bron and I offer Sunshine Coast families holistic support during pregnancy, birth and beyond. I’m a professional birth photographer, birth and postnatal doula, HypnoBirthing International Practitioner and placenta encapsulator. I am also a wife and mother to two grown kids (and two dogs).

I began photographing births more than three years ago and after photographing a home birth with Ali I was transformed. This couple had prepared for their third baby with HypnoBirthing and ensured they had amazing care providers (ahem Ali Broderick & Deyna Hopkinson) I photographed what I can only describe as a love story unfolding in front of me. I had to know more, I wanted more couples to meet their baby surrounded by love, calm and confidence. I kept photographing births, lots of beautiful strong women and families meeting their newest loves – I could see the need for dedicated, continuous support for women navigating their birth journey, holding space, their hand, their heart. So I began my training as a HypnoBirthing International (Mongan Method) Practitioner and as a doula. I’ve gone on to continue my education and service to women and families.

HypnoBirthing techniques teach woman how to release all prior programming about birth to free herself of limiting thoughts and emotions that lead to pain-causing fear and resistant muscles. When giving birth with HypnoBirthing, a mother is not in a trance or asleep but instead in a state of deep relaxation—awake, aware, and fully in control.

In a series of five confidence-building classes, they learn what makes labour hurt; but more importantly, they learn the logic behind why labour doesn’t have to hurt and what they can do about it. Mums and their birth companions study the physical and chemical changes that occur over a period of time when fear and anxiety are allowed to accumulate. This awareness of the fight, flight, or freeze response helps them to choose calm. They practice HypnoBirthing techniques in class, designed to help them see the relationship between fear and the possibility of pain. These exercises become life skills that also shore up their parenting skills. Armed with this knowledge, the pattern of calming techniques and steps that they learn helps them to create endorphins and avoid the effect of the negative hormones that cause their bodies to constrict, rather than open.

I’m excited to work alongside this amazing collective of women and help support birthing families have empowered satisfying birth experiences!


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