Dr Adrienne Brown
Doctor of Clinical Psychology
AHPRA Registered Psychologist
Founder and Course Facilitator
Mindful Beginnings was established following the birth of my first child when I began to fully realise the benefits of mindfulness practice as a way of managing difficulties that arise in pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. As a mum now to two young girls, I have first-hand experience with some of the challenges (and wonders) inherent in becoming a parent.
As a Clinical Psychologist, my passion centres around supporting others during the perinatal period. In my private practice, I am seeing increasing numbers of women and men during this time, supporting them to manage challenges associated with infertility, preparation for childbirth, adjustment to parenting, and perinatal depression and anxiety. I am a trained practitioner in mindfulness-based therapy and my personal mindfulness practice has evolved from experiences within a variety of disciplines including yoga, meditation and the study of Tibetan Buddhism. My daughters are my mindfulness gurus 🙂
The antenatal classes aim to provide much more than a grounding in mindfulness practice. Course content is informed by my professional training and practice as well as my personal experience. My aim is to empower participants to get the most out of this special time, which means equipping them with the skills to manage pregnancy symptoms, cope with uncertainty and unmet expectations, feel confident in coping with stress, anxiety, fear and labour pain, understand the powerful role of the mind in labour, address self-care and wellbeing needs, improve communication within relationships, and bond with their baby. Fathers and birth partners are also provided guidance on how to support the birthing woman during labour.
You can find information about my services for individuals and professional training here .
Coral is a mother of three children (aged between 8 and 16 years old). Her personal birthing experiences shaped her desire to become a midwife, and included both home and hospital births. Her midwifery philosophy is underpinned by a deep respect for women and a belief that pregnancy and birth are healthy physiological processes. During this significant and special time she feels her job is to support families by creating an environment where women and partners feel safe, supported, informed and respected. Coral sees that the role of a midwife is to be with women and enable an empowering, positive transition to parenthood.
Coral is a guest speaker in the Mindful Beginnings Antenatal Classes, providing participants with foundational knowledge about the physiology of labour and birth, guidance around choosing and providing birthing support, and essential information about breastfeeding. When she isn’t sharing her wisdom in these classes, she works as a midwife at My Midwives, a renowned pregnancy care centre in Brunswick.