About “A Modern Woman’s Guide to A Natural Empowering Birth”

Empowering Birth Book: Birthing Bliss Begins with Overcoming Your Fears


What if you could give birth the way nature intended?

Be empowered to experience the joy of natural birth on your own terms- Fear-Free, Drug- Free and maybe even Pain Free…

(Hint: Get off the beds ladies and actively give birth rather than being delivered!)….. and then become a part of the Positive Birth Revolution!!

Meet Katrina, founder of Birth Goddess, in her recent TV interview where she intimately discusses her positively transforming natural birth experiences and how she was profoundly impacted by her own personal journey into motherhood. She also introduces a new possibility and paradigm of birth with the release of her new book.

Blissful Birth: I Just Breathed & I Believed

Fleur shares her blissful birth experience after reading the book. After breaking down in happy tears over the trestle table, she shared her inspiring story at the Peninsula Health And Wellness Expo. (Please excuse the red eyes in the pic but we also shared hugs and tears together!)


I read Katrina’s book in my pregnancy and it is exactly what it says- totally empowering! All of the stories made me believe I could have this wonderful experience and I did. My baby came in 8 hours of blissful labour and was totally spontaneous.

I just breathed and I believed. I knew I could do this and my baby knew that as well and we worked together. It was absolutely beautiful and this is the book that made me believe.

Thank you so much Katrina!” ~ Fleur (new mother)

Natural Birth – Pain Free!!!

“I finally learnt the real truth about birth – the real monster was not the pain but the FEAR itself. It is the fear that promotes the pain. We are taught to fear birth because we are told it is overwhelmingly painful, but what if this was just a myth we have all bought into? What if it could be a PAIN-FREE or even JOYFUL experience, if only we would think differently about it?” ~ Author Katrina Zaslavsky


Her new inspirational book, A Modern Woman’s Guide to a Natural Empowering Birth, is a collection of inspiring birth stories, expert tips and practical insights to reclaim our birth power and overcome our fears in a modern world with special afterword by internationally acclaimed Dr Sarah Buckley MD, author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering.


Empower Yourself for a Positive Birth Experience!

Feeling anxious, alone or in the dark as a new mother to be? Where do you go to get your questions answered when you don’t have any mothers as the “wise woman” to turn to, the doctor is too busy to inform you of your options or discuss the pros and cons of various drugs and procedures on the menu, and you read virtually every magazine in the waiting room before he/ she can see you for five minutes at a time?

Meanwhile, random strangers decide it is their maternal duty to share their birth horror stories when they spot the bump and the hospital antenatal classes leave you feeling even more fearful and anxious than you were before you walked in!

Just when you thought you couldn’t bear to hear another horror story, along comes a fresh new book that is the answer to your prayers. Brimming with positivity, A Modern Woman’s Guide to a Natural Empowering Birth offers inspiring birth stories, expert tips, practical tools and insights to reclaim your birth power and overcome your fears.



More than just a random collection of stories, the author Katrina Zaslavsky, takes you on a powerful journey of discovery and gives you the keys to transforming your birth experience.

This complete mind body preparation guide for every woman in bloom has been described as ‘mandatory reading material’, ‘enchanting’, ‘powerful’ and ‘refreshingly real’ and has been embraced by pregnant women, birth workers, natural therapists and many professionals in the industry.

Generously sprinkled with inspirational quotes and topped with a compelling Afterword by Dr Sarah Buckley, internationally renowned author of “Gentle Birth Gentle Mothering”, this is the ultimate mind body preparation guide every woman in bloom has been waiting for!

Now you can connect with a positive community of women without leaving home.




Meet the Mums (well, 2 of them anyway!)

Rebecca’s story: “A Conscious Approach to Pregnancy & Birth”

Meet Rebecca Dettman, a passionate mother and journalist, as she shares her conscious approach to pregnancy and birthing and her philosophies that led to two beautiful natural joyous births. She discusses how we have become completely out of touch with nature and our bodies in our modern world and are routinely handing over our personal power as women.

Rebecca firmly believes we need a whole paradigm shift when it comes to birthing and explains why in this video. She also shares the importance of honouring our intuition and trusting in the natural process to experience a positive birth without the need for medical intervention. She had two natural and beautiful home births on her own terms with her children and shares her inspiring birth story in the book.

Here is a snippet: My body was releasing so many natural chemicals; I was sailing high as a kite! It was an awesome natural high. I honestly don’t remember the “ouchy” bits!”

Katia’s story:  “A smooth and easy hospital birth”

Meet Katia Leonaite, first time mother and go-getting, driven career woman who shares her empowering birth experience in a hospital environment. She reveals how she prepared, discusses the importance of the birth support team, some practical tips and tricks for going drug-free, vital birth lessons and knowing what she wanted prior to going into labour.

Katia shares in the book: “I spent most of the time during labour in the shower, chatting with my doula. I stayed there until I was well and truly bearing down, at which point I got back out to push.”

Meet the Experts who Contributed to the Book


10 Ways To Spot That You Are RIPE and READY For This Book

1. For Every Woman in Bloom:

You detect a growing bump, are convinced your jeans are getting too tight and it’s not just too much for lunch


2. Be Inspired

All you ever hear is horror stories, symptoms & complaints around the topics of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding…..and would like to hear something more positive and inspiring for a change


3. Embrace Your Pregnancy

You are pregnant & wondering how you are going to get through the next 9 months, instead of embracing it as an incredibly beautiful life changing experience


4. Overcome Your Fears

When you imagine getting the baby out, it creates feelings of intense fear or panic


5. Find Out The Truth, Fully Informed Choices

You are wondering why the caesarean rates are so high and are thinking something is not quite right


6. Preparing for a Positive Experience – Your Birthright

You are curious why is it that some women have such positive inspiring experiences while others are left traumatised from birth and would like to understand the difference


7. Go Natural

You would really love to go natural if possible and maybe even drug free (you instinctively don’t like the idea of all those drugs & needles or medical interventions) if you knew how and was shown the road was totally possible and achievable


VBAC – Go Natural After Caesarian

Meet Donna who had an amazing drug free birth after 2 Caesarians!!!

8. Empower Yourself

You are ready to be empowered for life and reclaim your birth power as a woman and birthing goddess!


9. No More Horror Stories , Bring Back the Magic Miracle & Beauty

No one has shared with you the beauty, magic or miracle of giving birth

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10. Reclaim Your Birth Power

You are ready to take the natural process of pregnancy and birth back into your own hands and create a magical birth story of your own!


Discover the 21 Key Insights in the Book

1st Insight: We Need A Reality Check
2nd Insight: Make A Commitment
3rd Insight: Knowledge Is Birth Power
4th Insight: Get In The Zone
5th Insight: Give Up Control
6th Insight: Consciously Prepare Mind & Body
7th Insight: Expect Only A Positive Outcome
8th Insight: Words Have Power
9th Insight: Create A Support Team
10th Insight: Your Birth Your Body
11th Insight: Doctors And Drugs Are Optional
12th Insight: A Whole World Of Tips And Tricks
13th Insight: Deal With Your Monsters
14th Insight: Pain Is Good Or Nothing At All
15th Insight: Harness Your Hormones
16th Insight: The Easy Way Is Not So Easy
17th Insight: Birth Is Beautiful
18th Insight: Trust Your Instincts
19th Insight: Get Your Baby On Board
20th Insight: Trust In Nature’s Perfect Design
21st Insight: The First Magical Moments


Enjoy a Special Afterword by Dr Sarah Buckley MD, Author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering


Dr Sarah BuckleyDr Sarah J Buckley is trained as a general practitioner (GP) with qualifications in GP obstetrics and family planning. Currently Sarah is fully occupied as an internationally acclaimed author and speaker on pregnancy, birth and parenting. She is best known for her bestselling book, Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices. She is also the mother of four home born children. Dr Buckley’s work critiques current practices in pregnancy, birth, and parenting from scientific, anthropological, cross-cultural, psychological, and personal perspectives. Her writing has been published internationally, incorporated into numerous parenting books and translated into eight languages.

She has also contributed to many professional texts. Dr Buckley has presented at conferences internationally and has been interviewed on issues related to birth and mothering for TV, radio, newspapers and magazines, and for educational and birth-related DVDs.

A discussion of topics including:

  • Best advice for new mothers to overcome their fears
  • The possibility of an ecstatic birth and the vital role of birth hormones
  • Risks associated with common modern birth procedures
  • Medical birth vs natural birth
  • Biggest challenges in obstetrics and midwifery today
  • How much influence do we really have over our birth outcomes
  • Most effective tools and techniques for a more positive birth experience
  • The importance of connecting with our babies even before they are born
  • Why is it so important to follow mother nature’s design
  • The importance of proper rest and recovery for new mothers after giving birth
  • Why so many modern women suffer from postnatal depression (and what you can do to prevent it)

Plus Receive Bonus Gifts!!!

Empowering Daily Affirmations Chart

Handpicked gems for you to re-program your mind daily with positive thoughts, discover your magnificence and overcome your fears for good!

Eat Right Birth Right Nutritional Chart

Nutritional tips to nourish you and your precious baby

Empowering Sample Birth Plan & Explanations Sheet

What you must know to put together your birth plan and discuss with your birth support team prior to birth eg cutting of the cord, when to do it, who to do it and why it is important. Get vital inside tips that your doc won’t tell you – For your eyes only!! Be empowered with information to make the right decisions for you and your baby.

Empowering Birth Resources

Discover our top recommended reads, must- see DVDs, website links to explore (as voted by our many mothers and birth professionals who contributed to the book) to empower yourself for a positive birth experience.

VBAC Resources Kit – What you need to know to rock your vaginal birth after caesarian! (VBAC)

Couples Transition to Parenting – Dr Rhona Berens enlightens us on how to prepare for this major life change together as a couple and not just as a pregnant woman.


In the Press!

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My Child Magazine Australia generously  published a cover feature + major inside article (spanning across several pages) inside their gorgeous pages with a direct extract from the book, titled, Birth: Why has Normal Become So Abnormal?”

Katrina has written articles and expert tips for Coles Baby & Toddler Magazine and was invited to contribute to Women’s Health Magazine Australia for a Pregnancy Special: Your Healthiest Happiest Bump with feature on “Show me how to….Build a Bubble of Peace When People Keep Telling me All The Things That Will Probably Go Wrong!”

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See the full collection of media features HERE




DID YOU KNOW….The book is now rated 5 stars on Amazon!! (due to the ever-growing demand overseas, the book was also released as a kindle e-book edition to get around the shipping fees!)

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Newspaper feature above – This is what happens when you let a media crew into your home!! (and a lovely makeup artist to the rescue for this natural gal – many thanks to Julie from Style & Grace!)

  • As seen on Channel 31 TV in honour of International Women’s Day & again since for Mother’s Day!
  • Featured in True Health Magazine by the Natural Health Society of Australia
  • Endorsed by the Maternity Coalition of Australia who featured a glowing review in their Birth Matters Magazine to their professional members and said the book “Stands out as one that all women should read as part of their birth preparation.”
  • Endorsed by the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) who remarked, “I loved reading {A Modern Woman’s Guide…} We really need to get back to a place where women trust birth, trust the process and above else, trust themselves and their ability to birth their babies and your book will encourage readers to do just that. I think you are onto something powerful here…Love it!”
  • Endorsed by The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) who commented, “Reading it is very much like being surrounded by wise women teaching the lessons of birth we wish we had all received as young women. This book will be a great blessing to those women who go seeking for birth wisdom.”
  • Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) Approved
  • Featured As “Best Books in Wellness” by Living Wellness Magazine
  • As seen at major conferences and events including Trust Birth Conference in Nashville USA & Australian Breastfeeding Association Conference.
  • Most importantly endorsed by numerous happy mums (and babies if they could speak!) worldwide whose lives have been changed for the better 🙂

Looking forward to playing a part in your empowered natural birth journey and hope you enjoy this labour of love.

Much love and Birth Blessings,


Birth Goddess

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