Empowering Birth Magazine



Empowering Birth Magazine is now available online internationally so you can enjoy as single issues or collect the full bundle and save! (15 issues) Need to see one mag issue in full first? Get your complimentary 60+ page taster issue when you join the NEW inspired blog series Birth Goddess in the Making to “try before you buy” as well as  receive your FREE weekly positive birth tips, insights and more, delivered with love. (Loving it? Tip: Collect every issue or pick and choose your fave mags based on themes )

Empowering Birth Magazine is an exciting international publication for the conscious thinking modern woman who would like to have a positive experience through pre-conception, pregnancy, birth and beyond, giving the best possible start to motherhood. Don’t just be tech savvy- be birth savvy!! 🙂

What will you find in our NEW Holistic Pregnancy Issue?

A holistic approach to pregnancy allows a woman to embrace the life-changing journey she is on from a multidimensional perspective: exploring the uncharted terrain physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Learn more in our Birth Column, Wholeness in Pregnancy by Diane Speier.

If you are expecting and exploring your holistic options, you are bound to wonder about the delights of birthing in water & what constitutes a successful water birth? We are thrilled to share with you our Hot Article (in more ways than one!) In Deep: 7 Waterbirth Secrets, by Waterbirth International Founder, Barbara Harper.

Discover 5 essential yet little known homeopathic natural remedies to add to your pregnancy, labour & recovery toolkit.

Did you know that you can genetically “program” your baby to be a healthy adult from pregnancy? It may sound like science fiction but it is a scientific fact. A happy pregnancy is important for having a healthy baby, not just during infancy, but as an adult as well. Learn the Real Truth about “Programming Healthy Babies.”

We explore Your Best Holistic Birthing Tool thanks to Sheila Kamara Kay. Here is a little preview….”Right now, I want to focus on how you can best holistically support the natural process of birth with PLEASURE. You read that right. Pleasure. Pleasure is the most holistic birthing tool there is. How is that possible when 90% of women associate birth with pain? Well, your birthing body and your sexual body are one and the same. Babies and birth are not separate and distinct from sex, but rather they are the culmination of the sexual process….

Plus get your burning questions answered in-depth by Karen Wilmot in Ask the Midwife (In this issue: Extreme fear of birth/ Do you need a good level of fitness/core strength to have a natural birth?/ Swollen legs in pregnancy/ What to ask your Ob for VBAC?)

And even more holistic goodness packed into one gorgeous issue….

Watch this space!!! 😉

**Cover image by Captured by Brezi Photography




Format: Digital for iPad or iPhone Now available in the iTunes Appstore!!! (or available as PDF here ) Click here to download your FREE inside preview iTunes app and check it out for yourself.

Your inside preview of our upcoming RIPE AND READY issue….

Hot article ~ Attachment Parenting 101 – Dr Sarah Buckley MD

Attachment for a baby means security and love. In attachment parenting we trust the messages our babies give us and attend to their needs until they are settled.

Real truth ~ Pushing the Baby Out – Connie Livingston

For most of labor, women feel like an observer instead of a participant. This feeling changes dramatically when the cervix reaches 10 centimeters dilated and 100% effaced. The dynamics of pushing can be divided into 3 parts: position, breathing and effort. Find out the “real truth” about pushing baby out!

Preggi cuisine ~ Lactation Smoothie recipe ~ Briony Goodsell

The postnatal period is a very special time, bonding and getting to know your beautiful new baby. But it is also a tiring, nutritionally demanding and often overwhelming time, so it is essential that you look after yourself as well as, if not even more than you did during your pregnancy!

This nutrient-packed smoothie is a great energy and milk supply booster for new Mums and their babies. It contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, folate, Vitamins A, B, C and K, fibre, magnesium, calcium, iron and essential fatty acids. It also contains galactagogues, which are natural substances that help to promote or increase breast milk production.

Birth column ~ Mother Nature’s Clock: Worth the Wait – Tanya Strusberg (Birthwell Birthright)

Many of you will remember the classic children’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
The little caterpillar grew and grew and grew (a bit like our growing bellies in pregnancy!) then the caterpillar became a chrysalis and eventually a beautiful butterfly. Nature determined this process and it all happened in its own time. No clocks timed or rated the little caterpillar’s progress.

If we tried to prise open that little chrysalis before it was ready to turn into a butterfly, it simply would not have happened. And so often the same can be said about labour induction. Unless the baby is ready to come and the mother’s body is ready for labour, no amount of prodding and poking is going to get that process going.

Positive Birth Story ~ Erin’s story: Oh Sheer delight!

As we got to the hospital I must have been a rarity. Almost immediately they thought they were going to send me home. I was able to talk, I was still upright, I was calm. There was no way, in their eyes, that I was in active labour… Read Erin’s inspiring story in our RIPE & READY issue!

Ask the Midwife ~ You asked for it! Our midwife Karen Wilmot answers our readers’ deepest concerns with her in depth professional tips and guidance:

{Postpartum Food Tips} I am expecting our first child and we are in the home stretch and I am wanting some help/advice/tips on food prep– we are praying for a natural healthy birth for our little girl and we live a natural lifestyle (for the most part). Any input on what to prepare for us to eat? We will not be having family or friends around for at least the first ten days and I do not want to eat out. Like at all. I would like recommendations of meals I can prepare and are great for breastfeeding! Oh and snacks too!

{Patience for last stretch} Needing some encouragement. 7 1/2 weeks to go and I am in so much pain and am just not seeing the light at the end!! I know I am just in a mood, but I am tired. Please help!

{Good reads/ videos to prepare} I’m about 4 months from my due date with my 2nd child. We are focusing on a completely natural birth (no pitocin, no breaking of the membranes, no pain medication, etc) and I’m trying to prepare both my husband and myself as much as possible. This is very important to me, so I’m sort of surrounding my life with positivity and encouragement around natural birth. What are some good reads/videos to prepare?

{SROM?} I’m 38 weeks pregnant today and I have went up to the bathroom twice in the last 30 minutes because I leaked. It looked like discharge but was very watery. I’m not in any pain whatsoever other than a little bit of aching between the legs? Could this be my water?

Healthy & Fit 4 Birth – Pregnant Pause – April Wood (Nurturing Life)

It doesn’t matter how many times you have been pregnant, the last few weeks feels like it drags on forever. Most women are eager to meet their baby as quickly as possible, sick of being pregnant, in pain or discomfort, or are anxious about some time line their life has imposed on them.. Very few stop to appreciate the time. To appreciate the journey that has brought them to this point. Very few stop to take the time to connect with their baby. In Chinese Medicine this time is crucial to completing the pregnancy, helping to ensure mother and child are both ready for the journey of birth.

Empower Me -Being RIPE for motherhood starts with a sprinkle of inspirational messages + a few spoonfuls of practical tips that every new mum (or mom!) needs to know……Including a getting organised for new baby tip from HALO professional organiser & baby planner Beverley Scheepers and Empowering You on how to handle unwanted comments/ advice as a new mother, thanks to Andi Lew (The Modern Day Mother)…..

Any of these sound familiar? (even close relatives are guilty of some of these!!)

“How come your baby is not sleeping through yet?”
“Why does your baby feed all night?”
“You’re not letting your baby exercise their lungs by crying”
“You will spoil your child if you pick him up every time he cries”
“Why are you still breastfeeding?”

Bonus feature-  Pregnancy Cravings: Baby made me eat it – Eleni Roumeliotou

For most women, cravings come hand in hand with pregnancy. Studies show that up to 80% of women crave specific foods, particularly during the first trimester of pregnancy. But what do food cravings actually mean and what is causing them?

Find out NOW in our exciting new RIPE & READY issue!! xx


Download this brand new issue now!

P.S. This issue is available on iPad/iPhone or PDF on request.


What others are saying:

Wow, stunning image as well as content. Thanks Katrina~ Dr Sarah Buckley MD, internationally acclaimed author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering

“Well done, beautiful women, great stories. And thank you for looking beyond and hearing the Voice of we who birth better. Lots of energy, time, love and commitment you show and those with like minds will flock to you. ” ~ Winter Green,Director at Common Knowledge TrustProducer of Birthing Better with the Pink Kit Method®

Thank you Katrina Zaslavsky for another inspiring issue, giving readers a whole bunch of insights and tangents to explore in their journey towards birth. Hats off to you for pulling all this together and making each issue so readable, beautiful and informative.  Nicole

Highly recommended! –  have just left you a stellar 5 star review on your mag. Well deserved I thought too! { 5 Star Review on i-tunes}: “Great magazine for mothers and fathers alike. Fully of helpful information when you’re expecting. Big thumbs up!” ~ William Counsell

This is what Helen Zee, Women’s Health and Fertility Specialist, had to say about the Magazine:


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What Others Say about Empowering Birth Mag

“Congratulations! Looks great, Excellent info….A wonderful resource for pregnancy” ~  Dr Sarah Buckley MD, internationally acclaimed author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering “Empowering Birth is doing just that… An alive, online mag with informed content, loving intent and clear respect for the readership! Yes!” ~ Nicole Moore, birthintobeing.com.au “Expectant parents now have a magazine they can trust for accurate and evidence-based information! Empowering Birth! This bimonthly digital resource is a valuable tool from Katrina Zaslavsky. (Birth Goddess) But you definitely don’t have to live in Australia to enjoy the info – download it now at iTunes – it will be the best thing on your iPad! ” ~ Connie Livingston, President of the Perinatal Education Associates, USA. Loving what I am reading so far!…almost a sigh of relief that there’s a pregnancy magazine I actually would recommend to clients.” ~Tracey Rose, Natural Birth Educator, Positive Birth Mama (Sydney, Australia) “It’s with personal recommendation that the magazine below should be on your e-news stand. Katrina Zaslavsky editor and author has created a wonderful comprehensive resource of information from pre-conception all the way through the cycles of motherhood. Reading the last edition { April issue} I was impressed by the quality and variety of information the contributors delivered. It has become a valuable resource for me as I share the wisdom with the women in my path” ~ Helen Zee, Women’s health & fertility specialist, Melbourne AU “I found this magazine a great resource to recommend to my clients and friends! It is packed full of great articles by professionals, empowering quotes and affirmations, inspiring birth stories and there is a little bit in there for everyone to be able to relate to or use.  If you’re not expecting at the moment it is still a great chill out read and a great way to keep up-to-date with birthing options and inspire your soul as a woman. Really Really enjoyed the current issue and article on VBACs!” ~ Shaya Stewart, Adore Pregnancy & Birth Services, Sunshine Coast, QLD “Katrina, Thanks so much for this, I got the iPad version on the weekend, and just loved flicking through it with my morning coffee and “sleep in”….Such wonderful work, I wish you every success with this new venture. I hope that one day the positive images of birth far outweigh the negative.” ~Renee “Hi Katrina, I just downloaded it {Empowering Birth Magazine} and looked over every page. It’s gorgeous! You must be so proud! I love the clean and easy-to-read layout, the wonderful pictures, and the focus on empowering topics. I haven’t read all the articles but I loved every word of the introduction. I feel like it’s something that could have come from me. It’s what I want for birthing women (and families) all over the world. Great job!” ~ Elon Bartlett DC, Owner of Acorn Wellness Center, chiropractor specialising in prenatal care (USA) “I have so enjoyed reading the magazine, and really do think it will make an amazingly positive and empowering difference in the birthing world! I can’t wait to read more, and it would be my absolute pleasure to spread the word!” ~ Monica Falconer, Doula and Mother Blessing Services “Congrats on new { April} edition, it’s fabulous and full of very helpful and useful information plus easy to to read. I really enjoyed it, well done!
Love& Light” ~ Gail, Soul Sister Doula “I love it! {June issue} I particularly enjoyed the Birth Plan article – it was excellent and the most comprehensive article I have seen on the subject, I learnt new things myself. Lots of good content and not ‘lighweight’ at all (some pregnancy/parenting mags are a bit too simple I think). Congratulations.” ~ Simone


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