Founder of Celebration of Birth, Anna Watts, is affectionately known as the ‘Wise Woman of Doulas’ or ‘Mama Doula’, she has been guiding women and their partners through the journey of pregnancy and birth for over 28 years. Anna believes in honouring and celebrating birth as a ‘rite of passage’ for mother, father and baby, supporting empowered birthing choices and strengthening the spiritual connection in pregnancy and birth.
Anna’s experience as a Childbirth Educator, Doula Trainer, Pre-natal Yoga Teacher, Spiritual Healer, Counsellor and mother of two beautiful daughters both born at home – one a water birth – brings a depth and groundedness to her teaching.
In 2009 Anna established the Celebration of Birth Doula Academy offering professional training to Birth and Post-natal Doulas. She has an on-going commitment to personal growth and spiritual development in all aspects of life.
Author of ‘Birthing the Spirit’ – Guide to Conscious Conception, Pregnancy and Birth – a beautiful set of cards with guidebook offering inspiration and guidance to support the spiritual connection at this transformative time. Many birth practitioners, pre-natal yoga teachers and doulas use this valuable tool in their work.
Anna is a passionate traveller and has spent time teaching, learning and assisting in birth communities around the world, including the FreMo Birth Centre, Nairobi, Kenya; Da-a-Luz Midwifery School, Andalucia, Spain; Midwife & Doula Community, Queretaro, Mexico. Sharing women’s wisdom with a diverse range of birth professionals has greatly enahnced Anna’s birth knowledge and the way she passes on holistic skills to both pregnant women and doulas alike.
Anna’s qualifications include:
- Diploma in Childbirth Education & Birth Support/Doula (Birthing Rites Australia 1992)
- Doula Trainer facilitating professional doula training since 2011
- Diploma in Counselling
- Cert.IV in Training and AssessmentDoula Trainer & Mentor
- Diploma of Yoga Teaching (specialising in Pre-natal Yoga)
- Senior Teacher – Bliss Baby Yoga (Pre-natal & Women’s Yoga Teacher Trainings)
- Author – ‘Birthing the Spirit’ Cards and Relaxation for Pregnancy & Birth CD
- Childbirth Education Class Facilitator for more than 20 years
- Women’s Circle & Rites of Passage Facilitator since 1992
Back in 1988, Anna began her training in the yogic tradition, during this time she conceived her first child and began to specialise in pre-natal yoga. One of the most valuable gifts of Satyananda teaching is the practice of Yoga Nidra – a process of deep relaxation and awareness. When practiced regularly, this technique is extremely beneficial to the pregnant woman and her unborn child. Anna has recorded a Yoga Nidra CD especially for pregnancy and birth. Anna lives in the Byron Shire, Northern NSW, Australia. Since 2009 she has shared her birthing wisdom through the ‘Celebration of Birth’ Doula Training & Mentoring programme – intensive face-to-face training with ongoing mentoring for those wishing to become a doula.
‘Celebration of Birth’ Doulas are located around Australia and the World – to find a Doula near you visit our Doula Directory.
Birthing Events & Workshops
Anna is an inspiring Guest Speaker, she is available both in Australia and internationally, for pregnancy groups, birthing events, doula workshops, teacher trainings, women’s festivals and more. If you would like to gather a group in your location please contact Anna to discuss your event.