Rhea is a mother of three adult daughters and now five delightful grandchildren. She is a counsellor, independent childbirth educator, trainer and author, with over 40 years experience working with women and families before, during and after birth. Her special interest is in exploring the psychosocial factors that affect birth experiences. Her current counselling practice specialises in psychological birth debriefing.
‘The intention of my Birthing Wisdom work — workshops, birth support, counselling practice, birth attendant training, presentations and talking birth talk wherever, whenever and to whoever — is to keep alive a trust in, and possibility for normal physiological birth’ - Rhea Dempsey
Rhea is a highly respected and sought after presenter at conferences, seminars and workshops on birth and counselling issues. Rhea also has a private practice - Birthing Wisdom - running an extensive schedule of classes for couples and groups as well as training and development for midwives and birth attendants / doulas.
Rhea’s mission is to promote normal physiological birth as well as to help the many women who experience distress or traumatic stress after childbirth, and to also educate her colleagues so that both practitioner and client can more aptly navigate the complex, and often confronting, contemporary birth culture.