What is Calmbirth®?
The Calmbirth® Prenatal Education Program
The Calmbirth® Prenatal Education Program was established in 2005 to assist mothers to feel calm, in control and to trust their bodies during the process of childbirth. The program is designed to empower women towards having a normal birth, but also places important emphasis on teaching both the mother and her birthing companion a set of skills that can be applied to each individual couple’s birthing preferences. Expectant mothers who learn how to relax and trust the process of childbirth are more likely to feel calm, confident and less likely to need intervention.
Calmbirth® supports the belief that pregnancy, labour and birth are normal life events. One of the program’s objectives is to help release the fear, anxiety and tension that many women experience before and during childbirth. Women who are confident and relaxed during birth have a much easier time birthing their babies.
Calmbirth® recognizes the role of the birth partner as vitally important during this prenatal time. During the Calmbirth® classes, both the mother and her birthing companion will better understand the normal physiology of birth and what inhibits women from birthing with greater ease. They will then learn skills that will enhance the chances of having a normal birth. These skills will greatly assist both partners in remaining calm and relaxed during the birthing process. If intervention is required, Calmbirth® skills can be put into practice so couples can meet any challenge with a greater sense of calm. A calm mother and partner can lead to a calmer baby and the skills obtained in the classes make an enormous difference to the baby during the pregnancy, the labour and postnatal.
Couples are empowered to take control of their own birthing experience as they welcome their babies into the world with a sense of calm, confidence and joy. What better start could a family ask for in the beginning of such an amazing journey?
Certified Calmbirth Facilitator since 2006, M.ED Counselling and Certified Doula
- Master’s Degree in Counselling
Ten years had the privilege of working with children and their families in both in-home family therapy and school counselling.
- Professionally Trained Birth Support Person
In 2006, I began attending births with women and their partners as a professionally trained birth support person.
- Peter Jackson’s Calmbirth® Practitioner Training Course
In 2006, completed Peter Jackson’s second Calmbirth® practitioner training course.
Calmbirth Changed My Life
How fortunate I am to be one of the first teachers trained by the program’s founder, Peter Jackson back in 2006. I have been teaching the Calmbirth program to hundreds of couples for the past thirteen years. I was inspired to teach the course after seeing so many couples in my role as birth support have such positive birth outcomes due to their excellent preparation for birth through the Calmbirth program.
In 2007, I was graced with the birth of our daughter Maia and then in 2010, another blessing came with the birth of our son, Kiran. The beauty and power of the experience birthing my own two children using the skills I learned in the Calmbirth program, reinforced my passion and belief that women’s bodies are incredibly designed for birth. The way we prepare for birth helps support us in having a positive experience, no matter how the journey unfolds. As we become confident participants in our journey, we know clearly how to work with the process and how to ask for what we need to make our birth experience uniquely ours and special. We only get to birth a few times in our lives, so why not make it one of the best days of our life!
Teaching this course is one of my biggest honours as I really believe that birth is a life event that we can look forward to with great anticipation and joy. I relish the moments during the course when I see women and their partners realise for the first time that they can create a beautiful experience for themselves and their babies. As fears and doubts fade away, couples are left with a surge of confidence as they now understand how to work together as a team to make their birth experiences special.
Regina’s Professional Background and Experience
In 1995, I completed a Master’s degree in counselling and for ten years had the privilege of working with children and their families in both in-home family therapy and school counselling. As often is the case, our lives unfold and prepare us for our next steps, and it was during that time I received a copy of Frederick Leboyer’s book ‘Birth Without Violence‘. I was struck by his wisdom which acknowledged what mothers have known all along; that babies are born as complete human beings with an ability to express a full range of emotions. I was moved by how Leboyer was able to illustrate how we can create an environment of tranquillity in which to welcome our children: a relaxed mother, gentle lighting, soothing atmosphere, and a warm bath that mirrors the child’s prenatal surroundings.
Therefore, it was no great surprise that I soon began to research how I could support children from the beginning of their lives and I found myself enrolling in a doula training (birth support) course. In 2006, I began attending births with women and their partners as a professionally trained birth support person. From that moment, I was struck by the importance of helping couples prepare for birth so that they could look forward to this amazing life event. That same year, I was fortunate to find myself in the rooms of Peter Jackson as a participant in his Calmbirth course with a dear friend of mine when she was pregnant with her son. The transformation that occurred for both of us in how we viewed birth and the amazing capacity women have to birth their children, ignited a spark in me to want to also empower women and their birth partners to approach birth with the same calm confidence and joy. It dawned on me that women could find their way back to a place where we feel empowered by birth; that men, in many cases, can be the first generation in their families who know how to support mothers and babies with their calm, loving presence. A calm, knowledgeable and supportive birth companion helps facilitate calm and effective labour and birth.
I am still overcome with sheer delight by the transformations that I have witnessed in mothers and their birth partners, as they come to a deeper understanding of how they are able to birth their babies in a calmer, more gentle way. I absolutely love what I teach and I look forward to sharing the Calmbirth program with families so that they can have the same confidence to birth their babies without fear using their own natural resources. Won’t you consider coming along to one of my classes so that I can help inspire you to feel calmer during your pregnancy, more prepared for birth and how you too can look forward to birthing your little one making it one of the best days of your lives?
TO EMPOWER YOU TO BIRTH
YOUR BABY WITH CONFIDENCE
I absolutely love what I teach and I look forward to sharing the Calmbirth® program with families so that they can have the same confidence to birth their babies without fear using their own natural resources.