• South Coast Calmbirth

    Calmbirth® Childbirth Education Program

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 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.

What is Calmbirth®?

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?

  • 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.

  • Empower women

    Empower women towards having a normal birth.

  • Recognizes the role of the birth partner

    Calmbirth® recognizes the role of the birth partner as vitally important during this prenatal time.

  • Help release the fear, anxiety and tension

    One of the program’s objectives is to help release the fear, anxiety and tension that many women experience before and during childbirth.

Calmbirth® Survey Results

Survey

In May 2013, A survey of nearly 3,800 couples, who attended Calmbirth® Pre Natal Education Programs around Australia

Less anxious

More than half of the respondents had felt anxious, frightened or very frightened before attending a Calmbirth® course, this had dropped to 2.6 per cent afterwards.

Less Drugs

Revealed that nearly half required no analgesia, compared with the average of one in ten.

Respondents’ feelings before and after attending
a Calmbirth course

Before Calmbirth course

Very frightened - 8.1%
Frightened - 8.3%
Anxious - 39.8%
Neutral - 9.6%
OK - 20.4%
Confident - 13.2%
Very confident - 1.5%

After Calmbirth course

Very frightened - 0.0%
Frightened - 0.3%
Anxious - 2.3%
Neutral - 1.8%
OK - 11.9%
Confident - 51.9%
Very confident - 30.4%

Respondents’ use of painkillers during labour

NSW 2016 average (source)

No analgesia - 8.1%
Gas - 42.7%
Pethidine - 12.1%
Epidural - 51.7%

After Calmbirth course

No analgesia - 45.4%
Gas - 29.4%
Pethidine - 8.3%
Epidural - 24.2%

Calmbirth® Course Overview

  • Use

    Use your own natural inner resources to develop an understanding of how to work with your body during labour and birth in order to create a calm birth experience

  • Understand

    Understand how beliefs, emotions, fear and tension can affect your body and pain sensations during labour and birth.

    Understand the positive role that hormones play during labour and birth.

    Understand the integral role that team work plays during pregnancy, labour and birth.

  • Experience

    Experience different breathing techniques to be used during labour, contractions (the body’s uterine surges), and second stage labour (birthing your baby) and beyond.

    Experience the positive effects of relaxation and understand how this can aid you through pregnancy, birth and beyond.

  • Conscious parenting

    Be introduced to the concept of “conscious parenting” and the importance of communication between yourselves and your baby, starting from before your baby’s birth.

  • Learn

    Gain an understanding of the choices you have in your labour and birth journey and how to express these in a collaborative way with your care providers.

    Learn simple visualisation techniques.

    Be provided with practical information and birthing techniques, many of which can become important ongoing life skills.

  • Support

    Share in positive stories of other people’s experiences…embracing the idea that birth is a joyful, life giving event.

    Support people will gain an understanding of the critical role they play in the birth experience, how to advocate for your partner and practical ideas for creating a wonderful birth environment.

Course Information

In order to register for a class, simply click on the course date you wish to attend and you will be redirected to an on-line booking system. There will you be able to fill in an enrolment  form and your credit card payment will be processed for the course.

If you have any questions or wish to speak to Regina, please feel free to contact her via email or phone.

  • Time

    The Calmbirth class will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 5:30 or a weekday class from 6:30-9:30

  • Location

    Classes are located in Berry, which is a
    2 hour drive south from Sydney CBD.

    Suite 6, 98 Queen Street, Berry NSW 2535

  • Class size

    There is a maximum of seven couples in each class

Course Fees

  • Calmbirth® Course

  • $449 per couple
  • Here’s what you will receive over the 2 days
  • 10 – 12 hours of tuition for both you and your partner or birth support person, educating you about the Calmbirth® philosophies, teaching you the techniques to support you in having the calmest and normal birth experience possible. The class size is limited to seven couples allowing lots of time for people to ask questions and share during the course.

    Ongoing personal phone and email access, even after baby is born, should anything arise in the care of mother and father, and birth of baby.

    A Calmbirth® CD set to use for your ongoing practice of the Calmbirth breathing and relaxation techniques as well as a comprehensive booklet ($45 value) with Calmbirth® information and lecture notes that you can revise after the course has completed.
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  • Calmbirth® Refresher Course

  • $299 per couple
  • Here’s what you will receive
  • This course is for couples who have taken the Calmbirth® program previously and would like to return for a refresher course. This is a one day workshop that reviews important principles taught in the weekend course. Couples find it helpful to have this review. The day gives them special time together as well as time to prepare for their upcoming birth and focus on their next baby.

    Ongoing personal phone and email access, even after baby is born, should anything arise in the care of mother and father, and birth of baby.

    This is usually a private session as couples come for refreshers at various times during the year. On occasions, there may be more than one couple in a refresher course, but the group is typically very small giving couples more time to ask questions and share with the facilitator.

Testimonials

South Coast Calmbirth Reviews

Weekend Calmbirth course

(SAT-SUN): 9:00AM – 5:30PM

Classes are purposefully limited to seven couples to personalise the course.
Interested couples please be sure and book in early to ensure your place in the class.

Refresher Calmbirth course

(SAT): 9:00AM – 5:30PM

Your facilitator

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 when 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. So 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 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. I attended Peter Jackson’s second Calmbirth® practitioner training course in August 2006, and I have been teaching the Calmbirth® program since then. In this time, I have also been blessed by the amazing births of my own two children which have only reinforced the beauty of the Calmbirth® program. 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, gentler 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.

  • 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.

Contact Regina

Regina, David and their children Maia and Kiran
  • Telephone

    02 4464 2244

  • Email

  • Address

    98 Queen Street Berry, NSW 2535

  • Mailing address

    P.O. Box 473, Berry,
    NSW, 2535

Location Map

98 Queen Street Berry, NSW 2535