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?