• 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 2015 average (source)

No analgesia - 8.4%
Gas - 43.2%
Pethidine - 12.5%
Epidural - 51.2%

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

  • $399 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

  • $250 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

Hanieh

“With your techniques and advice, I had the most amazing birth!”

Hanieh
Lucy

“This course, and Regina’s support, allowed my husband and I to approach the birth of our first child with absolute confidence. We ended up having exactly the kind of birth experience we wanted and will remember the day forever.”

Lucy
Adam

“Absolutely everything you taught us was valuable”

Adam

Melinda

“The Calmbirth course is such a fantastic, informative, interesting and empowering program. It is essential for any expectant parents or birth support people. Regina is a truly talented instructor. She is extremely knowledgeable, considerate, patient and entertaining. She personalised the program to the needs of the group and shared her many personal and insightful birth experiences. Before the course I was a little anxious about giving birth but after the program I felt empowered and confident. Thanks to the program and Regina’s instruction I was able to have a very smooth and natural birth. I also recommend the weekend away in Berry. It was fabulous to take a the time away with my partner to focus on the course and discuss our birth plans. Far better than trying to squeeze it into several sessions amongst our busy schedules. Time and focus should be given to such an important life event. I cannot recommend the program or Regina highly enough!”

Adam W

“Calmbirth® was incredibly helpful to all three of us & I just wanted to describe some of the very important ways that it worked for us.  First of all, it let both of us approach the birth in a measured and positive way. Secondly, Calmbirth® was amazing for both Jo and me during the labour. She kept at the breathing all the way through and it calmed her and helped her to deal with the waves. Thirdly, it gave us something to focus on when things were going a bit pear shaped. And finally, I think Calmbirth® had a real impact in keeping Luca calm throughout the delivery process. Anyway, this was a lot longer than I was planning, but I wanted you to know just how much of a help you and Calmbirth® were for all three of us.”

Rod

“I, along with the midwives at the hospital, were amazed at Vicki’s peaceful disposition… To see our little baby boy arrive in such a calm atmosphere can only be summed up as an amazing life experience…

Ian

“For those birth partners doubting how effective their role is, I have seen first hand how much I helped just by using the methods I was taught in class…

Susan

“Regina’s Calmbirth Course was a vital component of my preparation for the birth of my 2nd child. I had a very traumatic hospital birth with my first child that led to PTSD and some ongoing physical problems, and so I’d planned a homebirth with an Independent Midwife for my 2nd child last year. I had done extensive research and was feeling pretty good but Regina’s wonderful course and calming presence allayed any outstanding fears. I am positive that the Calmbirth course and the breathing techniques I learned during the course were the foundation of the amazing, healing, empowering and euphoric birth of my daughter last July at home in our spa in only 6 hours. I recommend this course to all of my pregnant friends, particularly those preparing for their first labour and birth.”

Alison

“I love the way this course, and the wonderful facilitator Regina helped give my husband and I such confidence in approaching our homebirth. Not only was the course itself great, but the resources and recommendations we were given helped us prepare even more for birth after the course finished.”

Kate

“My partner and I cannot recommend the CalmBirth course with Regina highly enough. What an empowering, relaxing and informative way to spend a weekend in preparation for the birth of our first baby. Regina is a beautiful soul who is doing amazing work in educating people about and preparing them for childbirth and beyond. We both came away feeling so euphoric and excited about our imminent arrival. Thank you to Regina from the bottom of our hearts, we are looking forward to sharing what we are confident will be a very positive birth story with you soon.”

Anonymous

“I am a few months away from having my third child. I was fortunate enough to stumble upon Regina during my first pregnancy many years ago. I’ve no doubt that her support and teaching were critical aids throughout my first birth experience, and that they helped to end the pattern of (often) unnecessary medical intervention that plagued the women in my family, historically, during childbirth. Regina provided positivity, encouragement and reassurance to me in the natural process of birthing, which is central to the Calmbirth philosophy. I now recognise this grounding as having established the course of my second-and I expect my third- birth experiences. My experience with Regina was priceless.”

Sheree

“Calmbirth was the best thing I could have done to prepare for the birth of my son. The techniques learnt during this course gave me the confidence to have a totally natural and enjoyable birthing experience, knowing what to expect and trust that my body would know what to do. Regina was lovely and her voice on the CD’s soothing and comforting. I recommend Calmbirth to all my pregnant friends and family and enjoy telling people of my positive birth experience!”

Anonymous

“Regina’s course ensured that my partner and I went into the birth of our son very much on the same page. We felt very connected after the course and were empowered to make good decisions together. Due to complications we had a difficult birth. If I had not attended Regina’s Calmbirth course I would have felt bad about the outcome. I would encourage people to invest in this invaluable experience before birthing a child.”

Niki

“Calm birth was an incredibly insightful and informative course that Definitely bettered our understanding of childbirth, the capabilities of my body but most of all we walked out thinking ‘we can do this!’. I was terrified at the thought of childbirth but Regina and her calming presence had me relaxed immediately. I highly recommend this course, but more so with Regina. A lady who genuinely cares about you and your birthing experience. A beautiful lady with a kind and warm presence. We hope to always keep in touch with ”

Anonymous

“I credit Regina and her Calmbirth course with giving me the skills to have an easy birth. A weekend very well spent, and something I think all expectant couples would benefit from. I cannot recommend Regina highly enough.”

Lucy

“This course, and Regina’s support, allowed my husband and I to approach the birth of our first child with absolute confidence. We ended up having exactly the kind of birth experience we wanted and will remember the day forever.”

Anonymous

“This course was great & gave my partner & I the confidence to have the natural, home birth that we really wanted & the information we needed to advocate for ourselves throughout the rest of the pregnancy. Regina was so knowledgeable but moreover she was very calm, supportive & inspiring. We loved the small sized group where we got to know the other couples & Berry was awesome.”

jg

“Regina is such a beautiful, calm and collected person, just perfect for guiding couples through labour and birth. She is so soothing to be around and really helps give you confidence about birthing your baby. You even look forward to the experience! I recommend her course to all my pregnant friends.”

Maartenp

“A good preparation for the process of birth, informative, empowering, good mental preparation and helpful breathing exercises. I almost forgot to add that Regina was so peaceful, her voice makes you calm and it helps a lot especially with breathing exercises and when listening to the cd. She’s is very experienced and brings in a personal note once in a while too. I love the course she gave!”

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

ReginaSPower-SmallIn 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

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