What is calmbirth®?



The calmbirth® philosophy is based on the belief that pregnancy, labour and birth are normal life events and that birth is a natural process.  The calmbirth® classes draw on contemporary birth physiology and also the work of obstetrician Grantly Dick Read (1890-1959) giving couples a greater understanding of the birthing process and aiming to understand and reduce fear and anxiety.

The classes aim to empower couples by providing them with education and the necessary tools to achieve a more positive birth experience regardless of the outcome.  With greater knowledge and understanding women and their partners are able to feel confident to make informed decisions around their birth choices.

The classes combine an understanding of the birthing process, the hormones of labour and birth and practical skills for managing pain/sensations and challenges of labour, that includes breathing, relaxation and visualisation techniques, positioning and massage.  Life after birth and the transition to parenthood and the role of the partner/support is also emphasised.

The classes are complementary to all models of care, be it private or public, birth centre or homebirth and is not an alternative to the birthing choices you have already made. You will gain practical knowledge and skills whether this is your first or third baby, or hoping to achieve a vaginal birth after a previous caesarean (VBAC).

WHAT women can gain from calmbirth®….

  • how to work with your body, not against it
  • techniques that help to limit/reduce the fear and tension many women experience during birth.
  • knowledge and understanding of the inner resources we all naturally possess and how through simple relaxation, visualisation and breathing exercises you can reduce anxiety and fear.
  • how the birthing body works during labour, the hormones of labour and birth.
  • simple pain relief techniques involving breathing, relaxation and visualisation to use during labour.
  • positioning for labour and birth, massage techniques and comfort measures that involved partners/birthsupport
  • challenges of labour and ways to help meet those challenges.
  • the important role of the support person and tools for labour to assist them in performing that role.
  • the important communication and bond between you and your baby that has already begun and ways to enhance communication and bonding during pregnancy and after birth.