Vocalising in labour is the practice of making low, vibratory sound as breath is slowly released. There is a physiological connection between the vocal cords, the respiratory diaphragm, cervix and the perineum. Finding the ‘notes’ that resonate most profoundly with your body is referred to as ‘toning’.Read More
Introducing my daughter Rosie Kathryn Zonca born on Mother’s Day!
I just want to say a BIG thank you for your help with preparing me for the birth. My husband and I attended your Calmbirth Weekend in January. The skills I learnt in these classes were invaluable and truly prepared me for my birth and kept me feeling well during my pregnancy.Read More
Calmbirth believes when we learn how to embrace birth as a natural part of life and not fear it, and stay connected by working together as a family, then not only will unnecessary intervention rates be reduced but the way we experience and talk about birth will be far more positive and empowering for future generations of families.Read More
Pipers birth was even more magical than we could ever have wished for, Sam was of course AMAZING! His support through language and his confidence in how he could support me physically made all the difference.
As you can see from the photo we were able to birth in the position we had hoped, with me on all fours and Sam facing me in a bean bag. We then sat and snuggled with our baby girl in our arms and marvelled at how quiet, calm and pain free the birth was.
I had a great birthing experience. When I tell other mums this, they often say “you were lucky”. But I don’t think it was pure luck that helped me have a relaxed labour and problem free delivery. I had simply prepared myself well to deal with the experience. It was incredibly important to me that mentally, I was prepared to deal with my son’s delivery.Read More
My husband and I attended the Calmbirth weekend classes when I was 37 weeks pregnant. I was unsure at first if it would be worth going when I was so late in my pregnancy, but oh was it worth it! We thoroughly enjoyed the classes and it just opened up our eyes to what a birth should be like!
Being my first pregnancy, my husband and I didn't know what to expect of the labour before going to the Calmbirth classes, except extreme pain. After going we felt confident, empowered and encouraged to know that we could get through the labour, and not just get through it, but make it a positive and memorable experience!Read More
You were right, giving birth is not painful, is what my mum used to keep telling me and my sister about the wonder of birth
“It is not painful and once it is over you will have forgotten all about it.” is what my mum used to keep telling me and my sister about the wonder of birth.
“It is not painful and once it is over you will have forgotten all about it.” is what my mum used to keep telling me and my sister about the wonder of birth. Giving birth has always been a natural and peaceful event for generations of women in my family and close circle of friends. Although my great grandmother died after the birth of my nan (that was during the tough 40s in Europe), it never occured to me that birthing could be dangerous at all. I suppose it all comes down to how the story has been passed on from one generating to the next.Read More
Imagine a calm and joyful beginning to your baby’s life. Kiera was born with no drugs, no gas, and no tearing.
Keira, daughter of Karen and Bear, was born at 8.22pm on the 24th August 2011. We achieved an amazing Calmbirth with no drugs, no gas and no tearing. We are so so pleased and truly had an amazing and empowering experience. She is a stunner (of course I'm biased!!) and we are completely and utterly in love.Read More
I love that I can share such an excellent birth experience with you. Both the midwife & the obstetrician commented on how calm I was, and that they were surprised how well I coped with the intensity of the induced labour.
I found the Yogababy & Calm Birth stuff really helpful - particularly the birth affirmations, relaxation, breathing & visualisation, 'blissing out' between contractions, consciously releasing tension, 'loose lips, loose bits', and the continual reminders that the body is designed to do this.Read More
We were both initially nervous about childbirth, particularly with all the negative birthing stories we were told. Calmbirth helped us to get a new perspective on what childbirth can be liked and we were so pleased to welcome our son safely into the world with no stress, no drugs an no tearing!Read More
Mackenzie was born on Sunday 9th August. 13 days over and Weighing in at 4.54kgs and a record 62cm long!
So it may not have been the birth we planned, but it was none the less Calm the entire time. If nothing else we did it as a team. And after trying every method (I do like to be thorough ) I can tell you that breathing is KEY. On the few occasions a strong contraction caught me off guard and I didn't breathe through it that was the only time I felt discomfort. It truly is incredible what you body can do, and even more so what you can achieve as a partnership.Read More
I wanted to let you know that I had natural birth with no drugs except gas!!!
I wanted to let you know that I had natural birth with no drugs except gas!!! At the hospital they were quite surprised I did so well as due to my age they thought I would go for caesarean. However, after we attended your Calmbirth course Clive and I were very strong at telling obstetrician we did not want caesarean.Read More
Peter Jackson brought the HypnoBirthing programme to Australia in the late 1990s. He was the sole trainer of practitioners and built a private childbirth education practice in which he took hundreds of couples through the HypnoBirthing programme. Many of these couples received great benefit from the programme. However, the name along with certain cultural aspects and content (namely the hypnosis element) of the HypnoBirthing programme limited the number of couples interested in attending the classes.Read More
This concept has its origin in the Active Management of Labour given to us by a group of Irish doctors in 1970s. Their belief was that every mother’s labour and birth has to fit within a certain time frame. This belief was carried on and is still very much in evidence in many of the maternity hospitals throughout the western world. A number of Calmbirth mothers have reported that when labouring in the hospital birthing suite their labour was disrupted by a midwife insisting on them inappropriately “pushing” when if fact they did not feel the urge to do so.Read More
Does a woman's preconceived idea of childbirth as painful inhibit her experience and affect the baby's experience of birth?
Belief controls biology via the emotions. i.e. when a woman believes that childbirth will be painful then the emotion of fear is triggered and it is the fear that alters the physiology as described above. Contemporary science demonstrates that the mother communicates with her baby biochemically. The same hormones that are released in the mother’s body by her fearful belief system (adrenaline) crosses the placenta and stimulates a similar response in the baby.Read More
The idea of deep relaxation to reduce pain in labour is not a new phenomenon. The obstetrician, Dr Grantly Dick Read (1889–1959), through his clinical work and research discovered that by removing fear and tension, pain is diminished. Calmbirth draws on Dr Read’s original theory as well as current evidence based research which validates many of his initial observations.Read More
Women who have a fear of childbirth spend longer in labour than women who have no such fear, suggests new research published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Between 5 and 20% of pregnant women have a fear of childbirth. Various factors have been associated with increased prevalence of fear of childbirth, including young maternal age, being a first-time mother, pre-existing psychological problems, lack of social support and a history of abuse or adverse obstetric events.Read More
These are the results of the online surveys from couples who attended the Calmbirth Pre Natal Education Programme before the birth of their babies between June 2008 and August 2012.
The Calmbirth Pre Natal Education Programme has been shown to
- Reduce the use of interventions that women experience in labour, particulaly augmentation of labour and analgesia (see survey results below).
- Enhance satisfaction with care during pregnancy and childbirth including social and emotional aspects of care. Women increased their confidence about birth and decreased their anxiety.
Thank you for an enlightening weekend to say the least. We both loved your classes and have had some really fantastic conversations this weekend. Your warmth and gentle approach was exactly what we needed when learning about the birth process. We are both really in awe of it all and a lot more calm than we were prior to the course. Alicia and Don (November Weekend Course)