Charlotte's Acceptance of a Long Labour

Charlotte's Acceptance of a Long Labour

Troy and I attended your Calmbirth weekend at the start of last September, and then I came to active birth classes. We just can't thank you enough for what you taught us. Without your help there is very little chance I would have enjoyed the end of my pregnancy with a level head and actually looked forward to labour with excitement! In the end we were counting strong contractions continually for 40 hours at home before heading to the hospital for another 12, where I avoided strong drugs until hormones for the last hour when my contractions seemed to have really weakened. The skills you taught us, the education you gave us, the sense of humour you instilled in us, and the wisdom of readiness to accept whatever came our way - we just can't thank you enough. Your gift to the world is just incredible. Thank you. Those breathing techniques have come in handy during some major screaming baby moments too! xo

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Yunwei's empowering Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC)

Yunwei's empowering Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC)

Baby K was born at 39 weeks. With my first child born through emergency caesarean at almost 41 weeks, I was feeling somewhat nervous around possibilities of a successful vaginal birth this time. Adrian and I agreed that we would give VBAC a go and we spent 2 days doing a Private Calmbirth program with Suzanne – we both found the two sessions very informative and Suzanne was very patient and supportive in helping us learn the Calmbirth techniques.

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Laura's Birth Centre birth

Laura's Birth Centre birth

Your course gave us the tools to prepare, such as the breathing techniques, acupressure and active birth positions. Tyler was able to draw upon what he learnt from the CalmBirth weekend to be an incredible birth partner and help support me through my contractions. Although the pain was an intensity I had never imagined, I believed I had all the tools to get me through it, what we learnt in your course helped with this and I felt empowered and confident to experience the birth I desired. 

 

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Georgina's water birth of Baby Frida

Georgina's water birth of Baby Frida

Even with all the preparations and best intentions, I grunted and moaned and doubted I could do it.....So the most useful calm birth tools for us were everything Ole took away from it to keep me on track. He was amazing and did not leave my side once, he was even in the tub. We laboured at home from Monday night into Tuesday morning, headed to the birth centre around 9am and had a long, steady build up to a beautiful water birth.

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Alice's positive scheduled birth

Alice's positive scheduled birth

We had a wonderful birth - despite the induction at 39 weeks for Advanced maternal age. It started with a balloon the night before which was pretty intense and I needed the TENS machine and lots of calm birth breathing for the first five hours until the contractions it caused had settled! The following morning my membranes were ruptured and I had 6 hours of gentle contractions on increasing synto; I used calm birth breathing and visualisation for this, as well as aromatherapy, massage, acupressure points and some Birth ball bouncing.

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Bridget's visualistions proved invaluable!

Bridget's visualistions proved invaluable!

I really can't imagine what my birth experience would have been like if I hadn't done the Calmbirth program with Suzanne.  I was two weeks past my due date when the doctors informed me I would have to be induced no later than 14 days. Although I was anxious to meet her I knew that she wasn't ready yet so tried to give her as much time as possible....

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Erin and Sam's magical birth of Piper

Erin and Sam's magical birth of Piper

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.


 

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Chantel's Birth Story

Chantel's Birth Story

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.

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Danielle and Carson's Story

Danielle and Carson's Story

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!

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Emily's Painless Birth

Emily's Painless Birth

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.

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Kiera's Joyful Birth

Kiera's Joyful Birth

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.

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Haidee's Blissed Out Birth

Haidee's Blissed Out Birth

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. 

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Mackenzie's Induced Birth

Mackenzie's Induced Birth

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.

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Filia's natural birth

Filia's natural birth

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.

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Calmbirth and Hypnobirthing

Calmbirth and Hypnobirthing

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.

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