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)