Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Louise Luscri

Louise Luscri has been teaching Calmbirth since 2007. Over the past ten years she has met so many women and their partners who have used the Calmbirth skills in pregnancy, labour and birth which they report contributed to making a significant and positive difference in their lives.

Louise Luscri has been teaching Calmbirth since 2007. Over the past ten years she has met so many women and their partners who have used the Calmbirth skills in pregnancy, labour and birth which they report contributed to making a significant and positive difference in their lives.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Melinda Webb

Melinda is a mother of two young adults, a Dr. Chinese medicine and has been a Doula since 2008, preparing, educating and supporting women and their partners for labour and birth.

Melinda is a mother of two young adults, a Dr. Chinese medicine and has been a Doula since 2008, preparing, educating and supporting women and their partners for labour and birth.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Peter Jackson

Calmbirth would like to wish its Founder and only male Calmbirth Educator, Peter Jackson, a very happy Father’s Day this Sunday. We would like to thank him for his passion, work, and dedication he has shown in revolutionising childbirth education in Australia and making a difference in the world and to pregnant couples.

Calmbirth would like to wish its Founder and only male Calmbirth Educator, Peter Jackson, a very happy Father’s Day this Sunday. We would like to thank him for his passion, work, and dedication he has shown in revolutionising childbirth education in Australia and making a difference in the world and to pregnant couples.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Kath Cruickshanks

Kath is a Registered Midwife currently working in a large tertiary hospital in Melbourne. Working with women everyday in a busy Birth Centre, I’ve noticed how a calm environment could influence the birth of a baby and therefore the woman’s experience.  

Kath is a Registered Midwife currently working in a large tertiary hospital in Melbourne. Working with women everyday in a busy Birth Centre, I’ve noticed how a calm environment could influence the birth of a baby and therefore the woman’s experience.  

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Karen McClay

Karen McClay is the Director of Calmbirth®PTY LTD. She is also a Southern Highlands Calmbirth Educator, practising Registered Midwife (RM), and a Registered Nurse (RN) and is the daughter of the founder of Calmbirth®, Peter Jackson.

Karen McClay is the Director of Calmbirth®PTY LTD. She is also a Southern Highlands Calmbirth Educator, practising Registered Midwife (RM), and a Registered Nurse (RN) and is the daughter of the founder of Calmbirth®, Peter Jackson.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Bec Fagan

Bec is a Registered Midwife and Calmbirth Educator. Over the past 12 years of clinical practice she has always loved educating, empowering and assisting couples before, during and after their birthing process.

Bec is a Registered Midwife and Calmbirth Educator. Over the past 12 years of clinical practice she has always loved educating, empowering and assisting couples before, during and after their birthing process.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Dawn Worgan

Dawn Worgan is a passionate midwife with more than 30 years experience. She works across the full scope of the midwifery practice, in a continuity of care (caseload) model.

Dawn Worgan is a passionate midwife with more than 30 years experience. She works across the full scope of the midwifery practice, in a continuity of care (caseload) model.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Brooke Cooper

My name is Brooke Cooper and I’m a Registered Nurse and Midwife with a combined 11 years’ experience. I am the mother of 2 beautiful girls and was fortunate to have used Calmbirth® for both of my births which were very different from each other and can say first hand that I found it invaluable.

My name is Brooke Cooper and I’m a Registered Nurse and Midwife with a combined 11 years’ experience. I am the mother of 2 beautiful girls and was fortunate to have used Calmbirth® for both of my births which were very different from each other and can say first hand that I found it invaluable.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Kate Corbett

Kate Corbett is a midwife and mother of three young children. Her passion lies in assisting birthing couples to discover and develop their inner strengths for pregnancy, birth and beyond so that they may approach their baby’s birth feeling calm, confident and empowered.

Kate Corbett is a midwife and mother of three young children. Her passion lies in assisting birthing couples to discover and develop their inner strengths for pregnancy, birth and beyond so that they may approach their baby’s birth feeling calm, confident and empowered.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Martyna Ccooper

Her passion to become a Calmbirth® educator was driven by both her professional and personal experiences. She is a registered nurse, midwife and ‘mother’ to two beautiful girls.

Her passion to become a Calmbirth® educator was driven by both her professional and personal experiences. She is a registered nurse, midwife and ‘mother’ to two beautiful girls.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Jessica Cuneo

We are so excited to announce that Calmbirth Educator, Jessica Cuneo, will be joining Karen and Peter in the Southern Highlands Calmbirth Centre in Mittagong to teach our highly acclaimed and trusted Calmbirth program.

Jessica is a Registered and practicing Midwife, and a Registered Nurse specialising in Paediatrics.

We are so excited to announce that Calmbirth Educator, Jessica Cuneo, will be joining Karen and Peter in the Southern Highlands Calmbirth Centre in Mittagong to teach our highly acclaimed and trusted Calmbirth program.

Jessica is a Registered and practicing Midwife, and a Registered Nurse specialising in Paediatrics.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Alisha Dewes

We are so excited to announce that the Calmbirth program will be available for ALL pregnant couples living in the sutherland shire and surrounding area at the Sutherland Hospital in March. 

We are equally just as excited to announce that midwife and Calmbirth Educator, Alisha Dewes will be teaching the Calmbirth program at Sutherland Hospital. We would like you to get to know her a little better…Getting to know Alisha Dewes.

We are so excited to announce that the Calmbirth program will be available for ALL pregnant couples living in the sutherland shire and surrounding area at the Sutherland Hospital in March. 

We are equally just as excited to announce that midwife and Calmbirth Educator, Alisha Dewes will be teaching the Calmbirth program at Sutherland Hospital. We would like you to get to know her a little better…Getting to know Alisha Dewes.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Debbie Peters

Debbie Peters is a mum and certified Calmbirth Educator, who successfully used the Calmbirth relaxation techniques for the birth of her own daughter, Waimarie (9lb 6oz), without any need for drugs. She had such an amazing birth experience that she wanted to share this knowledge so became a Calmbirth Educator so that she could build and instil confidence in other pregnant couples.

Debbie Peters is a mum and certified Calmbirth Educator, who successfully used the Calmbirth relaxation techniques for the birth of her own daughter, Waimarie (9lb 6oz), without any need for drugs. She had such an amazing birth experience that she wanted to share this knowledge so became a Calmbirth Educator so that she could build and instil confidence in other pregnant couples.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Vida Rye

Calmbirth Educator Vida Rye is a passionate advocate for physiological birth whether it be at home, in hospital or in a birth centre and she is very active in her local birthing community. She has worked as a birth and postnatal doula (a trained birth companion and supporter after birth) in England in the community and also in Holloway Prison in London with women who were facing pregnancy and childbirth whilst serving their sentences/on remand before moving to Wellington, New Zealand in 2002.

Calmbirth Educator Vida Rye is a passionate advocate for physiological birth whether it be at home, in hospital or in a birth centre and she is very active in her local birthing community. She has worked as a birth and postnatal doula (a trained birth companion and supporter after birth) in England in the community and also in Holloway Prison in London with women who were facing pregnancy and childbirth whilst serving their sentences/on remand before moving to Wellington, New Zealand in 2002.

The Importance of Touch through Acupressure in Labour and Birth

Touch itself communicates that we have respect, a simple gesture to show support to another and touching a person in a therapeutic manner, holding an acupressure point, enhances the effectiveness of labour and birth.   As a Dr Chinese medicine and Doula, I consistently use acupressure throughout labour and birth as a tool for teaching both the birthing partner or support team to use them too.

Touch itself communicates that we have respect, a simple gesture to show support to another and touching a person in a therapeutic manner, holding an acupressure point, enhances the effectiveness of labour and birth.   As a Dr Chinese medicine and Doula, I consistently use acupressure throughout labour and birth as a tool for teaching both the birthing partner or support team to use them too.

The Importance of Active Listening in the Birth Space

We know that a woman will birth best when she feels SAFE, UNDISTURBED and RESPECTED, but did you know that LISTENING and being HEARD in the birthing space is equally as important. Listening in the birthing space is crucial for labouring women to feel comfortable and it requires great skill.

We know that a woman will birth best when she feels SAFE, UNDISTURBED and RESPECTED, but did you know that LISTENING and being HEARD in the birthing space is equally as important. Listening in the birthing space is crucial for labouring women to feel comfortable and it requires great skill.

Calmbirth – is preparation for all possibilities

Birth is mysterious and there is no certainty as to how it will unfold, it is a journey with infinite possibilities. Birth challenges us to face this rather uncomfortable space of not knowing and surrendering to the unknown. Despite this uncertainty there is so much that can be done to prepare for birth in all its beautiful forms.

Birth is mysterious and there is no certainty as to how it will unfold, it is a journey with infinite possibilities. Birth challenges us to face this rather uncomfortable space of not knowing and surrendering to the unknown. Despite this uncertainty there is so much that can be done to prepare for birth in all its beautiful forms.

Sutures & Fontanelles

It’s amazing how newborns change the shapes of their heads in order to fit through the mother’s pelvis. 

It’s amazing how newborns change the shapes of their heads in order to fit through the mother’s pelvis. 

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Maja Batista

Maja completed her Midwifery in Germany in 2005. She has worked as a community midwife in Frankfurt, Germany, and as a hospital based midwife in Dublin. She now works as a midwife in Sydney in a Birth Centre and has been a Calmbirth Educator since 2017.We are so pleased to announce that Maja will be joining our team of Calmbirth Educators and will be teaching the Calmbirth Program at the NSPH starting on 16th& 23rd June.  

Maja completed her Midwifery in Germany in 2005. She has worked as a community midwife in Frankfurt, Germany, and as a hospital based midwife in Dublin. She now works as a midwife in Sydney in a Birth Centre and has been a Calmbirth Educator since 2017.We are so pleased to announce that Maja will be joining our team of Calmbirth Educators and will be teaching the Calmbirth Program at the NSPH starting on 16th& 23rd June.  

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Sarah Tooke

Sarah Tooke is a registered midwife who works at the Mater Hospital in North Sydney. She is also a childbirth and parenting educator, as well as a registered Calmbirth Educator. 

Sarah Tooke is a registered midwife who works at the Mater Hospital in North Sydney. She is also a childbirth and parenting educator, as well as a registered Calmbirth Educator. 

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Susie Brew

Susie is a registered nurse, midwife and child and family health nurse. She is also a registered Calmbirth Educator who will be teaching the very sought after, highly acclaimed and TRUSTED Calmbirth Program at the Mater Hospital in North Sydney when it’s launched later in July this year.

Susie is a registered nurse, midwife and child and family health nurse. She is also a registered Calmbirth Educator who will be teaching the very sought after, highly acclaimed and TRUSTED Calmbirth Program at the Mater Hospital in North Sydney when it’s launched later in July this year.

AMNIOTIC MEMBRANES

‘The amniotic membrane is adhered to the chorion – the other membrane attached to the placenta that sits between the amniotic membrane and the uterus.’ These membranes look like one, but are in fact two.

‘The amniotic membrane is adhered to the chorion – the other membrane attached to the placenta that sits between the amniotic membrane and the uterus.’ These membranes look like one, but are in fact two.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Jenny Childs

In my twenty years as a midwife I have assisted and witnessed hundreds of beautiful births. I have also seen many women and their partners who are very afraid of birth and the effects of that fear. I wanted to find a way for women to learn about the resources they have within them, to help them understand what a wonderful and transformative experience birth can be. I studied Masters in Midwifery and taught antenatal classes for some time, but did not feel satisfied that the classes truly connected women and their partners with their inner potential. The classes really only looked at what was happening in the outside world and although worthy, did not address what was happening and could happen internally.

In my twenty years as a midwife I have assisted and witnessed hundreds of beautiful births. I have also seen many women and their partners who are very afraid of birth and the effects of that fear. I wanted to find a way for women to learn about the resources they have within them, to help them understand what a wonderful and transformative experience birth can be. I studied Masters in Midwifery and taught antenatal classes for some time, but did not feel satisfied that the classes truly connected women and their partners with their inner potential. The classes really only looked at what was happening in the outside world and although worthy, did not address what was happening and could happen internally.

Using Visualisation in the Birthing Space

Visualisation is one of the tools and strategies we teach in the Calmbirth program to help you achieve the positive birth experience and outcome that you and your partner long for. However, the term visualisation can also be very misunderstood and daunting for some. 

Visualisation is one of the tools and strategies we teach in the Calmbirth program to help you achieve the positive birth experience and outcome that you and your partner long for. However, the term visualisation can also be very misunderstood and daunting for some. 

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Heidi Best

Heidi is a Calmbirth Educator for the Central Queensland region, CQ Birth & Beyond offering weekend small groups as well as private classes in tranquil Limestone Creek (between Rockhampton and Yeppoon). She is a Registered Nurse who has specialised in the field of Paediatrics for over 18 years, as well as a Registered Midwife since 2008 and is excited to share her knowledge and expertise to take pregnant couples on their own parenting journey of self discovery and embracing birth calmly and confidently. 

Heidi is a Calmbirth Educator for the Central Queensland region, CQ Birth & Beyond offering weekend small groups as well as private classes in tranquil Limestone Creek (between Rockhampton and Yeppoon). She is a Registered Nurse who has specialised in the field of Paediatrics for over 18 years, as well as a Registered Midwife since 2008 and is excited to share her knowledge and expertise to take pregnant couples on their own parenting journey of self discovery and embracing birth calmly and confidently. 

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Sam Knight

Sam is a midwife and Nurse on the beautiful Sunshine Coast Australia. She’s also a wife and mother to a gorgeous cheeky 3yr old girl and her Golden fur baby. 

Sam is a midwife and Nurse on the beautiful Sunshine Coast Australia. She’s also a wife and mother to a gorgeous cheeky 3yr old girl and her Golden fur baby. 

The Journey to Motherhood

As I sit writing these words on my due date, I reflect on my own journey through pregnancy and thoughts of my impending birth. Coming into this as a midwife, yoga teacher and Calmbirth educator, from the outside it would seem I had all the necessary tools to deal with pregnancy. I am fortunate that so far, my pregnancy has been completely normal but the enormous impact it has had on my mind and body, has taken me somewhat by surprise.

As I sit writing these words on my due date, I reflect on my own journey through pregnancy and thoughts of my impending birth. Coming into this as a midwife, yoga teacher and Calmbirth educator, from the outside it would seem I had all the necessary tools to deal with pregnancy. I am fortunate that so far, my pregnancy has been completely normal but the enormous impact it has had on my mind and body, has taken me somewhat by surprise.

The perfect birth of Pearl Juliet

Hi Dawn I wanted to thank you for giving David and I the invaluable skills and tools we learnt at your calm birth workshop on the 2nd of Feb.

Hi Dawn I wanted to thank you for giving David and I the invaluable skills and tools we learnt at your calm birth workshop on the 2nd of Feb.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Cherie Chugg

Cherie Chugg is our one and only Calmbirth Educator in Tasmania. She is passionate about birth and works as a doula and Calmbirth Educator in Launceston. 
 
Supporting women as a doula was not enough for me I wanted to reach a wider group of people and I wanted to teach more couples about how to be prepared for childbirth. I knew from my own personal experience that having an understanding of what was going to be happening in my body helped eliminate any fears I had around childbirth.

Cherie Chugg is our one and only Calmbirth Educator in Tasmania. She is passionate about birth and works as a doula and Calmbirth Educator in Launceston. 
 
Supporting women as a doula was not enough for me I wanted to reach a wider group of people and I wanted to teach more couples about how to be prepared for childbirth. I knew from my own personal experience that having an understanding of what was going to be happening in my body helped eliminate any fears I had around childbirth.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Karen Williams

Karen Williams is a midwife and Calmbirth Educator who offers the Calmbirth program to pregnant couples in the Yass Valley, Canberra and surrounding districts. Karen loves supporting pregnant couples to prepare for the arrival of their baby and for the early parenting period, she says “being a part of a couples journey in birth and early parenting is a great privilege and one that I relish!”

Karen Williams is a midwife and Calmbirth Educator who offers the Calmbirth program to pregnant couples in the Yass Valley, Canberra and surrounding districts. Karen loves supporting pregnant couples to prepare for the arrival of their baby and for the early parenting period, she says “being a part of a couples journey in birth and early parenting is a great privilege and one that I relish!”

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Lyndal Scerri

Lyndal is a Registered Midwife/Nurse. Her recent maternity experience is mostly in postnatal care, however she has experience and has  worked in all areas, including Midwifery Group Practice.Lyndal knows and has seen first hand that birth is life changing and says, “I don’t just want to help you or your loved ones reach their birthing potential but over time I want to see and be part of a generational change where our daughters and granddaughters no longer fear labour and birth but instead, revel in the challenge of seeing what a woman’s body is truly capable of.” 

Lyndal is a Registered Midwife/Nurse. Her recent maternity experience is mostly in postnatal care, however she has experience and has  worked in all areas, including Midwifery Group Practice.Lyndal knows and has seen first hand that birth is life changing and says, “I don’t just want to help you or your loved ones reach their birthing potential but over time I want to see and be part of a generational change where our daughters and granddaughters no longer fear labour and birth but instead, revel in the challenge of seeing what a woman’s body is truly capable of.” 

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Natalie Grinbergs

We are so excited to announce and introduce our fabulously talented Midwife and Calmbirth Educator, Natalie Grinbergs, who will be teaching for us at Southern Highlands Calmbirth and joining Director Karen McClay and Jenna Troy. Natalie Grinbergs is a Registered Midwife (RM), Child and Family Health Nurse, and Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), and has worked with women and their families for over 15 years.Despite already being a midwife, Natalie and her partner also did the Calmbirth program to help prepare her for her own birth and found Calmbirth an invaluable learning experience. She says, “the Calmbirth® knowledge and skills, in particular learning how the mind-body connection affects birth, increased my trust in my body, and enhanced my partner’s ability to support me throughout labour and birth. Welcoming our child into the world was such a calm and joyful adventure, and it is my wish that every couple could experience this kind of empowering birth.”

We are so excited to announce and introduce our fabulously talented Midwife and Calmbirth Educator, Natalie Grinbergs, who will be teaching for us at Southern Highlands Calmbirth and joining Director Karen McClay and Jenna Troy. Natalie Grinbergs is a Registered Midwife (RM), Child and Family Health Nurse, and Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), and has worked with women and their families for over 15 years.Despite already being a midwife, Natalie and her partner also did the Calmbirth program to help prepare her for her own birth and found Calmbirth an invaluable learning experience. She says, “the Calmbirth® knowledge and skills, in particular learning how the mind-body connection affects birth, increased my trust in my body, and enhanced my partner’s ability to support me throughout labour and birth. Welcoming our child into the world was such a calm and joyful adventure, and it is my wish that every couple could experience this kind of empowering birth.”

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Lucy Carroll

Lucy is a Registered Midwife from Bath, England. She has a wealth of midwifery experience ranging from working with the low risk midwifery led birthing unit, the high risk obstetric unit and the ante and postnatal wards. She completed her Midwifery training at the prestigious City University in London between 2006 – 2009, and then she went on to do her preceptorship year at a large NHS University Hospital in East London. When an opportunity for an overseas midwifery role arose in 2014, I ventured here to Australia taking a position at the Mater Private Hospital working across all areas of Maternity: Birth unit, the Post Natal ward and the Education Team utilising my diverse range of midwifery skills.My love for education has grown through my midwifery career, leading me to Calmbirth and becoming a Calmbirth Educator. I have a great interest in the mind- body connection during labour which is the foundation of the Calmbirth teaching and principles.

Lucy is a Registered Midwife from Bath, England. She has a wealth of midwifery experience ranging from working with the low risk midwifery led birthing unit, the high risk obstetric unit and the ante and postnatal wards. She completed her Midwifery training at the prestigious City University in London between 2006 – 2009, and then she went on to do her preceptorship year at a large NHS University Hospital in East London. When an opportunity for an overseas midwifery role arose in 2014, I ventured here to Australia taking a position at the Mater Private Hospital working across all areas of Maternity: Birth unit, the Post Natal ward and the Education Team utilising my diverse range of midwifery skills.My love for education has grown through my midwifery career, leading me to Calmbirth and becoming a Calmbirth Educator. I have a great interest in the mind- body connection during labour which is the foundation of the Calmbirth teaching and principles.

Birth & Baby Village – Your Place to Grow

After working with pregnant women for over 20 years I know that you want the very best for your precious baby, but you may be unsure if it’s even possible to have a good birth or be a calm and confident mother.  There’s so much information and advice and it can be hard to know where to start and what’s important for you. I’ve created this ‘Village’ to give you a safe and caring place away from the busyness of life so that you can enjoy a healthy and happy pregnancy, prepare calmly for your baby’s safe arrival and enjoy your new baby with ease and comfort.  

After working with pregnant women for over 20 years I know that you want the very best for your precious baby, but you may be unsure if it’s even possible to have a good birth or be a calm and confident mother.  There’s so much information and advice and it can be hard to know where to start and what’s important for you. I’ve created this ‘Village’ to give you a safe and caring place away from the busyness of life so that you can enjoy a healthy and happy pregnancy, prepare calmly for your baby’s safe arrival and enjoy your new baby with ease and comfort.  

Dr Lanziz Homar, OBGYN is the first Obstetrician and Gynaecolgist to become a Calmbirth Educator

We are so excited and proud to be announcing that we are still revolutionising and pioneering childbirth education by having Australia’s first ever, fully trained and qualified, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Dr Lanzis Homar, join our Calmbirth family by becoming a Calmbirth Educator.  This is a milestone in changing our birth culture one family at a time, through the collaborative approach of an obstetrician working together with his midwife and pregnant couples to bring about cultural change and minimise the risk of intervention. 

We are so excited and proud to be announcing that we are still revolutionising and pioneering childbirth education by having Australia’s first ever, fully trained and qualified, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Dr Lanzis Homar, join our Calmbirth family by becoming a Calmbirth Educator.  This is a milestone in changing our birth culture one family at a time, through the collaborative approach of an obstetrician working together with his midwife and pregnant couples to bring about cultural change and minimise the risk of intervention. 

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Sally Crothers

Sally Crothers is a midwife and Calmbirth Educator who is passionate about educating women and their families. She strongly believes that knowledge is power and having strong relationships between the members of a multidisciplinary team.”For almost all of my midwifery career I have worked in small rural communities, including Ayers Rock, Alice Springs, Roma and Chinchilla. In these areas, with limited personnel I have learnt the value of having a strong relationship between obstetricians, midwives and all of the multi -disciplinary team.”So, this leads me to “Calmbirth with Lanziz and Sally”. When Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Dr Lanziz Homar approached me and suggested that we work as a team to teach Calmbirth it just made sense, and really combined all of my birthing philosophies. To be able to work in partnership with Lanziz and educate women and families to approach their birth feeling calm and relaxed, is a really positive step to providing outstanding care to the women of Toowoomba.When a woman leaves our class saying “I am so excited about the birth, I can’t wait”, I really feel like we are achieving our goal, of “changing the world one birth at a time. “

Sally Crothers is a midwife and Calmbirth Educator who is passionate about educating women and their families. She strongly believes that knowledge is power and having strong relationships between the members of a multidisciplinary team.”For almost all of my midwifery career I have worked in small rural communities, including Ayers Rock, Alice Springs, Roma and Chinchilla. In these areas, with limited personnel I have learnt the value of having a strong relationship between obstetricians, midwives and all of the multi -disciplinary team.”So, this leads me to “Calmbirth with Lanziz and Sally”. When Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Dr Lanziz Homar approached me and suggested that we work as a team to teach Calmbirth it just made sense, and really combined all of my birthing philosophies. To be able to work in partnership with Lanziz and educate women and families to approach their birth feeling calm and relaxed, is a really positive step to providing outstanding care to the women of Toowoomba.When a woman leaves our class saying “I am so excited about the birth, I can’t wait”, I really feel like we are achieving our goal, of “changing the world one birth at a time. “

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Kiri Cronin

Kiri, is a registered midwife and complementary therapist, with varied experiences working within the UK and Australia.Her decision to train as a Calmbirth educator was a natural progression, stemming from her wish to assist women striving to reach their desired birth experience.”I was struck by the simplicity of the Calmbirth techniques which can be utilised throughout life, not just for birth! “

Kiri, is a registered midwife and complementary therapist, with varied experiences working within the UK and Australia.Her decision to train as a Calmbirth educator was a natural progression, stemming from her wish to assist women striving to reach their desired birth experience.”I was struck by the simplicity of the Calmbirth techniques which can be utilised throughout life, not just for birth! “

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Tanya Bayliss

Tanya is a Registered Midwife and Registered Nurse with over 25 years experience working as a health professional. Her passion for educating and supporting women and their partners as they transform into parents for the first, second, third or fourth time, has been inspired by her belief that knowledge and resources are essential for women to create the best experiences for themselves and their families.”I love seeing how Calmbirth helps to dispel the myths and reduce fear surrounding birth while providing knowledge and trust in the amazing ability of a woman’s mind and body.  Well informed and prepared couples are active participants in their journey and look forward to the birth of their baby with excitement and confidence,” she says. 

Tanya is a Registered Midwife and Registered Nurse with over 25 years experience working as a health professional. Her passion for educating and supporting women and their partners as they transform into parents for the first, second, third or fourth time, has been inspired by her belief that knowledge and resources are essential for women to create the best experiences for themselves and their families.”I love seeing how Calmbirth helps to dispel the myths and reduce fear surrounding birth while providing knowledge and trust in the amazing ability of a woman’s mind and body.  Well informed and prepared couples are active participants in their journey and look forward to the birth of their baby with excitement and confidence,” she says. 

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Angela Smith

Angela is a mum of 3 beautiful children, and is a qualified and experienced Registered Nurse, Midwife & Calmbirth Educator. She has 20 + years of experience working across the spectrum of pregnancy and birth in low risk country settings to extensive high risk experience in tertiary hospitals in both the public and private sector.

Angela is a mum of 3 beautiful children, and is a qualified and experienced Registered Nurse, Midwife & Calmbirth Educator. She has 20 + years of experience working across the spectrum of pregnancy and birth in low risk country settings to extensive high risk experience in tertiary hospitals in both the public and private sector.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Kat Aqulina

Kat is a Registered Midwife since 2015 and has been facilitating childbirth education classes since 2017. Perinatal education is where her passion lies and truly believes that with Knowledge comes Confidence!  She says, “my passion for education has led me to Calmbirth and I am so glad it did! What an amazing, mindful, oxytocin inducing program!”

Kat is a Registered Midwife since 2015 and has been facilitating childbirth education classes since 2017. Perinatal education is where her passion lies and truly believes that with Knowledge comes Confidence!  She says, “my passion for education has led me to Calmbirth and I am so glad it did! What an amazing, mindful, oxytocin inducing program!”

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Ashlee Anslow

Ashlee is a registered nurse, and registered midwife.”In my work I’ve handled hundreds of high risk births, and more recently have practised in a smaller rural centre. For many years I have referred people to Calmbirth as I saw the amazing outcomes of women who had been educated by the program. In fact, as a midwife I chose to attend the program myself, along with my husband, when we were expecting our first child. I”‘m also a mum to twin boys and, between all the kids, my husband and I are kept on our toes. A few years ago, we relocated to the Kanimbla Valley as a family to pursue a desire to live a slower, sustainable life. I will be running Calmbirth courses on our property, where we live off-grid and produce most of our own food, and on-site accommodation will be an option for Calmbirth participants.

Ashlee is a registered nurse, and registered midwife.”In my work I’ve handled hundreds of high risk births, and more recently have practised in a smaller rural centre. For many years I have referred people to Calmbirth as I saw the amazing outcomes of women who had been educated by the program. In fact, as a midwife I chose to attend the program myself, along with my husband, when we were expecting our first child. I”‘m also a mum to twin boys and, between all the kids, my husband and I are kept on our toes. A few years ago, we relocated to the Kanimbla Valley as a family to pursue a desire to live a slower, sustainable life. I will be running Calmbirth courses on our property, where we live off-grid and produce most of our own food, and on-site accommodation will be an option for Calmbirth participants.

Micro biome – your “internal universe”

You are never alone, when your body is home to trillions of bacteria who are paying rent to you as the landlord by helping to protect against intruders, providing power and keeping up morale! There is a close symbiotic relationship existing between your gut microbes and your survival.Hosting your microbiome is like throwing a party, it’s all about being a good host! You invite a diverse balance of guests, provide a relaxing environment, offer good tasty food, and discourage gate crashers! 

You are never alone, when your body is home to trillions of bacteria who are paying rent to you as the landlord by helping to protect against intruders, providing power and keeping up morale! There is a close symbiotic relationship existing between your gut microbes and your survival.Hosting your microbiome is like throwing a party, it’s all about being a good host! You invite a diverse balance of guests, provide a relaxing environment, offer good tasty food, and discourage gate crashers! 

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Mel Moldoveanu

My name is Mel and I am a mother of two grown boys, or should I say men, and know the excitement, intensity and exhilaration birth presents. I have been working as a Registered Midwife for more than 5 years, and currently work for Queensland Health at the local Toowoomba Hospital and I’m passionate about creating a positive birth culture. It is a privilege and honour to witness the strength and determination of women, supported by their loved ones, as they birth their baby, and welcome them into the world.Becoming a Calmbirth® Educator has given me the ability to help you replace fear with confidence and anxiety with knowledge. I love empowering women and couples to achieve what they never thought possible. I am excited to provide you with a holistic and thorough childbirth education that encompasses your birthing needs on an emotional and physical level. I look forward to empowering you on your journey to parenthood.

My name is Mel and I am a mother of two grown boys, or should I say men, and know the excitement, intensity and exhilaration birth presents. I have been working as a Registered Midwife for more than 5 years, and currently work for Queensland Health at the local Toowoomba Hospital and I’m passionate about creating a positive birth culture. It is a privilege and honour to witness the strength and determination of women, supported by their loved ones, as they birth their baby, and welcome them into the world.Becoming a Calmbirth® Educator has given me the ability to help you replace fear with confidence and anxiety with knowledge. I love empowering women and couples to achieve what they never thought possible. I am excited to provide you with a holistic and thorough childbirth education that encompasses your birthing needs on an emotional and physical level. I look forward to empowering you on your journey to parenthood.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Jordan Harper

Jordan Harper is a registered midwife and Calmbirth educator in the Port Macquarie area. A beautiful place to call home she says!

“I found Calmbirth as a student midwife and felt drawn to it ever since. I became an educator because I am passionate about educating women and families about the magical, life changing experience of pregnancy and birth. Empowering women to be informed and involved in their childbirth experience brings me so much joy. I love seeing women realise how strong they are and I have seen how Calmbirth helps them to do that. I am also a huge supporter of getting partners involved in birth and that is one of my favourite aspects of the Calmbirth course.”

Jordan Harper is a registered midwife and Calmbirth educator in the Port Macquarie area. A beautiful place to call home she says!

“I found Calmbirth as a student midwife and felt drawn to it ever since. I became an educator because I am passionate about educating women and families about the magical, life changing experience of pregnancy and birth. Empowering women to be informed and involved in their childbirth experience brings me so much joy. I love seeing women realise how strong they are and I have seen how Calmbirth helps them to do that. I am also a huge supporter of getting partners involved in birth and that is one of my favourite aspects of the Calmbirth course.”

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Emmy Rega

Emmy is a Registered Midwife and Registered Nurse with over 10 years experience in supporting women through all areas of their birthing and parenting journey.  Her particular passion is in Antenatal and Early Parenting Education and she is happiest when sharing her knowledge and accompanying couples on their own unique journey into parenthood.

She says, “It is my firm belief that every woman is born instinctively knowing how to give birth but societal norms have caused us to lose sight of this amazing, innate ability. As a result, we don’t fully trust our bodies to see the process through and women become weighed down by fear and anxiety.

“I see my role as a “re-educator”, rather than an ‘educator’, and Calmbirth as the master-key to unlocking your own strength and ability to birth your baby in the best way for you. Every single birth is incredible and unique and having had 3 children myself, I can attest to the fact that no two births are the same.

Emmy is a Registered Midwife and Registered Nurse with over 10 years experience in supporting women through all areas of their birthing and parenting journey.  Her particular passion is in Antenatal and Early Parenting Education and she is happiest when sharing her knowledge and accompanying couples on their own unique journey into parenthood.

She says, “It is my firm belief that every woman is born instinctively knowing how to give birth but societal norms have caused us to lose sight of this amazing, innate ability. As a result, we don’t fully trust our bodies to see the process through and women become weighed down by fear and anxiety.

“I see my role as a “re-educator”, rather than an ‘educator’, and Calmbirth as the master-key to unlocking your own strength and ability to birth your baby in the best way for you. Every single birth is incredible and unique and having had 3 children myself, I can attest to the fact that no two births are the same.

A Thank YOU 14 years later….

We LOVE getting testimonials 14 years later!!

This is a beautiful testimonial from one of Peter Jackson’s original Calmbirth couples, Karen Lobwein who did the Calmbirth course 14 years ago.

We LOVE getting testimonials 14 years later!!

This is a beautiful testimonial from one of Peter Jackson’s original Calmbirth couples, Karen Lobwein who did the Calmbirth course 14 years ago.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Gemma Pearce

Gemma Pearce works as a Privately Practicing Midwife in her own business Village Midwifery. 

She says, “What I love most about being a Calmbirth Educator is to see Fear replaced with faith and admiration in the miracle, simplicity and nature of labour and birth.

“Seeing a baby being born makes me feel absolutely in awe of the nature of labour and birth and the strength and power of our bodies as women, I am always left feeling honoured and privileged to witness these incredible life events and the love and birth of families.” 
She says, “It is my firm belief that every woman is born instinctively knowing how to give birth but societal norms have caused us to lose sight of this amazing, innate ability. As a result, we don’t fully trust our bodies to see the process through and women become weighed down by fear and anxiety.

“I see my role as a “re-educator”, rather than an ‘educator’, and Calmbirth as the master-key to unlocking your own strength and ability to birth your baby in the best way for you. Every single birth is incredible and unique and having had 3 children myself, I can attest to the fact that no two births are the same.

Gemma Pearce works as a Privately Practicing Midwife in her own business Village Midwifery. 

She says, “What I love most about being a Calmbirth Educator is to see Fear replaced with faith and admiration in the miracle, simplicity and nature of labour and birth.

“Seeing a baby being born makes me feel absolutely in awe of the nature of labour and birth and the strength and power of our bodies as women, I am always left feeling honoured and privileged to witness these incredible life events and the love and birth of families.” 
She says, “It is my firm belief that every woman is born instinctively knowing how to give birth but societal norms have caused us to lose sight of this amazing, innate ability. As a result, we don’t fully trust our bodies to see the process through and women become weighed down by fear and anxiety.

“I see my role as a “re-educator”, rather than an ‘educator’, and Calmbirth as the master-key to unlocking your own strength and ability to birth your baby in the best way for you. Every single birth is incredible and unique and having had 3 children myself, I can attest to the fact that no two births are the same.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Alicia Ferguson

Working in the community meant that I was able to be a part of a woman’s pregnancy and birthing experience, often starting from week 6 of pregnancy, until their baby was 6 weeks old. 9 whole months! This meant that that I really got to understand the journey pregnant women and their families were on during this time – the excitement, the fears, the vulnerability, the overwhelm that can sometimes be a part of this transition into motherhood. I have come to realise the huge importance of good education and knowledge and I became really passionate about providing women and their support people with this. And the best part is being able to do this in a way that empowers, strengthens and excites them!

Working in the community meant that I was able to be a part of a woman’s pregnancy and birthing experience, often starting from week 6 of pregnancy, until their baby was 6 weeks old. 9 whole months! This meant that that I really got to understand the journey pregnant women and their families were on during this time – the excitement, the fears, the vulnerability, the overwhelm that can sometimes be a part of this transition into motherhood. I have come to realise the huge importance of good education and knowledge and I became really passionate about providing women and their support people with this. And the best part is being able to do this in a way that empowers, strengthens and excites them!

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Anne Ludlow

Anne Ludlow has been a midwife for over 20 years, having changed from a thoroughly enjoyable nursing career after having three children of her  own.

She says, “I have an immense passion for ensuring not only healthy bodies, but excellent mental well-being for the pregnant woman and her partner. A woman who goes through pregnancy in a calm, relaxed and confident way will not only have a better birth experience herself; her partner and baby will too!”

Anne’s background in nursing and midwifery is complemented by knowledge in psychology, education and counselling. She has conducted many antenatal classes, but having qualified as a Calmbirth educator, she knows how important it is for the pregnant woman to be in the best possible frame of mind when preparing to give birth.

Anne will be teaching the Calmbirth course at the Northern Beaches Hospital which will be launching at the Hospital shortly, so watch this space for dates. 

Anne Ludlow has been a midwife for over 20 years, having changed from a thoroughly enjoyable nursing career after having three children of her  own.

She says, “I have an immense passion for ensuring not only healthy bodies, but excellent mental well-being for the pregnant woman and her partner. A woman who goes through pregnancy in a calm, relaxed and confident way will not only have a better birth experience herself; her partner and baby will too!”

Anne’s background in nursing and midwifery is complemented by knowledge in psychology, education and counselling. She has conducted many antenatal classes, but having qualified as a Calmbirth educator, she knows how important it is for the pregnant woman to be in the best possible frame of mind when preparing to give birth.

Anne will be teaching the Calmbirth course at the Northern Beaches Hospital which will be launching at the Hospital shortly, so watch this space for dates. 

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Ebony Jennings

Ebony is the only Calmbirth® Educator in the picturesque Manning Valley region of NSW and she has been a Registered Midwife since 2018 and holds qualifications in Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga.

“I am a mother of two beautiful children, whose births transformed and inspired my life in ways I can not describe. Since the birth of my first child, my passion for education and empowerment for women and families around pregnancy, birth and beyond has only grown. After witnessing many births and experiencing birth itself, I can honestly say that the answer to a positive birth experience lies within yourself, and your educational and emotional preparation. During my classes I aim to offer women and their families a safe and nurturing space to gain the knowledge, confidence, and inner strength essential for childbirth and beyond.”

She says, “I am a firm believer in the idea that “healing birth, heals the earth”. Which is exactly why I have chosen to be an Educator with Calmbirth®, as our vision is to change our current birth culture to one that is talked about and experienced far more positively, now and for future generations.”

Ebony is the only Calmbirth® Educator in the picturesque Manning Valley region of NSW and she has been a Registered Midwife since 2018 and holds qualifications in Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga.

“I am a mother of two beautiful children, whose births transformed and inspired my life in ways I can not describe. Since the birth of my first child, my passion for education and empowerment for women and families around pregnancy, birth and beyond has only grown. After witnessing many births and experiencing birth itself, I can honestly say that the answer to a positive birth experience lies within yourself, and your educational and emotional preparation. During my classes I aim to offer women and their families a safe and nurturing space to gain the knowledge, confidence, and inner strength essential for childbirth and beyond.”

She says, “I am a firm believer in the idea that “healing birth, heals the earth”. Which is exactly why I have chosen to be an Educator with Calmbirth®, as our vision is to change our current birth culture to one that is talked about and experienced far more positively, now and for future generations.”

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Alana Hurst

Alana Hurst has been a Midwife for 15 years and has now also become a Calmbirth Educator. What some of you may not know, or you may even recognise her as being our poster girl or the face for Calmbirth’s, There’s no birth like a Calmbirth campaign which features her very own birth of her daughter Poppy.

“I love my job and the incredible women, families, midwives and other health professionals I have the pleasure to work with. I have always loved sharing birth stories and helping prepare women and their families for bringing a baby in to their lives. I attended a Clambirth session when I was pregnant and I just loved everything about the course and couldn’t wait to become a facilitator. I am a mother to four children and in my spare time I am also a wedding celebrant and love nothing more than going for a run or a swim or reading a good book.”

Alana Hurst has been a Midwife for 15 years and has now also become a Calmbirth Educator. What some of you may not know, or you may even recognise her as being our poster girl or the face for Calmbirth’s, There’s no birth like a Calmbirth campaign which features her very own birth of her daughter Poppy.

“I love my job and the incredible women, families, midwives and other health professionals I have the pleasure to work with. I have always loved sharing birth stories and helping prepare women and their families for bringing a baby in to their lives. I attended a Clambirth session when I was pregnant and I just loved everything about the course and couldn’t wait to become a facilitator. I am a mother to four children and in my spare time I am also a wedding celebrant and love nothing more than going for a run or a swim or reading a good book.”

How Early Life Events Can Alter Genes

WHAT IS EPIGENETICS?

Epigenetics is an emerging area of scientific research that shows us how various influences affect the expression of our genes. At the heart of every cell in our body sits DNA which stores codes or information as chemicals, known as the epigenome (1,5).

During development, our unique epigenetic signaturecan determine how genes are expressed(5).The mechanism used by cells to control gene expression vital to embryo development is called DNA methylation. These signals can turn genes on or off. Researchers have linked abnormal DNA methylation to some diseases (7,8).

Our baby’s epigenome can be affected positively or negatively throughout pregnancy andmay determine their susceptibility to heart disease, obesity and cancer (15,5).Epigenetics also plays a major role in developing metabolism, brain architecture and even the behaviour of our offspring (13).

WHAT IS EPIGENETICS?

Epigenetics is an emerging area of scientific research that shows us how various influences affect the expression of our genes. At the heart of every cell in our body sits DNA which stores codes or information as chemicals, known as the epigenome (1,5).

During development, our unique epigenetic signaturecan determine how genes are expressed(5).The mechanism used by cells to control gene expression vital to embryo development is called DNA methylation. These signals can turn genes on or off. Researchers have linked abnormal DNA methylation to some diseases (7,8).

Our baby’s epigenome can be affected positively or negatively throughout pregnancy andmay determine their susceptibility to heart disease, obesity and cancer (15,5).Epigenetics also plays a major role in developing metabolism, brain architecture and even the behaviour of our offspring (13).

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Neelab Rashidi

Neelab is a Registered Midwife and Calmbirth Educator, situated in The Hills District of Sydney, NSW. 

“My passion is working in the Birthing Unit supporting women & couples through their labour & birthing journey. Too often, I see the undesirable effects that fear, anxiety, tension and the absence of knowledge plays during childbirth.

With Calmbirth, I aim to empower and inspire couples towards having a calm, positive & fearless birthing experience. Bringing your baby earth-side should be a magical moment in your life, not one consumed by stress and fear.

Neelab is a Registered Midwife and Calmbirth Educator, situated in The Hills District of Sydney, NSW. 

“My passion is working in the Birthing Unit supporting women & couples through their labour & birthing journey. Too often, I see the undesirable effects that fear, anxiety, tension and the absence of knowledge plays during childbirth.

With Calmbirth, I aim to empower and inspire couples towards having a calm, positive & fearless birthing experience. Bringing your baby earth-side should be a magical moment in your life, not one consumed by stress and fear.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Laura Hurrell

Laura is a Calmbirth educator and also works as a midwife at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

“I am passionate about pregnancy and birth and I take joy in assisting couples to prepare for the birth of their baby. I originally became interested in Calmbirth, many years ago when a woman I met described giving birth as ecstatic and blissful. I thought “How could anyone describe birth and labour like that?!” After hearing this I had to find out more, so I attended a course during my second pregnancy. This course changed my life. I came away thinking that this was something every pregnant couple should be able to learn and I made the decision to become a midwife.

Laura is a Calmbirth educator and also works as a midwife at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

“I am passionate about pregnancy and birth and I take joy in assisting couples to prepare for the birth of their baby. I originally became interested in Calmbirth, many years ago when a woman I met described giving birth as ecstatic and blissful. I thought “How could anyone describe birth and labour like that?!” After hearing this I had to find out more, so I attended a course during my second pregnancy. This course changed my life. I came away thinking that this was something every pregnant couple should be able to learn and I made the decision to become a midwife.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Dr Lanziz Homar

Dr Lanziz Homar is an obstetrician and Calmbirth Educator who works in Toowoomba. We feel very lucky to have him as part of our Calmbirth family because his passion for birth, life and families means his couples get the best care. So we decided to ask Lanziz what motivates him. 

“Early in my obstetrics training, in Canberra, I witnessed an amazing birth.  A woman who had attended Calmbirth was amazingly calm and connected throughout the whole process of labour and delivery.  After my shift, I told my wife about it and we both thought it would be great to attend a Calmbirth course for our own babies, and we did. 

I attended Calmbirth classes myself as a first-time father. I fell in love with the program and promised myself that one day I would incorporate Calmbirth into my obstetric practice.” 

Having begun my career in Madagascar, I have seen many beautiful births without intervention in a country with very few medical resources.I know that birthing women have amazing resources and inner strength, and with Calmbirth I can help them to unlock it.

Dr Lanziz Homar is an obstetrician and Calmbirth Educator who works in Toowoomba. We feel very lucky to have him as part of our Calmbirth family because his passion for birth, life and families means his couples get the best care. So we decided to ask Lanziz what motivates him. 

“Early in my obstetrics training, in Canberra, I witnessed an amazing birth.  A woman who had attended Calmbirth was amazingly calm and connected throughout the whole process of labour and delivery.  After my shift, I told my wife about it and we both thought it would be great to attend a Calmbirth course for our own babies, and we did. 

I attended Calmbirth classes myself as a first-time father. I fell in love with the program and promised myself that one day I would incorporate Calmbirth into my obstetric practice.” 

Having begun my career in Madagascar, I have seen many beautiful births without intervention in a country with very few medical resources.I know that birthing women have amazing resources and inner strength, and with Calmbirth I can help them to unlock it.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Hannah Pageot

Hannah has a Bachelor of Midwifery, a background in Elite Sport and is also a mum to two beautiful baby boys. It’s these these three things combined that drove Hannah to become a Calmbirth Educator. She says, “The fundamentals taught in Calmbirth have been a lived experience for me in many facets of my life, and this really fuels my passion to educate families approaching birth. 

“I believe so strongly in creating positive birthing conversations and helping women feel empowered and knowledgeable, as they move towards their own personal birthing experience. Partners and support people have such an important role in birth too, helping partners feel comfortable, prepared and really useful in their supporting role, is also a concept of Calmbirth I love.”

Hannah has a Bachelor of Midwifery, a background in Elite Sport and is also a mum to two beautiful baby boys. It’s these these three things combined that drove Hannah to become a Calmbirth Educator. She says, “The fundamentals taught in Calmbirth have been a lived experience for me in many facets of my life, and this really fuels my passion to educate families approaching birth. 

“I believe so strongly in creating positive birthing conversations and helping women feel empowered and knowledgeable, as they move towards their own personal birthing experience. Partners and support people have such an important role in birth too, helping partners feel comfortable, prepared and really useful in their supporting role, is also a concept of Calmbirth I love.”

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Bridget Lott

Bridget has been a midwife for 17 years. She has worked in Sydney, Orange and is now based in Newcastle, in all areas of pregnancy birth and beyond. Bridget will be a teaching Calmbirth at the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle starting from July and she can’t wait to share her knowledge and passion with pregnant couples from the Newcastle and surrounding areas. 

“It is such a privilege to get to know women and their families and be present at such an exciting moment in their lives. I love my job! 

“I became intrigued by Calmbirth when I saw how empowered and fearless women were during their births and I loved doing the course for my own pregnancies. 

“I’m excited to help families experience their birth with strength, knowledge and belief in themselves. I know a positive headspace can drastically improve birth outcomes and I want that for everyone. I love that Calmbirth celebrates every birth, no matter how that unfolds. Hope to see you in my classes. Can’t wait to be part of one of the best days of your lives.” 

Bridget has been a midwife for 17 years. She has worked in Sydney, Orange and is now based in Newcastle, in all areas of pregnancy birth and beyond. Bridget will be a teaching Calmbirth at the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle starting from July and she can’t wait to share her knowledge and passion with pregnant couples from the Newcastle and surrounding areas. 

“It is such a privilege to get to know women and their families and be present at such an exciting moment in their lives. I love my job! 

“I became intrigued by Calmbirth when I saw how empowered and fearless women were during their births and I loved doing the course for my own pregnancies. 

“I’m excited to help families experience their birth with strength, knowledge and belief in themselves. I know a positive headspace can drastically improve birth outcomes and I want that for everyone. I love that Calmbirth celebrates every birth, no matter how that unfolds. Hope to see you in my classes. Can’t wait to be part of one of the best days of your lives.” 

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Kylie Furness

Kylie has been working as a midwife since 2017.  Prior to becoming a midwife she was a paediatric nurse with over 20 years experience.  She has worked in all areas of midwifery but has now chosen to work in the Labour Ward as she loves supporting women and their partners in labour and experiencing the joy of birth. 

“I feel it is a privilege to be part of something so beautiful,  life changing and transformational.  I simply love my work. 

Kylie has been working as a midwife since 2017.  Prior to becoming a midwife she was a paediatric nurse with over 20 years experience.  She has worked in all areas of midwifery but has now chosen to work in the Labour Ward as she loves supporting women and their partners in labour and experiencing the joy of birth. 

“I feel it is a privilege to be part of something so beautiful,  life changing and transformational.  I simply love my work. 

Getting To Know Calmbirth Educator Christine Girdham

Christine is a registered midwife, registered nurse, a neurodevelopment consultant and an immuniser.

“I have an amazing little boy who is the highlight of my life. One of my most memorable accomplishments was presenting at the International Lactation Conference in San Antonio Texas in 2010. I love adventure, being outdoors, spending time with family and friends and filming. I won a prize with my first short film I made.

“My passion in life has always been caring for and empowering families and individuals in Australia and overseas. I have nursed in many different areas including paediatrics, paediatric cancer ward, NICU, adult med./surg. and now midwifery. My diverse experience has given me the opportunity to view life and everything in it from many different lenses and that there are many ways to approach our life journeys. Calmbirth mimics my values and beliefs and for this reason I have proudly joined the Calmbirth educator team. It is truly a privilege to be able to help empower birthing couples to approach their birthing journey with greater understanding, less fear and anxiety and increased confidence to have a positive experience during one of the most important times in their lives. “

Christine is a registered midwife, registered nurse, a neurodevelopment consultant and an immuniser.

“I have an amazing little boy who is the highlight of my life. One of my most memorable accomplishments was presenting at the International Lactation Conference in San Antonio Texas in 2010. I love adventure, being outdoors, spending time with family and friends and filming. I won a prize with my first short film I made.

“My passion in life has always been caring for and empowering families and individuals in Australia and overseas. I have nursed in many different areas including paediatrics, paediatric cancer ward, NICU, adult med./surg. and now midwifery. My diverse experience has given me the opportunity to view life and everything in it from many different lenses and that there are many ways to approach our life journeys. Calmbirth mimics my values and beliefs and for this reason I have proudly joined the Calmbirth educator team. It is truly a privilege to be able to help empower birthing couples to approach their birthing journey with greater understanding, less fear and anxiety and increased confidence to have a positive experience during one of the most important times in their lives. “

Getting To Know Calmbirth Educator Maddi Gill

Maddi, is a Registered Midwife and Calmbirth educator.  She grew up in rural SA on the Limestone Coast and is currently living and working in Mount Gambier.

“I have worked as a Midwife for 2 years and hold a strong passion for women centered care, and informing women and families of the benefits of Calmbirth, with knowledge comes confidence!

“I feel so lucky to be a part of the Calmbirth community and believe that in order to change the birth culture here in Australia, education and support is key. These childbirth classes are incredibly unique, empowering and believe me, the techniques work! Calmbirth focuses on obtaining a positive birth experience in whatever shape or form, using breathing techniques, acupressure, optimal positioning, visualisations and massage, as well as understanding the mind/body connection and the physiology of birth.”

Maddi, is a Registered Midwife and Calmbirth educator.  She grew up in rural SA on the Limestone Coast and is currently living and working in Mount Gambier.

“I have worked as a Midwife for 2 years and hold a strong passion for women centered care, and informing women and families of the benefits of Calmbirth, with knowledge comes confidence!

“I feel so lucky to be a part of the Calmbirth community and believe that in order to change the birth culture here in Australia, education and support is key. These childbirth classes are incredibly unique, empowering and believe me, the techniques work! Calmbirth focuses on obtaining a positive birth experience in whatever shape or form, using breathing techniques, acupressure, optimal positioning, visualisations and massage, as well as understanding the mind/body connection and the physiology of birth.”

Getting To Know Calmbirth Educator Aimee Sing

Aimee Sing is a doula, lactation consultant (IBCLC), researcher, infant massage and baby yoga practitioner and mum to 3 beautiful children. She lives in the beautiful Blue Mountains, where she was born and now raises her own young family. 

She says, “I am a self-confessed birth nerd, having fallen in love with all things pregnancy and birth during my first birth journey, and believe that unbiased information and support are the keys to positive pregnancy, birth and postpartum experiences. I’ve supported hundreds of women throughout their pregnancy, birth and postnatal periods, and in my lactation work, have spent thousands of hours providing mother-to-mother support with compassion and empathy. 

Aimee Sing is a doula, lactation consultant (IBCLC), researcher, infant massage and baby yoga practitioner and mum to 3 beautiful children. She lives in the beautiful Blue Mountains, where she was born and now raises her own young family. 

She says, “I am a self-confessed birth nerd, having fallen in love with all things pregnancy and birth during my first birth journey, and believe that unbiased information and support are the keys to positive pregnancy, birth and postpartum experiences. I’ve supported hundreds of women throughout their pregnancy, birth and postnatal periods, and in my lactation work, have spent thousands of hours providing mother-to-mother support with compassion and empathy. 

Getting To Know Calmbirth Educator Emma Watson

Emma is a Nurse, Midwife and passionate Calmbirth Educator located in Hobart. She became a midwife because of her passion to support and empower women through pregnancy, labour, birth and the postpartum period and she does this by working as a Continuity of Care midwife in Hobart.

She says, “But it wasn’t until I supported a woman who had attended a Calmbirth course that I witnessed how calmly and confidently a baby could be birthed into the world. It was at that moment that I realised how important knowledge was during birth and how powerful women truly are when fully aware of their incredible bodies.

“My goal  is to teach as many families as I can about the body and birth as a natural, physiological process, providing them with tools to support and work with their bodies during their birth, whatever their journey looks like.

“Through the knowledge and tools that Calmbirth teaches I look forward to demystifying birth, reducing any anxieties or fears and working towards a community who admire and feel confident and empowered from all births.”

Emma is a Nurse, Midwife and passionate Calmbirth Educator located in Hobart. She became a midwife because of her passion to support and empower women through pregnancy, labour, birth and the postpartum period and she does this by working as a Continuity of Care midwife in Hobart.

She says, “But it wasn’t until I supported a woman who had attended a Calmbirth course that I witnessed how calmly and confidently a baby could be birthed into the world. It was at that moment that I realised how important knowledge was during birth and how powerful women truly are when fully aware of their incredible bodies.

“My goal  is to teach as many families as I can about the body and birth as a natural, physiological process, providing them with tools to support and work with their bodies during their birth, whatever their journey looks like.

“Through the knowledge and tools that Calmbirth teaches I look forward to demystifying birth, reducing any anxieties or fears and working towards a community who admire and feel confident and empowered from all births.”

Getting To Know Calmbirth Educator Jessica Oma

Jess is a midwife, yoga instructor and lover of the great outdoors! She was born and bred in Perth, and is fascinated by all things mind, body and birth related, and I LOVES to share her knowledge, passion and understanding about the miraculous experience that is pregnancy and birth.

She says, ” As a midwife I have the privilege of supporting thousands of couples as they embark on the incredible journey into parenthood.  I have seen first-hand how Calmbirth empowers couples with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate labour, birth and life as parents with confidence. Which is why I became a Calmbirth Educator. I wanted to find a way I could provide as many people as possible with the understanding and tools required to create a transformative and empowering birth experience and start parenthood as strong, present and connected.

‘My hope is to inspire awe and trust in the birth process and help women realise their innate strength’

“From my experience as both a midwife and yoga instructor, I really believe in the Calmbirth Education Course and its emphasis upon the relationship between how we think, how we feel and how we birth.”  

Jess is a midwife, yoga instructor and lover of the great outdoors! She was born and bred in Perth, and is fascinated by all things mind, body and birth related, and I LOVES to share her knowledge, passion and understanding about the miraculous experience that is pregnancy and birth.

She says, ” As a midwife I have the privilege of supporting thousands of couples as they embark on the incredible journey into parenthood.  I have seen first-hand how Calmbirth empowers couples with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate labour, birth and life as parents with confidence. Which is why I became a Calmbirth Educator. I wanted to find a way I could provide as many people as possible with the understanding and tools required to create a transformative and empowering birth experience and start parenthood as strong, present and connected.

‘My hope is to inspire awe and trust in the birth process and help women realise their innate strength’

“From my experience as both a midwife and yoga instructor, I really believe in the Calmbirth Education Course and its emphasis upon the relationship between how we think, how we feel and how we birth.”  

Getting To Know Calmbirth Educator Amy Watson

Amy is a registered Nurse, Midwife, Maternal and Child Health Nurse, IBCLC Lactation Consultant and Calmbirth Educator based in Melbourne. She has been caring for women, children and the wider family in both the hospital and community setting for over 10 years.
I first came across Calmbirth when caring for women in labour and birth as a Midwife. I was amazed at how informed, calm and welcoming these birthing women and their partners/ support team were! I noticed how different these couples approached the day of welcoming their baby into the world. There was not fear and panic, the couples who had attended the Calmbirth course evoked a strong and positive mindset, a clear vision of their labour and birthing experience and had also discussed and planned their birth preferences and wishes. The couples who had attended the Calmbirth course were often very informed and equipped with their own strategies as the labour amplified to new levels. As a midwife, I stood in awe of these willing women, supportive partners and intimate holding circle of support, working together as an epic birthing team. The women welcomed the sensations of a progressing labour and were confident in bringing their baby’s into the world. These were amazing labour and births to be a part of and a privilege to witness as a Midwife.

“With knowledge comes confidence”…this could not be more true!

In 2019, when it came to preparing for my first labour and birth, I too attended the Calmbirth course. The philosophy and evidence-based content was perfectly aligned with my values and in supporting my positive mindset surrounding physiological labour and birth. Although knowing much of the theory already due to being a Midwife, the course further developed my confidence in my body and the amazing ability to birth. My partner thoroughly enjoyed the course, preparing him of the work involved and equipped him with strategies to support me. Since the course, I have experienced two positive and transformative births and we are now proud parents of two beautiful daughters!

Amy is a registered Nurse, Midwife, Maternal and Child Health Nurse, IBCLC Lactation Consultant and Calmbirth Educator based in Melbourne. She has been caring for women, children and the wider family in both the hospital and community setting for over 10 years.
I first came across Calmbirth when caring for women in labour and birth as a Midwife. I was amazed at how informed, calm and welcoming these birthing women and their partners/ support team were! I noticed how different these couples approached the day of welcoming their baby into the world. There was not fear and panic, the couples who had attended the Calmbirth course evoked a strong and positive mindset, a clear vision of their labour and birthing experience and had also discussed and planned their birth preferences and wishes. The couples who had attended the Calmbirth course were often very informed and equipped with their own strategies as the labour amplified to new levels. As a midwife, I stood in awe of these willing women, supportive partners and intimate holding circle of support, working together as an epic birthing team. The women welcomed the sensations of a progressing labour and were confident in bringing their baby’s into the world. These were amazing labour and births to be a part of and a privilege to witness as a Midwife.

“With knowledge comes confidence”…this could not be more true!

In 2019, when it came to preparing for my first labour and birth, I too attended the Calmbirth course. The philosophy and evidence-based content was perfectly aligned with my values and in supporting my positive mindset surrounding physiological labour and birth. Although knowing much of the theory already due to being a Midwife, the course further developed my confidence in my body and the amazing ability to birth. My partner thoroughly enjoyed the course, preparing him of the work involved and equipped him with strategies to support me. Since the course, I have experienced two positive and transformative births and we are now proud parents of two beautiful daughters!

Getting To Know Calmbirth Educator Kirsty Crimmins

Kirsty is a midwife, nurse, Calmbirth Educator, mum to a beautiful boy and passionate about all things pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

As a midwife I have the amazing privilege of supporting couples as they embark on this incredible journey to parenthood. I’ve been with many families during this raw, life changing moment and I still feel in awe at every birth!

I became a Calmbirth Educator because I wanted to find a way to help couples feel empowered, strong and present for the birth of their baby. I’ve witnessed how creating positive birthing conversations can help women realise how powerful they truly are and embrace their incredible bodies. Every birth is unique and although you cannot plan exactly what will happen on the day, you can prepare.

One of the things l Iove about Calmbirth is it’s not about a specific type of birth but about giving couples the knowledge and tools to create a positive birth experience, regardless of the twists and turns their birth journey may take. This was reinforced with my own birth – caesarean at 37 weeks, which was not the birth I had initially envisioned or planned, but was such a positive, empowering, wonderfully life changing experience. I want all women to feel like this at their birth – whatever their own journey looks like.

Through teaching Calmbirth I hope to reach as many families as I can, to help them feel knowledgeable, empowered and excited about their upcoming birth. I truly believe in Calmbirth’s ethos ‘with knowledge comes confidence’ and I look forward to demystifying birth and giving couples the tools and understanding to navigate their individual birth journey and meet their baby with joy!

Kirsty is a midwife, nurse, Calmbirth Educator, mum to a beautiful boy and passionate about all things pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

As a midwife I have the amazing privilege of supporting couples as they embark on this incredible journey to parenthood. I’ve been with many families during this raw, life changing moment and I still feel in awe at every birth!

I became a Calmbirth Educator because I wanted to find a way to help couples feel empowered, strong and present for the birth of their baby. I’ve witnessed how creating positive birthing conversations can help women realise how powerful they truly are and embrace their incredible bodies. Every birth is unique and although you cannot plan exactly what will happen on the day, you can prepare.

One of the things l Iove about Calmbirth is it’s not about a specific type of birth but about giving couples the knowledge and tools to create a positive birth experience, regardless of the twists and turns their birth journey may take. This was reinforced with my own birth – caesarean at 37 weeks, which was not the birth I had initially envisioned or planned, but was such a positive, empowering, wonderfully life changing experience. I want all women to feel like this at their birth – whatever their own journey looks like.

Through teaching Calmbirth I hope to reach as many families as I can, to help them feel knowledgeable, empowered and excited about their upcoming birth. I truly believe in Calmbirth’s ethos ‘with knowledge comes confidence’ and I look forward to demystifying birth and giving couples the tools and understanding to navigate their individual birth journey and meet their baby with joy!

Getting To Know Calmbirth Educator Bec Rogers

Bec Rogers is a wife, a mother and has been a midwife for over 11 years practicing her entire career where she trained at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney.

“I started out early into my midwifery career practicing as a group practice midwife (MGP) shortly after graduating. It was during these years I witnessed the incredible difference Calmbirth can have on a woman’s birth experience and journey into motherhood. I used to recommend a baby moon down to Bowral for the weekend, attending a Calmbirth course, to all my women and partners I cared for. Most attended, and as a result the difference was seen in so many women’s birth experience’s through the confidence they had in their body, and ability to trust in the process of birth and surrender to the empowering incredible journey that birth and motherhood truly is.

“I myself also had the pleasure of attending Peter Jackson’s class back in 2013 before the birth of my first daughter, and remain incredibly grateful for the knowledge and skills I learnt prior to giving birth. I went into the experience with extended knowledge, confidence to make informed decisions, and trust in my body’s ability to birth my baby exactly as intended.  As a result, I have had two very relaxed, calm and fearless and empowering water births, welcoming both my daughters earth side. 

“Three years ago I made the tree change to the Southern =Highlands and haven’t looked back. This change has opened up career opportunities including becoming a Calmbirth educator and now working along-side both Karen and Peter, a bit of a pinch myself career moment.” 

Bec Rogers is a wife, a mother and has been a midwife for over 11 years practicing her entire career where she trained at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney.

“I started out early into my midwifery career practicing as a group practice midwife (MGP) shortly after graduating. It was during these years I witnessed the incredible difference Calmbirth can have on a woman’s birth experience and journey into motherhood. I used to recommend a baby moon down to Bowral for the weekend, attending a Calmbirth course, to all my women and partners I cared for. Most attended, and as a result the difference was seen in so many women’s birth experience’s through the confidence they had in their body, and ability to trust in the process of birth and surrender to the empowering incredible journey that birth and motherhood truly is.

“I myself also had the pleasure of attending Peter Jackson’s class back in 2013 before the birth of my first daughter, and remain incredibly grateful for the knowledge and skills I learnt prior to giving birth. I went into the experience with extended knowledge, confidence to make informed decisions, and trust in my body’s ability to birth my baby exactly as intended.  As a result, I have had two very relaxed, calm and fearless and empowering water births, welcoming both my daughters earth side. 

“Three years ago I made the tree change to the Southern =Highlands and haven’t looked back. This change has opened up career opportunities including becoming a Calmbirth educator and now working along-side both Karen and Peter, a bit of a pinch myself career moment.” 

Getting To Know Calmbirth Educator Bec Eadie

Bec Eadie is a Registered Midwife, Nurse, and Calmbirth Educator. She is passionate about empowering families through education, to help them navigate pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. Bec also holds a Masters in Public Health, and qualifications as a Yoga instructor, with additional certificates in Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga.

“I believe that positive birth experiences come in many forms, and education is one of the best ways to prepare for your biggest adventure yet! As a midwife, I have been looking after women and their families across a variety of settings for over 7 years. I also have two children (and a fur-baby) of my own who continue to teach me new lessons about parenting every day.

“I first came across Calmbirth as a student midwife, I could see the impact the course had on opening the lines of communication between couples, giving them confidence to make informed decisions during their labour and birth, and approaching the experience with a strong and positive mindset. A few years down the line, while planning for my own VBAC, I made Calmbirth an important part of my birth preparation. In all honesty, I thought it would be most beneficial for my husband, as I was already a midwife and I thought I had all the information I needed. However, Calmbirth really allowed me to take my midwife hat off, and view my birth as a completely unique experience, giving me the tools to turn off my analytical mind when I needed to and really embrace the whole amazing birth experience. The evidence-based education program not only helped us make informed decisions, but also gave us the tools to work through some of the more challenging physical aspects of labour and birth. After my transformative second birth, I knew that I wanted to become a Calmbirth educator.”

Bec Eadie is a Registered Midwife, Nurse, and Calmbirth Educator. She is passionate about empowering families through education, to help them navigate pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. Bec also holds a Masters in Public Health, and qualifications as a Yoga instructor, with additional certificates in Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga.

“I believe that positive birth experiences come in many forms, and education is one of the best ways to prepare for your biggest adventure yet! As a midwife, I have been looking after women and their families across a variety of settings for over 7 years. I also have two children (and a fur-baby) of my own who continue to teach me new lessons about parenting every day.

“I first came across Calmbirth as a student midwife, I could see the impact the course had on opening the lines of communication between couples, giving them confidence to make informed decisions during their labour and birth, and approaching the experience with a strong and positive mindset. A few years down the line, while planning for my own VBAC, I made Calmbirth an important part of my birth preparation. In all honesty, I thought it would be most beneficial for my husband, as I was already a midwife and I thought I had all the information I needed. However, Calmbirth really allowed me to take my midwife hat off, and view my birth as a completely unique experience, giving me the tools to turn off my analytical mind when I needed to and really embrace the whole amazing birth experience. The evidence-based education program not only helped us make informed decisions, but also gave us the tools to work through some of the more challenging physical aspects of labour and birth. After my transformative second birth, I knew that I wanted to become a Calmbirth educator.”

The transition to motherhood changed me

My name is Amy. I’m a registered Nurse, Midwife, Maternal and Child Health Nurse, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and now a Calmbirth Educator.

Becoming a Calmbirth Educator feels like I am returning to the genuine roots of midwifery, coming full circle back to pregnancy care – educating and empowering woman, partners and support people in preparation for their upcoming labour and birth. Continuing my professional development and educating others has always been a passion and joy of mine. If I had not been accepted into nursing at university, my next career preference was teaching! I am so glad nursing chose me

My name is Amy. I’m a registered Nurse, Midwife, Maternal and Child Health Nurse, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and now a Calmbirth Educator.

Becoming a Calmbirth Educator feels like I am returning to the genuine roots of midwifery, coming full circle back to pregnancy care – educating and empowering woman, partners and support people in preparation for their upcoming labour and birth. Continuing my professional development and educating others has always been a passion and joy of mine. If I had not been accepted into nursing at university, my next career preference was teaching! I am so glad nursing chose me

Getting To Know Calmbirth Educator Chloe Neville

Chloe Neville is a registered midwife and passionate childbirth Calmbirth educator!

“I began studying midwifery almost by accident, but I really believe now that it was meant for me all along. I am continually astonished by women – their innate abilities, their power and their triumphs as they grow, birth and nurture their babies.

Chloe Neville is a registered midwife and passionate childbirth Calmbirth educator!

“I began studying midwifery almost by accident, but I really believe now that it was meant for me all along. I am continually astonished by women – their innate abilities, their power and their triumphs as they grow, birth and nurture their babies.

Getting To Know Calmbirth Educator Lauren Downie

Lauren Downie is a GP Obstetrician working in Gippsland, currently based out of Warragul  and is a Calmbirth Educator.

She has been working as a doctor in Women’s Health for 10 years, across many different settings, including in General Practice, regional and rural hospitals and large, tertiary hospitals. Lauren is passionate about providing informed, holistic, individual-centred care to each person she looks after during their pregnancy and birthing journey; and she loves being able to then look after her patients postnatally and as they enter into parenting and beyond.

She says, “When pregnant with my own child, I attended a Calmbirth class, and I was so impressed and comforted by the amount of knowledge and practical, non-biased information that I, and my partner, received. I could see my partner’s confidence in attending a birth room was boosted and I could feel my own mindset become more confident and positive.

“Since then, I have always recommended the Calmbirth course to expecting couples, but noticed that there was a gap in availability in Gippsland – which is what spurred me on to become qualified. I am so excited about being able to impart this gentle confidence and calm to couples who are expecting; I want to be able to make a difference to the way couples approach birth and how they feel afterwards, as they welcome their baby to the world, regardless of the path their birth takes.

“I am passionate about providing care to all expecting couples, as I recognise that families are all different – LGBTQI+ families are very welcome”.

Lauren Downie is a GP Obstetrician working in Gippsland, currently based out of Warragul  and is a Calmbirth Educator.

She has been working as a doctor in Women’s Health for 10 years, across many different settings, including in General Practice, regional and rural hospitals and large, tertiary hospitals. Lauren is passionate about providing informed, holistic, individual-centred care to each person she looks after during their pregnancy and birthing journey; and she loves being able to then look after her patients postnatally and as they enter into parenting and beyond.

She says, “When pregnant with my own child, I attended a Calmbirth class, and I was so impressed and comforted by the amount of knowledge and practical, non-biased information that I, and my partner, received. I could see my partner’s confidence in attending a birth room was boosted and I could feel my own mindset become more confident and positive.

“Since then, I have always recommended the Calmbirth course to expecting couples, but noticed that there was a gap in availability in Gippsland – which is what spurred me on to become qualified. I am so excited about being able to impart this gentle confidence and calm to couples who are expecting; I want to be able to make a difference to the way couples approach birth and how they feel afterwards, as they welcome their baby to the world, regardless of the path their birth takes.

“I am passionate about providing care to all expecting couples, as I recognise that families are all different – LGBTQI+ families are very welcome”.

Getting To Know Calmbirth Educator Ruth Lees

Ruth is a registered midwife and child birth educator working in Hobart. She is passionate about inspiring and empowering women during their pregnancy and childbirth journey.

“My wish for you is to learn to trust your body’s own innate wisdom and support you to birth your baby without fear.

“I have been supporting women to birth in hospitals, birth centres and at home for over a decade, and I believe birth is the most profound experience in a woman’s life. With knowledge, preparation, and support, it can be an incredibly joyful, empowering, and transformative journey.

Ruth is a registered midwife and child birth educator working in Hobart. She is passionate about inspiring and empowering women during their pregnancy and childbirth journey.

“My wish for you is to learn to trust your body’s own innate wisdom and support you to birth your baby without fear.

“I have been supporting women to birth in hospitals, birth centres and at home for over a decade, and I believe birth is the most profound experience in a woman’s life. With knowledge, preparation, and support, it can be an incredibly joyful, empowering, and transformative journey.

Getting To Know Calmbirth Educator Katrina Sparke

“I grew up in South America and have clear memories of my mother and grandmother going out into the jungle late at night to help deliver babies. I spent a childhood at the feet of my grandmothers, deeply absorbed in the tales of their midnight deliveries.
“When I studied nursing I knew, without a doubt, that one day I would be a midwife and follow in the footsteps of both my grandmothers. I am honoured to continue their legacy.

“I grew up in South America and have clear memories of my mother and grandmother going out into the jungle late at night to help deliver babies. I spent a childhood at the feet of my grandmothers, deeply absorbed in the tales of their midnight deliveries.
“When I studied nursing I knew, without a doubt, that one day I would be a midwife and follow in the footsteps of both my grandmothers. I am honoured to continue their legacy.