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Calmbirth Educator | Carmel Woods

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Carmel Woods

Carmel Woods is a midwife working within the hospital system, and who has had the privilege of witnessing many amazing birth journeys.

Carmel Woods is a midwife working within the hospital system, and who has had the privilege of witnessing many amazing birth journeys.

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.

Dads…Are a wonderful support!

The thing I love the most about teaching this program is how it involves partners in more than just a tokenistic way. Out of all the wonderful feedback I get after people have had their babies, the most consistent, is how amazing their partners were.

The thing I love the most about teaching this program is how it involves partners in more than just a tokenistic way. Out of all the wonderful feedback I get after people have had their babies, the most consistent, is how amazing their partners were.

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 Lea Bailey

Lea has been a midwife for over 20 years within the hospital system as well as working as a Private practise elegible midwife for “Optimal Midwifery”. She is also a registered Calmbirth® Educator and believes the Calmbirth® program is an amazing and empowering opportunity for women and families in the community.

Lea has been a midwife for over 20 years within the hospital system as well as working as a Private practise elegible midwife for “Optimal Midwifery”. She is also a registered Calmbirth® Educator and believes the Calmbirth® program is an amazing and empowering opportunity for women and families in the community.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Tracey Anderson Askew

Tracey Anderson Askew has many qualifications such as: A Diploma of Teaching; Bachelor of Education; Graduate Diploma of Childbirth Education; Calmbirth® Educator; and Doula. However, her most important and cherished qualification, is being a mother of four sons.

Tracey Anderson Askew has many qualifications such as: A Diploma of Teaching; Bachelor of Education; Graduate Diploma of Childbirth Education; Calmbirth® Educator; and Doula. However, her most important and cherished qualification, is being a mother of four sons.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Kristal Byrne

Kristal Byrne is a practising Registered Nurse, Midwife and childbirth educator working in Wangaratta. She is a busy wife and mother of two girls but always finds time for her other passion.

Kristal Byrne is a practising Registered Nurse, Midwife and childbirth educator working in Wangaratta. She is a busy wife and mother of two girls but always finds time for her other passion.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Robyn Moore

“My passion to become a midwife and Calmbirth educator stems from my own births as a young woman.  I have three beautiful children but I approached each of their births with fear and anxiety, and I believe it was fate that some years later I applied and was accepted into nursing school .   

“My passion to become a midwife and Calmbirth educator stems from my own births as a young woman.  I have three beautiful children but I approached each of their births with fear and anxiety, and I believe it was fate that some years later I applied and was accepted into nursing school .   

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 Rosie Weatherly

Rosie lives on a farm with her husband, & two children. It was after doing the Calmbirth program with her partner 5 years ago (before the birth of their first child), that she knew it was something she was passionate to pursue.

Rosie lives on a farm with her husband, & two children. It was after doing the Calmbirth program with her partner 5 years ago (before the birth of their first child), that she knew it was something she was passionate to pursue.

Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Lael Stone

Lael Stone has spent the last 15 years working in Childbirth Education and postnatal care. She has worked as a doula for 12 years and as a Calmbirth Educator for 10 years.

Lael Stone has spent the last 15 years working in Childbirth Education and postnatal care. She has worked as a doula for 12 years and as a Calmbirth Educator for 10 years.

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 Gwen Teasdale

Gwen began training as a doula after the birth of her first child in 2002, as she found herself wanting to be a part of the ‘birth world’.

Gwen began training as a doula after the birth of her first child in 2002, as she found herself wanting to be a part of the ‘birth world’.

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 Jenna Troy

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

Jenna is a Registered Nurse and Midwife who has enjoyed working in all areas and facets of Maternity but has found birth suite her calling.

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

Jenna is a Registered Nurse and Midwife who has enjoyed working in all areas and facets of Maternity but has found birth suite her calling.

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.

Working through Fear

There is often an element of fear, worry, concern or anxiety associated with labour and birth. Sometimes, these feelings can be so strong, that they can delay or affect decisions to start a family, limit family size, or have an impact on pregnancy and birth itself.

There is often an element of fear, worry, concern or anxiety associated with labour and birth. Sometimes, these feelings can be so strong, that they can delay or affect decisions to start a family, limit family size, or have an impact on pregnancy and birth itself.

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. 

Get into Water

There are so many beautiful benefits to labouring and birthing into warm water! It’s a wonderful way to help a woman to feel safe, calm and private! 

There are so many beautiful benefits to labouring and birthing into warm water! It’s a wonderful way to help a woman to feel safe, calm and private! 

Confidence in Caregivers

Having trust in a caregiver is incredibly important, as is having enough knowledge for women to trust themselves and their partner to confidently move through birth, however it unfolds.

Having trust in a caregiver is incredibly important, as is having enough knowledge for women to trust themselves and their partner to confidently move through birth, however it unfolds.

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.  

Did you know this about Vaginal Examinations?

6cm Dilated
You know you’re a Midwife when you see this image and the first thing you think is “6cm dilated” haha!Which leads me into the topic of vaginal examinations (aka VE or internals) in labour. Did you know that vaginal examinations have NO predictive value in determining how long your labour will last? Or when you will give birth?

6cm Dilated
You know you’re a Midwife when you see this image and the first thing you think is “6cm dilated” haha!Which leads me into the topic of vaginal examinations (aka VE or internals) in labour. Did you know that vaginal examinations have NO predictive value in determining how long your labour will last? Or when you will give birth?

Inducing Labour Naturally 

If you’re hoping to avoid a medical induction, then trying some of these natural methods can sometimes send your body into labour. Here are our best tips for gently giving your body a nudge!

If you’re hoping to avoid a medical induction, then trying some of these natural methods can sometimes send your body into labour. Here are our best tips for gently giving your body a nudge!

Plan your birth like you would plan for your wedding day!

WHY IS IT that when we get engaged, more often than not, we end up investing SO much financially, emotionally and psychologically in this one day! In the hope that EVERYTHING goes the way we want… that everything ‘goes to plan’ – everything from the weather, to the venue, to Aunty Jean behaving (and who the hell are we going to sit at the same table as Uncle Scott… God I hope he doesn’t get too drunk and embarrass us)… you feel me? 

WHY IS IT that when we get engaged, more often than not, we end up investing SO much financially, emotionally and psychologically in this one day! In the hope that EVERYTHING goes the way we want… that everything ‘goes to plan’ – everything from the weather, to the venue, to Aunty Jean behaving (and who the hell are we going to sit at the same table as Uncle Scott… God I hope he doesn’t get too drunk and embarrass us)… you feel me? 

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. 

SROM

SROM (Sh-rom) aka Spontaneous Rupture of Membranes or in layman’s terms most people know it is simply as “your waters breaking” and refers to the fluid-filled bag of waters surrounding your baby breaking.

SROM (Sh-rom) aka Spontaneous Rupture of Membranes or in layman’s terms most people know it is simply as “your waters breaking” and refers to the fluid-filled bag of waters surrounding your baby breaking.

DATES

Did you know studies suggest that eating 60-80g of fresh medjool dates (equivalent to around 5-6 dates) every day from 36-37 weeks can lead to:

Did you know studies suggest that eating 60-80g of fresh medjool dates (equivalent to around 5-6 dates) every day from 36-37 weeks can lead to:

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.

Calmbirth…what’s it all about?

If you would like to know more about how you too can experience a calm and empowered birth please click the link to the youtube video attached.

If you would like to know more about how you too can experience a calm and empowered birth please click the link to the youtube video attached.