© Calmbirth. Website by Handmade Web & Design.

News

The latest Calmbirth and childbirth education news

Let’s talk Calmbirth…

For pregnant couples, the world of Childbirth/Antenatal Education can be a little overwhelming as there are now so many private and hospital classes on offer to help you prepare for labour and birth and beyond. And it is so important to prepare!

For pregnant couples, the world of Childbirth/Antenatal Education can be a little overwhelming as there are now so many private and hospital classes on offer to help you prepare for labour and birth and beyond. And it is so important to prepare!

For many, this is the most exciting time of your life

The thought of giving birth is daunting for some women and their partners, but a service in the Southern highlands can conquer those fears and make the process a much less stressful one.

The thought of giving birth is daunting for some women and their partners, but a service in the Southern highlands can conquer those fears and make the process a much less stressful one.

Calming Influences

My first birth was an arduous labour with a decent amount of intervention. I wanted more skills and options up my sleeve to help me.

My first birth was an arduous labour with a decent amount of intervention. I wanted more skills and options up my sleeve to help me.

Birthing business born in the Highlands

Karen McClay loves being involved with childbirth. She’s a part time midwife at Bowral Hospital with a hands-on role delivering babies, then every second weekend she teaches childbirth education classes at Calmbirth in Mittagong, where she is also Director of the organisation.

Karen McClay loves being involved with childbirth. She’s a part time midwife at Bowral Hospital with a hands-on role delivering babies, then every second weekend she teaches childbirth education classes at Calmbirth in Mittagong, where she is also Director of the organisation.

Babytalk with Calmbirth

The NSW Government has announced $270,000 in collaborative funding for the Gidget Foundation Australia’s Start Talking tele-health program.

The NSW Government has announced $270,000 in collaborative funding for the Gidget Foundation Australia’s Start Talking tele-health program.

About Calmbirth | Conscious Parenting

Gidget Foundation Australia urges parents to start talking this PNDA Week, 12 – 18 November 2017

Gidget Foundation Australia urges all Australians, especially new and expectant parents, to Start Talking this November in an effort to break down the stigma surrounding perinatal depression and anxiety.

Gidget Foundation Australia urges all Australians, especially new and expectant parents, to Start Talking this November in an effort to break down the stigma surrounding perinatal depression and anxiety.

Giving birth – is a matter of life and death

We are so proud to call Dr Andrew Browning one of our own,  a ‘local’, as he has a steep family history in the Southern Highlands working as a well known gynaecologist and obstetrician in Bowral.

We are so proud to call Dr Andrew Browning one of our own,  a ‘local’, as he has a steep family history in the Southern Highlands working as a well known gynaecologist and obstetrician in Bowral.

The secret is out…Calmbirth is coming to North Shore Private Hospital

Calmbirth, Australia’s leading and evidence based childbirth education program is coming to the North Shore Private Hospital in April and you can book NOW. North Shore Private Hospital together with their community welcomes over 2,500 babies each year

Calmbirth, Australia’s leading and evidence based childbirth education program is coming to the North Shore Private Hospital in April and you can book NOW. North Shore Private Hospital together with their community welcomes over 2,500 babies each year

Do you want to become a Calmbirth Educator?

Be a part of inspiring and educating future generations to experience birth as a natural part of life with knowledge, confidence and fearlessness, and with the support of their partners and caregivers. 

Be a part of inspiring and educating future generations to experience birth as a natural part of life with knowledge, confidence and fearlessness, and with the support of their partners and caregivers. 

Celebrating International Women’s Day…because women & mothers matter

On International Women’s Day we are presented with an opportunity to reflect on the value of women in society and in our personal lives. Mothers, daughters, partners, colleagues and friends. Leaders of countries, companies and families

On International Women’s Day we are presented with an opportunity to reflect on the value of women in society and in our personal lives. Mothers, daughters, partners, colleagues and friends. Leaders of countries, companies and families

Calmbirth – Empowering couples through knowledge and confidence

Birth. It happens to all of us. Well, happened. And, as for birth-ing, there’s a higher than average chance that if you are reading this, you’ve either given somebody else the gift of life or are considering the possibility of doing just that. For those of you in neither category, but along for the ride, welcome! In fact, thank you for taking the time! Because, as you’ll come to see, partners and supporters can make the world of difference to an expecting mum and to her birthing experience.

Birth. It happens to all of us. Well, happened. And, as for birth-ing, there’s a higher than average chance that if you are reading this, you’ve either given somebody else the gift of life or are considering the possibility of doing just that. For those of you in neither category, but along for the ride, welcome! In fact, thank you for taking the time! Because, as you’ll come to see, partners and supporters can make the world of difference to an expecting mum and to her birthing experience.

I Wish I Knew: How expecting parents can support their emotional wellbeing

Many expecting mums and dads are surprised and shocked by how challenging becoming a parent can be. Up to one in five expecting or new mothers and one in ten expecting or new fathers will experience perinatal anxiety or depression.

Many expecting mums and dads are surprised and shocked by how challenging becoming a parent can be. Up to one in five expecting or new mothers and one in ten expecting or new fathers will experience perinatal anxiety or depression.

Calmbirth coming to Sutherland Hospital 2019

Pregnant couples all over the Sutherland shire and surrounding areas are so thrilled and excited that the very sought after antenatal program, Calmbirth, is now going to be available at the Sutherland Hospital in March 2019, So Happy NEW YEAR Sutherland!

Pregnant couples all over the Sutherland shire and surrounding areas are so thrilled and excited that the very sought after antenatal program, Calmbirth, is now going to be available at the Sutherland Hospital in March 2019, So Happy NEW YEAR Sutherland!

Calmbirth at the SAN Hospital

Make sure you start your birth journey in the New Year by booking into the Calmbirth course with Jenny Childs at the SAN by visiting: https://calmbirth.com.au/the-san-hospital/

Make sure you start your birth journey in the New Year by booking into the Calmbirth course with Jenny Childs at the SAN by visiting: https://calmbirth.com.au/the-san-hospital/

Calmbirth Educator Training 2019

Make sure you start your birth journey in the New Year by booking into the Calmbirth course with Jenny Childs at the SAN by visiting: https://calmbirth.com.au/the-san-hospital/

Make sure you start your birth journey in the New Year by booking into the Calmbirth course with Jenny Childs at the SAN by visiting: https://calmbirth.com.au/the-san-hospital/

Calmbirth coming to The Mater Hospital in North Sydney in July

EXTRA EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT!!!CALM BIRTH IS COMING TO THE MATER HOSPITAL IN NORTH SYDNEY IN JULY THIS YEAR.The Mater Hospital in North Sydney and Calmbirth is proud to announce that the very sought after, highly acclaimed and TRUSTED Calmbirth program will be officially launched at the Mater Hospital in North Sydney in July this year.

EXTRA EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT!!!CALM BIRTH IS COMING TO THE MATER HOSPITAL IN NORTH SYDNEY IN JULY THIS YEAR.The Mater Hospital in North Sydney and Calmbirth is proud to announce that the very sought after, highly acclaimed and TRUSTED Calmbirth program will be officially launched at the Mater Hospital in North Sydney in July this year.

Preventing food allergy in your baby

We now know that the best way to prevent allergies in our children is to give them the common allergy causing foods before they turn one. Delaying the introduction of the common allergy causing foods does not prevent food allergy.

We now know that the best way to prevent allergies in our children is to give them the common allergy causing foods before they turn one. Delaying the introduction of the common allergy causing foods does not prevent food allergy.

The importance of the support person’s role during childbirth

Are you, or were you an active support person to your partner as they embarked on their birthing journey? Did you feel or know what to do either intuitively or by what you were taught? Did you feel that you were enough? That your intent was pure and your love endless.

Are you, or were you an active support person to your partner as they embarked on their birthing journey? Did you feel or know what to do either intuitively or by what you were taught? Did you feel that you were enough? That your intent was pure and your love endless.

Calmbirth NOW available at The Mater Hospital in North Sydney

CALMBIRTH IS NOW AVAILABLE AS AN ANTENATAL PROGRAM AT THE MATER HOSPITAL IN NORTH SYDNEY AND IS TAKING BOOKINGS
The Mater Hospital in North Sydney and Calmbirth is proud to announce that the very sought after, highly acclaimed and TRUSTED Calmbirth program is NOW available to do as an antenatal program at the Mater Hospital in North Sydney, and is NOW taking bookings for the 28th July and 4th August course. The Calmbirth course at the Mater hospital will be conducted on consecutive Sundays with the first consecutive Calmbirth weekend course being the 28th July & 4th August course. 

CALMBIRTH IS NOW AVAILABLE AS AN ANTENATAL PROGRAM AT THE MATER HOSPITAL IN NORTH SYDNEY AND IS TAKING BOOKINGS
The Mater Hospital in North Sydney and Calmbirth is proud to announce that the very sought after, highly acclaimed and TRUSTED Calmbirth program is NOW available to do as an antenatal program at the Mater Hospital in North Sydney, and is NOW taking bookings for the 28th July and 4th August course. The Calmbirth course at the Mater hospital will be conducted on consecutive Sundays with the first consecutive Calmbirth weekend course being the 28th July & 4th August course. 

Calmbirth & COPE – A perfect combination

At Calmbirth we are passionate about collaborating with like minded organisations who share the same values and vision as us, in supporting pregnant couples and improving birth outcomes for families in Australia and abroad, on both a physical and emotional level. So we are so thrilled to announce our partnership with COPE – Centre of Perinatal Excellence in providing support for the emotional challenges of becoming a parent.

At Calmbirth we are passionate about collaborating with like minded organisations who share the same values and vision as us, in supporting pregnant couples and improving birth outcomes for families in Australia and abroad, on both a physical and emotional level. So we are so thrilled to announce our partnership with COPE – Centre of Perinatal Excellence in providing support for the emotional challenges of becoming a parent.

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR  CALMBIRTH EDUCATOR TRAINING 2020

It’s that time of year again when Calmbirth is calling ALL MidwivesDoulasAnd any medical or health professionals who work in birth to join our passionate and professional team of Calmbirth Educators.If you have a passion to help enrich the birth experience for pregnant and birthing couples.If you want to change our birth culture to inspire future generations to embrace birth as a natural part of life with knowledge, confidence and skills.If you want to inform couples of their birth choices and empower them to birth with the support of their partners and cargegives. 

It’s that time of year again when Calmbirth is calling ALL MidwivesDoulasAnd any medical or health professionals who work in birth to join our passionate and professional team of Calmbirth Educators.If you have a passion to help enrich the birth experience for pregnant and birthing couples.If you want to change our birth culture to inspire future generations to embrace birth as a natural part of life with knowledge, confidence and skills.If you want to inform couples of their birth choices and empower them to birth with the support of their partners and cargegives. 

Pioneer of Childbirth Education in Australia, Peter Jackson is coming to New Zealand

We have some very exciting news to tell pregnant couples who live in Auckland, New Zealand and that’s that the pioneer of childbirth education in Australia and Founder of Calmbirth is coming to New Zealand to teach the program. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to do the Calmbirth program with him as he has recently retired. Calmbirth Educator, Debbie Peters who teaches the Calmbirth program in Auckland has invited him over, to not only show off her beautiful country but to also show him off and why there’s no birth like a Calmbirth. 

We have some very exciting news to tell pregnant couples who live in Auckland, New Zealand and that’s that the pioneer of childbirth education in Australia and Founder of Calmbirth is coming to New Zealand to teach the program. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to do the Calmbirth program with him as he has recently retired. Calmbirth Educator, Debbie Peters who teaches the Calmbirth program in Auckland has invited him over, to not only show off her beautiful country but to also show him off and why there’s no birth like a Calmbirth. 

March to Safe Birth

Support the work of the Barbara May Foundation by participating in March to Safe Birth. We are supporters of the wonderful work Dr Andrew Browning and his team do in providing maternal healthcare services within the sub- Saharan Africa.Join us to March to Safe Birth in March to help provide dignity and safety in childbirth for the underprivileged women of nomadic and remote communities in Africa where childbirth remains a matter of life and death.

Support the work of the Barbara May Foundation by participating in March to Safe Birth. We are supporters of the wonderful work Dr Andrew Browning and his team do in providing maternal healthcare services within the sub- Saharan Africa.Join us to March to Safe Birth in March to help provide dignity and safety in childbirth for the underprivileged women of nomadic and remote communities in Africa where childbirth remains a matter of life and death.

How coronavirus is changing maternity wards

Pregnancy is usually a time of joy and nerves but the anxiety is only rising as the coronavirus continues to spread.Calm Birth owner Karen McClay tells Deborah Knight that the coronavirus is having a major impact on pregnant women. “There’s maternity units that are having to consider cutting down visitors and limiting who can actually go onto units as well, so there’s concern about what support people they can take with them.”She says they have tried to adjust to the new normal by moving programs online and using telehealth appointments.

Pregnancy is usually a time of joy and nerves but the anxiety is only rising as the coronavirus continues to spread.Calm Birth owner Karen McClay tells Deborah Knight that the coronavirus is having a major impact on pregnant women. “There’s maternity units that are having to consider cutting down visitors and limiting who can actually go onto units as well, so there’s concern about what support people they can take with them.”She says they have tried to adjust to the new normal by moving programs online and using telehealth appointments.

Even during a pandemic babies WILL be born & Calmbirth will be there to help support, empower & educate pregnant couples in a virtual classroom

Due to the current threat of the Coronavirus and the increased risk of cross infection between class participants, all major maternity hospitals in Sydney have suspended face to face antenatal education classes.
It is anticipated that hospitals in other states will soon apply the same restrictions and private practitioners may also need to adopt the same boundaries. As a result of this pandemic, Calmbirth has come up with an innovative solution that enables pregnant couples, whose anxiety levels maybe peaking with all the uncertainties to still be able to access quality and evidence based childbirth education in a virtual classroom via ZOOM, where the couples can engage with other pregnant couples, their Calmbirth Educator as well as calm their fears about giving birth.

Due to the current threat of the Coronavirus and the increased risk of cross infection between class participants, all major maternity hospitals in Sydney have suspended face to face antenatal education classes.
It is anticipated that hospitals in other states will soon apply the same restrictions and private practitioners may also need to adopt the same boundaries. As a result of this pandemic, Calmbirth has come up with an innovative solution that enables pregnant couples, whose anxiety levels maybe peaking with all the uncertainties to still be able to access quality and evidence based childbirth education in a virtual classroom via ZOOM, where the couples can engage with other pregnant couples, their Calmbirth Educator as well as calm their fears about giving birth.

Possums for parents with babies

Calmbirth is working together with the Possums Clinic to provide families with the latest and evidence based information, services and support they need once they bring their babies home. Now more than ever before where anxiety, stress and fear levels are heightened and the support of families, friends and their village is gone, due to isolation during these very uncertain times, Calmbirth feels that the services the Possum Clinic provides new parents ranging from breastfeeding, infant sleep, unsettled behaviour, maternal mood, infant mental health and so much more is the security and confidence that is needed right now for parents to make their transition into parenthood as calmly and as empowered as they can. 

Calmbirth is working together with the Possums Clinic to provide families with the latest and evidence based information, services and support they need once they bring their babies home. Now more than ever before where anxiety, stress and fear levels are heightened and the support of families, friends and their village is gone, due to isolation during these very uncertain times, Calmbirth feels that the services the Possum Clinic provides new parents ranging from breastfeeding, infant sleep, unsettled behaviour, maternal mood, infant mental health and so much more is the security and confidence that is needed right now for parents to make their transition into parenthood as calmly and as empowered as they can. 

COVID -19 Calmbirth Care Package

At Calmbirth we understand that expectant parents are struggling and doing it tough right now. Calmbirth wants to support you through your pregnancy, labour and birth during COVID -19, so we have developed the Calmbirth Care package.Our Calmbirth Care package for COVID -19 will allow us to provide pregnant couples access to quality and evidence based childbirth education at a time when they need it the most but may not be able to afford it. We also hope to inspire others who can afford it, to “pay it forward” and sponsor a couple to attend a Calmbirth course.

At Calmbirth we understand that expectant parents are struggling and doing it tough right now. Calmbirth wants to support you through your pregnancy, labour and birth during COVID -19, so we have developed the Calmbirth Care package.Our Calmbirth Care package for COVID -19 will allow us to provide pregnant couples access to quality and evidence based childbirth education at a time when they need it the most but may not be able to afford it. We also hope to inspire others who can afford it, to “pay it forward” and sponsor a couple to attend a Calmbirth course.

Possums for parents with babies – Breastfeeding or Sleep Problems?

Calmbirth is working together with the Possums Clinic to provide families with the latest and evidence based information, services and support they need once they bring their babies home. Parents with babies in the first year of life are now able to receive support for breastfeeding and sleep in an online group setting.The Possums Clinic Online is commencing VIRTUAL Shared Medical Appointments, small group sessions that are bulk-billed for parents seeking our support during the COVID-19 crisis. To book in or for more information, go to www.possumsclinic.com/SMA/

Calmbirth is working together with the Possums Clinic to provide families with the latest and evidence based information, services and support they need once they bring their babies home. Parents with babies in the first year of life are now able to receive support for breastfeeding and sleep in an online group setting.The Possums Clinic Online is commencing VIRTUAL Shared Medical Appointments, small group sessions that are bulk-billed for parents seeking our support during the COVID-19 crisis. To book in or for more information, go to www.possumsclinic.com/SMA/

Applications are now open for Calmbirth Educator Training 2020 via ZOOM

Due to the uncertainties of COVID -19 and the impact it will have on several other industries such as travel and accommodation, one thing is for certain, and that’s the Calmbirth Educator Training 2020 will be going ahead via ZOOM in September this year!

Due to the uncertainties of COVID -19 and the impact it will have on several other industries such as travel and accommodation, one thing is for certain, and that’s the Calmbirth Educator Training 2020 will be going ahead via ZOOM in September this year!

There’s no birth like a Calmbirth and there’s no better place to birth then at home!

“Calmbirth is so thrilled to announce our collaboration with Homebirth NSW and be able to promote more informed choices for women and their partners who are wanting and seeking a homebirth. Calmbirth is all about normalising birth and changing our birth culture for future generations, so that they can experience birth positively and as a natural part of life whilst giving them choices in how and where they wish to birth their babies”, says Midwife, Director & Owner of Calmbirth, 

“Calmbirth is so thrilled to announce our collaboration with Homebirth NSW and be able to promote more informed choices for women and their partners who are wanting and seeking a homebirth. Calmbirth is all about normalising birth and changing our birth culture for future generations, so that they can experience birth positively and as a natural part of life whilst giving them choices in how and where they wish to birth their babies”, says Midwife, Director & Owner of Calmbirth, 

How eating beans can aid with nausea

Beans refer to any edible seed that belongs to the legume familyThey are a great source of protein, iron, calcium and are high in fibre.  And now have been found to reduce nausea, it’s a win, win situation for the bean!

Beans refer to any edible seed that belongs to the legume familyThey are a great source of protein, iron, calcium and are high in fibre.  And now have been found to reduce nausea, it’s a win, win situation for the bean!

morning ritual

The Simplicity of Lemon and Water

It is a great time to cleanse ensuring you are helping your body with environmental factors and stress.  When in the clinic working as a Dr Chinese medicine, I speak often about the role of the Liver in being the Commander of the body and organs.  When the Commander is unhappy everyone is unhappy, so it is important always to soothe the Liver, calming the body.  The role of the Liver is to remove toxins, performing this essential metabolic function. So cleansing the Liver to start your day, ensures the body is running correctly, enabling you to have more energy.  As the Livers role within the body is to support the muscles by supplying them with blood, when you are sleeping the blood returns to the Liver to be cleansed, again lemon and hot water are your go-to here. 

It is a great time to cleanse ensuring you are helping your body with environmental factors and stress.  When in the clinic working as a Dr Chinese medicine, I speak often about the role of the Liver in being the Commander of the body and organs.  When the Commander is unhappy everyone is unhappy, so it is important always to soothe the Liver, calming the body.  The role of the Liver is to remove toxins, performing this essential metabolic function. So cleansing the Liver to start your day, ensures the body is running correctly, enabling you to have more energy.  As the Livers role within the body is to support the muscles by supplying them with blood, when you are sleeping the blood returns to the Liver to be cleansed, again lemon and hot water are your go-to here. 

NEWS FLASH – Calmbirth starts at the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle in August

The John Hunter Hospital Parenting Education Service is excited to announce that we are now offering the well-known Calmbirth Antenatal education programs to expectant parents across the Newcastle and surrounding areas

Providing women with choice in a range of quality educational programs is a great step forward for our service and is a great complement to our existing range of courses.

The John Hunter Hospital Parenting Education Service is excited to announce that we are now offering the well-known Calmbirth Antenatal education programs to expectant parents across the Newcastle and surrounding areas

Providing women with choice in a range of quality educational programs is a great step forward for our service and is a great complement to our existing range of courses.

Possums For Parents With Babies – Leaders in innovative and evidence based care for mothers and their babies.

We are so thrilled to announce our collaboration with Possums For Parents where we will be working together to provide families with the latest evidence based information and care on issues such as baby sleep and breastfeeding.  In addition, parents will be able to access information about all the other services available from Possums including clinical and peer support they may need once they bring their babies home.

We are so thrilled to announce our collaboration with Possums For Parents where we will be working together to provide families with the latest evidence based information and care on issues such as baby sleep and breastfeeding.  In addition, parents will be able to access information about all the other services available from Possums including clinical and peer support they may need once they bring their babies home.

BREAKING NEWS – Calmbirth Pilot Study in Auckland City Hospital

Calmbirth classes – FREE of charge in a Pilot Study in Auckland City Hospital.
From September 2020 to June 2021 Calmbirth will be conducting Calmbirth courses for Auckland District Health Board for FREE to couples that meet the criteria. This pilot project is part of an initiative to create opportunities for normal birth at Auckland City Hospital.

Calmbirth classes – FREE of charge in a Pilot Study in Auckland City Hospital.
From September 2020 to June 2021 Calmbirth will be conducting Calmbirth courses for Auckland District Health Board for FREE to couples that meet the criteria. This pilot project is part of an initiative to create opportunities for normal birth at Auckland City Hospital.

Book Now