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Birth Preparation

Articles and tools about preparing for birth

Psychological wellbeing for pregnancy and beyond

As a psychologist in Bowral NSW working in perinatal psychology (supporting mothers from the time of conception, through pregnancy and into early childhood) I appreciate very much that the local community have access to the Calmbirth childbirth education program in Mittagong.

As a psychologist in Bowral NSW working in perinatal psychology (supporting mothers from the time of conception, through pregnancy and into early childhood) I appreciate very much that the local community have access to the Calmbirth childbirth education program in Mittagong.

Why Birth Support Matters

When you ask a mother about the most memorable moments in her life, a time when she was full of joy, fear, excitement, love and pain, her answer will most probably be ‘childbirth’.

When you ask a mother about the most memorable moments in her life, a time when she was full of joy, fear, excitement, love and pain, her answer will most probably be ‘childbirth’.

Why Calmbirth Rocks

This man was beaming. He had come from the nearby hospital to the share the glorious news of the birth of his son.

This man was beaming. He had come from the nearby hospital to the share the glorious news of the birth of his son.

Yoga – The ideal ‘choice’ of exercise during pregnancy

Celia lives in the Southern Highlands with her husband and two young children. She is passionate about the empowerment of women in pregnancy and birth and assists women to achieve this through prenatal yoga, meditation and acupuncture.

Celia lives in the Southern Highlands with her husband and two young children. She is passionate about the empowerment of women in pregnancy and birth and assists women to achieve this through prenatal yoga, meditation and acupuncture.

Exercise whilst pregnant- what is safe?

There are lots of exercises that are safe during training and your current training plan can be modified to allow you to continue training though out all stages of pregnancy.

There are lots of exercises that are safe during training and your current training plan can be modified to allow you to continue training though out all stages of pregnancy.

Using Vocalising during labour

Making sounds during labour helps you to shift your consciousness into a deeper, calmer state of mind thus optimising your birthing hormones helping you labour more efficiently. 

Making sounds during labour helps you to shift your consciousness into a deeper, calmer state of mind thus optimising your birthing hormones helping you labour more efficiently. 

Can childbirth be enjoyable?

Why is childbirth so feared in our society? I know for certain that I’m not the only woman who has enjoyed her labour and births.

Why is childbirth so feared in our society? I know for certain that I’m not the only woman who has enjoyed her labour and births.

The power of suggestion

The power of suggestion and how the mind can influence the way the body responds was highlighted recently while talking with a couple during the break at a Calmbirth® course.

The power of suggestion and how the mind can influence the way the body responds was highlighted recently while talking with a couple during the break at a Calmbirth® course.

Love & Fear – its impact on Mental Health

Can the Calmbirth prenatal education classes make a positive contribution to the mental health of pregnant couple’s as well as to the children of the next generation?

And, what has happened to our humanity over recent times to create such an epidemic of mental health problems?

Can the Calmbirth prenatal education classes make a positive contribution to the mental health of pregnant couple’s as well as to the children of the next generation?

And, what has happened to our humanity over recent times to create such an epidemic of mental health problems?

Birth Story - Calmbirth | Mel and Stefan

About Birth co-founder Lael Stone shares her own experience of traumatic birth and recovery from postnatal PTSD.

By the time I was expecting my third baby I had been a doula and childbirth educator for a long time. I’d attended so many births, supported women in all types of birthing scenarios, witnessed trauma and joy, and interviewed hundreds of women about their birth experiences. Naively, I thought this meant I knew everything.

By the time I was expecting my third baby I had been a doula and childbirth educator for a long time. I’d attended so many births, supported women in all types of birthing scenarios, witnessed trauma and joy, and interviewed hundreds of women about their birth experiences. Naively, I thought this meant I knew everything.

Making Room For Love

Lets be honest, being a mum is hard work. The demands that today’s mothers are under are different to those of generations that came before, being time poor is one such challenge. Each generation has its own story.

Lets be honest, being a mum is hard work. The demands that today’s mothers are under are different to those of generations that came before, being time poor is one such challenge. Each generation has its own story.

Birth Preferences. Why are they important?

When I talk about the topic of birth preferences, the general feedback from people is “we have heard if you have a birth plan, it won’t go to plan”. Most feel that they will leave their birth in the capable hands of their care providers as “they know best” and are the experts.

When I talk about the topic of birth preferences, the general feedback from people is “we have heard if you have a birth plan, it won’t go to plan”. Most feel that they will leave their birth in the capable hands of their care providers as “they know best” and are the experts.

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.

There’s no birth like a Calmbirth…there’s no place like home

“You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.” Glinda from The Wizard of OZ.What does the Wizard of OZ and Calmbirth have in common?Sitting and watching the legendary and classic movie “The Wizard of Oz” with my family, it dawned on me how many parallels can be drawn upon to the journey of labour, birth, parenting and our Calmbirth Program that enables and empowers couples to discover their own strength, courage and to trust themselves and each other. So, let me take you on this journey…

“You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.” Glinda from The Wizard of OZ.What does the Wizard of OZ and Calmbirth have in common?Sitting and watching the legendary and classic movie “The Wizard of Oz” with my family, it dawned on me how many parallels can be drawn upon to the journey of labour, birth, parenting and our Calmbirth Program that enables and empowers couples to discover their own strength, courage and to trust themselves and each other. So, let me take you on this journey…

How to Normalise a Medicalised Labour and Birth.

Education is the key when your preparing to labour and birth. Without education and knowledge you may find it hard to speak your truth and advocate for what you desire throughout your labour and birth journey. This knowledge will give you the confidence in asking the question’s you need to ask in order to then make informed choices.Having a supportive care provider that you have built a relationship with would be great place to start when thinking about informed consent. You do have choices in the medical system you just need to ask.

Education is the key when your preparing to labour and birth. Without education and knowledge you may find it hard to speak your truth and advocate for what you desire throughout your labour and birth journey. This knowledge will give you the confidence in asking the question’s you need to ask in order to then make informed choices.Having a supportive care provider that you have built a relationship with would be great place to start when thinking about informed consent. You do have choices in the medical system you just need to ask.

Vision boards, what’s their connection to success?

I’ve created vision boards on and off over the years and didn’t really understand the depths of their incredible power until I recently attended a seminar by vision board guru, Barbara Pellegrino. Here are my learnings.

I’ve created vision boards on and off over the years and didn’t really understand the depths of their incredible power until I recently attended a seminar by vision board guru, Barbara Pellegrino. Here are my learnings.

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