Calmbirth Collaborations

Community and charity collaborations

Shared Values

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 and changing birth culture to one that is talked about and experienced far more positively for future generations. 

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The Gidget Foundation

Supporting the emotional wellbeing
of expectant and new parents

The Gidget Foundation Australia is a not for profit organisation supporting the emotional wellbeing of expectant and new parents to ensure that those in need receive timely, appropriate and supportive care.

Anxiety and depression during the perinatal period affects around 20% of mothers and 10% of fathers, almost 100,000 parents in Australia each year and is underreported and undertreated. Sadly, suicide is the leading cause of maternal death in Australia in the year after birth.

The Gidget Foundation’s mission is to raise awareness of emotional wellbeing in pregnancy and early parenting. Gidget was a vibrant and joyful Northern Beaches mother.  She had a loving, supportive family and a wide network of caring friends.  Gidget took her own life while suffering postnatal depression.  Her baby was 9 months old.  Her personal suffering was isolating and her death left a hole in the lives of many.

Initially established by Gidget’s friends and sisters the Foundation is now supported by passionate individuals, community leaders, businesses and health professionals. We promote the importance of maintaining good emotional health while working to ensure easy access to professional care for anyone needing help and support.

Obstetrician and Chairman of the Gidget Foundation, Dr Vijay Roach, says “The Gidget Foundation is pleased to be associated with Calmbirth. Educating women and their partners in pregnancy, birth and early parenting, independent of an individual’s birth or parenting choices, is a positive step towards improving emotional wellbeing during pregnancy and early parenting.”

“The Gidget Foundation is proud to be associated with Calmbirth. Educating women and their partners in pregnancy, birth and early parenting, independent of an individual’s birth or parenting choices, is a positive step towards improving emotional wellbeing during pregnancy and early parenting.”

– Dr Vijay Roach, Obstertrician & Gynaecologist MRCOG FRANZCOG and Chairman of the Gidget Foundation 

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Possums For Parents With Babies

Knowledge Revolution In The Care Of New Families

We are so thrilled to announce our collaboration with the Possums for Parents with Babies 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.

Possums is a non for profit organisation and charity founded by Australian doctor and academic Dr Pamela Douglas, who developed Neuroprotective Developmental Care (NDC or ‘the Possums programs’),  offering science-based approaches to the common early life challenges of breastfeeding, baby sleep, cry/fuss problems and parental mood. 

She says, “Possums is the antithesis to traditional sleep training. It uses a ‘cued care’ approach, making sure babies get plenty of sensory stimulation during the day, feeding on demand and letting sleep simply take care of itself.”

The Possums Programs aims to protect the rapidly developing infant brain and gut during the critical antenatal period and first 12 months of life, and supports parents’ mental health and psychological resilience during this challenging though rewarding time.

NDC is delivered by NDC accredited health professionals, of whom there is a growing number offering services in Australia – click here to find someone qualified in NDC near you!

Unlike other approaches to early life care, NDC uniquely acknowledges the interrelatedness of breastfeeding and infant feeding, sleep, baby’s sensory-motor and social needs, cry-fuss behaviours, and parental mood, offering innovative, state-of-the-art support in each domain.

“What we love about Possums is that it’s evidence based. The information they provide to new parents is based on research and offers extremely helpful and practical strategies for parents to follow. We love that it helps parents set more realistic expectations about parenthood and how to deal with the emotional challenges of their transition to becoming new parents. ” says Calmbirth Director, Karen McClay. 

Their holistic approach is built upon peer-reviewed and published theoretical foundations, developed from over 15 years of interdisciplinary research collaborations. By consulting with NDC accredited health professionals, parents avoid fragmentation of care and conflicting advice.

Debbie Spink, Board member and PIPPS Manager at Possums says, ‘We are so pleased that Karen and her team at Calmbirth are providing antenatal education that is not only evidence-based, but acknowledges the importance of emotional wellbeing across their content. We are incredibly grateful to be entering this collaboration with Calmbirth and are excited to think that there will be  many families who will experience a journey through the perinatal period receiving aligned, evidence based information and support through their connection with Calmbirth and Possums.’

For more information about Possum for Parents with Babies, their services and or to become a PIPPS member, go to: https://possumsonline.com

 

 

Debbie Spink, Board member and PIPPS Manager at Possums says, ‘We are so pleased that Karen and her team at Calmbirth are providing antenatal education that is not only evidence-based, but acknowledges the importance of emotional wellbeing across their content. We are incredibly grateful to be entering this collaboration with Calmbirth and are excited to think that there will be  many families who will experience a journey through the perinatal period receiving aligned, evidence based information and support through their connection with Calmbirth and Possums.’

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COPE

Providing support for the emotional challenges of becoming a parent

Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE) is a not-for-profit organisation devoted to reducing the impacts of emotional and mental health problems in the pre and postnatal periods.

Their history and foundations are underpinned by extensive research and best practice.  Building upon this, COPE provides a national, dedicated focus to perinatal mental health to address the identified issues that we know are currently preventing people from accessing timely and effective information and care.

Through their corporate objectives and governance, COPE works with others to achieve their purpose. Their work to date has been made possible through the invaluable financial and probono contributions of their partners.

COPE’s philosophy

The perinatal period (the period from conception to the first year following the birth of a baby) is the time in a woman’s life when she is most likely to develop mental health problems.

Perinatal depression alone is currently the leading cause of maternal death in developed countries.  The cost of these conditions is significant – from a personal, social, developmental and economic standpoint.

COPE’s philosophy is that all women, men and families should have access to timely and effective screening, management, treatment and care.

COPE is making this possible through:

  • Providing a national, dedicated focus to perinatal mental health
  • Developing strong, strategic partnerships
  • Supporting research to inform the most effective and efficient approaches to treatment and intervention
  • Investment and an ongoing commitment to improving outcomes for mothers, fathers, infants and future generations.

 

“At COPE, our purpose is to provide expectant and new parents with quality information around the wide range of challenges, that are often experienced on the journey to parenthood, but are often not spoken about openly.

“By opening the conversation and providing access to information and support, COPE also serves to prevent the incidence and minimise the impact of emotional and mental health problems that occur in the perinatal period, and to improve the quality of life of those living with these conditions.  

“Unfortunately, there is still a stigma around depression generally.  We can be our own worst enemies – especially when it comes to parenthood.  We need to stop giving each other a hard time and come together with understanding, love and support.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Calmbirth so that we can raise awareness and understanding about the range of emotional challenges that can come with having a baby, and also help to reduce distress and identify conditions early. We want parents to know they are NOT alone in their challenges of parenthood. Through providing quality information, COPE helps parents feel supported and feel confident to ask for and get help.

“Through our partnership with Calmbirth, we will ensure that couples have access to the right information and resources from the very beginning of their pregnancy stage, through to the birth and into the post partum period. This is a time when a woman is most at risk of stress, depression and anxiety, and information is key to early detection and seeking the right help for them and their partners”, says the Founder and CEO of COPE, Dr Nicole Highet.

“We here at Calmbirth are so excited to be collaborating with such a tremendous and vitally relevant organisation such as COPE. Calmbirth’s entire philosophy is about protecting the emotional wellbeing of couples with their transition into parenthood. We believe that Calmbirth and COPE is the perfect combination and will go a long way in improving the emotional wellbeing of new families for generations to come,” says the Director of Calmbirth Karen McClay.  

 

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Calmbirth so that we can raise awareness and understanding about the range of emotional challenges that can come with having a baby, and also help to reduce distress and identify conditions early. We want parents to know they are NOT alone in their challenges of parenthood. Through providing quality information, COPE helps parents feel supported and feel confident to ask for and get help.

“Through our partnership with Calmbirth, we will ensure that couples have access to the right information and resources from the very beginning of their pregnancy stage, through to the birth and into the post partum period. This is a time when a woman is most at risk of stress, depression and anxiety, and information is key to early detection and seeking the right help for them and their partners”, says the Founder and CEO of COPE, Dr Nicole Highet.

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Homebirth NSW

Pregnancy & Childbirth through the lens of Whole Wellbeing

Homebirth NSW (previously Homebirth Access Sydney or HAS) has been representing homebirth families since 1979.

We are a non-profit organisation and the only group of its kind in NSW that promotes and supports homebirth as an accessible and attainable birthing option. By sustaining a centrally organised group of like-minded people, gathering information and making it available to anyone who is interested in childbirth alternatives and the myriad of related issues, we perform an extremely important function – keeping basic human rights in childbirth at the forefront. 

Homebirths NSW Mission

Our mission is to protect and promote access to homebirth in NSW, including connecting families with prenatal and postnatal services and enabling access to information and support for women wanting to have a homebirth. We will continue to support women’s rights to choose where and with whom they give birth and obtain antenatal and postnatal care. We would love to see women making informed decisions about their care and feeling empowered by their pregnancies and births.

“Homebirth NSW are so excited to have Calmbirth as an affiliate with us! Our mission is to promote and protect access to homebirth in NSW, including connecting families with prenatal services such as the wonderful education offered by Calmbirth”. 

To find out more about Homebirths NSW go to: https://www.homebirthnsw.org.au

“We are 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, Karen McClay.  

“Homebirth NSW are so excited to have Calmbirth as an affiliate with us! Our mission is to promote and protect access to homebirth in NSW, including connecting families with prenatal services such as the wonderful education offered by Calmbirth”. 

 

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Barbara May Foundation

Safety, dignity and hope to women in areas
 where safe medical care is lacking

Established in 2009, the Barbara May Foundation (BMF) provides funding to Australian medical professionals Valerie Browning AM and Dr Andrew Browning. They run projects in Tanzania and Ethiopia that relieve the high incidence of death and extreme injury in pregnancy and childbirth. They provide safety, dignity and hope to women in areas where safe medical care is lacking. Maternal healthcare and medical services are provided at no cost, regardless of race or religion.

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. He was also awarded the medal of the Order of Australia in 2004 for his service to medicine, particularly as an obstetrician and gynaecologist, and to the community of Bowral and the surrounding districts. He comes from a long line of missionaries in his family, so it came as no surprise and seems almost inevitable that he would end up working for almost 20 years as a fistula surgeon dealing on a daily basis with the tragic results of obstructed labour amongst some of the poorest women in Africa. 

“In Australia’s lovely cities, with our world-class maternity facilities and brilliant midwives and doctors, we can take childbirth for granted. We fully expect that our wives, sisters, daughters, friends will complete their journey of pregnancy with a birth assisted by knowledgeable and caring health professionals in clean and safe environments.

Conversely – today, as you read this, up to 500 women around the world – more than half of those in sub-Saharan Africa where we work, will go into labour and die while giving birth. Many more will suffer crippling and distressing injuries such as obstetric fistula. In those countries – giving birth is a matter of life and death”, Dr Andrew Browning said.

Calmbirth supports and praises the amazing work of Dr Andrew Browning and the Barbara May Foundation in its efforts to transform the lives of women, babies and their families and improving maternal health in those areas.  

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The Nest

Over at The Nest, we believe every parent, expectant parent and carer
should be armed
 with the knowledge, and the confidence to be able to help their child, or someone else’s in an emergency.

Heidi Young, Founder and Chief Educator at The Nest, has been a paediatric nurse for 17 years and a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Childhood Allergy for the last 3 years.

“Over at The Nest, we believe every parent, expectant parent and carer should be armed with the knowledge, and the confidence to be able to help their child, or someone else’s in an emergency”.

The Nest teaches a range of classes and they are all taught by experienced paediatric nurses with a focus on hands-on learning and real-life scenarios.

A new parents decision to learn CPR and basic first aid may prove to be the difference between life and death for their child, which is reflected in several statistics.

A 10 year study commissioned by the Day of Difference Foundation showed some alarming results.  Child injury hospitalisation rates have not decreased over a ten year period and 24.5% of children sustained their injuries in the home.

Throughout pregnancy or early parenthood, it is the perfect time to be empowered with how to help your child in an emergency once you get them home, and how to introduce food so that we can really make a dent in the increase of childhood allergy. As we now know that early introduction of the common allergenic foods is the best way to decrease the frightening rate of allergy diagnoses.

1 in 10 children under the age of 1 year now have a diagnosed food allergy.

The Nest, Kids CPR & Allergy is unique. There are no other classes out there that teach these three very important subjects at one time, CPR, First Aid & Allergy Prevention Strategy. 

Heidi, Founder of The Nest says “We are over the moon to be in collaboration with Calmbirth. I, myself, am a Calmbirth graduate and the feeling of confidence and relief after being empowered with the information has stayed with me through two pregnancies, and we can only aspire that this is the kind of knowledge and confidence that we send our parents away with too” 

 

Accredited Calmbirth Educators

The Calmbirth® organisation has built its reputation over the years by the credibility of its Calmbirth Educators which are ALL trained birth professionals. Calmbirth has been the first to create and consolidate strong partnerships with private and public maternity hospitals in Australia, in successfully incorporating the Calmbirth® program into their antenatal structure.

Calmbirth® has close to 100 registered Calmbirth® educators throughout Australia, New Zealand and France.

 

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