I first discovered Calmbirth while working as a Midwife in the hospital and seeing firsthand the impact it had on a couple’s ability to approach birth with excitement and without overwhelming fear, confidently make informed choices, and support themselves in a range of ways that led to more positive outcomes. I have also completed my Master’s in Public Health, so I was interested to see that the evidence also reflected what I was seeing in the hospital, that couples who attended Calmbirth courses seemed to have lower intervention rates and higher overall satisfaction with their birth experience. It wasn’t until I was preparing for my own VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean) that I started to consider Calmbirth as part of my personal birth preparation.
As a midwife who had worked in the hospital system for some time and having had a planned caesarean for my first birth, I was bringing a lot of doubts and fears into my second pregnancy. At the suggestion of my Obstetrician, I decided to give Calmbirth a go, I felt I had nothing to lose and at the very least it might teach my husband some good massage skills. By the end of the course, my whole mindset had changed.
For the first time in pregnancy I was excited to give birth, knowing that I already had everything I needed within myself, and I was confident in our ability as a couple to make decisions and navigate labour with a whole toolkit of skills should we need it. My beautiful daughter Lily was born into water at 41+3 weeks, and my birth was everything I could have hoped for, I will always remember it as one of the best days of my life. I felt inspired to become a Calmbirth Educator, because despite not having an ‘intervention free’ birth, throughout the process I still felt in tune with my body and baby. I had been practising connecting into my own thoughts and feelings through meditation and breathing exercises, and I was able to navigate decisions in a way that felt informed, empowered and supported, which I realised for me was the real power of Calmbirth. And it appears that I was not the only one who has felt positively impacted by the Calmbirth education program.
To read Bec’s entire article written for the Natural Parent Magazine click here: https://thenaturalparentmagazine.com/calmbirth-childbirth-education-is-improving-birth-outcomes-heres-what-you-need-to-know/