Testimonials from Couples after experiencing the Calmbirth Program

We attended your weekend Calmbirth course in Bowral in September last year and I am writing today to say Thank YOU. On the 4th of December we welcomed our first daughter into the world at Bowral Hospital. Georgia arrived after a 35 hour labour, and if we had not done Calmbirth, I don’t know if we could have gotten through the experience. I would also like to personally thank YOU as your weekend reminded me that ‘Birth is a natural process’ and that Ellie already has all the tools to give birth. As a vet, I was only involved in the births of animals that needed my help and my medical mind always went to the worst case scenario. I couldn’t recommend the weekend highly enough!! Thank YOU.

Lloyd & Ellie Varga

I wanted to write and say thank YOU so much. I attended your Calmbirth class in Bowral in September last year with my partner Stefan and I found it incredibly informative and very, very, useful during my labour and birth. We had a gorgeous baby girl named Agnes, born on the 10th of October, delivered naturally and completely drug free. (apart from two panadols that I had about half way through my labour!)

I found the whole experience of my labour and delivery to be utterly incredible and amazing! The techniques and understanding of the physiology of my body that I learnt at Calmbirth really helped me through the 22hours of labour, as well as Stefan who was amazing, very supportive and a huge legend!

I was also inspired by one of the women whose video you showed us during the class, we made an orange cake during the labour, which was a very welcome and satisfying treat after the birth!

About 45 minutes after the birth everything went a little awry, my placenta was stuck and I ended up having to have emergency surgery to remove it, and lost about 2.8 litres of blood.

This is partly the reason why I am writing, as the other very helpful thing I took away from the Calmbirth program was the idea that every birth is unpredictable and different. During the epic recovery from the blood loss, I found this thought incredibly useful!

It is perhaps tricky to explain , but thinking about this idea gave me a more positive perspective on the experience. There we’re times when I felt a little sad that I couldn’t really walk without feeling I was going to faint, or it was difficult because holding Agnes was tricky and exhausting, but I kept thinking , this experience was still incredible, and you never quite know what might happen, but I was lucky I had an mazing staff of doctors and midwives looking after me, and Agnes was extremely healthy and an excellent baby!

During the labour and delivery, and even as I was being taken to theatre, and the lights were getting very strange and blurry, I never really felt scared and I attribute this to the techniques I learnt at Calmbirth. It was this lack of fear which was the reason I felt so empowered, inspired and amazed at the entire experience of the labour and birth. So, I wanted to say thank YOU for everything you taught us on that Calmbirth weekend in Bowral.

Mel Page

I was pleased with how confident Calmbirth made me feel as I approached my greatest fear! I think it should be taught in all hospitals and to every pregnant woman and her partner. The total inclusion of the father or partner is absolutely fantastic.

I felt empowered to make decisions and understood what was happening to me and my baby at all times. I felt in unison with my baby – working together as a team.

I left the Calmbirth program feeling confident because I was knowledgeable about birth.

Calmbirth taught us an amazing skill set to empower us to enjoy and feel confident in the labour and birth of our baby. What I loved the most was the feeling of belief and confidence it instills in women. The breathing techniques are what assisted me most during labour.

For my partner, he gained a real understanding and confidence in the natural process/stages of labour and contractions and techniques to be able to assist and support me actively.

This was my third baby after two previous horrible labours. I was very nervous about tearing, however I watched a video at the session where the woman was repeating to herself “its just pressure” that mantra helped me through to the very end. Could not recommend Calmbirth highly enough, I wish I had known about it before my first born.

I found it fantastic. It should be offered to all couples alongside the normal hospital ante-natal classes. This course made the world of difference to me and the way I birthed my third baby.

I loved the continuous normalisation of the birth process – that it isn’t supposed to be painful and scary.

The best thing about my labour experience was being able to labour for the majority at home and put into practice all the skills I had learnt through yoga and Calmbirth. For me, I definitely completed the course at the right time 35 weeks and felt so much more prepared after completing the course.

I was elated to finally meet our son, and I felt a sense of personal accomplishment and empowerment that I was able to have a natural vaginal birth with no drugs for pain relief. It was incredibly intense but I managed mainly just with the calm breath technique I learnt in the Calmbirth program. Now, 17 months later, I still use the calm breath several times a week as a tool to help keep me calm during challenging parenting moments (e.g. staying centred when my toddler is having a tantrum). The calm breath technique is incredibly simple and powerful, not just for birth, but for life!

Calmbirth was very helpful in keeping me calm before labour as well as during labour. As an anxious person I was very surprised!

Calmbirth provided excellent information- very empowering, practical & we had an awesome facilitator. I loved the breathing, position and massage practice sessions as I gained so much from these techniques.

I really enjoyed the classes and got a lot out of them, it allowed me to have the ‘intervention free’ birth that I wanted and subsequently a faster recovery post birth. I gained so much from the birth physiology and breathing techniques in Calmbirth.

My partner got so much from Calmbirth, he learnt techniques to assist me in labour – through massage, pressure etc. He also gained a better understanding of the physiology of labour.

I felt the Calmbirth class was very informative and helped me feel prepared and confident to meet our baby. I planned to use only calmbirth techniques during birth, and despite the complications that arose due to my son’s prematurity, I did manage that. The calm breathing got me through labour without the need for other drugs. The other aspects of the program were helpful, but it was the breathing that was the key calmbirth technique for me.

I also really appreciated the experience and wisdom of my Calmbirth teacher. She delivered the class with warmth and professionalism, and her passion for helping new parents achieve the birth experiences they wish for, is very evident. She also offered genuine, heartfelt support after the class was over. We are grateful to her.

Calmbirth was a fabulous course that assists in all situations! I loved our educator’s caring manner and ability to involve partners to allow them to see the important role they play. The relaxations and meditations were amazing.

Thank you for all that you do! I feel that Calmbirth prepared us for what could happen along with allowing us to see all of the options we had. This gave us confidence in all aspects of Avery’s birth.

I loved the Calmbirth program and I plan to do the refresher course for our next baby. Without it I wouldn’t have experienced the beautiful birth I had. What I loved the most was learning how to relax and remain calm during the biggest challenge of my life. My partner, on the other hand enjoyed learning about and knowing what to expect and how to help me and how to remain calm himself.

Calmbirth was extremely informative and got me so excited about labour. My partner also loved everything about it, he loved learning about what our bodies are doing during labour.

I loved Being able to give birth vaginally without the use of morphine/epidural or c-section. Calmbirth gave me the confidence to believe we could do this.

Calmbirth forced me to stop and breath in preparation.  I found it a positive experience at a point where our plans for the birth had to change.

I loved Calmbirth’s natural, non invasive ways to manage labour, as well as understanding of what is happening to my body during labour.

Calmbirth was wonderful and empowering! It gave me more confidence approaching this major life event of childbirth/parenthood. It also gave my partner techniques and confidence to support me through labour. We both also really enjoyed learning about and understanding the physiology of childbirth.

The Calmbirth program was excellent, informative and a  relaxed course. I believe everyone is able to take something away from the course. What I enjoyed the most was the positive terminology used around labour and what my partner enjoyed the most was seeing and learning how he could help through labour & be calm & relaxed during decision-making.

It was fantastic and exactly what we both needed to help reframe our experience and it gave us confidence after the medical specialists had filled us with worry and fear.

I loved it! I thought it was going to mainly be for my husband but I also got so much out of it! I loved the physiological explanation of labour. The tools we were provided with as well as the meditation/relaxations we we taught.

What I loved most about the Calmbirth program were the tools we were shown to use in labour and the information we received to make informed decisions regarding labour and birth. It was very reassuring.

I found it was more nurturing than the clinical hospital classes and as for my partner he was great at keeping me hydrated.

What I loved most about the Calmbirth program were the tools we were shown to use in labour and the information we received to make informed decisions regarding labour and birth. It was very reassuring.

I found it was more nurturing than the clinical hospital classes and as for my partner he was great at keeping me hydrated.

The best thing about my birthing experience was the fact that I walked myself into hospital with her head crowning, cracking jokes to my husband and within 20 mins with 3 pushes she was born. The best part of that was I did not need any medical intervention to deliver my baby.

Calmbirth was extremely helpful for my husband, he was able to gain understanding on what would happen and what the options might be and that he was not to override any of my decisions. I always knew I’d have to manage myself and it helped me reaffirm my own plans and ideas on how I was going to birth; provided everything went smoothly.

I loved the inclusion of partners attending and learning, and opportunities for couple discussions with the educator. I think Calmbirth is more useful to couples in the earlier stages of pregnancy so they have time for discussions and to work on their plans and confidence. It is much more useful than the medically focused scare mongering sessions the hospitals provide.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to participate in the Calmbirth weekend. I’m not being hyperbolic when I say that it has completely changed my attitude towards birth. I expected that it would help reduce the anxiety I had about labour, birth, tears, c-sections, what if this went wrong, what if it wasn’t ideal, what if I had to do x, what if I couldn’t do y. It has absolutely done that!

But I didn’t expect that I would walk away from your class feeling EXCITED and EMPOWERED about my labour. I didn’t expect that I would be looking at my calendar, counting down the days until it was time to give birth to my baby. I didn’t even think I’d have the courage to ask for what I wanted, rather than just let my midwife do whatever she thought was best. I thought that labour was the painful, traumatic consequence of being a mother. I now understand that it’s all part of the experience of having a child. I understand that it might be painful and it might not go “to plan” – it might even get “really bad” – but I’m so much more prepared for any eventuality. I’ve become the yoga instructor you told us about: I honestly believe that I WILL have an amazing birth.

It has empowered my husband, Conan, too, and has absolutely given him a role in labour. When we were driving home he said, “you know, this weekend made me realise that I have a lot to do. I probably have more to do than you do! It’s my job to make sure you can concentrate on having our baby.” How true is that!? I’m so much more confident in his ability to support me and I value the part he has to play. We don’t think of it as something that I’M doing, but rather something that WE’RE doing. We’ve truly become a team.

You’ve really turned me into a raving Calmbirth fan. I admit that I was skeptical – I expected a lot of woo, but I was pleasantly surprised to see the Calmbirth concepts backed up by solid science. I can’t think of a single woman for whom Calmbirth isn’t appropriate, whether they’re “crunchy” Earth-mother types or more modern “silky” mums. Whenever I meet other pregnant women I’m like “sooo… have you thought about antenatal classes? Because there’s this thing called Calmbirth…”

Having a child is such a monumental occasion in a woman’s life, and you’ve already made my experience exponentially better.

I’m so glad we chose you.



The Calmbirth program and its content was delivered excellently. It was very empowering and educational. I loved the meditations most of all and the fact that my husband gained the confidence in how to support me during my labour and birth. I also loved the fact it gave me the confidence to believe in my own ability to deliver.

I found Calmbirth to be a fantastic program. I hadn’t realised how much my fears were influenced by the stories of those around me. I recommend it to anyone having a baby.

I loved that it taught relaxation and to trust your body, but also how to cope if intervention is needed. I love the fact that it was able to bridge the often perceived gap between a ‘natural’ approach and a ‘medicalised’ approach. Our educator was very clear about how important it is to be able to manage your anxiety and fear, but also how lucky we are to have medical help if we needed it. It also made me feel like it would be ok if I needed help, that I wouldn’t be a failure.

Both my partner and I thought it was a fantastic course that really equipped us for all aspects of labour and birth. From the educational side of learning the process, to the methods and techniques to call on so you can feel you have a full toolbox on the day.

I was excited and ready, I understood what was happening to my body and used the information to visualise opening up and relaxing. I trusted that my body knew what to do and I just needed to let it.

I loved the Calmbirth program. I still use my Calmbirth techniques in my everyday life. It’s nice to go into child birth with all the knowledge gained from the class. I loved knowing that it wasn’t just me being prepared for labour but that my partner was too, which meant he knew exactly how to support me. I loved everything about it.

Calmbirth was fantastic. It was just so helpful during labour and birth. I found the breathing techniques most beneficial. My partner also learned so much about how to be involved and support me during labour.  It relieved my fear of birth.

What I loved most about it was the knowledge I gained from the booklet/workshop on how labour is such a natural process and that our bodies are able to do and that we just need to change our minds to believe it.

Calmbirth was a great help for my husband as a support person too, before Calmbirth he was feeling he would be very helpless.

Calmbirth gave my husband ideas on different ways he could help being the support person. I enjoyed all the knowledge of the whole labour process and understanding of the hormones and their effects plus side effects from pain relief.

Calmbirth was an extremely positive experience that educated me about child birth and gave me practical techniques to use during labour. What I loved most was that I was fortunate enough to have our Calmbirth educator as our private midwife, so she was able to remind us of the learnings throughout pregnancy and was an advocate for us at the birth. Thank YOU so much Calmbirth for the lovely experience.

I found the Calmbirth program to be very informative and gave me tools I could use during labour. It gave me the mindset I needed to birth my baby. What I enjoyed the most was learning about what happens to my body during labour and creating positive affirmations for myself and my birth. I also loved learning about controlled breathing and I liked trying all the different positions that could help me during my labour.

The Calmbirth program was fantastic and very useful.  It was such a lovely weekend with other lovely pregnant couples. My partner and I got so much out of the course.

My Calmbirth Educator was absolutely incredible, she taught me about being present and being in the moment and acknowledging my breath. The hands on examples and practicing the breathing techniques and meditations were most useful.

I am so glad we did the Calmbirth program. We walked out feeling so confident and it really made such a difference when the time came. I spent almost 48 hrs at home before arriving to hospital to have a posterior birth. I would never have been able to do this without using all the techniques and settings Calmbirth taught us.

The Calmbirth program relieved my husband’s anxious feelings about labour and gave him a lot of knowledge on what to expect and also some excellent ideas and techniques for him to use in order to support me better. I didn’t need to ask him to do anything, he just knew what was expected and was fantastic.

I love Calmbirth and agree with the whole philosophy. It truly helped me to know what I wanted, to explain what I wanted and to have the birth experience I wanted.

The Calmbirth program was a very useful course to prepare me for my labour. It prepared me, as the mother while also preparing my partner/support person with their own set of tools.  I loved the the focus on the actual labour/contractions as productive and empowering. My partner also gained a great insight into labour and birth that really helped him to be involved in the process and support me.

I loved the confidence it gave me to approach labour without fear or worry! I found my Calmbirth Educator to be just fantastic! She was very knowledgeable and open minded, she never made me feel as though it was ‘her way or the highway’ – simply supported me to approach labour with confidence and knowledge! My partner also learnt how to be confident in being an active partner and how to help me through my contractions without any fear.

I originally wasn’t going to do any sort of birthing classes as I thought I wouldn’t need them, but towards the end of my pregnancy I started to become very anxious, so I booked in to do Calmbirth. At first, I wasn’t a huge fan of all the meditation but after I used it daily sometimes more than once, I became a huge fan, so much that I also used the calm breathing techniques regularly even now after I have had my baby. Having a caesarean was not how I wanted my birthing experience to end, but I had no other option and I relied on the Calmbirth strategies in the lead up to this.

What I enjoyed the most was learning about the science behind the hormonal and physical processes in the body during labour and birth. That each one has a purpose and is trying to achieve something specific. It gave me confidence that my body is specifically designed to give birth and that I could do it. It also encouraged me to trust my body and myself.

The Calmbirth program was fantastic! I loved and found the breathing techniques very useful.

The Calmbirth program is great! Knowledge is power and I loved understanding and learning about the mind – body connection. I enjoyed the fact that the program gave my partner and I the chance to discuss how we would approach our labour as a team.

The Calmbirth program was excellent!  Very helpful. I loved the breathing techniques the most.

My partner gained the knowledge and confidence to be able to assist me during labour. He was able to remind me about my breathing and really understood the birth process and what was happening. He was a great support.

The Calmbirth program just resonated with me and how I wanted to birth my baby. I love the fact that you can still use the techniques if something went off the birth plan, e.g. if induced.

My partner also got a lot out of the course. He got a better understanding of birth and the process, as well as a better understanding of what to expect and what is expected of him. He was more prepared and supportive after undertaking the course

Both my partner and I thought it was a fantastic course that really equipped us for all aspects of labour and birth. From the educational side of learning the process, to the methods and techniques to call on so you can feel you have a full toolbox on the day.

I was excited and ready, I understood what was happening to my body and used the information to visualise opening up and relaxing. I trusted that my body knew what to do and I just needed to let it.

An excellent course which helped me to approach birth in a positive and focused manner. I believe it expedited the labour and delayed the requirement for an epidural (following induction) until the later stages. I also loved the interaction with other expecting parents and the practical foundation of knowledge and techniques that were offered to us.

Calmbirth was such a valuable use of a weekend. It was Practical and very well supported by evidence. It was Empowering and I loved the visualisations, practical exercises, and being a part of a small group to work with in such a comfortable venue. I loved the fact that my partner gained the knowledge as to how he could best support me during labour both practically and emotionally as well.

The Calmbirth program was most beneficial in teaching the importance of our birth support partner. How important his involvement would be on my mind state and therefore the birthing experience.

THANK YOU! I believe Calmbirth made a huge difference to my birth experience. I utilised the breathing techniques right from when my waters broke to the complications I had post birth to keep myself calm. I am happily recommending this course to mum’s to be as well as to dad’s to be as it taught my husband not to be afraid of birth, and he knew that there were things that he could do to help make me comfortable

The Calmbirth program relieved the fear and anxiety I had towards childbirth. It was just so great. What I loved the most about it was the in depth knowledge I gained about the childbirth process and leaving the course feeling totally empowered!  I believe Calmbirth helped me to be able to birth my baby naturally without an epidural. It also empowered my partner to have the ability to be an amazing support coach that made me get through each contraction.

The Calmbirth program was excellent! Much better than the free information sessions provided by the hospital!! What I loved most about it was the  personal touch and involement of my partner which was gained through the knowledge and practical exercises. I hated the fact that the meditations had to end.

I have such a beautiful, happy little boy and I feel doing the Calmbirth course allowed me to bring him into the world in the most positive way! My husband knew what to expect and knew how to support me through all stages of labour! He also had more of an idea of what I would be going through mentally, not only physically! Thank YOU!

Calmbirth really helped me to address the anxiety I was feeling around my pregnancy and the birth. Even though things didn’t go to plan (induced, had an epidural, baby needed some medical attention after birth), the experience was still positive and I feel I could do it again!

What I loved most about my birthing experience was that I was in control and only used gas for the last 10 minutes. I found the experience powerful and enjoyable. The breathing techniques I learnt in Calmbirth were the best and I found very useful!  I stayed at home until I entered the second stage and then went to our local public hospital when I was ready. When I got to the hospital the midwife said, “I was so relaxed” and didn’t examine me for at least 15 minutes. When they did they were very surprised as I was already 7 cm dilated but so calm and in control. I remember the midwife saying, “wow you have one happy baby in there!” My birthing journey was so amazing! My husband was so confident and involved that he delivered our beautiful baby boy by himself. The Calmbirth program was amazing, it was  educational and the breathing techniques so useful. My husband left the weekend program with confidence, understanding and a sense of importance.

The best thing about my birthing experience was able to follow out my dream for a water birth and meeting my daughter for the first time. Also it was only a one push birth. The Calmbirth program was so informative and was instrumental in preparing me through each stage of labour. I felt confident that I knew and understood the birth process therefore approached the birth without any fear. I loved the meditations and couldn’t find anything I didn’t like. Thank YOU!

Calmbirth allowed my partner to change his state of mind and believe that he could choose the birth you wish for instead of approaching birth with fear.

Calmbirth was well worth the time and money spent! It was fabulous!

What I loved most about the Calmbirth program was the fact it was inclusive, the education it provided was for both the birthing mother and their partner. Calmbirth provided information about the labour and birth and how to use the Calmbirth techniques to assist in progression and the birth of the baby. Calmbirth gave my husband the confidence to support me during the labour.

I loved Calmbirth. I loved the excellent preparation Calmbirth gave me.

I loved the way Calmbirth integrates all forms of birth and empowers women and their partners to have the birth you want.

I found, and still find the Calmbirth program to be very beneficial in relaxing and taking control when situations are intense.

It gave me the necessary preparation for birth so I could approach it confidently and without fear, as I had the knowledge and the methods/tools to manage birth. I was also confident my partner knew what to expect so I didn’t hold any anxieties in that regard which was extremely important for me.

Absolutely fantastic to prepare me for birth and empower me with tools & techniques. As well as, finally understanding the physiology of the birthing process was incredibly helpful.  When I felt like I couldn’t go on, the ability to change my mind-set and keep going was just such an amazing experience as was meeting my beautiful daughter.

It was a wonderful program that I only wish was available to all women and their support birthing person. I credit the Calmbirth program for allowing me to have a good birth experience. It was a very holistic approach and I think the balance of information was excellent.

The best thing about the birth was eventually meeting our little boy. Although things didn’t go as we had planned (baby heart rate complications) we still felt empowered to ask questions when medical staff were involved and felt so proud we could eventually push our baby out.

We loved Calmbirth and the concepts involved. It is such a calming tool that can be so effective! We liked the mixture of science throughout the program (learning about the hormones and their effects on the body). We enjoyed the relaxation and visualisation we practiced with our Calmbirth educator.

My partner was overall pleasantly surprised with the class. He felt empowered with knowledge to assist during the birth which had a calming effect on me!

The knowledge was very empowering. Knowing about the active role you could have in your child’s birth. It was also a really nice way of encouraging self-love and care during pregnancy.

I really enjoyed it, although I didn’t get a chance to use as many techniques as I had hoped to. I think the course put me in a really good frame of mind for the rest of my pregnancy and the challenges I faced- being admitted to hospital for pre-eclampsia, and as our son was born premature to then be able to cope with all the stresses and challenges that came after this.

I found that I used the decision making tool quite a lot in our son’s care in the nursery, as he was born early.

My first birth was traumatic, and my second birth was a very empowering and a positive experience. I was able to have a water birth, spent most of the labour at home, and managed the whole experience without drugs. I can genuinely say, that the sensations were intense but manageable and I’m very proud of what we managed to achieve.

My partner really benefited from it. He learnt how to be an advocate, and what to do to support me – this was our second birth, and the difference between the first and the second one was amazing. My partner was an amazing and very active birth partner this time around.

Calmbirth gave us vital knowledge and empowered us to get through labour without analgesia. It really brought my husband, Adam into the pregnancy, it brought us much closer together. The meditations were really helpful and relaxing. It made Adam feel that he was vital in supporting me and giving me positive reinforcement while helping me with visualisations. We were able to work together as a team to birth our baby.

I loved it! Calmbirth was very informative and empowering. I loved being taught the techniques which helped me to remain calm throughout labour – and learning about the importance about how positive your attitude towards birth is and should be.  My partner also gained the confidence to believe that he could play a part in the birthing experience, and can help me have a calm, joyful birth

I loved the Calmbirth workshop and tracks. I have raved about it and recommended it to all my pregnant friends.

I loved the positive, empowering way in which Calmbirth addresses birth (as opposed to the usual fear based approach where women are told birth is awful? Extremely painful etc.) and how it instils a sense of power and strength in women and their partners. The reinforcement that women are made to give birth and that our bodies are amazing was also very reassuring.

The program was engaging and practical and I loved every second of it. My partner loved the tools he was given to assist me during labour including breathing, massage, visualisation, words of encouragement etc.

We found the program very useful being 4-5 months before the expected birth of our child. Helped to shape our mind-set for the remainder of the pregnancy.

The Calmbirth program was extremely positive! It allowed both of us to know the process & stages of birth so that we could prepare mentally & emotionally. It prepared us so that we knew what was coming next.

I loved the positive way labour was viewed so enabled us to look forward to the birth. I had the most wonderful birth & Calmbirth was mostly to thank for that.

My partner went away knowing and believing in the importance of his support, and a real understanding of what was occurring during labour especially physiology and how to assist me in staying calm so he didn’t feel useless.

Yanek was born on the 17th July 2015. The birth experience was beautiful! The breath guided my body, I was in control. No pain, just intense sensations as Calmbirth referred to them.  My husband helped immensely by putting very strong counter pressure on my lower back. I was induced as I was a week overdue.. no pain relief, just the wonders of the breath and mind! Thank you so much for your Calmbirth program in bowral.

Angelica Fricot

Calmbirth was right. The skills you learn are life long skills. I have found the techniques really helpful for staying calm on the road. I also find it really helps when I’m getting anxious about things. And also if I have to wait in line. Thank you Calmbirth.

Calmbirth gave me confidence in myself. I walked away from the weekend knowing that I could birth well and that I could work with my body to do so.

I found the Calmbirth program fantastic! While it didn’t teach me anything specific that I didn’t already know (Breathing, meditation, massage, process of birth) it gave my husband and I the confidence to know how to use these to our benefit in labour. It helped me to know I had control and that knowledge helped me to have a positive and natural birth experience.

I liked that Calmbirth made my husband and I feel empowered about birth. I left the course feeling excited and looking forward to labour. Everything was explained with scientific information. The breathing exercises throughout meant that we had a very relaxing weekend at the course and put us in the right head space.

My partner was much more connected to me and our baby after the class. I think the penny dropped that there was a little person waiting to be born and that he could have a positive effect on them right away. He became a very attentive and supportive partner. He better understood the process of labour and what role he could play.

What I loved most about my birthing experience is that Calmbirth age me the skills to feel in control and alert during the labour and birth. I could be a part of the process where I thought I would have to ‘zone out ‘ too much and not be able to converse or be present.

The Calmbirth program was  just what I needed to overcome the loss and trauma of my first birth experience. I liked everything about it from the setting, seating, tone, that the whole itinerary for the weekend was explained upfront. My educator,Karen (McClay), obviously was amazing, insightful and kind.

My partner went away with lots of knowledge, expectations and a role to play on the day  – these are all things that he gained and it made him confident and proactive.

Calmbirth made my husband and I confident and we knew what to expect.

He learnt how to keep me in a positive state of mind. He learnt little things like:  not talking to me too much (to not snap me out of focus), to offer water regularly (the ice water he offered was pure heaven during labour), learning about the process of labour meant he knew what was happening and could help. Basically, the main thing was he kept me positive so that I would not feel afraid or panic.

Fantastic skills learnt for everyday life. Brilliant knowledge on the entire experience.

Calmbirth is honestly amazing. I have told everyone about the class. My first child’s labour was horrible and Karen (McClay), the Director and Calmbirth Educator said she’d help me change my mind-set on labour and she truly did.

Karen is amazing. So, knowledgeable. My birth was such an amazing experience. I wanted to be a positive woman about labour and after my first child I wasn’t, but now it has all changed and I have had a positive birth experience all be it at home.

It happened so quickly! Forty-five minutes after arriving at hospital my baby was born. He took everyone by surprise as I was still in the assessment room, the anaesthetist was telling me about an epidural and I said, “Too late, mate. He’s already here.” I still had my undies on. The midwife said that she didn’t think I looked that close to birthing.

Previous births were caesareans. I was a VBA2C which is why I was so proud and pleased with the whole experience. I have Calmbirth to thank!

Because of Calmbirth I learnt to trust my body and the process of labour & birth. I also felt in control from the very beginning & loved the connection it gave me with my baby antenatally.

I loved that Calmbirth made me focus on my baby, body and have a deep connection with the partner.

I enjoyed about learning how the uterus contracts during labour and how it helps to birth your baby. Oh, and the relaxation we did during the course I found most beneficial.

The Calmbirth program was based in science – the biology of the birthing process and the link between the brain and pain and the birthing process.

I really enjoyed learning about this connection between the brain and pain and the understanding of the biological process and the Confidence it gave us that with the techniques we’d learnt, we could handle it.

The main prayer I had was to come out of this birth and say it was amazing opposed to saying “it sucked,” like I did with my daughter!

Well, it WAS amazing. I know it is all in the mind, as this is how I live my life. I did a lot of preparation this time. I did calmbirth, read positive birth stories, acupuncture, sat on an exercise ball at work. This birth was world’s apart from my first.

I feel completely honoured to have birthed our baby at home. It was such an experience for my husband and I as a couple.

What amazing things a positive mind can do along with knowledge. Thank you so much for your calmness and knowledge in the class. I can say it made a world of difference to both my husband, myself and my son.

Peter, we first attended your Calmbirth class in 2013 before the birth (and first homebirth) of our 3rd child. We loved your program, particularly the way you taught it and spoke with such enthusiasm about the evidence informing the Calmbirth techniques. I am also 3/4 of the way though my bachelor of midwifery degree and often think about Calmbirth techniques when helping women in labour. We have just had our 5th baby at home, our 3rd homebirth and, as for my three previous births, I listened to the Calmbirth meditations and practised the breathing techniques in the weeks leading up to our daughter’s birth. It was, once again, invaluable in keeping me calm and focussed during labour and contributing to a beautiful and powerful birth experience. Peter, thank you so very much.
Zoe & Mark

Calmbirth gave me the knowledge I needed to birth my baby. I have already recommended it to a few other couples who are pregnant. So glad I did the course. My head was in the right place and I knew what was going on with my body. Knowledge really is power!

I found the physiological explanations of what would happen to my body and the breathing and visualisation techniques most beneficial. I really believed that all this helped me to birth my baby naturally and so quickly. It was also great for the practical advice for my partner.

I loved how Calmbirth instilled so much more confidence in myself and my partner and helped prepare us for what to expect no matter what the circumstance. I also really benefited from the breathing techniques I learned, whereas my partner benefited the most from learning what to expect of labour and what his role was during the birthing process, reminding me of my breathing and being there for me.

What I loved most about Calmbirth was the fact that Calmbirth gave a very positive perspective on childbirth. As well as, how it gave direction to the support/ birthing partner about keeping it calm, safe and private.

We attended the Calmbirth program in Bowral back in early December last year.  Jill delivered our beautiful baby boy, Daniel, at the Prince of Wales hospital in Sydney.

I wanted to say a big thanks to you for your part in making the experience one to be cherished, not feared. Jill was understandably quite anxious about the birthing process and the Calmbirth Program helped immeasurably to make her feel more at ease with what she would have to go through.

Undoubtedly, the Calmbirth program works and helped and I’d recommend it to anyone. The holistic approach and the language used within, in my opinion as a Dad, helps to settle to-be-mums. And the techniques we learned, we incorporated into our arsenal of tools that we took with us into the birthing process. Many thanks,

Adam Haigh (and mum Jill and baby Daniel)

A wonderful empowering class which helped with the science, process and emotion surrounding birth.

Participating in the Calmbirth program meant that we, my husband and I, went into the process with the same understanding as one another of what to expect and common terms, tools and understanding of how we wanted the process to go.

The Calmbirth program gave my husband the confidence in his ability to help me with the labour, as well as providing a great understanding of the birth process and knowing that we had choice in the way our baby was birthed.

I hope you remember me! My name is Shannon Garner and I did my Calmbirth workshops with Rae Condon up in the Mid North Coast of NSW. I birthed the two huge babies with no drugs (9pd 14 oz and 10pd 5oz). Well, since then I’ve gone on to birth a smaller baby, little Elsie at 6pd 6oz, for a gay male couple from Sydney. I had Elsie in November 2014 and have written a book about my journey and of course Calmbirth has come up in the story.

The book is called Labour of Love and will be out in July and published by Simon & Schuster Aus/NZ.  Elsie’s birth was amazing, unfortunately I did have a bit of intervention, due to her size, but I held strong and was able to have a natural birth in the water and Rae Condon was my midwife (talk about lucky!).  I just went with the flow and Rae helped me and she was born with no issues and was perfect. Calmbirth helped me once again. Thank you for the Calmbirth journey and the story.

Calmbirth was a fantastic course! I loved the scientific evidence behind it, as well as learning about the physical benefits of the breathing techniques used to stay calm.

I just got so much from Calmbirth as did my partner ! He got a really clear picture of his role and how vital it would be on the day and leading up to the day.

Calmbirth was amazing, I highly recommend it.  It reminded you that giving birth is completely natural.  Thank you (Calmbirth Educator), my labour was everything I could have hoped for and more.