Educator Profile

Calmbirth® is the only childbirth education program that requires all its educators to be practising midwives or trained birth professionals

Amy Watson

Amy Watson

Accreditation
Nurse, Midwife, IBCLC Lactation Consultant, Maternal & Child Health Nurse, Calmbirth Educator

Location
Pelvic Strength Physiotherapy 293 Dorset Road
Croydon
VIC 3136

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Biography

I am a registered Nurse and Midwife, Maternal and Child Health Nurse, IBCLC Lactation Consultant and Calmbirth Educator based in Melbourne.

I have been caring for women, children and the wider family in both the hospital and community setting for over 10 years. I started both my nursing and midwifery careers at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia’s largest specialist hospital for women and newborns. During my time at the Women’s, I attended hundreds of births and thoroughly enjoyed caring for women and their babies in the early postpartum period. I also had the privilege of representing the hospital as a nurse/ midwife providing experiential evidence in Australia’s 2015 Royal Commission into Family Violence and was interviewed by the Australian Nursing Journal as an Associate Nurse Unit Manager of the Women’s Emergency Department.

More recently, I have been working as a Maternal and Child Health Nurse in my local and neighbouring communities and have completed further studies as an IBCLC Lactation Consultant. I meet with parents usually within the first week of having their baby and provide support until their child reaches primary school years. Being a part of someone’s early parenting journey is a privilege and watching parents grow and thrive with their baby and as a family unit is the best part of my work!

I first came across Calmbirth when caring for women in labour and birth as a Midwife. I was amazed at how informed, calm and welcoming these birthing women and their partners/ support team were! I noticed how different these couples approached the day of welcoming their baby into the world. There was not fear and panic, the Calmbirth couples evoked a strong and positive mindset, a clear vision of their labour and birthing experience and had also discussed and planned their birth preferences based on informed choice. The couples who had attended the Calmbirth course were often equipped with their own strategies as the labour amplified to new levels. As a midwife, I stood in awe of these willing women, supportive partners and intimate holding circle of support, working together as an epic birthing team. The women welcomed the sensations of a progressing labour and were confident in bringing their baby’s into the world. These were amazing labour and births to be a part of and a privilege to witness as a Midwife.

With knowledge comes confidence”…this could not be more true!

In 2019, when it came to preparing for my first labour and birth, I too attended the Calmbirth course. The philosophy and evidence-based content was perfectly aligned with my values and in supporting my positive mindset surrounding physiological labour and birth. Although knowing much of the theory already due to being a Midwife, the course further developed my confidence in my body and the amazing ability to birth. My partner thoroughly enjoyed the course, preparing him of the work involved and equipped him with strategies to support me. Since the course, I have experienced two positive and transformative births and we are now proud parents of two beautiful daughters!

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