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

Katrina Sparke

Katrina Sparke

Accreditation
Registered Nurse & Registered Midwife

Location
Volunteer Marine Rescue Hall 139 Duringan Street
Currumbin
QLD 4223

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Biography

I did my initial training as a nurse in America, almost 20 years ago, and went on to study Midwifery here in Australia in 2012. I worked for many years in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and was part of the Retrieval Team – flying all over QLD and northern NSW to retrieve sick babies.

As rewarding as that job was, I always wanted to be a midwife……

I grew up in South America and have clear memories of my mother and grandmother going out into the jungle late at night to help deliver babies. I spent a childhood at the feet of my grandmothers, deeply absorbed in the tales of their midnight deliveries.

When I studied nursing I knew, without a doubt, that one day I would be a midwife and follow in the footsteps of both my grandmothers. I am honoured to continue their legacy.

As soon as I became a midwife, I knew I had found my calling and developed a deep passion for education – recognising its importance in both the antenatal space and in the tender and vulnerable postnatal period.

In the labour ward, I could immediately tell if the woman had attended a Calmbirth Class. Her presentation, questions, behaviour, even facial expressions were different, and the partner behaved in a more confident and empowered way.

The effect was profound.

And it was humbling to witness it.

I needed to be part of it – helping women transition through this Rite of Passage with confidence in themselves and their bodies.

After 6 years of deep suffering with infertility due to severe endometriosis, I was blessed to have 2 beautiful (non-identical) twin boys who are now 3.5 years old.

This journey taught me that we are so much stronger than we realise, and that every birth journey is different. And that’s ok.

My journey also taught me that GRIEF and JOY can both be held IN THE SAME MOMENT. They do not cancel each other out.

We all have different stories, and yet we share the same emotions.

I look forward to spending the weekend with you exploring the magic and diversity of birth. You will become empowered with knowledge, and we may even cry and laugh together.

I run my group classes on the Currumbin Creek on the Gold Coast, but also provide private in-home classes if that suits you better. Please feel free to reach out with any further questions.

 

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