Frequently Asked Questions

Please search these questions below prior to contacting us. 

Arrive at 9:15 for 9:30 start and ends at 6pm. It is a 12-hour program run over a weekend. The focus of Calmbirth® is on educating couples on all areas of birth. It teaches couples and provides them with practical skills and techniques to work with during birth, in order to empower couples to let go of their fear and anxiety to allow them to have a positive and Calmbirth experience.

The course outline is:

  1. Understanding the psychology of birth and how your mental state, thoughts and beliefs leading up to and on the day not only dictates your experience of birth, but also the way your body works with labour and birth.
  2. The physiology of birth…how does your body give birth.
  3. Tools, techniques and practical skills to assist you mentally and physically
  4. The role of the partner and what they can do to help
  5. Preparation for all birth journeys – working with intervention.
  6. Conscious parenting – ensuring you are aware of the role your baby plays and the role you are playing in assisting your baby into the world.

No, just yourselves.

We also provide towels and blankets for those requiring them.
We recommend couples wear comfortable clothes.

Yes, presently a fee rebate for the program is available to HCF, Defence Health, NIB BUPA and CBHS members.

Cancellation policies are as follows:

Calmbirth® Southern Highlands
Karen McClay’s and Peter Jackson’s Mittagong Classes.

A deposit is required to secure your position in the classes. The balance is paid when you attend the class either by cash, cheque or credit card. If you do not attend, your deposit is not refunded. The amount of $140 of the $195 deposit will be refunded for cancellations for class bookings which take place at least 4 weeks before the class date. If the booking is cancelled within the 4 weeks of the class date, this same amount will be reimbursed if the cancelled place is filled before the due date. Calmbirth® Pty Ltd will endeavour to find a replacement for the class.

Calmbirth® at the Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAN) Classes.

The amount of $440 of the $495 deposit will be refunded for cancellations for class bookings which take place at least 4 weeks before the class date. If the booking is cancelled within 4 weeks of the class date, this same amount will be reimbursed if the cancelled place is filled before the due date. Calmbirth® Pty Ltd will make all effort to find a replacement couple to fill the cancelled place.

Providing that couples have entirely paid for their program, Calmbirth® will require a minimum of 4 weeks’ notice to try to accommodate this.  As our courses fill up quickly Calmbirth® will always try to endeavour to change your dates but know that this may not always be possible.

We always encourage couples to come together because it’s about the connection. The connection between you and your partner, your baby, your body and the family unit you will become. However, in the event that your partner can’t come, it’s still vital that you bring along a birth support person such as your mother, friend or even a Douala if you wish.  Calmbirth®encourages the presence of a partner/birth support person during all of its classes regardless of age, culture, socio-economic or sexual orientation. Our classes are invaluable to contributing  to the wellbeing of its couples and the preparation for the birth of their baby.

It is always ideal to bring the person who will be your main support at birth to Calmbirth®, but circumstances change for some people, so never feel that although your situation may have changed that you have to miss out, just arrange another support person for yourself.


Absolutely yes. Calmbirth® is not designed for couples that are just having vaginal births. Calmbirth® believes that in instances intervention may be necessary so will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills to use before and after you undergo your caesarean. As all the techniques and principles learnt are all applicable to any birth regardless of how the birth presents itself and are life skills that you can use everyday.

It’s still OK to do a Calmbirth® course even if you’ve done another birthing prenatal course, as each course is different and taught differently, so you will still greatly benefit from the unique, unbiased and holistic approach to childbirth education that Calmbirth® has to offer. Calmbirth® will educate you on everything you need to know about pregnancy, labour and birth, as well as give you tools to use on the day of your birth regardless of how your birth unfolds. We also emphasise the importance of the connection between the mind and body in birth, as well as the importance to connect with yourself, your baby and your partner. Calmbirth will give you the skills to focus on these connections, and forge stronger bonds with each other and your baby. Hospital prenatal classes can greatly benefit and complement the Calmbirth program because it will focus on what’s available for you at their hospital, as well as being a great induction to familiarise yourself with the birthing suite.

You need to still ring and or email us with your details, so that we can put you on a waiting list for that class on those dates, as sometimes things come up and couples have had to rearrange their dates, so a space becomes available.

Absolutely! Presently, Calmbirth® is leading the way in both private and public maternity hospitals in offering an alternate childbirth education program. It is currently being offered and run by Calmbirth® educators at the Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAN) in Sydney and the Royal Randwick Hospital for Women in Sydney. We will also be expanding into other hospitals soon.

Calmbirth®recommends that you come anywhere from 24-34 weeks gestation. If you are feeling particularly anxious we suggest you come earlier, but usually this time frame is recommended as it gives the couple plenty of time to prepare, reflect and practice the different tools and techniques they will learn in the program.

Calmbirth® is a highly acclaimed, evidence based and scientifically proven childbirth education program leading the way in childbirth education, training and research since 2004 in Australia and abroad. Calmbirth provides couples with knowledge and practical skills to empower them to positively and confidently birth their babies regardless of how their birth unfolds.

Over 20,000 couples have attended a Calmbirth program since 2008. It has been designed in collaboration with experts from the birthing and mind -body disciplines and is run by trained and experienced birth professionals who attend couples at birth every day. So we know about birth better than anyone else because we have been on the birth room floors everyday for over 40 years.

The Calmbirth® program is based on research from neuroscience, midwifery, obstetrics and epigenetics. It is also the program that GP’s and obstetricians highly recommend.


If you have missed this year’s Calmbirth® educator training log on and register your interest by providing us with your details for next year’s training or visit our website

Educators Registration

If you have any medical concerns please ring your local GP or Obstetrician as Calmbirth® is not in a position to give out medical advice relating to your pregnancy.

Calmbirth’s Address:

Unit 1/19 Lyell St, Mittagong

Ph: (02) 48711806


Calmbirth strives to be leaders in cultural change by empowering and enabling birthing couples to experience birth as a natural part of life with confidence and fearlessness. Our vision is to change the current birth culture to one that is talked about and experienced far more positively, now and for future generations.

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