Lauretta is a Registered Nurse and Midwife as well as a mum of two beautiful little girls!
“I attended a Calmbirth course during my first pregnancy and after the first day, I knew I had to teach this incredible course and share it with as many couples as I possibly could! It helped my husband and I to work together and prepare ourselves with the mindset and practical tools to create a really positive birth experience.
“I then did a refresher course for my second pregnancy and again, despite being an educator myself by this time, I gained so much confidence going into my second birth – it was so lovely to have time together to focus on and prepare for the birth of our second little girl – and wow, it was just as incredible as the first! Intense and powerful but so well supported by my husband, sister and colleagues.
“One of the many things I love about Calmbirth is that it teaches skills for LIFE! Not just skills to be used in pregnancy, labour and birth, but ones that you will find yourself using everyday and even more so when you face stressful or challenging situations (especially when your toddler is having a LOT of emotions!).
“I also love that it’s not about a specific type of birth – Calmbirth is about creating a positive experience, regardless of the birth scenario and what may play out on the day, and we prepare you with the knowledge of how to manage any situation. We can’t always control what happens, but we CAN control the attitude we bring to it, with the right knowledge and tools to make sure that you can savour the life altering moment of meeting your beautiful baby!”
“I admire the women who strive to improve our birth culture, despite many setbacks and numerous frustrations, they are determined, strong and inspire me to share and educate and not shy away from doing my part in changing the culture around birth in Australia. Women such as Hannah Dahlen, Rhea Dempsey, Rachel Reed and Bernadette Lack.
“As well as my fellow midwives who are on the front line advocating and supporting women in their roles everyday – even though it’s certainly not easy!”
My Name is…Lauretta Hamilton (most people call me Retta/Rett)
I work at…Ballarat Health Services.
My life in five words…Five words was just too hard for me – I’m a Homebody and love slow days at home, simple, content (apart from lack of sleep) full of love. I’m finding the balance between wanting to do ALL of the things at once (learn, share and grow my business) while also wanting to soak up my little lovebugs and this precious time.
My passion is preparing women for birth and beyond – I have a special interest in postpartum and the fourth trimester.
The best thing about where I live is…The beautiful community of women in small business who have become friends. Connecting with them through my business has been such an unexpected but wonderful gift of doing this work – they inspire and support myself and the lucky women in our area.
Ballarat also does a really beautiful Autumn – best time of the year to live here (not so much the winter).
What I do to relax when I’m not working…Listen to podcasts, walking, reading, baking (or taking a million screenshots of all the things I want to be baking!) and enjoying a Netflix binge with my husband!
I can’t live without…Second only to my beautiful family and friends – chocolate, I have no self-control and can down a block way too quickly… and tea (chai or dandelion) I am a bit picky with how I like it, but luckily after years of training my hubby has perfected it.
The person or qualities I most admire is….The women who strive to improve our birth culture, despite many setbacks and numerous frustrations, they are determined, strong and inspire me to share and educate and not shy away from doing my part in changing the culture around birth in Australia. Women such as Hannah Dahlen, Rhea Dempsey, Rachel Reed and Bernadette Lack.
As well as my fellow midwives who are on the front line advocating and supporting women in their roles everyday – even though it’s certainly not easy!
What I love most about being a Calmbirth Educator…It’s so hard to put this into a few sentences, apologies as I’m not one for few words!
When I get to witness women who have been fearing birth, feeling like they can’t do it or they don’t have the belief in their bodies, and then I see during the course that the seed is planted, they start to think ‘maybe I can’ and start to feel excited about birthing their babes…being a part of that and seeing that belief grow makes me so happy!
I also especially love seeing birth support people evolve in their feelings towards labour and birth, they might have come in feeling a little unsure, not very enthusiastic and maybe even that it’s a little ‘hippy’… but once they’ve done the course they see that’s not the case at all, and they are empowered by what they’ve learnt, they know they can support their partner confidently and that they’ve GOT THIS!
Being a Calmbirth educator is so fulfilling for me, it truly lights me up – I want every woman to look back on their births and feel AMAZING, Calmbirth allows me to share the knowledge and tools for them to do that, regardless of how their birth journey plays out.
If I had to describe my own birth experiences in 3 words… Intense, powerful and challenging!
I did Calmbirth prior to both of my births, I loved that it gave my husband and I time and space to connect, focus on and prepare for each birth.
I’ve found being a midwife comes with its own unique challenges going into your own births and Calmbirth (and support from Kath who taught our classes) helped me to get out of my ‘midwife brain’ (for the most part) and work through them.
The 3 essential things you need to take with you into labour are…The knowledge and tools from doing a Calmbirth course (of course!)
A support person/s who has undertaken a birth education course or is trained in birth work such as a Doula. We know that who you choose to have in your birth space will impact on how you labour – remember this is about YOU and your baby.
You need to feel comfortable to do whatever you need to do in that hard working, primal space that is labour, to switch off your ‘analytical, thinking brain’ and go with it. If you wouldn’t feel comfortable using the bathroom in front of those you choose to have in your labour space, then they’re not the support crew for you! They can get their fix another way (I highly recommend Call the Midwife).
Your ‘Birth Map’ – by Catherine Bell – see my Instagram and blog post all about this – it’s so much more than a birth plan and is essential!
My most memorable moment at as Calmbirth® educator…Everytime I get a message from one of my clients sharing the news about their birth – It just doesn’t get better than that, especially when they may have had doubts or fears to overcome and they share how amazing it was and that they DID IT!
A favourite quote…“You don’t have to love it to do it brilliantly” Rhea Dempsey on labour – she is such a wise woman and if you choose just one book to read to prepare for your labour and birth – make it hers (Birth with Confidence: Savvy Choices for normal birth).
If you had to describe how seeing a baby being born makes you feel...In awe of women and the fact we grow, birth and nourish humans! Oxytocin is contagious and I usually have tears in my eyes, it reminds me of what this life is all about – love and family.
You can follow me…
@ballaratborn_calmbirth on Instagram
Ballarat Born Calmbirth on Facebook
Website coming soon…
My next Calmbirth courses are:
I offer classes every month – Two Sunday classes or four Monday evenings, all currently via Zoom.
June – Sunday 21st & 28th
July – 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th
July – 19th & 26th