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Getting to know Calmbirth Educator Karen McClay


Karen McClay is the Director of Calmbirth®PTY LTD. She is also a Southern Highlands Calmbirth Educator, practising Registered Midwife (RM), and a Registered Nurse (RN) and is the daughter of the founder of Calmbirth®, Peter Jackson.

Karen is a highly experienced Calmbirth®educator having seen over 1700 couples complete the Calmbirth®program since 2009. She is taking Calmbirth to the next level by continually evolving it and incorporating it into the antenatal structure of as many maternity hospitals in Australia.

Karen has a passion for sharing her knowledge and experience with pregnant couples and caregivers, and she’s doing her bit to change how our society and cultures views and experiences birth.

“I feel we are making such an enormous contribution to changing the way couples experience birth in our society. Not only does our program help to reduce unnecessary interventions, but most importantly our couples speak far more positively about their birth experiences, no matter how their birth unfolds. I am proud of the fact that Calmbirth is helping to change birth outcomes and experiences here in Australia and abroad. I believe our Calmbirth program restores our faith in the wonderment of childbirth and the vital role a family unit plays in having a positive birth experience.”

My name is…Karen McClay.

I work at…I am Owner and Director of the Calmbirth organisation and a Calmbirth Educator and  Midwife in my spare time.

What I love most about being a Calmbirth Educator…What I love most about being a Calmbirth Educator is seeing the positive effect that our program has, not only on birth outcomes but the lives and relationships of the couples we work with.

My life in five words…Crazy busy, yet amazingly fulfilling!!

What I love about where I live…The beauty of its seasons and the lifestyle I can have for my family.

The three essential things you need to take with you into labour are…Belief in yourself, your body, your baby & your partner. Tools to help with labour not just physically but also emotionally. A partner &/or support team that believes in you and knows how to protect your birth space.

What I do to relax when I’m not working is…I am a movie buff and I love being with my family and being by the ocean.

If I had to describe my own birth experience in three words I would describe as…Empowering, powerful, fulfilling.

My Most memorable moment as a Calmbirth Educator is…I have so so so many!! The stories and feedback that I receive about how our program has helped couples in so many different ways is why I keep doing what I do so passionately.

I can’t live without…My family.

The person I admire most is…My Dad because without his wisdom and belief in women and their partners, Calmbirth would not exist.

The best advice I ever got in my life was…“If you let them – every mother will teach you something” (Michel Odent) and they absolutely do!.

You can follow me on Instagram and Facebook https://calmbirth.com.au

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