Kristal Byrne is a practising Registered Nurse, Midwife and childbirth educator working in Wangaratta. She is a busy wife and mother of two girls but always finds time for her other passion.
“I love caring for women, couples and families during pregnancy birth and the postnatal period. During the past few years I have worked in a caseload model of care. During this time I have been privileged to work with many couples who have embraced their Calmbirth skills and knowledge and I have been amazed at the results. Seeing these outcomes for myself I knew I needed to follow my passion for antenatal education and my heart felt desire to improve birth experiences for women and families in my community. Bringing the Calmbirth education program to Wangaratta and surrounds I hope to reach as many women as I can to help them achieve positive birth experiences and an ability for them to avoid unnecessary fear and anxiety around the birth process.”
My name is…Kristal Byrne.
I work at…Benalla Health.
What I love most about being a Calmbirth Educator…Meeting and becoming a apart of the women and supporting the couples birth journey. Seeing and hearing that the couples are leaving feeling so much more confident and excited about labour and birth.
My life in five words…Full of love and company.
What I love most about where I live…Wide open spaces. We are so lucky to be in the centre of the wine country, near the snow and the lakes and rivers.
The three essential things you need to take with you into labour are…Your Calmbirth techniques, someone you love and confidence in your abilities.
What I do to relax when I’m not working is…Hang out with my family and Baking. I love to make cakes and pastries, it clears my mind and makes all the people around me happy.
If I had to describe my own birth experience in three words I would describe as…Long but rewarding.
My Most memorable moment as a Calmbirth Educator is…Getting to see one of my Calmbirth mums whilst admitted to hospital and her response and overwhelming joy when she found out she was 7cm dilated with her first baby. I was so proud of her and could see she was so proud of herself. The other funny one is when the balloon uterus I use as a prop exploded while I was demonstrating, their faces were priceless!
I can’t live without…Coffee.
The person I admire most is…The midwives that have showed and taught me how to be the midwife I have become. I think of them all the time and think I was so lucky to have such good role models, and when people complement me I think it’s a reflection of who I had teaching me.
The best advice I ever got in my life was…I went to the 2017 Calmbirth conference and it was a quote that Peter Jackson read and it was “I thought that I was broken and needed fixing, not true. I was hurt and needed healing. A completely different concept.” I am so fortunate that the program has been so useful for navigating everyday life.
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