Sarah Tooke is a registered midwife who works at the Mater Hospital in North Sydney. She is also a childbirth and parenting educator, as well as a registered Calmbirth Educator.
The Mater Hospital in North Sydney and Calmbirth is proud to announce that the very sought after, highly acclaimed and TRUSTED Calmbirth program will be officially launched at the Mater Hospital in North Sydney in July this year.
Mater Maternity Care is an integrated collaborative team of obstetricians, midwives, antenatal educators, maternity social workers and lactation experts who work with you in the planning and development of your pregnancy, delivery and care of your baby. Mater Maternity staff know that having a baby is one of the most exciting times of your life and they pride ourselves on providing supportive, high quality care before, during and after the birth of your baby. The Mater Hospital have a long and proud tradition in maternity services with a focus on personalised care.
I like to remind women that they have the knowledge and power to birth, they just need support and preparation to have more trust and faith in their own bodies. Why I love and I’m so passionate about the Calmbirth program is because it is evidence based, and provides skills – not only for labour, birth and early parenting, but for life!
My Name is… Sarah Tooke.
I work at …The Mater Hospital at North Sydney and ‘Sarah Tooke Childbirth & Parenting Education.
My life in five words… Busy (probably more crazy!), fun, loving.
The best thing about where I live is…Dural is semi-rural but still only 40mins from the city. It has become ‘foodie’ heaven with lots of local fresh produce available and places to eat out. It also has a friendly village community feel.
What I do to relax when I’m not working…Spend time with my 2 boys, my husband and extended family, swim/relax by the pool, read a good book, listen to music, cook and enjoy a glass of wine.
I can’t live without… my family.
The person I most admire is…. I can’t narrow it down to one person – I have so many mentors and inspirational people in my life, but I have an even greater new found respect for my own Mum since giving birth and now parenting my own children.
What I love most about being a Calmbirth Educator…Being able to support expectant parents to use their own skills to have a positive birth experience regardless of how they give birth. I like to remind women that they have the knowledge and power to birth, they just need support and preparation to have more trust and faith in their own bodies. I like providing a course which is evidence based and provides skills not only for labour, birth and early parenting, but for life!
If I had to describe my own birth experiences in 3 words… Sorry, I can’t narrow it down to 3… intense, empowering, instinctive, incredible.
The 3 essential things you need to take with you into labour are…your support person, an open mind, a heat pack.
My most memorable moment at as Calmbirth® educator…Witnessing the complete state of relaxation achieved by the meditation and their new knowledge transform into confidence and excitement for their upcoming birth.
A favourite quote… “Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making Mothers – strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength” – Barbara Katz Rothman
If you had to describe how seeing a baby being born makes you feel… in awe, privileged, grateful and blessed (and sometimes a little clucky!)
You can follow me… https://m.facebook.com/SarahTookeChildbirthParentingEducation/
My next Calmbirth courses are…At the Mater Hospital on the 25th July & 4th August.