Calmbirth Educator Vida Rye is a passionate advocate for physiological birth whether it be at home, in hospital or in a birth centre and she is very active in her local birthing community. She has worked as a birth and postnatal doula (a trained birth companion and supporter after birth) in England in the community and also in Holloway Prison in London with women who were facing pregnancy and childbirth whilst serving their sentences/on remand before moving to Wellington, New Zealand in 2002.
On my doula journey, I observed how unique every birth is and how differently women approach their labours and the birth of their babies. I was often amazed at the women from other cultures (e.g. Jamaican) who seemed to labour and birth so effortlessly. This is because they trusted their bodies and felt relaxed and not fearful.
In November 2004, I gave birth at home, in water, to my first child, Zoe, with the wonderful support of my two homebirth midwives and my husband, Graham. Prior to the birth we had travelled up to Waiheke Island to take a course with a fellow Calmbirth Educator, Deb Peters. The techniques we learned meant that I was very relaxed and by the time we called the midwife, to our joy, I was already fully dilated! After completing the Calmbirth training in Australia and qualifying to practice as an educator, in January 2009 I again gave birth at home, in water to our second baby girl, Phoebe, using the techniques throughout. We were elated about how amazing I felt and at how joyful the experience was for the whole family, and the midwives present.
We so underestimate our body’s ability to give birth naturally if only we would let the “thinking” part of our brain have a rest. I feel absolutely privileged that I am now in a position to encourage others to tap in to the powers of their subconscious mind, so that they can experience a positive birth experience like I, my husband and baby did, it is such a wonderful gift to share with them. I also feel that offering Calmbirth classes is very special because it means that partners can truly feel involved in the experience and have practical techniques to be able to support their partner.
My Name is…Vida Rye.
I work…as aself employed Calmbirth Educator, infant massage instructor, and as an admin manager for a local childbirth education organisation.
My life in five words…Full. Fun. Fortunate. Free and Family oriented.
The best thing about where I live is…Being with my family and the beautiful surrounds.
What I do to relax when I’m not working…Bathing in bubbles, camping with the family, having a massage, baking, sharing a meal with family or friends either dining out or in.
I can’t live without…my family.
The person I most admire is….my husband for calmly putting up with me, my imagination and determination.
What I love most about being a Calmbirth Educator…when you see the ‘light bulb’ go on for couples that this is their journey and that they have the inner resources and the power to create an incredible journey into parenthood.
If I had to describe my own birth experiences in 3 words… Joyful. Powerful and surreal.
The 3 essential things you need to take with you into labour are…Fearlessness. Support people who share your birth philosophy and support you unconditionally. A sense of humour.
My most memorable moment at as Calmbirth® educator…When a mum was 39 weeks’ having her first baby attended my course and she and her partner realised that they could make different choices, no matter how late in the pregnancy. At that point they changed Lead Maternity Carer and Birth Place and ended up having a lovely, joyful birth at home.
A favourite quote…I have so many of these and have them up around my house, but if I really have to choose one then, “love me when I least deserve it, because that is when I really need it.”
If you had to describe how seeing a baby being born makes you feel.. In awe at the power of the body and mind, and very honoured to be present.
You can follow me… https://www.facebook.com/calmbirthnz/
My next Calmbirth courses are:
23rd & 24th March
11th & 12th May – both fully booked with a waitlist.