Karen McClay


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

Calmbirth® specialises in providing couples with childbirth education classes and Karen has followed in her father’s footsteps by becoming a childbirth expert leading the way in childbirth education, training and research in Australia and internationally.

Karen is a highly experienced Calmbirth® educator having seen over 1500 couples complete the Calmbirth® program since 2009.

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.

Karen knows the Calmbirth® program will restore our faith in the wonderment of childbirth and the vital role a family unit plays in having a positive birth experience.

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“I believe when we learn how to embrace birth as a natural part of life and not fear it, and stay connected by working together as a family, then not only will unnecessary intervention rates be reduced but the way we experience and talk about birth will be far more positive and empowering for future generations of families”.

By attending Karen’s classes, couples come away with not only a thorough theoretical knowledge of birth, but also highly effective practical skills, ideas and techniques to assist them with their own individual birth journeys. Karen is dedicated to supporting couples with their choices about birth and in assisting them to work together as a family unit to welcome their baby calmly, safely and confidently into the world.

Peter Jackson


The founder of Calmbirth®, Peter Jackson, is one of Australia’s first childbirth educators to revolutionise childbirth education with his program.

Successfully operating since 2004, Peter is internationally recognised for his success in changing and continually improving childbirth education in Australia and abroad. He offers over 40 years’ experience in General, Midwifery and Psychiatric disciplines of nursing in Sydney and NSW regional hospitals and has seen over 2,500 Calmbirth® couples over the years. Peter is also an expert of mind – body medicine training with the Brice-Wright School of Subconscious Mind therapy.

He is a mind – body practitioner with extensive knowledge and understanding of the mind and how it works. In particular, the role it plays in dictating perceptions in life and in birth, which then adjusts physiology.  His background in this therapeutic medicine means he understands the connection and power between the emotional, physical and mental state and its significant role in the birthing process.

Peter Jackson has witnessed mothers whose experience of childbirth was one of fear, anxiety and trauma. Peter knows nature did not get it wrong. He knows women’s bodies are designed for having babies and that a labouring mother’s experience should be filled with a sense of empowerment and confidence. Peter knows it is possible to have a calm beginning to your baby’s life.

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“With knowledge comes confidence. The answer lies in the couple’s preparation, education and skills in childbirth, while embracing and being aware of the mind- body connection to have a better and more positive birth experience”.