The births of my children were life-changing experiences for me. Whilst they were quite different (one an emergency caesarean, the other a vaginal birth), both were profoundly enlightening experiences. I began training as a doula after the birth of my first child in 2002, as I found myself wanting to be a part of the 'birth world'. Since that time, I have been regularly supporting women and their partners during their pregnancy, labour and childbirth, as well as in post-natal areas such as breastfeeding.
Through my experiences as a birthing woman and as a doula, I believe that it is a woman's emotional experience during childbirth that will come to define her birthing experience in time. Having worked with people utilising a wide range of birth preparation techniques, I became more and more interested in Calmbirth®, as the couples I worked with who were using Calmbirth® methods were really well prepared for their labour, were confident, and had a great understanding of how their body worked during labour. They drew on their own resources using relaxation and breathing techniques and visualisations. I consistently saw great results - the couples that utilised the simple Calmbirth® methods had the skills to create a wonderful birth experience even if their labour took an unexpected turn. I feel strongly that Australian Calmbirth® is an organisation with great integrity. I am proud to be associated with it as I feel passionate about empowering couples with research-based information and strategies so that they can create their own wonderful birth experience.
I offer a variety of class times and options, with weekday, weeknight and weekend classes held in Maitland in the beautiful Hunter Valley. Coming from Sydney? Why not do your birth preparation while enjoying a weekend away before the birth of your baby. Calmbirth® retreats are run on weekends or on two consecutive weekdays. Luxury accommodation can also be arranged.