My passion to become a Calmbirth® educator was driven by both my professional and personal experiences. I am a registered nurse, midwife and ‘mummy’ to two beautiful girls.
My first encounter with Calmbirth® was as a student midwife, looking after couples who had attended the classes in preparation for the birth of their baby. I was truly inspired. I witnessed the amazing ability of women to calmly birth their babies and have empowering birth experiences. I learnt to trust birth. I learnt to trust in a woman’s body and I learnt that knowledge gave couples the confidence to release fears and birth instinctively.
Pregnant with my first child, I wanted that confidence and so it wasn’t even a question that my husband and I would attend the Calmbirth® program in preparation for what was going to be one of the most important experiences of our life. I’m proud to say we had the birth we wanted. We laboured together, just the two of us, for the majority of my labour, and we welcomed our little girl in the most gentle way with a water birth at home. It was honestly magical. I have never felt more womanly and more empowered than the day our first born entered this world.
Reflecting on my own experience motivated me down the path of becoming a Calmbirth® educator. I needed to ‘spread the word’. I wanted to make a difference to other’s experiences, because working as a midwife in a birth suite, potentially meeting a couple for the first time as they enter their birth room, there’s only so much I can do.
I believe in a woman’s ability to birth, and I want to protect that. I want to teach the skills that will enable couples to feel empowered as they welcome their baby in whatever path their birth takes.
I teach private weekday evening classes in the comfort of your own home, or small group weekend classes based in Aspendale.