Calmbirth® has the Experience, Training, Credibility and Understanding of Birth.

Over the years we have seen many similar childbirth education programs emerge. However, at Calmbirth® we know about birth better than anyone else because we have been on the birth room floors attending babies’ everyday. 

Calmbirth® has stood the test of time since its inception in 2004, and is still leading the way in childbirth education, training and ongoing research in Australia and abroad. It is also one of the first childbirth education programs to be evidence based and clinically and scientifically proven.

The ideal time to attend a Calmbirth class is between 24 and 34 weeks gestation.

This, however, is not a strict guideline; if you are feeling particularly anxious, we suggest coming earlier on, and if you have left it a little late to book, you are still welcome to attend after 34 weeks. We feel that the ideal time frame of 24 to 34 weeks gives couples enough time to reflect on and practice what you will learn in the Calmbirth class, using the tools and techniques to help you prepare for your birth.

Understands Birth – Clinically and Scientifically Proven

Calmbirth® is a stand-alone program that understands the mind and body connection in childbirth and how a woman’s emotional state influences the birth both mentally and physically. There is no haphazard placement of birth strategies that ‘just seem to work’. As the Calmbirth® program is founded on research from neuroscience, midwifery, obstetrics and epigenetics; and uses the extensive understanding of the relaxation response and its influence on birth.  So, it is clinically and scientifically proven. As a result, Calmbirth® has been recognised by the birthing institutions as one of the most holistic, thorough and collaboratively designed course that addresses all the needs of birthing couples on an emotional and physical level.

The Calmbirth® organisation has been the first to create and consolidate strong partnerships with private and public maternity hospitals in Australia in successfully incorporating the Calmbirth® program into their antenatal structure.

The  program therefore, is designed and continues to be updated in collaboration with experts, including a range of birthing, education and mind-body specialists. This ensures that the Calmbirth® program continues to meet the needs of birthing couples at both an emotional and physical level while helping to improve the maternity services and birthing outcomes in Australia.

Director of Calmbirth®, Karen McClay says, “As caregivers, it is vital for us to understand this concept and powerful interaction of the mind and body, so that we can facilitate better and more positive birth outcomes, not just physically but also emotionally for the families we care for.”

Calmbirth® is continually evolving, as its founder and educators are:

Guided by ever increasing research and knowledge on the mind- body connection, neuroscience, midwifery, obstetrics, and epigenetics;

Keep abreast of new and emerging trends within Australia and the world; and

Learn from the experiences of the Calmbirth participants as they continually monitor, evaluate and enhance the Calmbirth® program on an ongoing basis.

Best Birthing Method

The major difference between Calmbirth® and other child birthing programs is the unbiased and holistic foundation of the program’s design. This design is the reason for its unparalleled success for birthing women.

Founder of Calmbirth, Peter Jackson says, “Calmbirth is not about how to birth; it’s about helping couples create the positive birth experience, no matter how that birth unfolds. The program is designed to teach mother’s to use their inner resources to work with birth and to help them understand the process of birth so they can help the baby into the world, instead of resisting the labour journey.”

Director of Calmbirth®, Karen McClay says, “Calmbirth restores hope and offers new choices in childbirth education. Women want to be active participants and reclaim their bodies. They want to empower themselves with knowledge and skills. Calmbirth encourages and cultivates this in our program.”

Trained, Professional and Experienced

Calmbirth® is the only childbirth education program that requires all its educators to be practising midwives or trained birth professionals. Unlike other childbirth programs, Calmbirth® prides itself on its professionalism and quality of Calmbirth® educators through their ongoing requirement for professional development. It is also independently accredited by the Australian College of Midwives.


Calmbirth® is also the most highly recommended childbirth education program by obstetricians, midwives and GP’s in Australia, which is why it has been able to develop strong partnerships with leading maternity hospitals in Australia, which are now offering the Calmbirth® program. The Calmbirth® program is now available at the Royal Hospital for Women (RHW) in Randwick, and the Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAN) in Wahroonga, and soon to be expanding into other hospitals.

Did you know Calmbirth® has over 100 registered Calmbirth® educators throughout Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong?
Our Calmbirth® educators have collectively attended over 100,000 births throughout the years.
More than 20,000 couples have attended a Calmbirth® program since 2008.