Calmbirth® Courses on the Central Coast
Practical skills and knowledge for a calm, confident and empowered birth.
Calmbirth® is a comprehensive pre natal course that will provide you with factual information about birth and practical skills for you and your support person to use during labour. There is a lot of misinformation about childbirth; this can create anxiety which can impact on your experience. After attending the Calmbirth® course, many people are surprised how fast worries can fade when they understand more about the birth process and have skills to work with their body.
Your mind controls your body
Birth is not purely a physical process. The mind and body are interconnected. The way you feel affects your physical body and ultimately, the birth process. For example, fear causes stress hormones to be released which increase tension in the uterine muscles. This can affect the intensity of sensations experienced during labour. In contrast, feelings of confidence and calmness promote the flow of hormones that enable the muscles to work in harmony. In your Calmbirth® course, you will develop evidence-based skills to promote relaxation.
Throughout the Calmbirth® course, there is also an emphasis on how your partner or support person can assist you. This support is vital, and there are many ways they can help, including guidance with relaxation, breathing, positioning, advocating for birth preferences, massage, and acupressure.
Preparing for all possibilities
While most women can birth their babies naturally, given appropriate support, there are times when medical intervention may be required. A birth requiring intervention does not need to be the end of your positive birth. Calmbirth® will assist you in developing skills in informed decision making and communicating with your care providers. Strategies to work with your body in these instances are also identified. In fact, in these moments, the ability to maintain relaxation can become even more important for you and your baby.
Calmbirth® Childbirth Class Overview
The Calmbirth course involves information and practical skills.
Central Coast Calmbirth Class Schedule
Upcoming Calmbirth® workshops on the Central Coast
@ 105 Hakone Road, Woongarrah.
May 15th & 22nd 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
June 12th & 19th 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
July 23rd & 24th 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
If you would like a private Calmbirth course please contact me to discuss possible dates.
Book your Calmbirth Course on the Central Coast
Our mission is to ensure you feel supported so that you can experience this time with joy and confidence.
When you book a Calmbirth® course with The Wonders Within you will also receive:
- Ongoing 1:1 phone or Zoom calls to further support you if you need.
- Access to our private Facebook group to connect with other families and access helpful birth and parenting information.
Group Calmbirth® courses $550.
Private Calmbirth® sessions $ 750.
Flexible payment options are available for families experiencing financial hardship. Please email Kate with your request.
Courses often book out, please book early to avoid disappointment.
Your Calmbirth® Questions
I am really nervous about my baby's birth. How can the Calmbirth® course help?
You will develop a tool kit of skills to reduce stress and fear during pregnancy and childbirth. The relaxation exercises will also assist you to prepare for birth on a deep emotional level. Find out more about how the Calmbirth program has helped thousands of couples to feel confident and informed about birth here.
Is there any research that has studied the benefits of Calmbirth® during childbirth?
The findings showed that couples had a high rate of satisfaction with the Calmbirth® course. 88% of couples rated the course 8 or more out of 10. There was a dramatic change in couples’ confidence levels following the course with 82% of women feeling confident to very confident about birth. In comparison, 50% of women felt anxious, frightened or very frightened before the course. Partners feelings towards birth also improved with 80% of partners feeling confident to very confident.
The types of birth were also explored. 76% of women birthed their babies vaginally, 13% required an emergency caesarean and 4% had a planned caesarean. Women were less likely to need pain relief than women who had not attended Calmbirth®. 46% of women used no pain relief, and 30% used gas only.
The findings revealed couples had a high level of satisfaction with the Calmbirth® program and approached their baby’s birth with feelings of confidence. There was a higher rate of vaginal birth, and a lower caesarean rate than mothers in the NSW Mothers and Babies report 2010. Also, the need for pain relief was lower in the Calmbirth® study compared to the women in the NSW Mothers, and Babies report 2010.
Similar findings have been identified in studies at The Royal Hospital for Women in Randwick and in a research project by the National Institute of Complementary Medicine. For more information, please see the Calmbirth website.
When is the best time to attend?
Is there any research to support the Calmbirth® teachings?
Does Calmbirth® take the place of other birth classes?
If you would like information about caring for your baby in the early weeks and months, The Wonders Within also offers breastfeeding and preparation for parenthood courses. For more information, click here.
Is Calmbirth® only for couples planning a natural birth?
There are times when medical intervention is required. This is not a failure, and it does not need to be the end of your positive birth experience. In the Calmbirth® program, you will develop knowledge and skills to feel confident communicating with your care providers. You will also learn practical skills such as breathing, relaxation, massage and acupressure techniques that are beneficial even if medical intervention is necessary.
Can I claim a rebate for my Calmbirth class through my private health insurance?
When are we moving back to face to face classes?
We are closely following health recommendations regarding the safest method of delivering our classes. If the COVID-19 situation escalates, we may need to return to Zoom classes. You will be contacted via email if this occurs.