Calmbirth® Courses on the Central Coast
Practical skills and knowledge for a calm, confident and empowered birth.
Calmbirth® is a comprehensive pre-natal course combining evidence-based information about the birth process, care practices and practical strategies to work with your birth however this may unfold.
Gaining this deeper appreciation of the birth process enables many couples to shift from fear or anxiety to confidence and excited anticipation.
Your mind controls your body.
Your mindset has a powerful influence on the birth process, altering hormones and muscles depending on whether it is in a state of relaxation or tension. The practical strategies taught in your Calmbirth® course will support you in accessing deeper levels of relaxation and releasing fear to help you during pregnancy, birth and parenthood. Other methods to support the mind-body connection include breath work and visualisation.
Your partner or support person will leave with a toolkit of techniques to support you physically and emotionally, including massage, acupressure, positioning, advocating for you, and assisting you to remain focused and calm in your mind and body.
Preparing for all possibilities
Sometimes, despite the best preparation, medical intervention may be necessary. Knowledge of different care practices and strategies for informed decision-making is vital in addition to mind-body strategies. In fact, in these moments, maintaining relaxation and a focused mindset can become even more necessary for you and your baby.
Calmbirth® Childbirth Class Overview
The Calmbirth course involves information and practical skills.
Gain a deeper appreciation of the birthing process, including how the body prepares for birth and how the muscles and hormones work.
Discover the power of your mind and body during birth and how stress and relaxation impact the process.
Prepare on a deep emotional level with guided meditations that will help you to release fear and anxieties and enable you to access deeper levels of relaxation.
Feel physically and emotionally supported by your partner during the birth as they use techniques to assist you to stay calm and focused and relieve tension or discomfort.
Develop knowledge of different medical interventions or care practices such as induction of labour, caesarean, pain relief options, fetal monitoring and vaginal examination to be able to make informed decisions about your care.
Learn about the first hours after birth, including the first breastfeed and ways to support this time of transition for you and your baby.
Central Coast Calmbirth Class Schedule
Upcoming Calmbirth® workshops on the Central Coast @ The Landing Space, Forresters Beach
Group Calmbirth Courses 2024
FEBRUARY 10th & 11th, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm Sold Out
MARCH 2nd & 3rd, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
MARCH 23rd & 24th, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
APRIL 27th & 28th, 9.00 am – 5. 00 pm
MAY 25th & 26th, 9.00 am – 5. 00 pm
The cost of the group course is $ 550 per couple.
You can book via the link below, or if you prefer to pay a deposit with the balance due 2 weeks before your course, please send us an email.
When you book a Calmbirth® course with us you will also receive ongoing 1:1 phone,or email support from Kate if needed.
Our courses often book out; please book early to avoid disappointment.
Private Calmbirth Courses
Tuesday evenings- BOOKED OUT
Thursday evenings- BOOKED OUT
Friday evenings are available on 16/2 and 23/2 from 4 pm.
Tuesdays BOOKED OUT
Wednesdays between 10 am -2 pm
Thursday evenings – available after 3 pm
Friday evenings are available on the 8/3 & 15/3
Tuesday evenings are available after 3 pm, excluding the 21/5/24
Thursday evenings are available after 3 pm
Friday evenings are available on 3/5, 17/5, 31/5 from 4 pm.
About our Private Calmbirth Sessions
Private Calmbirth sessions are held in the comfort of your own home. They cover the same content as a group course but with the ability to have more in-depth discussions relating to your individual needs.
Evening sessions are run as four three-hour sessions. You can select weekly sessions or multiple sessions per week. This option is all about providing flexibility that fits your schedule.
If you would like a private Calmbirth course, please get in touch with me via email or phone to discuss possible dates.
The cost per couple is $ 850. To book your session, you may pay in full or secure your space with a deposit of $ 200; the balance is due two weeks before your course.
One-on-one sessions are limited to 2-3 couples per month and are often booked out in advance, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
I couldn’t recommend The Calmbirth Course with Kate more highly! She is an incredible educator. She creates a beautiful and safe space to learn. My partner and I had no idea what to expect from the course but left feeling incredibly empowered and excited about the birth of our baby! Lee-Ann (Google Review)
Kate was an extraordinary facilitator of the calm birth course. This course far exceeded my expectations, and I recommend it to everyone preparing for birth. I feel confident, empowered, and informed about my upcoming birth, and I no longer feel worried and anxious, thanks to Kate. Crystal (Calmbirth Survey)
Kate was amazing! I was very nervous about the birth process, and Kate left me feeling like I could do this. I feel so much more informed about what we are about to go through. I highly recommend this course with Kate for all soon-to-be mums! It provides you with so many tools to get you as prepared as you can be. Marie (Calmbirth Survey)
Kate was wonderful and she gave me the skills and knowledge to feel empowered and in control of my birth. I can not recommend this course enough, Kate was lovely enough to stay back and answer our additional questions after the course. (Calmbirth Survey)
“We both got a lot out of this course. Kate was so helpful and supportive. My partner was apprehensive about attending; however got as much, if not more, out of it than me. I feel empowered to approach labour with a positive mindset rather than filled with anxiety.” (Calmbirth Survey)
We are now heading into birth feeling as prepared as we can be, armed with a lot of useful practical knowledge and with the confidence to ask for our birth experience to be the best experience for us. I would highly recommend this course. Kate was a wonderful presenter who made us feel wholly supported.
Steph and Scott (Zoom Calmbirth Course)
Kate was highly knowledgeable of both the calm birth techniques but also the clinical reality of giving birth. Both my partner and myself now feel a lot more confident in bringing our little one into this ever-changing world. We would highly recommend this course!
Emma and Matt (Zoom Calmbirth course)
We’re so grateful to Kate for making the Calmbirth course available virtually and for her ongoing support. It’s a scary time to be pregnant, but this course has made us feel confident, empowered and excited about our baby’s birth.We highly recommend this course to all couples expecting a baby.
Jane and Phil (Zoom Calmbirth course)
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.