Calm Birth

The Calmbirth method of childbirth preparation was developed by Australian midwife, Peter Jackson and  is based on the work of Dr. Grantly Dick-Reid, the pioneer of natural childbirth, who authored the book, Childbirth Without Fear.

Jackson has over 30 years experience in General, Midwifery and Psychiatric disciplines of Nursing in Sydney and NSW regional hospitals. Peter is a member of the Australian College of Midwives, NSW Nurses Association the NSW Midwives Association and trained with the Brice-Wright School of Subconscious Mind Therapy.

CalmBirth is based on the belief that woman can experience birth through the natural flow and rhythm of their labouring body. To release birthing over to their mind and to trust their body to function as it was intended to, thereby alleviating unnecessary discomfort. By learning about the physiology of the birth process and the fight-or-flight response, which usually accompanies labour, the couple realises how that “fear-tension-pain syndrome” develops.

They are then taught how to alter and improve that response through special relaxation techniques, through re-interpretation of pain and through fear-release techniques. In this way a woman is free to connect with and work with her body as she experiences labour and birth.

The labouring mother is alert but deeply relaxed. She then can maintain a deep relaxation along with “calm breathing” and “slow rhythmic focused breathing” through active labour and to interpret birthing sensations as pressure, stretching or numbness. It is this ability to deeply relax that enables the pelvic muscles to open and allow the baby to birth easily.

CalmBirth weekend workshops are currently available in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

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