Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Calmbirth® Program?
Calmbirth® is a program designed to help parents-to-be build their knowledge and confidence as they move towards the birth of their baby.
The course provides a supportive and comfortable educational environment for couples to discuss and learn about labour, delivery and what happens after birth.
The aim of the program is to alleviate the fear or anxiety that can often surround pregnancy and birth, by providing evidence-based knowledge, skills and tools to promote every couple's ‘best’ birth.
When is the Calmbirth® course held?
ParentEd WA runs the course monthly on the 2nd and 3rd Sunday of each month at Baby Steps Health Centre in Wembley.
There may be some variation to these dates in certain months, so please check the website for an up-to-date schedule of upcoming courses.
How long is a Calmbirth® course?
Each program runs over two consecutive Sundays from 9:30am until 5:00pm each day. Couples are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the session.
Who facilitates the Calmbirth® course in Perth?
Each course is facilitated by a medically trained doctor, who has experience in the care and management of pregnancy and childbirth.
When is the best time to attend a Calmbirth® course?
The course is designed to be attended by a pregnant woman and her birth support partner, ideally between 24-34 weeks.
However, the program welcomes women at all gestations.
Is the course only suitable for a natural delivery without pain relief?
The Calmbirth® program does not prescribe or encourage a particular type of birth, and recognises that birth is not a universal experience.
Whilst the course teaches couples skills to instil confidence in them to move through labour naturally, it recognises that for many women, labour and delivery will take a different path.
Calmbirth® believes that having choices and options can be helpful to create every couples best birth.
Whether you have a natural birth, caesarean section, induction, epidural or drug-free delivery, Calmbirth® can be of great benefit.
What is the Calmbirth® difference?
Calmbirth® is a highly acclaimed, evidence based and scientifically proven childbirth education program leading the way in childbirth education, training and research since 2004 in Australia and abroad.
Calmbirth® provides couples with knowledge and practical skills to empower them to positively and confidently birth their babies regardless of how their birth unfolds.
Over 20,000 couples have attended a Calmbirth® program since 2008. It has been designed in collaboration with experts from the birthing and mind -body disciplines, and is run by trained and experienced birth professionals who have participated in care during pregnancy and birth.
The Calmbirth® program is based on research from neuroscience, midwifery, obstetrics and epigenetics. It is also the program that GP’s and obstetricians highly recommend.
What are some stand-out features of the Calmbirth® program?
The Calmbirth® course places an emphasis on the role of the birth support partner, and provides them with specific ways to help women through labour and delivery.
This part of the program ensures that women feel completely supported to move through labour confidently and calmly, and that partners can play an active role in birth by using the skills and tools learnt during the course.
Another stand-out feature of Calmbirth® is that it also educates couples on planned and unplanned medical interventions or changes to the expected birth experience.
It can be so helpful to be prepared for all possibilities in labour and delivery, so that changes or unexpected events can be met with trust and confidence rather than fear.
By doing so, couples who experience a birth that doesn't unfold as intended can still feel positive about their birth, and minimise the chance of a traumatic experience.
Is anything other the labour and delivery covered in the course?
The Calmbirth® course covers early parenting topics including what to expect after birth, breastfeeding, and conscious parenting principles.
It also discusses communicating with caregivers, which can be so helpful to build trust and confidence in doctor- or midwife-patient relationships.