Calm Birth Course

March 26th, 2007 by Trent

Calm Birth
On the weekend Simone and I went to a course in Bowral called Calm Birth. Initially I was a bit sceptical as to what exactly this was going to be, especially as Simone had first described it as Hypnobirthing. I had visions of going to some house in the mountains near Bowral and having some tree hugging hippie greet us at the door with the smell of incense all over the place. Well this could not be further from the truth. Peter Jackson that runs the Calm Birth course is a retired midwife with over 30 years experience and has created the Calm Birth course to help couples have as natural a birth as possible without the drugs and pain that are meant to be associated with childbirth.

There were seven couples in the weekend course and all from different backgrounds. One couple live in Bali and were planning a home birth. Another couple had met in Kenya and the husband was adjusting to a society where pregnancy is discussed so openly compared to his home country.

The course covered all of the aspects of child birth, and primarily concentrated on the fact that it is a natural process and a women’s body knows what to do. There was a lot of relaxation and breathing techniques as well as some massage techniques to do leading up to the birth and during labour itself. Along with the 2 day course, we were also given a booklet and CD as the practive leading up to the big event is most important! As Peter says “practive makes permanent”. We also learned of the advantages of a natural birth and how much more alert and receptive a baby is when born through a drug free birth. They feed almost straight away and form a much closer bind with their parents.

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