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“In Calmbirth, we prepare couples for birth, but they take away lessons for life.” Bec Fagan.

What can I expect from the 2-day Calmbirth® Weekend Retreat?


Calmbirth® course outline

The Calmbirth Program will provide you and your partner with with a toolbox for birth.

Understanding the psychology of birth and how your mental state, thoughts and beliefs leading up to and on the day, not only dictates your experience of birth, but also the way your body works with labour and birth.

The physiology of birth – explains the four stages of labour and how your body prepares itself to give birth.

Tools to work with birth – techniques and practical skills that assist you mentally and physically such as: visualisations, meditation, breath techniques, touch, acupressure, rebozo and active birth positioning.

Defines the role of the partner and what they can do to help support you on the day emotionally and physically, as well as how to work together as a team. Calmbirth gives partners their own toolbox for birth to work with the birthing process on the day. Preparation for all birth journeys – working with intervention, C section or previous birth trauma.

Conscious parenting – Birthing conscious parents. Here we explore the prenatal bonding, skin to skin contact and postnatal bonding, connection and attachment to your baby. Setting realistic expectations and ‘planting the seed’ beyond birth for the transition to parenting to understand what children need to develop and thrive.

Learning the importance of self care during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period.


When is the best time to attend?

The ideal time to attend my Calmbirth® Weekend Retreat or Refresher course is between 24 and 34 weeks gestation.

This, however, is not a strict guideline; if you are feeling particularly anxious, we suggest coming earlier on, and if you have left it a little late to book, you are still welcome to attend after 34 weeks. We feel that the ideal time frame of 24 to 34 weeks gives couples enough time to reflect on and practice what you will learn in our Calmbirth Weekend Retreat, using the tools and techniques to help you prepare for your birth.


How Calmbirth® prepares you emotionally, mentally

and physically for birth

Calmbirth® was the first childbirth education program in Australia to recognise the interrelationship between the mind and body connection in birth – the connection and power between a woman’s emotional state and the way her body responds in birth. Calmbirth® uses this mind-body connection to assist couples to replace the fear, stress and anxiety about giving birth with the knowledge and skills to birth their baby calmly, fearlessly, safely and confidently.


Calmbirth® provides you with all the knowledge, confidence and tools you need to have a positive birth experience. To work together and feel supported by your partner to birth your child in any birth situation. Calmbirth® teaches your partner how to support you emotionally, and how to be your ‘guardian of space’ during pregnancy, labour and birth.

Calmbirth® empowers you to make informed decisions with your caregivers about birth choices. Calmbirth® helps you feel safe, calm and confident to birth your baby irrespective of how you birth. Calmbirth® teaches you about the prenatal bonding and the positive impact you can have on your growing baby inside your womb, the importance of skin to skin and postnatal bonding, self care and ways to nourish the new mother, and awakens you to the concept of conscious parenting. Calmbirth® teaches you how to nurture your connection to your unborn child and 'plants the seed’ for ways to strengthen that connection in your transition into parenthood. Calmbirth® teaches you self empowerment – how to be an active participant in your birth and gives your birth support partners the tools to support you. It teaches you how to access your inner resources and gives you the confidence to use them to assist you in pregnancy, labour and birth – embracing birth as a natural part of life.

Who is Calmbirth® for?

The Calmbirth® program is extremely beneficial for all expecting parent's or single mums and their support person whether it be your first or fourth pregnancy. All expecting parents deserve to  be educated and equipped with the right birth knowledge during their pregnancy. This may lead you to deeply evaluate your beliefs about birth and how you both intend on parenting your child. Calmbirth helps couples implement life skills to help them remain calm, connected and empowered for years to come. 

Hear what couples say about our Calmbirth retreats


How is Calmbirth® different to other childbirth education programs?

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 attend couples at birth every day. So we know about birth better than anyone else because we have been on the birth room floors everyday for over 40 years.

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 is the difference between Calmbirth® and Hypnobirth?

While there are some similarities, the distinct difference is that they reflect the occupation of the Founders of each practice. Calmbirth® was created by a midwife, through the use of his professional experience and the research of other doctors; hypno-birthing was founded by a hypnotherapist.


Do I need to bring anything?

We do recommend couples Bring along a note book and pen and wear comfortable clothes. We will provide a wholesome morning and afternoon tea both days,

Please Note Lunch is not included.


Can I claim a Calmbirth® course through my health insurance?

Some private health funds do offer a rebate for our Calmbirth course. Check with your individual health fund.


What if I need to cancel?

You can book your Calmbirth® weekend retreat in one payment or in 2 separate payments (deposit and remaining payment).

The deposit is required to secure your position in our Calmbirth Weekend retreat. The balance is required to be paid via the website within one week of the workshop commencing or alternatively when you attend the course either by cash, or credit card. Please let Bec know which way of payment is most convenient for you. If you do not attend, your deposit of $300 will not be refunded.

The amount of $150 of the $300 deposit will be refunded for:

  • cancellations for all Calmbirth bookings, which take place at least 4 weeks prior to the calmbirth retreat commencing.

  • If the booking is cancelled less than the 4 weeks of the retreat date, this same amount will ONLY be reimbursed if the cancelled place is filled before the due date. Empowering Birth Journeys will endeavour to find a replacement for the course.

The balance withheld covers credit card, bank and administrative charges incurred with cancellation and re-advertising the couples place in the course. The $150 will be reimbursed to the credit card used to secure the booking.

Please take every care to attend the Calmbirth Retreat on the day you are booked in.

We respect difficult circumstances and will extend kindness and assistance wherever possible to enable you to attend.

What if, unexpectedly, I need to change course dates?

Providing that couples have entirely paid for their program, Empowering Birth Journeys will require a minimum of 4 weeks notice to try to accommodate this.


What if my partner doesn’t want to do the course with me or can’t attend?

We always encourage couples to come together because it’s about the connection. The connection between you and your partner, your baby, your body and the family unit you will become. However, in the event that your partner can’t come, it’s still vital that you bring along a birth support person such as your mother, friend or even a Doula if you wish. Empowering Birth Journeys encourages the presence of a partner/birth support person during all retreats regardless of age, culture, socio-economic or sexual orientation.

Our classes are invaluable to contributing to the wellbeing of its couples and the preparation for the birth of their baby.

It is always ideal to bring the person who will be your main support at birth but circumstances change for some people, so never feel that although your situation may have changed that you have to miss out, just arrange another support person for yourself.


What if I find out I’m having a caesarean will Calmbirth® still help me?

Absolutely yes. Calmbirth® is not designed for couples that are just having vaginal births. Calmbirth believes that in instances intervention may be necessary so will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills to use before and after you undergo your caesarean. As all the techniques and principles learnt are all applicable to any birth regardless of how the birth presents itself and are life skills that you can use everyday.


What if I’ve already done another childbirth antenatal class at the hospital, can I still do a Calmbirth® course?

It’s still recommended to do a Calmbirth® course even if you’ve done another birthing prenatal course, as each course is different and taught differently, so you will still greatly benefit from the unique, unbiased and holistic approach to childbirth education that Calmbirth® has to offer. Calmbirth® will educate you on everything you need to know about pregnancy, labour and birth, as well as give you tools to use on the day of your birth regardless of how your birth unfolds. We also emphasise the importance of the connection between the mind and body in birth, as well as the importance to connect with yourself, your baby and your partner. Calmbirth® will give you the skills to focus on these connections, and forge stronger bonds with each other and your baby. Hospital prenatal classes can greatly benefit and complement the Calmbirth® program because it will focus on what’s available for you at their hospital, as well as being a great introduction to familiarise yourself with the birthing suite.

What if the course is full?

Call and or email us with your details, so that we can put you on a waiting list for that class on those dates, as sometimes things come up and couples have had to rearrange their dates, so a space becomes available.

What if I have a medical history?

If you have any medical concerns please ring your local GP or Obstetrician as Calmbirth® is not in a position to give out medical advice relating to your pregnancy.



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