LEARN WITHOUT LIMITS, THE VALUE OF CALMBIRTH
Peter Jackson, the founder of Calmbirth, has the founding principle that continues to shape antenatal education. Through education and understanding what is integral; in the changing landscape when having a baby and becoming a parent. Knowing there is a gap in the educational system for knowledge, he built a course that gives confidence and calm as a parent moves through the ever-changing environment.
Calmbirth encourages a synthesis of ideas and experiences. Attending a class with Melinda forges a more open and trusting place for learning, giving you the freedom to explore how you would like to welcome your baby into the world.
WHY CHOOSE CALMBIRTH WITH MELINDA?
Melinda is a professional with fifteen years of experience, a Dr Chinese Medicine, Buteyko Breathwork Instructor and Birth Doula. She is the founder of Beattie Street Health Studio in Balmain. Her classes embrace the multiple ways of learning, nurturing, and supporting those to flourish with Calmbirth’s information. Melinda knows through experience birth is natural, yet its effects can be highly variable for all involved. Hence, her teaching provides guidelines for establishing a therapeutic relationship that promotes change. Looking through the ‘medicalisation’ of birth and adopting a more optimistic viewpoint helps to change the perspective of birth, giving those supporting an ideal position to help and understand the journey, enabling them to enter with the ability to advocate and assist when required.
WHAT YOU TAKE FROM A CALMBIRTH CLASS
Calmbirth creates a language around feelings, allowing you to integrate the next steps of where you want to be—fostering change to inquire about what matters to you and how to use the information learnt. Melinda helps you to envisage your birth and family through planning and communication.
The course is hands-on; as a general guide, you can adapt to each phase of labour. Calmbirth enhances the knowledge you may already have with breathwork, covering the physiology of birth and the frameworks used within the birthing system.
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM MELINDA
In addition to professional support given within the class, Melinda provides encouragement and guidance as an educator with a follow-up session at around 36 – 38 weeks. Breathwork is revisited to ensure you feel confident, covering bodywork and acupressure, which is beneficial for enhancing labour and birth. Melinda works alongside other professionals within the industry, creating accessible communication with your care provider if you require help.
WHEN AND WHERE ARE THE CALMBIRTH CLASSES HELD?
Teaching at Beattie Street Health Studio in Balmain, Sydney, classes run for a weekend and are available every fortnight. The studio space is naturally lite, with ample space for movement and not feeling overcrowded. The food provided is from fresh ingredients from Orange Grove market and cooked in-house by Melinda’s husband, Andy Webb, former owner of Cafe Morso in Pyrmont. Dietary requirements are catered for too.
There is ample off-street parking, not metered, making it easy for you to park. Public transport is available with nearby bus routes.