How does calmbirth® work?

The idea of deep relaxation to reduce pain in labour is not a new phenomenon. The obstetrician, Dr Grantly Dick Read (1889–1959), through his clinical work and research discovered that by removing fear and tension, pain is diminished. Calmbirth® draws on Dr Read’s original theory as well as current evidence based research which validates many of his initial observations.

Dr Herbert Benson, cardiologist and founder of the Boston Harvard Medical Institute, states that we can all evoke a bodily calm which has the opposite effect of the well known ‘fight or flight’ response.

He calls this bodily calm the ‘relaxation response’. Through his research he was able to measure how our beliefs, values, thoughts and feelings have physical manifestations.

  • During calmbirth® classes couples are taught how to evoke this ‘relaxation response’ by tapping into the subconscious resources we all naturally possess, not only for the birth of your baby but for all life situations.
  • Classes also outline the physiology of the birthing body, emphasizing the role of the muscles, nervous system and hormones prior to, during and after birth.
  • Breathing techniques are also taught for their powerful effect on the body. Mothers can utilize these skills very effectively during labour and birth, oxygenating the uterus, diminishing pain, inducing calm and bringing back focus so that all situations can be met with calm insight and understanding.
  • In short, calmbirth® allows you to experience birth in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free of the fear and tension that prevents the birthing muscles of your body from functioning as they are intended to.