Being a midwife, I knew I wanted to have the calmest birth possible. I also knew that I wanted to have my baby in the privacy and comfort of our home so we chose to have a homebirth. During my pregnancy I learnt about the Calmbirth course and instantly knew it was something that would help me understand how to control my mind and breath during labour, and I wanted my husband to have a deeper understanding other than what I had told him!
We started Calmbirth with Tracey when I was around 30 weeks. My husband and I thorougly enjoyed it. Tracey had such a lovely set up and we felt it was a really lovely opportunity to not only learn some valuable skills but also for my husband and I to have time connecting with our baby. The Calmbirth course was invaluable for our experience. The cd and also the breathing skills were used to keep me calm from the very first tightening....
And also what I really liked about the course was the strategies if things didn't go to plan. I never wanted to focus on these as I was trying to stay positive, but I was also realistic that 'plans' can change. And for us-it did.
I developed pre eclampsia at 37+5 days.... My midwife phoned to say that we need to go to be hospital immediately. We hadn't even packed a hospital bag so after the initial shock, we quickly packed a bag and off we went. As soon as we sat in the car to go, my focus became my breath.... I knew how important it was to stay calm both for me and our baby. The Calmbirth course, I feel, prepared me to deal with this situation as best I could..... My condition progressed to HELLP syndrome (a serious complication of Pre-Eclampsia) but with the awesome midwifery care I received plus what my husband and I had received from Calmbirth, I was able to have a natural vaginal birth, with no analgesia, and gave birth to a healthy baby girl. It was the best outcome we could have asked for.
I would highly recommend Calmbirth with Tracey!!
Thank you Tracey xx
-Brooke & Rikki
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