Testimonials from Positive Beginning's Calmbirth® couples…….
A must for any expecting mums and/or dads. Tracey's course was packed with all the right information to really understand the journey ahead and steps to be as prepared as one can be. When half the group are expecting mums who work in the birth suites or have relatives that work there, you know you have the right ticket. Was a little anxious about the course and what's ahead, this course really helped Kate and myself get over many known and unknowns. Huge thanks Tracey. :) James & Kate (August 2017 course)
My husband & I were fortunate enough to do Calmbirth with Tracey a couple of months ago. 😍 We wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to the wonderful Tracey for all your support with Calmbirth & your magic help on the day of our labour. I cried when you walked into our birthing suite from pure relief you were there, we know we wouldn't have been able to do it without your amazing Calmbirth course as well. I've learnt that believing in your body & having a supportive partner & birthing team is everything on the day of labour & Calmbirth prepared us so well for this life changing event. Oh and the breathing really was everything I just kept hearing Tracey's voice in my head. We will be recommending you to everyone Tracey, how lucky we have been to learn from you. Lots of love Kirsty, Jay & Willow Kirsty & Jay (Feb 2017 course)
I had done a fair amount of research into alternative courses, knowing that my hearts desire was a natural birth. Been our first baby and knowing myself that knowledge is power, I wanted to be as best prepared as I could. As soon as I spoke to Tracey on the phone I knew this was where we needed to go, her compassion, warmth, genuine care and love for her work came across immediately. I was blown away at just how much my husband responded to the classes also there was an immediate effect, just having someone explain what our bodies are going through and how they can help leaves them feeling empowered. This by far is the best decision I have made regarding my pregnancy and have and will continue to recommend it to everyone. The skills you learn are not only useful during birth, I recently underwent an ECV and thankfully had been doing the breathing and calming techniques which helped immensely. Tracey is a very special lady, put on this planet to help women achieve the birth that they desire and know and accept that everything is ok, I'm thankful she is sharing the message that birth doesn't have to be a horror pain filled experience rather one of the most loving beautiful experiences of your life. Thank you Tracey your amazing. X (Zemma & Matt (Nov 2016 course).
We completed our Calm Birthing classes with the amazing Tracey Browne. We are so excited and positive now for whatever birth may bring. Lots of calming meditation and breathing techniques, along with birthing information. We highly recommend this course. Renee & Justin (April 2016 course)
We spent a long time researching and planning for our VBA3C. Calmbirth was recommended to us as part of VBAC journey. We attended a course with Tracey and it was amazing! Tracey is warm, loving, fun and full of knowledge and experience about all things birth. Tracey took the time to get to know our fears, worries, experiences and joys associated with birth and beyond and went above and beyond to cater the calm birth tools to suit us perfectly and ease any fears. My husband was hesitant but got so much knowledge out of the course and practical things to do during the labour. Calm birth was an essential part of the birth of our 4th child, we would both recommend it to anyone who will listen and we both still utilise the tools in everyday life too! Tracey is an amazing calm birth facilitator and we are so thankful for having her as part of our little Zoe's journey into the world. -Kayley & Brad (January 2016 course)
We had a beautiful home birth with mid wives in tow. The mid wives recommended Tracey to help with the preparation Of birth. As a couple my husband and I got so much out of the course for many reasons, we own a business and it even helped with that too.. Our birth was truly magical, raw and real, we had such a great experience and calm birth helped a lot with that! Thank you Tracey for being such an open, warm and non judgmental coach... You are truly awesome! If you're thinking about calm birth, don't..... Just do, book in today, no matter what birth you have it will add value to your experience. -Bec & Aaron (November 2015 course)
Thanks Tracey for everything you taught us! We welcomed a beautiful baby girl via emergency caesarean. Although the delivery wasn't what we had originally hoped for the tools and resources the calm birth class provided us with allowed for a stress free, calm and memorable experience we will forever be grateful for. Thank you again. -Sarah & Chris (November 2015 course)
My partner and I have just completed Tracey's two day calm birth course. My motivation for attending was that I had some fear and anxiety around birth and what to expect. We really enjoyed Tracey's approach which was honest, open and she readily discussed all options without judgement. I really benefited from the knowledge I learnt about the physiology of birth and some understanding around how things may feel during birth. I believe for me however the most valuable information was the practical steps that my partner and I can use during each stage of labour, it has provided me with what I feel to be a toolkit of management strategies and has left me feeling empowered in my ability to guide my birth journey in the most positive way. We still have a little while before the birth of our Bub but I honest feel this course has already set the wheels in motion to have as calm and positive a birth as we can. Thanks Tracey for your kindness, good humour, expertise and passion on this subject. I know you genuinely want the best for each of the couples you work with and I really appreciated the opportunity for ongoing support and guidance leading up to our births. I would strongly recommend this course for all couples it has been invaluable to us. -Eliza & Corey (December 2015 course)
I loved that the course was all so positive and gave tools for both mum and partner during the different stages of labour. Tracey was amazing! I can not thank her enough for not only the course but her follow up communication, assistance with birth preferences and general positive support. It's so inspiring to learn from someone with such passion. The delivery of the content was also done so professionally that we felt we could ask any questions. I also enjoyed the relaxation parts of the course because previously I had found this challenging. I feel so much more positive about child birth and have only positive things to share when people ask how my labour was. I am happy with my two babies but I find myself thinking "I totally did that, I could totally do it again!" Which is a complete 360 on my attitude after my first baby's labour. Sooo thank you again!! -Jacqui & Derek (September 2015 course)
My husband and I just finished the two classes on the weekend and we would recommend them to absolutely everyone. Tracey's knowledge and passion for birthing is amazing - I can't wait to birth my baby girl in June, no fear, just excitement! -Tracey & David
We just had our little baby girl after attending the course a couple of months ago. (vbac). The course itself was lovely, a great way to spend a couple of days and so informative! After the course I loved practicing the relaxation exercises and looked forward to going to bed every night to listen the recordings :) The skills we learnt were invaluable. I was able to stay calm with the breathing for almost the whole time.The transition and pushing were quite trying but were very short and understanding what my body was doing during that period has helped immensely with this challenging, rewarding and ultimately wonderful experience of giving birth. (thanks Tracey :). This is my third child and I also felt that the tools my husband learnt from the course enabled to be the most wonderful birth partner and participant in the process. I would recommend the course to everyone, no matter how you hope your birth eventuates as the skills learnt would be useful for any of the many possibilities. -Patricia & Adrian
We found Tracey and the whole Calmbirth experience amazing, we learned so much for the birth of our beautiful twin girls, I highly recommend anyone in the birth process to invest in a Calmbirth course with Tracey, you will be glad you did! :) - Serena & Emma.
Simon and I are so glad we did the Calmbirth class with Tracey. Being first time parents, we did not know what to expect. Tracey not only gave us techniques for dealing with labour but we came away feeling confident that we understood what to expect, and to be prepared for things not to go to plan. Our birth started just the way we intended and progressed naturally, there was a time though that didn't go exactly to plan- calmbirth techniques were invaluable at this time! They kept me focused and allowed our beautiful little man to come naturally into the world still. Thank you TRACEY! Whether you have had a baby before or not I would strongly suggest taking this class- it is beyond helpful. -Lisa & Simon
When I was 32 weeks pregnant with my second baby (my partner's first) we did a Calmbirth course with Tracey Browne at Positive Beginnings. It was such a great course for both of us for different reasons. For me, I had experienced a disappointing birth when I had my daughter 9 years ago. At the time I had planned a water birth at a birth centre but after being in labour for 30 hours I threw my plan out the window and opted for an epidural at the hospital. I was exhausted and couldn’t deal with the pain anymore. It took me a long time to get over the fact that I didn’t have a natural birth because I thought I had put a lot of effort into preparing for my birth – I took a herbal formula to prepare for labour, had regular chiropractic visits (in which he assured me I would have a fast birth because my hips were in alignment) and regular acupuncture sessions to make sure the baby was in the best position. A few years later I graduated as a naturopath and then did a course as a doula. I learned about the fear-tension-pain cycle and what I realised was that the best tool to use in preparing for labour is to learn breathing techniques and learn how to control your thought processes. Also, above all, you need to have excellent support people; people who you love and trust and will stimulate the release of oxytocin through loving touch, hugs and massage. So all I had to do was a course that would teach me how to self-soothe to release any fear and anxiety and teach me how to breathe during labour. Calmbirth was the perfect course for that and Tracey’s soothing voice lulled me into instant relaxation every time we performed the relaxation exercises. Tracey taught us about the fear-tension-pain cycle and it reinforced my belief that the key to relieving pain during labour is to relieve fear and anxiety. We discussed as a group any fears we had about our upcoming births and it helped to talk about it and release these fears. For my husband, he didn’t really know what to expect from the labour as we haven’t been to antenatal classes. He gained a lot of knowledge from the course about the birth process, how he could help as a birth support person, and he even gained a lot from learning how to relax! He really enjoyed the fact that Tracey was such a knowledgeable person about birth because she is a midwife and also covered what happens in the event things don’t go to plan. I’m a lot more open-minded about this birth. Although I hope to achieve a drug free birth with no intervention, I won’t be too disappointed if it doesn’t work out that way. I’ll just be grateful that I have some tools to use to help me through my labour and this time I will have loving support people there who I feel completely comfortable with. (You can read about Nikki's birth in the 'Birth Stories' section of this website under 'Phoenix's Labour & Birth') - Nikki and John
My husband and I loved the Calmbirth course. Tracey did an amazing job of creating a comfortable environment and went out of her way to provide us with extra information to accommodate our needs. Our birth didn't go exactly as planned but the skills we learnt in Calmbirth helped us deal with that. I am still using the breathing techniques now to deal with the new challenges of motherhood. Would highly recommend the course to anyone. Thanks Tracey! -Scarlett and Dan
Tracey gave us so much great information. She was not only supportive and knowledgeable but she made us excited, not just about the birth of our daughter, but also about the labour too. If you are pregnant and are at all nervous or if you are looking for another way to prepare for birth besides the usual scheduled doctors appointments, then I highly recommend this. It really made such a difference. Tracey - Thank you so much for all your support before and after the birth of Zarli. -Roisin & Wade
My husband and I attended Tracey's Calmbirth course at 35 weeks pregnant and found it to be a fantastic source of information about birth, our options and provided easy breathing and relaxation techniques for our birthing journey. Tracey has a wealth of knowledge and presents the course in a relaxed and friendly environment. The birth didn't go to plan, having several complications, however the Calmbirth course prepared us for these difficult decisions and we felt that we could handle the situation and stay calm and in control. -Rhyannon & Ben
My husband and I attended Calmbirth with Tracey in for the preparation for our first birth. The whole experience was great. Tracey provides a lovely home environment to run the course which is VERY comfortable!! Calmbirth really worked for us-even when things didn't go to plan, we were still able to have a drug free very calm birth and I believe without the knowledge we gained from the course, my husband and I would not have been as calm and in control as we were. Highly beneficial and I would definitely recommend Calmbirth with Tracey. Thanks for your support Tracey and for believing in us. -Brooke & Rikki
So very grateful for Tracey's knowledge. I'm really looking forward to the birth now I feel more equipped. I highly recommend to anyone who is thinking about doing the course. Thanks so much xxoo -Suzi & Adam