FAQ

Q?What is the role of the father in calmbirth®?
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We strongly encourage fathers/partners to attend calmbirth® classes with the mother. The skills we teach really encourage you to work as a team. Fathers provide invaluable support for their partners.

Q?When is the best time attend calmbirth® classes?
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We recommend attending calmbirth® anytime past 24 weeks. Ideally a mother should have completed her calmbirth® training by 36 weeks to allow for a month of practice with the calmbirth® CD.

Q?What if I book a class and find I cannot attend?
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Please contact us straight away and we will try to accommodate you as best we can. If you book and are unable to attend due to health complications relating to the pregnancy for either mother or baby your deposit will be refunded. If you are unable to attend because you have had a change of heart the deposit will not be refunded.

Q?What happens in a calmbirth® class?
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We teach both parents skills to help you with your upcoming labour. We show some DVD’s and we practice relaxation techniques on mats/cushions on the floor. After teaching relaxation techniques for sometime we find it’s most effective when people are comfortable. If you would prefer to remain seated that is perfectly fine, either way you will come away from your calmbirth® class feeling relaxed and calm.

Q?What should I bring to a calmbirth® class?
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Please wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to relax. We practice our relaxation exercises on mats on the floor. Please bring your own pillow for comfort and hygiene. If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know when you book.

Q?Tell me a bit more about your doula services?
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Our doula service provides includes 2 pre-natal visits where we explore what type of birth experience you envisage and how we can best work together. Throughout your pregnancy and up to 6 weeks post delivery Jacqui is available by phone/email for any questions or issues that may arise. Jacqui is available 2 weeks either side of your due date. Once labour commences it’s always a good idea to phone Jacqui and let her know even if you don’t think you need her yet. Once you feel like you need a little more support she will come to your home, and when you are ready transfer to hospital with you. Jacqui will stay with you post birth until the first breastfeed. After the birth Jacqui will visit you at home to debrief the birth and assist with the transition to parenthood. Further post natal visits are available for an additional fee.

Q?What exactly does a doula do?
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A doula provides support, wisdom and encouragement throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and the immediate post natal period. This means providing information to help you make informed decisions, helping you work out what type of birth you would like, and assisting you throughout labour. During labour a doula may help you find a comfortable position, suggest comfort measures, massage you, provide heat packs, ensure the environment is soothing and calm, support your partner, take photographs, entertain your other children or any number of other tasks. They are not employed by the hospital but by you and really are there to support you and your partner.