Calmbirth Classes Sydney


  Wise to commence Calmbirth at 25-30 weeks of pregnancy…

Transition into Parenthood at 30-35 weeks of pregnancy


 Julie is totally flexible with bookings and accepts

late bookings if she can fit them in, better late than never right?




Calmbirth® Classes – Preparation for Pregnant Couples with Julie Clarke in Sydney Australia

call Julie for a friendly chat 0401 265 530 or 9544 6441

Calmbirth® provides the knowledge of birth preparation techniques

such as relaxation, visualisation, breathing, positive imagery, attitudes/expectancy

to achieve a rewarding easier, more comfortable stress-free birthing experience.

Sylvania: very reasonably priced at only $495 per couple with Julie…

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The class is facilitated by Julie Clarke, she is highly regarded as a Calmbirth® specialist,

Julie has the knowledge and ability to gently guide expectant couples

towards the wonderful experience of a Calmbirth for their baby.

Cost: Calmbirth course cost is only $495 per couple all inclusive.

Calmbirth book and USB stick included

Quick booking process here

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Option One: Transition into Parenthood Course for Pregnancy, Labour, Active Birth and Babycare information
only $385 per couple

Option Two: Calmbirth Course for Breathing, Relaxation, Visualisation techniques
only $495 per couple


Option Three: the smartest option is booking both TiP and CB courses
only $780 per couple ($100 discount)

Yes it’s best to do both during the pregnancy… Combined booking… smartest option…and it’s the $100 discounted option…




Next available: Calmbirth courses:


2 x Saturday:  26 August and 2 September 2017

2 x Saturday:  23 and 30 September 2017

  2 x Saturday:  21 and 28 October 2017

2 x Saturday:  18 and 25 November 2017

2 x Saturday:  16 and 23 December 2017

2 x Sunday: 20 and 27 August 2017

2 x Sunday: 17 and 24 September 2017

2 x Sunday:  15 and 22 October 2017

2 x Sunday:  29 October and 5 November 2017

2 x Sunday:  19 and 26 November 2017

2 x Sunday:  3 and 10 December 2017


(or) more 2017 and 2018 dates 




 ring Julie 0401265530 or click booking button at top of page



2-Saturday Course

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2-Sunday Course

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book 95446441 with Julie 0401265530


The atmosphere in Julie’s home in Sylvania is stress-free and relaxed.

Julie has thought of everything to make this a wonderful, interesting learning experience,

with participants kicking off shoes at the door, then entering a very comfortable classroom

lounge to rest on purpose designed seating, comfortable for pregnant women with generous cushions.

An assortment of delicious refreshments are readily available for

you and the venue is air-conditioned: snug in winter, refreshing in summer.

Even reluctant partners find it’s welcoming, fun, interesting and easy to participate.

The group size for each session is limited to allow for participation and interaction.

The class venue is in Sylvania, a lovely leafy southern suburb of Sydney,

just 20 minutes drive south of the airport.

Especially very easy driving of a weekend morning.

Free parking is plentiful and very easy at the front of the premises and there are no steps to climb when you arrive




what’s is covered between the two courses?

Best to commence the classes from 25 weeks of pregnancy….

telephone Julie on   (02) 9544 6441   or   0401 265 530

Class Time: commences at 9am and is completed at 4pm

Location: Sylvania… a pretty leafy suburb only 20 minutes south of the airport… very easy driving early on weekend mornings
Bring: bottle of water each, lunch, nibbles… yes you can eat, drink and be merry during the session
Bottomless Beverages:  all types of teas, coffees, chai latte, hot chocolate, herbals, variety of chilled juices… iced water…
Complimentary Break time Snacks: morning tea and break time snacks are all provided generously, biscuits, fruit, chips, popcorn,
Wear: loose, casual, comfortable clothing, we kick off shoes at the door… bring socks if cold feet
Venue: air-conditioned, relaxed, clean, peaceful, comfortable, smoke free, friendly…bathroom very conveniently close by…
Shopping: Products available: birthing and baby care books, music relaxation CD’s, approved gel hot packs,  CC welcome
Parking: free and easy… straight out the front… conveniently close and quite safe in this area
Lunch: is picnic style in Julie’s lovely tranquil garden… picnic rugs supplied for your comfort… see gallery
Facilities:  microwave, large fridge, urn for boiling water, crockery, cutlery, serviettes, are all supplied for your use
Pre-booking is essential to ensure your position in the classes.  Positions are limited.  Booking in will secure your spot…
Cost: Calmbirth course cost is only $350 per couple all inclusive. Calmbirth book and USB stick included free no extra charge applied.


Julie also provides the Mentoring for new families who need coaching assistance

Baby Care Support Service


What is Calmbirth?


While the labouring woman is intently focused on her breathing, the partner is aware to minimise distractions and any disturbance that might alter her focus and is supportive of her wishes.

Underpinning the calmbirth class is the philosophy of encouraging, supporting and guiding family bonding between a couple as they prepare for the birth of their baby.

Calmbirth® focuses on the role of the value of each parent, the importance of mothers and equally important fathers in the life of their unborn and newborn baby. Relaxation, joy, hope, courage, determination and togetherness create good strong and loving relationships. In a nutshell, that’s what calmbirth is all about.

Midwives and doctors notice the difference when women have prepared themselves in this way and will often comment on how wonderfully these women give birth. The calmbirth class gives women and their partner the skills and the confidence to birth naturally, calmly, without fear.

The calmbirth® class is suitable for each pregnancy, whether it’s your first or fifth baby because every labour and birth experience requires preparation to enable the woman to be prepared both physically and emotionally. Be sure to ask your midwife or doctor about the results they’ve already seen.

How Does Calmbirth® Work?


The calmbirth® method of childbirth preparation by P. Jackson; a midwife in Bowral NSW,

and  is based on the work of Dr. Grantly Dick-Reid, the pioneer of natural childbirth,

who authored the book, Childbirth Without Fear.  Calmbirth® is predicated on the

belief that woman can experience birth through the natural flow and rhythm of their labouring body;

to release birthing over to their mind and body and to trust their body to function as it was intended to,

thereby alleviating undue discomfort, assisting rather than resisting the normal process.

Julie Clarke of Sylvania has been thoroughly trained by Peter Jackson to facilitate the calmbirth classes in Sydney.

Julie has been recently recognised as one of the most experienced calmbirth practitioners in Australia.

Julie offers many course options for couples and is clearly very enthusiastic, caring, positive,

motivating, gentle, and empowering facilitator to pregnant couples.

By learning about the physiology of the birth process and the fight-or-flight response, which usually accompanies

labour, the couple realises how that “fear-tension-pain syndrome” develops.

They are then taught how to alter and improve that response through special relaxation techniques, through re-interpretation of pain and through fear-release techniques.

In this way a woman is free to connect with and work with her body as she experiences labour and birth.

The labouring mother is alert but deeply relaxed. She then can maintain a deep relaxation along with “calm breathing”

and “slow rhythmic focused breathing” through active labour and to interpret birthing sensations as pressure, stretching or numbness.

It is this ability to deeply relax that enables the pelvic muscles to open and allow the baby to birth easily.


About the Course


The course takes place over two condensed daytime sessions: commencing at 9am, completed by 4pm.

The condensed sessions are the most sought after as they are the most convenient.

Julie conducts the class from her home in Sylvania, 20 mins south of Sydney airport.

Throughout the class, Julie demonstrates and teaches a range of relaxation techniques to the expectant mother and partner,

who is also taught how to assist in deepening relaxation and encouraging a calm, natural birth.


It is best to commence the classes from 25 weeks of pregnancy.

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 Calmbirth Course Dates



2-Saturday Course

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2-Sunday Course

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 Sessions commence 9 am and finish by 4pm.


all courses listed here currently have places available

but as they fill they are removed from view.


Choice: 2xSaturdays (or) 2xSundays

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Calmbirth Courses for all Pregnant Couples for 2017.




Dates for courses listed here:

Calmbirth 2 x Saturday  2017


26 August and 2 September 2017

23 and 30 September 2017

21 and 28 October 2017

18 and 25 November 2017

16 and 23 December 2017


 Calmbirth Courses for all Pregnant Couples for 2017

Dates for courses listed here:


Calmbirth 2 x Sundays:

20 and 27 August 2017

17 and 24 September 2017

15 and 22 October 2017

29 October and 5 November 2017

19 and 26 November 2017

3 and 10 December 2017



Common questions about Calmbirth®

What is calmbirth®?

Calmbirth® is the name given to a childbirth preparation programme developed by midwife Peter Jackson to specifically assist couples to create a calm, joyful and even ecstatic birth experience. The calmbirth® programme has the potential to dismantle the fear, stress and anxiety experienced by many women during pregnancy and childbirth.

The three important foundation factors addressed by calmbirth® for natural childbirth are understanding, confidence and fearlessness.

The knowledge and skills the programme teaches prepares the mother to remain relaxed and focused during her labour, to make informed choices, if and when necessary and to be in tune with the natural energy and rhythm of her baby’s birth.

The calmbirth® programme is based upon observation, research and clinical experience

What are the benefits of Calmbirth®?
People complete the classes with a greater understanding of the birth process, confidence in their own ability to work with the birth process and excitement about their approaching birth. We receive many emails, cards, letters which anecdotally confirm that couples, given the right preparation can create a very special birth experience, even if medical intervention is required.

Does it completely guarantee a pain-free labour and birth?

Calmbirth® helps couples understand one of the main reasons why pain is created in the first place. We have anecdotal evidence to support the fact that with this knowledge, some mothers can experience what they call a pain free birth, keeping in mind that these mothers also report they experience sensations of pressure and muscular activity which can be intense at times but according to them “not painful”.

However this is not the case with all mothers. It seems it requires a leap of faith for the mother to completely trust her body to create this experience.

The evidence from Dr Sarah Buckley, Dr Michel Odent and others suggests that when a mother’s body reaches peak levels of birthing hormones and there is no fear, then their labour and birth can be experienced in a most profoundly joyful way.

Does calmbirth® work for everyone?
Calmbirth® is a model of interaction. In a sense “ IT” does not work. Rather it is the pregnant couples who understand how marvelously the mother’s body is designed, who develop the confidence to work with their birth process rather than resist it and finally, to eliminate fear these are the couples who are more likely to create a birth experience unforgettably joyful, calm and even ecstatic.

There is an emphasis on taking away the pain, we are setting women up to fail?
In the calmbirth® classes the pregnant couple explore one of the main reasons why pain is created in the first place. In the basic information imparted to the pregnant couples and the skills taught, the sensations of labour can be seen more in their true light as muscle sensation albeit intense at times. Couples are able to distinguish between hard work and pain. They are reassured that no matter what path their labour and birth take, there are no failures, just different birth journeys just as there are different life journeys. Even if unforeseen circumstances arise, the skills taught in the classes assist the couple to remain calm and focused and bring out of that experience the joy of bringing their baby into the world.

Is there any scientific research that has studied the effects of calmbirth® on labour and birth?
Since the inception of calmbirth® research is being carried out by sending out evaluation forms to couples after the birth of their baby.

This survey has shown that out of the 1064 calmbirth® mothers
60.5% normal vaginal birth 16.2% normal vaginal birth with assistance
15.2% emergency caesarean 4.9% planned caesarean
48.4% had no analgesia or anaesthetic during their labour
25.8% who did use analgesia, used gas only.
20% reported that generally they would not describe the sensations they experienced during
labour as painful
29% describing their pain as moderate.
74.6% were able to breastfeed soon after birthing

How does woman’s preconceived idea of childbirth as painful inhibit her experience and affect the baby’s experience of birth?
Belief controls biology via the emotions. i.e. when a woman believes that childbirth will be painful then the emotion of fear is triggered and it is the fear that alters the physiology as described above. Contemporary science demonstrates that the mother communicates with her baby biochemically. The same hormones that are released in the mother’s body by her fearful belief system (adrenaline) crosses the placenta and stimulates a similar response in the baby.

How does a calm birth make for a better start to the mother/baby relationship?
Mothers are great teachers and perhaps the words of a mother who experienced a “calm birth” brings into focus the answer to your question.
Lisa said……
“The birth was an unexplainable incredible experience. I felt total calmness and confidence throughout the entire birth. Our beautiful little girl was born exactly as I’d hoped and now at 16 weeks she is an incredible little soul. From the beginning she has been an excellent sleeper. I feel truly blessed and proud that her entry into the world was a calm, joyful and loving experience for us all. It is a day and an experience that I will always remember with absolute joy”.

In scientific terms, how does the mother/baby relationship benefit?
When her baby’s birth is experienced as calm and joyous, a mother has a deeper emotional capacity to bond with her baby.

“From a recent DVD entitled “What Babies Want” which features a number of prominent researchers into child development and psychology, it states that life patterns are established at birth and before. Research is now showing us that our society is a product of how we welcome and raise our children. When babies are welcomed with love and warmth and given the immediate opportunity to bond with their parents, they develop minds that are coherent and flexible, ready in turn to make compassionate and meaningful connections with others as they grow.” (Kindred Magazine, Dec/Feb 2006/7, p2)

Scientifically, how does the baby benefit when childbirth is calm?
During the last few months of pregnancy, during labour and childbirth, there is an incredible amount of imprinting occurring for both the baby and the mother. The mother is not only providing nutrients for the baby, she is also providing information. She is preparing her baby for the environment into which he/she will arrive. If the mother is calm and confident during pregnancy and birth, then this is already preparing her baby to be a calm and confident human being. On the other hand if she is stressed and anxious the biochemical interaction during pregnancy labour and birth can set up a different perception for that baby about life. How it happens sets up a pattern which can be repeated over and over again. (Lipton, B. 2005, The Biology of Belief, Mountain of Love/Elite Books, Santa Rosa, California.)

What are your tips for a woman approaching birth?

  1. Trust your body to birth your baby
  2. Prepare for the birth, physically emotionally and mentally
  3. Just let it unfold, work with the birth process rather than try to consciously control it.
  4. It’s a team effort between you, your baby and your partner and your caregivers.
  5. Inform yourself, knowledge is a great antidote for fear.
  6. Make sure the caregivers you use will support you in your birth preferences and wishes
  7. The place you choose to give birth is important, do a little research into the various options available.

Do calmbirth® classes take the place of hospital childbirth education classes?
The calmbirth® programme is an entirely different programme to those run in hospitals and birth centres. Registered calmbirth® practitioners have been through a training process and are qualified to teach the calmbirth® model of childbirth preparation. Couples attending calmbirth® classes are encouraged to become informed of the content of the classes conducted in the place they are to give birth then make up their own minds whether to attend the hospital classes in consultation with their care givers.

We don’t need to teach breathing, women know how to breathe’
True. But science suggests that conscious, controlled breathing alters the chemicals in the body in a positive way. Candice Pert explains it this way in her book “Molecules of Emotion”

“The techniques employed by both the yogi and the woman in labour are extremely powerful. There is a wealth of data showing that changes in the rate and depth of breathing produce changes in the quantity and kind of peptides that are released from the brain stem and since many of these peptides are endorphins, the body’s natural opiates as well as other pain relieving substances you soon achieve a reduction of pain. So it is no wonder that so many modalities both ancient and new have discovered the power of controlled breathing. The peptide respiratory link is well documented; virtually any peptide found anywhere else can be found in the respiratory centre. This substrate may provide the scientific rationale for the powerful healing effects of consciously controlled breathing patterns” (Pert1997 p186 – 187)

Describing her own birthing experiences, Candace Pert recalls…

“I had chosen to do it my own way when after one high tech, heavily drugged hospital delivery, and a second natural childbirth, again in the environment of a hospital (which required me to fight off a constant barrage of unnatural interventions). I decided to have my third child at home. My magic bullet had been breathing, which is a sure fire, proven strategy for releasing endorphins and quelling pain. Obviously, this is what previous generations of women, in the days before IV drips and synthetic pain medication, had relied upon. Both they and their babies must have been better off for the experience as I certainly felt myself to be.” (Pert 1997 p 167)

A woman needs to feel the pain to be empowered and feel like she has achieved something’
There are many bodies of knowledge relating to the experiences of childbirth and its physical manifestations. To experience pain and be empowered by it is one approach. However our experience of speaking to calmbirth® mothers demonstrate that a woman does not have to feel pain to be empowered in childbirth. These mothers who have birthed their babies show that the techniques learned in the calmbirth® classes can be instrumental in the release of endorphins, oxytocin and other pain relieving substances in the body which result in a birthing experience that is calm, joyful and ecstatic.
Some of the comments from the mothers after their labour and birth have been: “I was sad when it was over” and “I can’t wait to do it again”.

Sarah Buckley states that peak levels of birthing hormones can take the mother into ecstasy so that they enter motherhood awakened and transformed. (Buckley, 2003 p 262)

What has been the response from the midwives attending calmbirth® parents during their birth?
The response has been overwhelmingly positive with quite a number of midwives attending the calmbirth® practitioner training because of their experiences of having witnessed a calmbirth® mother giving birth. On the other hand if a midwife’s practice and experience comes from a medical based practice, there is the possibility that she will feel the need, as the professional, to manage the labour and birth and to view it as a medical procedure. In this model, pain is seen as unacceptable and there is a strong chance that the midwife will encourage the mother to accept analgesia and or anesthesia.
Calmbirth® couples are aware that pain relief is available and will request medication if needed.
The calmbirth® approach primarily empowers couples to take responsibility for their birth experience in co-operation with their care givers. Relaxation, breathing and visualisation are the techniques taught to the couple to manage the sensations of labour.

Calmbirth® women take too long in Second Stage
This concept has its origin in the Active Management of Labour given to us by a group of Irish doctors in 1970s. Their belief was that every mother’s labour and birth has to fit within a certain time frame. This belief was carried on and is still very much in evidence in many of the maternity hospitals throughout the western world.
A number of calmbirth® mothers have reported that when labouring in the hospital birthing suite their labour was disrupted by a midwife insisting on them inappropriately “pushing” when if fact they did not feel the urge to do so.

The old and all too familiar scene is one of a pushing, panting and a fatigued mother being instructed to take a deep breath and hold it as long as possible whilst bearing down. It was expected that the mother would be working extremely hard, getting very hot and going purple in the face. It is often referred to as purple pushing.

Scientific evidence shown in the 1980’s has to a certain extent been disregarded. This evidence showed that the second stage of labor is not dangerous for the baby but actually helps to stimulate the baby’s digestive, eliminatory and respiratory systems. Pushing, in fact, can be dangerous to both the mother and the baby. When a woman is pushing she is holding her breath. Oxygen therefore is not going to her uterus which makes contraction more difficult and painful. It is also not going to her baby. This can lead to a drop in the baby’s heart rate and fetal distress.

Of course, this isn’t to say that if a woman has the urge to push, she ignore the feeling. But certainly, she shouldn’t feel she has to just because she’s been told that this is the way babies are born. Birth is a creative act, and like all creative acts it cannot conform to society’s unnatural time constraints. The insistence that pushing is necessary in labor is simply a reflection of our cultural attitude that force and haste are superior to trust and patience. As long as the mother and baby are monitored and all is well, both should be left to “allow” the birth to happen rather than “make” it happen.


Buckley, S.M.B., Ch.B..Dip Obst. Summer 2003, Undisturbed Birth; Nature’s Blueprint for Ease and Ecstasy, Journal on Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health Vol 17, No 4 pp 261 – 288
Buckley, S.M.B., 2005, Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, One Moon Press, Brisbane.
Caldeyro-Barcia, R. M.D. Spring 1979, The Influence of Maternal Bearing-down Efforts during Second State on Fetal Well-being. Birth and the Family Journal Vol.6 p1
Grant,Jane, S.C.M. Jan 1987, Reassessing the Second Stage, Assoc of Chartered Physiotherapists in Obstetrics & Gynaecology Journal, No 60, pp 26-30
Odent, M.1999, the Scientification of Love, Free Association Books Ltd, London
Pert, C.B, 2003, Molecules of Emotion, Scribner, New York
Sagady, Mayr,June 8th 2005, “Renewing Our Faith in Second Stage” The Second Stage Handbook. Midwifery To-day n-news Physiology of Second Stage.
Shanly, L. Don’t Push the River, It Flows by Itself website: freebirth.com