About Calmbirth 

Is Australia's oldest leading evidence based childbirth Education program that prepares couples mentally, emotionally and physically for birth. Since its inception in 2004, our vision has been to change the current birth culture, to where birth is experienced and talked about more positively.

To reduce the intervention rate and improve outcomes both physically and emotionally for couples and their babies. 

The course draws on research from neuroscience, midwifery, obstetrics, epigenetics and uses the extensive understanding of the relaxation response and its influence on birth.


The Calmbirth® program has been facilitated in Geelong, Bellarine and the Surfcoast by

Midwife of 20yrs Kath Maxwell since 2006.


Runs over two-days (weekends) or 4 evenings. 

Small group or private classes available. 


The ideal time to attend a Calmbirth class is between 28 and 36 weeks into your pregnancy. 

Suitable for everyone, first timers, subsequent births, those planning their next birth after caesarean.

Calmbirth embraces and accepts all pregnant couples regardless of their age, culture, socio economic or sexual orientation.


The Calmbirth® Program

The Psychology of Birth: The Mind-Body Connection

Creating and maintaining a positive mindset

Calmbirth understands the connection between mind and body - how our bodies react to our thoughts.

No other time in life is the power of the mind and body connection so acutely observed as in birth. It is the time when a mother's emotional state can directly influence , not only her experience, but also the way her body is working with birth. The mind controls our physiology.


Mind-body specialist, Dr James Gordon, states that the mind and body are essentially inseperable:


"The brain and peripheral nervous system, the endocrine and immune systems and indeed all the organs of our body and all the emotional responses we have, share a common chemical language and are constantly communicating with one another".


The Physiology of Birth: Her Body

The Connections: Becoming A Family

Techniques for preparing for and working through birth together - natural or caesarean