Our Obstetrician and the two midwives were very impressed with the delivery and the use of the calm birth breathing techniques to get us through. The calm birth techniques certainly gave Dave something to do during the speedy labour, he was the perfect partner (though did have a little break to eat a packet of chicken chips at one point!). The classes gave Dave the confidence to be "hands on" and to openly and calmly encourage me throughout the process. For me, I expected it to be much worse, so kept waiting for this to be the case, before it was, we had a baby girl to marvel over! I even told the Doctor and the Midwives after the delivery that it really wasn't that bad... Dr (...) tells us that we were amazing, naturals and must try again in3 months!
As a blokey bloke I didn’t know what to expect about Calmbirth and I didn’t know much about labour and the body, aside from what the old movies show you where the mother is strapped to the stirrups and screaming in pain. Now that I have done Calmbirth I feel much more confident in supporting my wife and knowing what I can do during labour (the Dad’s toolbox). How I look at it is that labour is like driving a car on a long journey. You can drive it like you normally would (constantly changing gears and using the pedals) which is harder work, exhausting and not as enjoyable. Or you can use cruise control, make the car work for you, have a smoother journey and enjoy the journey more. Calmbirth is like using cruise control. The body is an amazing machine that knows its full potential and Calmbirth teaches you the skills to reach that potential. The Calmbirth skills are skills that everyone can use, they are free, commonsense and I was really impressed with the whole course.