Australia’s most highly acclaimed and trusted childbirth education program

Do you want a calm and positive birth?

You’re a savvy woman. You know that a good birth gives your baby the best start to life.  A good birth experience gives you and your partner confidence to be great parents. It builds a strong foundation for your family’s future.

You want the best information, the best birth preparation, the best state of mind for giving birth. You want your partner to be on the same page and to know exactly what to do as your number one support person.  

That’s why you choose Calmbirth. Thousands of Australian couples every year trust Calmbirth for their birth education. They know that with knowledge comes confidence. Our happy couples say “This course should be compulsory. It was worth every minute and every dollar.” – Billy

“I feel so grateful and lucky that I did Calmbirth and that we met you, it helped give us the most wonderful birth experience which in turn started our family off the best way possible. Plus the ongoing support from you has positively shaped this whole new world for me.” – Tiffany  

“I came to Calmbirth with a hope of finding ways to cope with childbirth and left with genuine excitement about having a calm, joyful and natural birth experience.” – Helen


No courses December and January.

Cost $550 per couple which includes your class booklet, downloadable relaxations, information handouts, morning and afternoon teas, guided relaxations and you’re welcome to contact me with questions or for reassurance as your pregnancy progresses. 

$100 deposit reserves your place. Book early as places are limited. You’re welcome to apply for a payment plan.

What do I need to know about Calmbirth at Birth & Baby Village?
  • Calmbirth is Australia’s most highly acclaimed and trusted Childbirth Education program run by experienced Birth Educators and Midwives.
  • Held over two days.
  • Small groups of 3-6 couples to give you plenty of attention.
  • Suitable for any stage of pregnancy, although early attendance from 24-34 weeks is encouraged to allow time for home practice.
  • Suitable for any type of birth including hospital birth, homebirth, birth centre, natural birth, induction of labour or planned caesarean section.
  • Ideal whether it’s your first baby or you’ve already birthed one or more babies.
  • Can be used in place of, or as well as, hospital antenatal classes.

Your Birth & Baby Village Calmbirth® Educator

Karen Shlegeris

Calmbirth Educator since 2007, Childbirth & Breastfeeding Educator, Birth Doula, Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga Instructor, Infant Massage Instructor, Founder of Birth & Baby Village and proud mother of two grown sons. Karen uses her many years of experience to create relaxed and fun classes where you and your partner will feel welcomed and included as well as completely informed and supported.

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Why do I need Calmbirth?

MUM: If you’re pregnant you’re either not thinking about the birth because it makes you feel a bit nervous, or you’re reading lots of books and blogs and wondering how you’ll ever know enough. You’re probably hearing lots of horror birth stories and feeling anxious about the pain everyone tells you about. You want to have a great birth experience and this cours will help you achieve that.

PARTNER: Most partners find it hard to connect with what the pregnant woman’s feeling and don’t really want to read books about childbirth. Yet they want to know how they can support you in the best way possible.

BOTH OF YOU: Many mums feel the connection with the baby but partners can often feel out of the loop and don’t really “get it.” Yet they’re secretly afraid of what they’re supposed to do when she goes into labour and how they’ll manage “seeing her in pain.”

Calmbirth will bring you and your partner closer. It will bring you both onto the same page. It will increase your love for each other and for your baby.

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Why choose Calmbirth?

It is one of the first childbirth education programs to be evidence based, clinically and scientifically proven to:

• reduce the rates of medical intervention
• reduce the use of pain relief and epidurals during childbirth
• reduce the impact of perinatal anxiety and postnatal depression in women after childbirth, and
• enrich their birth experience as positive, irrespective of how they birth.


Calmbirth® Refresher

Karen also offers a Calmbirth® Refresher class to couples who have previously attended a Calmbirth® course.

Each baby, each birth is special and unique. Take some special time as a couple to debrief from your previous birth, to review and refine your Calmbirth® skills and knowledge, and recommit to bringing your new baby into the world calmly and confidently. Dates and times to suit your schedule.  Cost is $330.

Contact Karen to arrange your Refresher class.  Call 0424 226 490  or email

Frequently Asked Questions

Between 3-6 couples to create a relaxed, friendly and trusting atmosphere, so book early to avoid disappointment.

$550 per couple for face to face classes. $100 deposit reserves your place and the balance is due one month prior to start of course. You’re welcome to apply for a payment plan. 

Course fee includes:

•   The comprehensive Calmbirth information booklet.

•   The official Calmbirth® recorded relaxations which form the basis of your practice after the course until the birth of your baby.

•   Valuable handouts and extra information sheets to use before and during birth.

•   Access to the Birth & Baby Village library.

•   Ongoing phone and email support with Karen.

•   Priority access to Birth & Baby Village’s other classes and courses.

•   Delicious morning and afternoon tea, drinks and snacks during the course.  You are welcome to bring your own lunch or go to a nearby café for lunch.

Cancellation before one week prior to Class 1 will receive $500 refund.  

Cancellation within one week prior to Class 1 will receive no refund, as places cannot be refilled at this late stage.

Cancellation within one week prior to Class 1 due to medical condition will receive $500 refund at the discretion of the Birth & Baby Village administration. 

Cancellation after Class 1 will receive no refund.

“It was a remarkable experience, hard work but well worth it and I’m already ready for more!!   Thank you Karen for everything you did to aid in the preparation of our birth.  The breathing and the visualisation were extremely helpful.  I look forward to seeing you again soon with number 2- lol!”  –Aly

Pregnancy Action Plan

Early in pregnancy your baby’s birth can seem a long way away. Did you know you can start right now to prepare for a good birth? Want to bring your partner onto the same page? Want to know what you can do in between antenatal visits to enjoy a comfortable pregnancy and prepare for your baby’s birth?
To complement my book Inspired Pregnancy, Joyful Birth I’ve created this short, online course for you and your partner to watch together.
Do the course as early in pregnancy as you can and feel the relief of having a clear guide for the months ahead.
In around an hour you will have a complete understanding of all the strategies you can use during your pregnancy to improve your chances of having a fabulous birth. You may not hear this essential information anywhere else.