Calm Birth Practitioner

What is Calm Birth?

Calm Birth is a set of meditation practices for pregnancy and childbirth, based in
meditation science and mind/body medicine, vital addition to medicated vaginal birth or
Cesarean delivery, a natural childbirth option, and a mindfulness-based stress

Using Calm Birth meditation practices during pregnancy and childbirth may decrease
the incidence of fetal heart decelerations in labor because women will breathe in a
more complete way enhancing blood flow and oxygenation while remaining calm,
fearless, and psychologically undisturbed.

What are the three prenatal meditation practices of Calm Birth?

1.        The Practice of Opening enhances bonding with the unborn child and is a
reclining progressive relaxation exercise using neuromuscular release to heal the
nervous system in preparation for birth.
•        Reclining progressive position
•        Edmund Jacobson’s, M.D., work in neuromuscular release
•        Healing of the nervous system
•        Eyes softly open
•        Twenty-two minutes

Womb Breathing is a sitting meditation practice that involves simultaneously
breathing oxygen into the physical body and vital energy into the vase (energy body).
•        Ancient tradition from many cultures
•        Sitting meditation
•        Breathing vital energy into the vase (energy body)
•        Eyes softly open
•        Twenty-two minutes

Giving and Receiving is a sitting meditation that teaches compassionate breathing,
involves breathing in pain/discomfort, and breathing out healing.
•        Famous healing practice from ancient wisdom
•        Compassionate breathing
•        Breathing in pain/discomfort
•        Breathing out healing
•        Eyes softly open
•        Twelve minutes

What are the benefits of Calm Birth?

Learning and using the practices of neuromuscular release and meditation have been
shown to decrease blood pressure, heart rate, anxiety and stress. In addition, these
techniques enhance the immune system by increasing production of melatonin, DHEA
and serotonin while decreasing production of adrenaline and cortisol stress
hormones. Meditation also increases levels of endorphins (natural pain relievers) and
oxytocin (essential labor and mothering hormone). The psychological benefits of the
Calm Birth meditation practices consist of decreasing anxiety and fear and increasing
the sense of well-being, quiets mind ‘chatter,’ and increases awareness of self and
connection to baby.

More information about Calm Birth:

•        Adapted from Eastern medicine practice
•        Based on programs developed and researched at Harvard University Medical
School and the University of Massachusetts Medical Center starting in the 1970s and
continuing to the present.
•        Presented at the University of Michigan Medical School and at Bastyr University
in Washington.
•        Used in hospitals in Washington, Oregon, California, Texas, Maine, New York, New
Jersey, Maryland, and North Carolina.
•        Developed by Robert Newman
•        Calm Birth CD is recommended
•        Couples are encouraged to practice Womb Breathing several times a day
•        Especially important to use if the mother is having complications with her
pregnancy (gestational hypertension, diabetes, anxiety, panic disorders, history of
domestic violence or other trauma)

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