Calmbirth® and Science

One of the great things about the Calmbirth® organization is their commitment to research.

Calmbirth® is always constantly evaluating the effects of their program and they do this with the support of the participants completing their surveys which are email out to them once they have delivered. This provides feedback on how effective the course is and is there room for improvement and importantly how the couples found the course. Its all about delivering a quality program.

Below you will find results of 3800 On Line Surveys sent in by Calmbirth® couples after the birth of their baby between January 2008 and June 2013. Some results show a comparison of Calmbirth® couples with the NSW Mothers & Babies 2010 report which are statistics of the general birthing population supplied by both public and private hospitals in NSW.

 

Respondents feelings before and after attending the Calmbirth® course:

                                       Before the Course                      After the course

Very Frightened                       8.1%                                                       0.0%

Frightened                                 8.3%                                                       0.3%

Anxious                                    39.8%                                                       2.3%

Neutral                                       9.6%                                                       1.8%

OK                                              20.4%                                                      11.9%

Confident                                 13.2%                                                        51.9%

V. Confident                             1.5%                                                          30.4%

 

 

 Use of Pain relieving medication during Labour:

 

                                         Attendee of Calmbirth         NSW 2010 State Average.

No pain relief                              45.4%                                                 10.6%

Gas                                                29.4%                                                  43.2%

Pethadine/Morphine                  8.3%                                                  16.1%

Epidural                                       24.2%                                                45.9%

 

The Royal Hospital for Women at Randwick in Sydney were so impressed with how these couples were birthing that they approached Calmbirth® to see if they would be interested in the doing a co-hort study on the effectiveness of this course. Dr Jane Svensson CMC Health Education provided us with the first 100 respondents data from a total of 200 participants…….here is how we are doing.

 

 Emotional State After Birth:

  • Calm                               62%
  • Excited                           59%
  • In control                       59%
  • Confident                       51%
  • Involved                         50%
  • Alert                                44%
  • Challenged                    32%
  • Powerful                        30%
  • Surrendered                  23%
  • Overwhelmed               20%
  • Frightened                     17%
  • Helpless                          12%

 

Physical Sensations of Labour and/or Caeserean Section

  • Intense                          90%
  • Powerful                       63%
  • Challenging                  57%
  • Painful                          48%
  • Manageable                 47%
  • Exhausting                   43%
  • Rewarding                    41%
  • Amazing                        34%
  • Overwhelming             27%
  • Rhythmic                      17%
  • Frightening                  12%
  • Awful                             10%
  • Painless                          6%

 

Pharmacological use of Pain Relief

  • Nothing                         40%
  • Nitrous Gas                  35%
  • Morphine                      17%
  • Epidural                        37%
  • GA                                     1%

 

Thoughts about birth before and after attending Calmbirth

 

  • V frightened:    Before  4%       After    0%
  • Frightened                    9%                       1%
  • Anxious                        37%                      1%
  • Neutral                         17%                       2%
  • OK                                 21%                       8%
  • Confident                     10%                     54%
  • V Confident                  2%                      34%

*As you can see, in comparison with our own findings, the finding of couples thoughts about birth before and after were very similar.

 

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