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TENDER LOVING CACAO… The ultimate birth booster?

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WHAT TO EAT DURING LABOUR??? This is a common question that is brought up in The Birthing Room's Antenatal Classes. And the first thoughts of participants are not always that appealing... Something from a vending machine... A soggy old sandwich that's been growing warm in your birth bag... And Dad, no! You cannot wander down to the local cafe for some kai, this is YOUR BIRTH TOO!

The real answer is much simpler. THIS IS A BIRTH-DAY. Literally. And you wouldn't leave a birthday party to get some food, nor bust out your soggy sammy. And so I encourage all birthing families to pack a birthday party hamper! No matter whether you are planning to birth at home, at a birthing unit, or at hospital, this is something that will be well utilised. However, the most important thing to know is that all the food should be nourishing. Some births are super speedy and require a huge hit of energy in a short space of time. Others are a gentle entrance into the world which require sustained energy on both the part of Mum and Dad (and your midwife if you've thought about adding something in the hamper for her/him too!). And remember, whatever Mum eats is what baby eats, and you would never think about giving baby a sugar filled energy drink!

So instead of pulling out sugar loaded liquid to help the incredible warrior Mama welcome her infant into the world, why not dig into some of Tender Loving Cacao's delectable chocolate?! I think this is the ultimate end of labour food, just the perfect thing to eat as Mum begins to breath baby out into the world. Free of refined sugar, vegan, raw, organic and gluten free, Tender Loving Cacao is guaranteed to be nourishing for both Mum and Dad, as well as their beautiful womb baby.

Get some Tender Loving Cacao for your birth bag here: Tender Loving Cacao

 

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The Nappy Lady Workshop North Canterbury

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The Nappy Lady is coming to North Canterbury! The Birthing Room is excited to announce we are hosting The Nappy Lady's Waste Free Parenting Workshop in Pegasus on September 17th, in partnership with the Waimakariri District Council. This is a humorous, entertaining and inspirational seminar full of tips and ideas around ways you can minimise waste at home especially with children in the home. The best news is that you receive a pack for attending this workshop. The 'Waste Free Parenting Pack' includes cloth nappies and other waste minimisation products worth $100 which is great if you have babies in nappies in the home.

Who should attend this workshop?
- Parents to be.
- Parents with children in the home.
- Grandparents.
- Anyone interested in reducing waste in the home.

Includes afternoon tea provided by The Birth Connection. 

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MilkPads Are Here!

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The Birthing Room is delighted to announce we now stock MilkPads! Locally made, eco-friendly products that help make your breastfeeding journey a little bit easier. MilkPads have reusable breast pads for light, medium and heavy leakage (covering both your day and night time needs), and for small to large breast sizes. If you are not sure where to start, why not try a MilkPads Starter Pack? You can check out all your choices at The Birthing Room's Facebook shop, while our website shop is currently being built behind the scenes. Happy shopping! The Birthing Room's Facebook Shop

BECOME A CHILDBIRTH EDUCATOR OR DOULA!

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Antenatal classes Canterbury

Antenatal classes Canterbury

BIRTHWORKS WORKSHOPS COMING SOON!

Does working with expectant families light a fire within you? Do you feel passionate about seeing families have positive birth experiences in New Zealand? Well, YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

BirthWorks International are hosting three workshops in New Zealand this June, designed to equip training childbirth educators and doulas with practical and empowering skills. BirthWorks courses are based on a philosophy that women intuitively know how to give birth, and therefore childbirth is not a skill that can be taught. BirthWorks childbirth educators and doulas empower families-to-be with confidence and trust in their instinctual ability to birth their baby. That's what makes BirthWorks unique!

Auckland: Childbirth Educator Workshop, June 15th-17th 2016. Can be done as part of the BirthWorks International Childbirth Educator Programme, or a an ongoing education workshop for CBE's and midwives in NZ.

Auckland: Doula Workshop, June 18th-20th 2016. Can be done as part of the BirthWorks International Doula Programme, or a an ongoing education workshop for CBE's, midwives, and doulas in NZ.

Christchurch: Accelerated Childbirth Educator and Doula Workshop (ACED), June 10th-13th 2016. Can be done as part of the BirthWorks International ACED Programme.

Registrations need to be in ASAP. So to find out more about these upcoming workshops click here.

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