The Birthing Room
The Birthing Room seeks to empower parents through evidence-based education about pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.
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Attending a group antenatal class over many weeks is difficult for a lot of New Zealand parents to be. These classes are often not tailored to suit working parents to be with busy schedules, those who are expecting another baby, single mums, high profile New Zealanders, immigrants, or those with transport issues. That's why The Birthing Room Private Antenatal Sessions are tailored to offer more than your regular antenatal course.
- Individualised sessions that can be done in the comfort of your own home, at our North Canterbury base, or via Skype/Google Hangouts.
- The opportunity to do Private Antenatal Sessions on your own, as a couple, or with your whānau (family). This means that whoever you are choosing to support you during your birth and afterwards can attend with you so you share the same knowledge.
- The choice of topics ranging from conception to care of baby. Specific topics for your situation can also be chosen, such as multiple birth or pregnancy diabetes. This ensures you are only covering the topics which are relevant to you.
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To book your Private Antenatal Sessions with The Birthing Room contact us here
The Birthing Room is giving away one FREE pass to our 2017 conference! You could be our lucky winner!
Here's how to enter:
- Click on The Birthing Room's Facebook page and check out our conference giveaway post
- Tag 2 friends in the comments who you think would enjoy conference too
- Share The Birthing Room's giveaway post on your Facebook timeline.
This year's conference is 'Cultivating Our Roots: Let The Tree Flourish'. This one day hui in Ōtautahi (Christchurch) will focus on traditional Māori birth practices, and how tikanga can be integrated into today’s maternity system. Cultivating Our Roots: Let The Tree Flourish is a hui for midwives, childbirth educators, obstetricians, doulas, plunket nurses, other allied health staff, and whānau (families), who would like to feel more empowered and knowledgeable about integrating traditional Māori birthing practices into their clinical practice or the birth of their pēpe (baby). For more information click here.
The Birthing Room's 2017 prize pack includes:
- One general admission pass (no meals) worth $145
- Free entry into all sessions
- The opportunity to make your own clay ipu whenua and be part of the muka cord tie demonstration
- An amazing Freeset bag filled with conference goodies
- Morning and afternoon tea
The prize pack does not include travel, accommodation or lunch, and cannot be exchanged for cash. In the event that you are not able to make it on the day of conference (especially if you are a midwife on call!), you are able to give your prize to another person. The Birthing Room must be notified of this change via email. Your name and photo may be used by The Birthing Room for publications related to our 2017 conference.
All entries meeting the criteria will be placed in the draw, and the lucky winner will be drawn on February 18th 2017. (Entries close Feb 17th 2017 at 11pm). The winning person will be announced on The Birthing Room's Facebook page and website. The winner will have 7 days to claim their prize.
The Birthing Room team would like to wish you all a safe and joyous Christmas. In amongst all the craziness of the season, may you have time to slow down, be fully present, and enjoy the gift that your little ones truly are. May your Christmas be abundant in smiles, laughter, and sunshine as you share life and love in your community.
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