WORLD CLASS ANTENATAL SESSIONS IN NEW ZEALAND

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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.

We offer:

  • 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.

To find out more click here

To book your Private Antenatal Sessions with The Birthing Room contact us here

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CONFERENCE GIVEAWAY… COULD YOU BE OUR LUCKY WINNER?!

Conference Giveaway

The Birthing Room is giving away one FREE pass to our 2017 conference! You could be our lucky winner!

Here's how to enter:

  1. Click on The Birthing Room's Facebook page and check out our conference giveaway post
  2. Tag 2 friends in the comments who you think would enjoy conference too
  3. Share The Birthing Room's giveaway post on your Facebook timeline.

Easy!

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. 

 

Merry Christmas!

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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.

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

 

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. 

Click here for more information

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.

WIN A FREE ANTENATAL CLASS WITH THE BIRTHING ROOM!

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Are you expecting another baby in 2016? In New Zealand the sad reality is that many people have experienced a birth that left them feeling disappointed, disrespected, with lack of confidence in their body, and with physical or emotional hurt. Both Mum and Dad can be left feeling traumatised. The Birthing Room believes that everyone is entitled to a birth that makes them feel empowered, respected, loved, confident, and listened to. And this does not depend on whether or not everything went smoothly. So we'd like to give more people an opportunity to have an empowered birth!

To receive a chance to win your place in The Birthing Room's November 2016 antenatal courses in Christchurch or North Canterbury all you need to do is comment on our post, telling us which November course you'd like to attend, and then share the post on your timeline. It's that easy! The Birthing Room Facebook Page Sharing our Facebook competition with your friends and family who are expecting also gives them the opportunity to have a positive birth experience. Happy entering!

To check out our up coming antenatal courses CLICK HERE

Terms and conditions of entry

The Birthing Room will be giving away one place in each of The Birthing Room's BirthWorks antenatal courses in 2016. This includes both Canterbury and North Canterbury courses.

The prize applies to BirthWorks classes only. It does not include BabyCalm, The Birthing Room Online Classes, or The Birthing Room workshops or conferences.

Entries are limited to those who are expecting another baby. This includes families who have had a baby over 20wks of pregnancy who has passed away and do not have any other children.

To enter you must be a resident in Canterbury, or willing to make your own way to the course. The prize does not include flights, accommodation, or travel costs.

The prize is not redeemable for cash, and cannot be transferred to another person. The prize is not transferable to another antenatal course with The Birthing Room, it will apply to the course won only.

The prize winner's name and photograph, and that of their partner can be used on The Birthing Room website and in their newsletters for promotional and advertising purposes, only in relation to the competition won.

The prize must be claimed by the winner within 10 days of announcement, or the prize winner will be redrawn. The winner will be announced on both Facebook and The Birthing Room's website.

Good luck!

LIKE TO UNDERSTAND YOUR NEWBORN?

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What is your greatest fear about parenting? For many families-to-be it is how they are going to settle their baby. "What to do with baby" is frequently written on The Birthing Room's questionnaire, when asking families what they most want to cover in antenatal classes.

Well help is at hand! BabyCalm & ToddlerCalm have a workshop THIS SATURDAY February 27th in Christchurch that has a couple of spaces left! This 3hr antenatal workshop is ideal for parents to be who would like the best evidence-based information on:

"Why babies cry and how to calm them"
"Why babies sleep the way they do and how you can help them to sleep a little more"

This workshop is attended by The Birthing Room families to be, and is our #1 recommended workshop by families who visit classes with their newborn.

You can book online here

EXCITING EVENTS FOR FAMILIES COMING UP IN CHRISTCHURCH

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If you currently pregnant or have recently had a baby, and live in Canterbury, I've got great news for you! There are three exciting events coming up which I whole-heartedly recommend attending...

Pelvic Floor Matters® have their workshop coming up, which is perfect for all women who are wanting more information about keeping or obtaining a healthy pelvic floor. If you are looking at getting back into exercise now your baby has been born, or are struggling with incontinence issues or a weakened pelvic floor muscle, this is the workshop for you.

14 March 2016 at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Venue: YMCA Christchurch City - 12 Hereford Street, Christchurch
Pelvic Floor Matters® - an informative seminar for every woman. No matter your age or stage in life. Don’t miss out. Tell your friends. Make it a night out with the girls!

Brought to you by Gratitude Fitness, Vicki – Personal Trainer and Registered Nurse and Maree Frost Physiotherapy, Maree – Physiotherapist specialising in pelvic floor health.
www.mareefrostphysiotherapy.co.nz
Find out more here

Gratitude Fitness 8 Week Pelvic Floor Safe Exercise Programme

Winner of the NZ Exercise Industry Awards for Initiative Award 2015! This 8 week programme is the best new Mum gift for life ~ Perfect gift for the Baby Shower ~ For a Life Less Ordinary
Find out more here

The Nappy Lady Workshops

Coming up in both Christchurch and Selwyn. During this 2.5 hour seminar you will get lots of exciting and inspirational information around ways you can minimize waste at home especially with a baby and you will also learn a bit about modern cloth nappy options too. This workshop has been beneficial to so many of The Birthing Room's expectant parents, and books out very quickly, so make sure you register asap!

Find out more here