BirthWorks November Classes

BirthWorks November Classes began today with a stroll through the ‘Contemplative garden’. AMAZING parents, amazing venue, and amazing to begin the journey of healing and working towards positive birth experiences. The day ended with a great walk around the quarry with my family (baby in the Hop-Tie & toddler on the shoulders!) hunting for wolves & bears. All-in-all a wonderful day.

What if things don’t go the way you planned or a complication arises…? It was 3 years ago today The Birthing Room’s 1st breech VBAC baby was born! Every birth is unique, & if challenges arise you take your birth philosophy with you & keep making the best informed decisions you can at the time, with the information you have. What more can you ask of yourself than that? And sometimes, the unexpected turns out to be one of the best moments of your life…Breech baby

Home Birth Awareness Week

Here at The Birthing Room we love informed choice! In NZ you can CHOOSE where to give birth, and we have great options. Did you know studies of home birth show great outcomes? These 2 studies show low rates of adverse outcomes & intervention, and high rates of good health, breastfeeding & mother satisfaction with care. The researchers concluded this should add confidence to the safety of home birth.

http://www.bmj.com/content/330/7505/1416

http://www.cmaj.ca/content/181/6-7/377.short

Prolapse Part II…

Have you done the most important thing to prevent prolapse today? THIS IS SOMETHING ALL WOMEN SHOULD BE DOING! Pelvic Floor Exercises strengthen the group of muscles that make up the pelvic floor, improving continence & reducing your risk of vaginal prolapse. Being aware of your pelvic floor muscles also helps you know which muscles to ‘let go’ of during childbirth, as you imagine your body opening to welcome your baby into the world.
http://www.continence.org.nz/index.php?mode=display_content&page_id=40

BirthWorks Antenatal Classes November

Are you pregnant, or planning to be? Like to be able to make informed choices, feel empowered and have a positive birth experience? Registrations are now open for The Birthing Room’s next BirthWorks Antenatal Class. BirthWorks is a journey that helps women develop more trust & faith in their body’s ability to give birth. Topics include primal health, pelvic body work, how fear impacts on birth, grieving and healing from past traumatic birth experiences, labour and birth, breastfeeding and much more! Classes on four Saturdays in Nov, in Spreydon, Christchurch. 8:30am-1:00pm. Cost: $180. For more information email info@thebirthingroom.co.nz
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Lotus Birth

We are excited to bring you a two part series. Tonight, the story of a mother who has done it. Tomorrow, we’ll look at how to do a Lotus Birth yourself. (NB, there appears to be minimal research on the benefits/negatives of Lotus Birth, but I certainly couldn’t find any evidence for why it’s not a valid option. The most important thing is to have delayed cord clamping, and then Lotus Birth may interest many of you on top of that).

http://www.breastmates.co.nz/advice–tips/birth-stories/lotus-birth-plus-pictures

The Parenting Place – Toolbox Parenting Groups

Build a Great Family Team

Great kids need great parents and with the right tools anyone can be a great parent! Whether you are a grandparent, parenting with a partner, a sole parent, a blended or foster family Toolbox has something to offer. If you are looking for practical strategies, inspiration, encouragement and insight then a Toolbox parenting group is for you.
In an informal, relaxed and friendly environment participants are equipped with practical skills and strategies that can be immediately put to use. Over six sessions key parenting principles are explored and participants are encouraged in their parenting.
-The Parenting Place

Parent team Dan & Rosemary Joyce facilitate Toolbox Parenting Groups: Early Years (0-6) and Middle Years (6-12) at THE BIRTHING ROOM. The cost of the course is $75 per person or $110 per couple or if you come with a friend (incl. GST). Subsidies are available upon request for those who can’t afford these fees. Thanks to recent government funding we are able to provide Toolbox free of charge to all grandparents raising grandchildren, foster carers, whanau caregivers, home for life parents and adopters. Participants who attend an Early or Middle Years course receive a free subscription to Parenting magazine.

To find out more about Toolbox Parenting Groups or other services that The Parenting Place offers, check out www.theparentingplace.com
To register your interest for a Toolbox Parenting Group at THE BIRTHING ROOM email info@thebirthingroom.co.nz

Toolbox Parenting Groups: The Middle Years
The Birthing Room’s next Toolbox Parenting Group will be held shortly in New Brighton! Monday evenings, August 8th-September 12th 2016. Be in quick to register your place.
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