Planning to have a baby in 2014?

Book in now for 2014 BirthWorks!

If you would like to make decisions about your pregnancy and birth based on the latest evidence-based research, feel empowered, and develop more trust and faith in your body’s ability to give birth, then BirthWorks is for you.

BirthWorks also brings an opportunity for those who have suffered previous birth trauma to grieve & begin healing from birth-related losses, helping them go onto have positive birth experiences in the future.

Core topics include optimal foetal positioning & pelvic bodywork, how beliefs, medical intervention, nutrition & exercise impact on birth outcomes, making informed decisions, human values, labour, birth, breastfeeding, grieving & healing, and so much more. *

BirthWorks is ideal to do before or in the early stages of pregnancy, but can be done at any time. The earlier you begin your BirthWorks journey, the earlier you are able to put into practice the information you learn.

The Birthing Room BirthWorks options for the new year:

  • 8hr BirthWorks session February 1st
  • BirthWorks Classes Wednesday evenings February 12th-March 26th
  • BirthWorks Classes Saturday mornings March 1st-29th

To register email

Cost of BirthWorks session: $150/woman. BirthWorks Classes: $180/woman. Partners VERY welcome.

*BirthWorks Day Session topics will vary slightly due to time constraints.



How do you get the vitamin D your body needs?

How do my children and I produce enough vitamin D from sun exposure without getting sunburnt, and without inhibiting my body from producing it? This article explains really well the how, when and what’s of vitamin D production. Hint: If you read the section called “Exposing your skin to UVB and the risk of skin cancer” it will give you a big clue as to what we are going to discuss on Saturday!  

Are you putting your family at risk of major illness by being so sun smart?

So you’ve got your kids ready to play outside… hats, sunscreen, sunglasses… and maybe long sleeves just  incase… right? Wrong! While is it very wise to avoid your family getting sunburnt, by protecting them from sun exposure you may be inadvertently creating a vitamin D deficiency in your children.

And a lack of vitamin D is no small issue. Research is now showing a Vitamin D deficiency is linked to many major illnesses. These include cancer, heart disease, alzheimers, allergies, asthma, influenza, multiple sclerosis, and autism. Studies in the USA and Israel show that you are far less likely to pick up a superbug if you are admitted to hospital when your vitamin D levels are high, than if you are admitted when they are low.

And in some weird irony, although you are at a higher risk of developing melanoma when living in a sunnier climate, you are actually less likely to die from melanoma, thanks to the vitamin D.

So here’s to New Zealand… now get off the computer and go and play outside!

Vitamin D Deficiency In New Zealand

Surely we get enough sun in NZ to have good Vitamin D levels? No!

We are led to believe only 5% of New Zealanders are Vit D deficient by the MOH, but our data comes from out of date definitions. If your Vit D levels fall between 50-75 nanamoles you are ‘fine’ according to our health system, but internationally anything below 75 is considered a deficiency. NZ GPs can prescribe a tablet/month which equals about 1300 International Units per day. The latest scientific research is showing we need between 3000-4000IU per day to reach health protection goals, and maybe even more! Hopefully we’ll see NZ standards updated soon.

Check out the MOH data here:

Vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy

A mother’s vitamin D levels in pregnancy, and their child’s own levels in early life heavily impact the incidence of allergies and asthma. People with high levels of vitamin D have lower rates of colds and flu.

“In 2010, a Harvard University professor of medicine led a team of researchers in testing the umbilical cord blood from 922 newborn babies from New Zealand. They found that one in five of the babies was born seriously deficient in vitamin D, and those born with this deficiency were nearly 2.4 times more likely to have suffered an infection by the time they were three months old. Children with the lowest vitamin D had more than double the risk of developing wheezing by their fifth birthday!”                               -Ian Wishart



I’m thrilled to announce one lucky person will win the Petite Kitchen Calendar on Christmas Eve.

To enter send The Birthing Room a photo of you exercising. BE CREATIVE -babywearing, swimming, running, walking, at a Wheelie Fit Mums class, bicycling etc. The choice is yours! Post a pic on our fb page or email to

Spread the word! Entries close December 23rd 2014. Competition applies to New Zealand only. Photos may appear on The Birthing Room website/facebook page in relation to this competition.


“Big baby”??

“If my baby is ‘big’ should I plan to have an early induction?…”

This article follows on beautifully from Jean Sutton’s Optimal Foetal Positioning.

A wee side note to inspire you – A good friend of mine gave birth to her 10lb 40z baby at home without a stitch. She was able to ‘let go’, trust her body had what it takes, and let her instincts guide her. AND HER BODY KNEW WHAT TO DO. So, keep the faith. xx

Could your baby be too big to be born? Pelvis too small?


Here is a great write up on the optimal foetal positioning we learn about in BirthWorks Classes, and what you can do to give your baby lots of room to be born. Also a wonderful YouTube clip from Samantha Thurlby-Brooks of Joyful Childbirth Auckland demonstrating the principles.