Part l: How to help your children prepare for the new arrival

How do you prepare your other children for the arrival of a new baby? Will you have them at the birth, or have them looked after by someone? How will they adjust to being a big sister or brother? This is the first of a 2 part series on ‘How to help your children prepare for the new arrival’… Did you do any of the things in this article?


Child Wellness

How do you keep your kids well? Raised antibody levels do not determine if your child gets the bug or not; ‘IMMUNITY’ has to do with the strength of the ‘IMMUNE SYSTEM’! This is strengthened by breastfeeding, exercise, eating healthy food, receiving and giving love etc. What things do you do to help your children stay well & healthy?

Child Wellness

November Doco & Discussion Night

What if your birth DOESN’T go as planned…?! Find out at The Birthing Room’s November ‘Doco & Discussion Night’. Movie= A Breech in the System. Guest speakers Megan Platt & Rosemary Joyce, who will be sharing how they made informed choices regarding the births of their breech babies.

Wed 27th Nov, 7:30pm in Christchurch.

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“A shocking 24% of women who had had instrumental births said they had not consented to the procedure.” I had an un-consented episiotomy with my 3rd baby (it’s important to note that none of the doulas, midwives, or registrar who were all amazing & supportive saw the scissor welding OB appear out of nowhere…). Yes it was necessary, but would it have really changed the outcome taking 2 sec to say “This needs to happen, ok?”… physically no, but emotionally yes! What helped you feel respected during your birth?

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.

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.