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.
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



Class giveaway

Many parents find they come away from their first birth experience with their hopes and dreams shattered, with feelings of failure, despair and disappointment. Here at The Birthing Room, we believe this should be a rare event as birth is meant to be challenging, yes, but also empowering, incredible, intuitive, bonding, and... HEALING!

We believe this SO much that we have given away a spot in each of our February Canterbury antenatal classes to three families having another baby, so they can experience the healing and empowerment themselves! The lucky winners are:

  1. Elizabeth Bowen -North Canterbury Antenatal Classes Feb 11th-March 17th
  2. Isabel Foster -Christchurch Antenatal Classes Feb 3rd-March 9th
  3. Casey & Adam Curtis -Christchurch Antenatal Classes Feb 20th-March 12th

If you are one of our lucky winners, please email The Birthing Room within 10 days to claim your prize. contact us here

If you have missed out this time around, don't despair... Our March antenatal class give away is just around the corner!


Class giveaway

For every antenatal course in 2016, The Birthing Room is giving away one place to those having another baby!

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 one of The Birthing Room's antenatal courses in 2016, all you need to do is comment on our Facebook competition, by writing which upcoming antenatal class you'd like to be a part of. It's that easy! The Birthing Room Facebook Page Please share our Facebook competition with your friends and family who are expecting, and help them also have a positive birth experience.

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 only. It does not include BabyCalm, 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!

New Zealand Childbirth Educators Needed!

New Zealand Antenatal Classes

New Zealand Antenatal Classes

Empowered birth: Does this light a fire of passion in you? The Birthing Room is looking for new Childbirth Educators to join their team. Could this be you?? Whether you are already a CBE or midwife, or just someone who loves to see families have positive birth experiences, there is a pathway for you to come and join our awesome team!

The first step is to gain a BirthWorks International certification in Childbirth Education, or join their Accelerated Doula and Childbirth Educator programme. BirthWorks International will be holding their annual workshops in New Zealand in June 2016, both in the South and North Islands. This is a fantastic opportunity to up skill to a BirthWorks qualification or to begin a new career as a Childbirth Educator. These 3-4 day workshops are life transforming, both professionally and personally, and are a prerequisite to facilitating The Birthing Room Antenatal Classes. Both BirthWorks programmes are able to be started at any time, and are mostly a long distance packages, seeing you well on the way through your qualification before the workshops in June.

To find out more about becoming a BirthWorks Childbirth Educator check out BirthWorks International or Contact Us



A person is more than just a physical being. He or she is also made up of the spiritual and emotional, and is designed to be part of community. So antenatal classes should be catered to all of these parts of a person, or much potential for learning is lost.

This week started with a fantastic night of Hornby antenatal classes, whose group is halfway through their course. It was a really fun night looking at what spiritual, emotional and physical things can provide comfort in labour. The next day we began another awesome course of antenatal classes in Christchurch at the Fendalton Plunket Rooms. 9 beautiful families had the opportunity to get to know each other, express their deepest fears about childbirth, look at the influence of society and media on our beliefs about childbirth, talk about the importance of having a midwife or obstetrician who shares their birth philosophy, and learn about the importance of pregnancy and postnatal exercise.

And now this week is finishing with the last day of our North Canterbury antenatal classes. We are so privileged to have a couple coming with their new baby to share about their experience of pregnancy, birth and parenting. And then BabyCalm will be held in North Canterbury this afternoon. Such a fantastic day ahead!

If you'd like to know more about registering for The Birthing Room's 2016 antenatal classes CLICK HERE

The Birthing Room’s Pathway for an Empowered Birth begins in 2016!

Bloom Birth Photography

Bloom Birth Photography

Check out The Birthing Room's brand new Pathway for an Empowered Birth which begins in 2016!! We now offer an empowered experience for every trimester, meaning expectant families have a village of love and support with them throughout their whole pregnancy journey. From Early Pregnancy Workbooks with The Birth Connection for those who have just found out they are pregnant, to Bringing Tikanga Maori Practice Back to Birth for those who are close to giving birth, there is something for every family! Pathway for an Empowered Birth

If you are currently in your first trimester, now is the time to book your antenatal classes for the beginning of next year. We have classes available in both Christchurch and North Canterbury in February 2016, as well as another Online Antenatal Course so you don't need to miss out if you are living out of Canterbury!
Click here for more information about Antenatal Classes
Click here for more information about Online Antenatal Classes

Also super excited to share with you the great new photography from Bloom Birth Photography showcasing on our website. Thanks Bloom Birth & their amazing families who have so generously shared these precious images!

The MOST exciting week ahead!

Rosemary (10 of 22)

What a privilege it is to wake up everyday and love life. Not only do I have a gorgeous family who have taught and grown me as a person in so many ways, but I also LOVE my job! Today was kicked off by serenity on the beach followed by a run through the forest (body protested profusely after its much quieter winter). Tomorrow is Kiwi Companion visits with parents-to-be, and BUMP antenatal class with The Youth Alive Trust -an utmost privilege to facilitate such a fantastic group of young parents. Wednesday, empowering BirthWorks private sessions. And Thursday -Hello Wellington! It's TAKIAHO HUI A MOTU 2015! 

Jan Wicksteed (The Birth Connection) and I are thrilled to be flying from Christchurch together for the first national hui for Maori childbirth education. This special hui features kaupapa Maori strategies, resources and programmes, and supports student childbirth educators. The 3 day event will include a great range of speakers and forums introducing pioneers of Maori childbirth education and the creators of excellent resources such as Wahine Marohirohi and Talk Cards.

I'm really looking forward to sharing with you the knowledge I will gain, as well as bringing you lots of pics of this fabulous event!

Have a great week! X Rosemary

Gorgeous picture by Bloom Birth Photography. Capturing the precious moments in life since 2012 <3 



Check out this gorgeous breastfeeding slideshow by Bloom Birth Photography! Breastfeeding photography is a fantastic way to celebrate your breastfeeding relationship with your child. The special images in this slideshow are a great demonstration that breastfeeding is about much more than just food. It is an interplay of love between mother and infant.

Bloom Birth Photography is offering an exclusive special in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, so don't miss this wonderful opportunity to capture this memorable part of life's journey!

 Bloom Birth Photography Breastfeeding Slideshow