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

Empowered Birth


"Birth is much more than a physical experience. Deep-seated feelings and emotions often surface during the highly emotional process of childbirth. Unresolved issues from previous birth experiences or difficult past life events can interfere with labour progress both physically and psychologically... Every woman deserves a positive and empowering birth experience and should make choices best for her to achieve this." -BirthWorks International

(Photo credit: The superbly awesome Bloom Birth Photography)



I'm in tears reading the newest birth stories of The Birthing Room families! The Birthing Room is in the middle of a life transforming movement, which I doubt has been seen in NZ since Jean Sutton turned around her primary birthing unit to a natural birth phenomenon!

Women are coming away from our antenatal classes, and birthing their babies in the most empowering, hard core, Mama warrior way! No matter what the circumstances, they are making awesome informed decisions, trusting their bodies, and feeling on top of the world afterwards. Fathers are finding their voice, being the advocate their partner hoped they would be, and are being fully involved in the birth process of their child. These families are amazing.


The Birthing Room Antenatal Classes

(Special thanks to Bloom Birth Photography and the gorgeous Mama for the beautiful picture)



Are you a parent of preschoolers? Like some encouragement, support & new ideas? We have a TOOLBOX PARENTING GROUP for parents of children aged 0-5yrs coming up in August in PEGASUS (15mins north of Christchurch). The Early Years covers:
• Parent types
• Developmental stages
• Tools for engaging cooperation
• Discipline
• Making memories
• Being the parent your child needs.

$75 per person or $110 per couple for each six week group. Subsidies available. Toolbox courses are free to foster carers, whanau caregivers, adopters, grandparents raising grandchildren, and Home for Life parents thanks to government funding.
Thursday 20 August - Thursday 24 September 2015

Bookings or queries: Rosemary and Dan Joyce, ph: 027 3500 119 or email us

The Parenting Place Early Years Toolbox Group


The Birthing Room & Bloom Birth stand

The Birthing Room & Bloom Birth Photgraphy stand

Looking forward to seeing all you wonderful parents to be at The Christchurch Baby & Child Expo this weekend! Brilliant to see today all of the holistic stands that are on offer to you. Step into The Birthing Room & Bloom Birth Photography stand and begin your experience of empowered birth. Sharon and I would love to chat with you about hot topics such as...

  • birth companions
  • how to make your birth an incredible, joyous event
  • how to increase your chances of having a vaginal, drug free, positive birth
  • how you would like to feel about your birth after it happens
  • positive birth experiences for dads

And if you step in at the right moment you'll also find pregnancy massage (thanks to the NZ College of Massage), empowering birth books for sale, free apples for your children, and go in the draw to win a package from Bloom Birth Photography and The Birthing Room!

See you Saturday or Sunday at The Baby & Child Expo, Pioneer Recreation Centre, 9am-4pm, Christchurch.

xx Rosemary


choice vs care

I am so excited! The day of The Revolutionary Round Table is finally here!! If you're not already frothing at the mouth in anticipation, I have attached a little sample for you. Dr Kelly Dombroski of Canterbury University will be speaking on Choice vs Care: Incorporating care into our choice focussed health care system. Check out her blog piece about this tug of war subject...

"When it comes to giving birth, having the right to choose is not the only thing that matters… labour, the rational choice part of our brain actually needs to be ‘shut down’ in a way, so that we might allow ourselves to fully immerse in the instinctual and embodied practice of labouring. Yet, in most healthcare systems such as New Zealand’s (and Australia, where Mckinnon works, and the Netherlands where Mol works) we valorise choice in our healthcare — and in fact, in our Western notions of personhood. This means that in the logic of choice, birthing women are asked to keep their rational mind ticking over in order to continue to make choices (the endless questions from your maternity carer!)."

When it comes to giving birth having the right to choose is not the only thing that matters

Ticket are still available for The Revolutionary Round Table event. So purchase yours by emailing The Birthing Room click here or pop down at 6:30pm tonight and pick up your ticket at the door. Don't miss out on this empowering event! A great night out for expectant parents, those who are passionate about birth, midwives, CBEs, doulas, students and allied health staff.

 The Revolutionary Round Table


The revolutionary round table

Register you and a friend for The Revolutionary Round Table today, and receive your ticket half price! This empowering event could be the foundation of your positive birth experience. Become informed about important topics such as breech birth, good care vs choice, how birth impacts on your baby's body & more. Don't miss out! Offer ends at 11pm Friday 19th June. Event also open to those who are simply passionate about birth, midwives, CBEs, doulas, students and allied health staff. To register please email or click here

For more information about The Revolutionary Round Table event please click here


Rosemary (4 of 22)

VITAMIN K AT BIRTH? How do you make an informed decision?

Questions to ask when making your decision include:
-Differences between Vit K injection and oral supplement
-Does optimal cord clamping & bacteria from vaginal birth & skin to skin make a difference to baby's Vit K levels?
-What is Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding and what are the risks of my baby getting it?
-Are Vit K levels in breastmilk low, and what are researchers comparing breastmilk to?
-If all babies are born with low levels of Vit K, is it really a deficiency?

The article "Revisiting vitamin K and the newborn: what have we learned in a decade?" highlights some of the important questions that parents need to ask, as well as what has changed in the research on Vitamin K Prophylaxis in the last 10 yrs.

"Greer has also added to our knowledge about vitamin K in breast milk. This is a controversial topic because some of the research cited to support the claim that breast milk contained ‘low’ levels of vitamin K (a term that always begs the question of exactly what breast milk is being compared to as a standard) was carried out at a time when women were not being supported to breastfeed in ways that are now considered optimal. Although Greer (2004) argued that the levels are still not high enough (which again could be said to fuel the notion that the postnatal period is dangerous for babies), he did demonstrate that levels were about twice the average of some of these earlier reports.
In the same year, a Japanese study (Kojima et al 2004) found that the concentration of vitamin K in breast milk varied according to the diet of the women concerned, implying that maternal nutrition may be a factor.

...there also exists the view that the tendency to VKDB may be iatrogenic and the result of medicalised birth. Expressed more in verbal conversation, on internet blogs and in discussion articles, one recently published example can be found where Cranford
(2011) questioned whether modern birth practices stress the clotting system of the newborn, arguing that trauma caused by medicalised birth, limited early breastfeeding and practices such as early cord clamping and circumcision can deplete a newborn of its clotting factors. While some of these arguments (namely limited early breastfeeding and circumcision) are already widely accepted to be risk factors for VKDB and early cord clamping is considered by a number of people to be a likely culprit, research is needed to support or refute the idea that other practices can lead to VKDB. It is important to note that some of the babies who have gone on to develop VKDB have been born physiologically, at home and outwith the presence of medical intervention
(Brousseau et al 2005)."

Thanks to Bloom Birth Photography and the special family that has given permission for their picture to be used.