WORLD LEADING ANTENATAL EDUCATION: Empowering women yet again!

Wow, I am truly blown away with the impact BirthWorks is having on people's birth experiences! Got the privilege tonight of hearing about yet another Birthing Room baby's incredible arrival. Really looking forward to facilitating more BirthWorks antenatal education next year at The Birthing Room's Antenatal Classes. The next courses begin in February in Christchurch & North Canterbury. The Birthing Room Antenatal Classes


Due date accurate? Probably not! Most women have their "due date" calculated from the date of their last period. This is based on the assumption that every woman ovulates on day 14 of a 28 day cycle. The average length of a cycle is actually 29.5 days (which go figure is the same as the lunar cycle). Only 15% of women get their period on day 28, and of those women only some ovulate on day 14. So knowing when you made your baby can go a long way for knowing your "due date"! (Bump: Kate Evans)


What are your thoughts on miscarriage? Doula NZ writes: "MISCARRIAGE. Unfortunately has become such a "taboo" subject in our culture. Do you think it is better to not tell people you are pregnant until the 2nd trimester, just in case? Or is it better to tell people you are pregnant early on so they can support you through infant loss, should you have a miscarriage? I would love to see miscarriage treated as the birth is really is. I feel women (and their families) should be supported, wrapped around with love, give birth in a non medical setting if ever possible, be given meals, rest and be loved some more through their birth experience. What are your thoughts?" How to support someone after miscarriage or loss


Did you have an epidural, and did it impact on breastfeeding? Having an epidural can impact on bf in different ways. E.g. Baby's brain can become 'disorganised', leading to latching difficulties. Or the disruption of Mum's hormones during the birth process can delay her milk coming in.
Dr Sarah Buckley explains... "Epidurals may affect the experience and success of breastfeeding through several mechanisms. First, the epidural-exposed baby may have neurobehavioral abnormalities caused by drug exposure that are likely to be maximal in the hours following birth—a critical time for the initiation of breastfeeding... Second, epidurals may affect the new mother, making breastfeeding is more difficult. This is likely if she has experienced a long labor, an instrumental delivery, or separation from her baby, all of which are more likely following an epidural. Hormonal disruptions may also contribute, as oxytocin is a major hormone of breastfeeding."
So what to do now? Keep bf, keep doing skin to skin, and if need be access all the beautiful bf support that is out there just waiting for you, so you can have a wonderful bf journey Epidurals: Risks and concerns for mother and baby


“Remember this, for it is as true as true gets: Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.” ― Ina May Gaskin (


Can many shoulder dystocias (aka a stuck baby) actually be prevented through movement and setting the birth environment right? "Birthing in a semi-recumbant position increases the chance of shoulder dystocia because the pelvis is unable to open ie. sacrum move back and coccyx uncurl. This is often the default position for women with epidurals." FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN HELP YOURSELF HAVE EVERY CHANCE OF THIS NOT HAPPENING IN YOUR BIRTH. Midwifery Thinking: Shoulder dystocia; The real story.

National Postnatal Depression (PND) Awareness Week 2014

Did you know the most likely time in a woman's life to be mentally unwell is after having a baby? The National Postnatal Depression (PND) Awareness Week is held between the 1 - 9 November 2014. There are incredible supports available around the country. If you are trying to tell someone that you are not ok, and you don't feel they are listening -KEEP TRYING. Tell your partner, family, midwife, GP, plunket etc. until your voice is listened too. YOU AND YOUR BABY ARE WORTH IT! Mothers Matter Support Resource

The Birthing Room Antenatal Classes Begin in North Canterbury

I am very excited to announce that as of 2015 The Birthing Room's Antenatal Classes will also be offered in North Canterbury! Mothers and Fathers-to-be in Kaiapoi, Rangiora, Woodend, Pegasus, Leithfield, Amberley, Ohoka, Oxford and surrounding areas now have the opportunity to be part of our world-leading antenatal education.

Our boutique antenatal classes are compromised of two parts:
-BirthWorks: A special journey helping women (and their partners) have more trust and faith in their innate ability to give birth. Teaches pelvic bodywork and optimal foetal positioning, helping baby to be in a great position for birth. Provides an opportunity for expectant parents who have had previous birth trauma to grieve and begin healing, helping facilitate a positive birth experience next time around.
-BabyCalm: A three hour session empowering parents-to-be with information and skills to begin their parenting journey with confidence.

The Birthing Room's first North Canterbury Antenatal Class will begin in Pegasus, on Tuesday February 3rd 2015.
Christchurch City Antenatal Classes will continue as per usual, with the first class for 2015 beginning on Saturday February 21st.

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