First BabyCalm session in North Canterbury today as part of The Birthing Room's Antenatal Classes! Participants have had a special afternoon with Corinne Rooney learning everything from how to calm a newborn to an introduction to babywearing, whilst enjoying a lovely afternoon tea. Thanks to The Sling Lady for a wonderful afternoon equipping The Birthing Room parents to be for their journey ahead! The Sling Lady




Wondering why you haven't heard much out of The Birthing Room over the last week? Well now all can be revealed!


Our boutique North Canterbury Antenatal Classes will now be brought to you from a gorgeous new house in Pegasus. The high end kitchen will be making you delectable healthy treats, and the new carpet is perfect for relaxation sessions and pelvic bodywork exercises. The education room is warm, sunny and has a beautiful intimate feel ideal for antenatal classes that go way beyond superficial matters.
The new base will be christened on Valentines Day with our current antenatal course's BabyCalm session with Corinne Rooney.

Meanwhile The Birthing Room's Christchurch courses are continuing on, awesome as always, from our venues in the central city and New Brighton.

Watch this space for up and coming events in North Canterbury, such as Doco & Discussion evenings, the BirthWorks Childbirth Educator & Doula Workshop, Optimal Foetal Positioning sessions, more antenatal classes, and hopefully even The Nappy Lady Workshops!

To find out more about The Birthing Room services in North Canterbury CONTACT US




What do you make of this article? Probably the most perplexing comment is this: "one health campaigner said ultrasounds were safe and could pick up life-threatening conditions. "No baby has died because of a scan. There's harm when you don't have enough scans," maternity campaigner Jenn Hooper said"

Research may beg to differ, and the impact of scans is hard to prove. How do you measure stress from being told there is something wrong with your baby when there actually isn't? That alone may cause miscarriage. Or what about the baby that is induced for being "big", but wasn't ready to be born and has breathing difficulties? Do you think parents are being given good information so they can make informed choices about ultrasound scans? Your thoughts please. Pregnancy Scans Enquiry:


Let's spend today saying a BIG thank you to midwives. Imagine how many meals and sleeps in the course of a month they miss! Family events and public holidays -will work through many of them. And being on call 24hrs a day. Their commitment means that NZ families have a world class maternity system with continuous care. So remember to say a big thank you to your midwife for the long hours they put in. They work hard! #thankyoumidwives


Neither life nor childbirth is without risk. And sometimes we loose the baby or child we have so dearly loved and wanted. Sands is a voluntary organisation that helps support families through the difficult time of miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death. I think it is awesome that it is run by parents who have experienced loss themselves, rather than another service set up to fill 'a need'. For who can know what you are going through better than someone who has been there themselves?

BIRTH IS PRIMAL! So use you primal brain…

You were born with the knowledge of how to give birth! So during active labour to help quieten down your neocortex (thinking brain) and use your primal brain (the part of you that instinctively knows how to give birth) HAVE THESE THINGS: QUIET. PRIVACY. DIM LIGHTING. NO AWARENESS OF TIME.
Avoid: Your birth team chatting with each other. Bright lights. Clocks and time limits. Direct questions e.g. "What time did your waters break?". Feeling observed.
Thanks to Bloom Birth Photography for the beautiful pic of Mama using her primal brain! Sharon is very good at taking photos without people even knowing she is there!


Did you or are you taking folic acid during pregnancy? This article is certainly interesting and worth taking into consideration. Whilst I haven't come across any hard and fast research saying that folic acid is causing tongue ties, it is certainly becoming a more popular theory. And it is a fact that many of the pregnancy vitamins we are marketed, the body cannot use in that form. So it may be worth talking to your care provider about taking a form of folate that the body can process, verses the synthetic form "folic acid".
Is folic acid making us sick

LOOKING FOR AN ALTERNATIVE TO ANTENATAL CLASSES? Book a Private Session with The Birthing Room

As awesome as antenatal classes can be, they are not suitable for everyone. Some families have transportation, social or medical issues that either make classes impossible to get to, or make much of what is taught irrelevant. If your baby has a serious condition and your are not sure if your little one is going to make it, sitting through hours of antenatal education with happy, healthy parents-to-be is less than ideal. Maybe you are expecting a breech baby and need to explore your options. Or what if you are just completely freaked out at the reality that a person is now living inside you? Or you've suffered sexual abuse and talking about the birth makes you feel traumatised? Or the truth is you don't even LIKE babies?!

Kate Evans states in her book 'BUMP: How to make, grow & birth a baby' that "You don't discuss these kinds of things at antenatal appointments. In our culture, the social rituals that accompany pregnancy centre around medical care and, later on, shopping for the new arrival. It's all very practical - it's about blood tests and ultrasound scans, then different makes of car seats and pushchairs. We don't explore the philosophical, emotional or spiritual ramifications of pregnancy. That's not very British." Unfortunately, it's not very kiwi either. I have heard many a childbirth education teacher say that large numbers of clients in an antenatal class is easy because "you don't have to go too deep." BUT IT'S ALL ABOUT GOING DEEP!!

So what is the alternative to group antenatal classes? The Birthing Room offers boutique antenatal classes which have a maximum size of 6 Mums-to-be (plus partners). But if that doesn't work for you for whatever reason there is another choice. The Birthing Room also offers Private Antenatal Education Sessions. You can have as many or as few as you need. The sessions can be done in the privacy of your own home (if you are in Christchurch or North Canterbury), or with Google Face Time on your computer if you are elsewhere in New Zealand.

Some of the benefits of Private Antenatal Education are:
-Only covers topics relevant to your situation
-Can ask any question or talk about any subject (especially the deep ones...)
-Receive a BirthWorks Childbirth Preparation Workbook
-Can be done at a time that works for YOU, not just trying to fit your life around weeks of classes

The Birthing Room is now taking bookings for Private Antenatal Education Sessions throughout New Zealand. Cost $50NZ/hr in person or $40NZ/hr online.

For more information about The Birthing Room's Private Antenatal Education Sessions CONTACT US


Thank you for a fabulous year everyone! The Birthing Room has had a year of awesome growth and incredibly positive results. I hope you've enjoyed The Birthing Room fb posts this year.
In 2015 The Birthing Room will be starting North Canterbury Antenatal Classes, and facilitating The Youth Alive Trust's new free Antenatal Classes for young parents called BUMP. And of course there will be lots more Christchurch Antenatal Classes, Online Antenatal Classes for people throughout NZ & overseas, Kiwi Companions (NZ Doulas), Doco & Discussion nights, events, and lots lots more fb posts to help empower & inspire you! Thank you to Bloom Birth Photography & Rachel Herangi for amazing pics throughout the year to share. Merry Christmas everyone, see you in 2015! XX Rosemary