Are you putting your family at risk of major illness by being so sun smart?

So you’ve got your kids ready to play outside… hats, sunscreen, sunglasses… and maybe long sleeves just  incase… right? Wrong! While is it very wise to avoid your family getting sunburnt, by protecting them from sun exposure you may be inadvertently creating a vitamin D deficiency in your children.

And a lack of vitamin D is no small issue. Research is now showing a Vitamin D deficiency is linked to many major illnesses. These include cancer, heart disease, alzheimers, allergies, asthma, influenza, multiple sclerosis, and autism. Studies in the USA and Israel show that you are far less likely to pick up a superbug if you are admitted to hospital when your vitamin D levels are high, than if you are admitted when they are low.

And in some weird irony, although you are at a higher risk of developing melanoma when living in a sunnier climate, you are actually less likely to die from melanoma, thanks to the vitamin D.

So here’s to New Zealand… now get off the computer and go and play outside!


Vitamin D Deficiency In New Zealand

Surely we get enough sun in NZ to have good Vitamin D levels? No!

We are led to believe only 5% of New Zealanders are Vit D deficient by the MOH, but our data comes from out of date definitions. If your Vit D levels fall between 50-75 nanamoles you are ‘fine’ according to our health system, but internationally anything below 75 is considered a deficiency. NZ GPs can prescribe a tablet/month which equals about 1300 International Units per day. The latest scientific research is showing we need between 3000-4000IU per day to reach health protection goals, and maybe even more! Hopefully we’ll see NZ standards updated soon.

Check out the MOH data here:

Vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy

A mother’s vitamin D levels in pregnancy, and their child’s own levels in early life heavily impact the incidence of allergies and asthma. People with high levels of vitamin D have lower rates of colds and flu.

“In 2010, a Harvard University professor of medicine led a team of researchers in testing the umbilical cord blood from 922 newborn babies from New Zealand. They found that one in five of the babies was born seriously deficient in vitamin D, and those born with this deficiency were nearly 2.4 times more likely to have suffered an infection by the time they were three months old. Children with the lowest vitamin D had more than double the risk of developing wheezing by their fifth birthday!”                               -Ian Wishart



I’m thrilled to announce one lucky person will win the Petite Kitchen Calendar on Christmas Eve.

To enter send The Birthing Room a photo of you exercising. BE CREATIVE -babywearing, swimming, running, walking, at a Wheelie Fit Mums class, bicycling etc. The choice is yours! Post a pic on our fb page or email to

Spread the word! Entries close December 23rd 2014. Competition applies to New Zealand only. Photos may appear on The Birthing Room website/facebook page in relation to this competition.


“Big baby”??

“If my baby is ‘big’ should I plan to have an early induction?…”

This article follows on beautifully from Jean Sutton’s Optimal Foetal Positioning.

A wee side note to inspire you – A good friend of mine gave birth to her 10lb 40z baby at home without a stitch. She was able to ‘let go’, trust her body had what it takes, and let her instincts guide her. AND HER BODY KNEW WHAT TO DO. So, keep the faith. xx

Could your baby be too big to be born? Pelvis too small?


Here is a great write up on the optimal foetal positioning we learn about in BirthWorks Classes, and what you can do to give your baby lots of room to be born. Also a wonderful YouTube clip from Samantha Thurlby-Brooks of Joyful Childbirth Auckland demonstrating the principles.


This weeks events..!

Fantastic week!!

Such an interesting night on Wednesday watching ‘A Breech in the System’ & hearing from Megan Platt of Petite Feet about her birth experiences. And today, an awesome workshop for mothers of new babies featuring interactive sessions from Beckie Carter of LifeFoods, Leanne Hunter Baby Massage teacher & Corinne Rooney The Sling Lady.

A big thank you to all our amazing speakers & women who participated, I hope you’ve come away with lots to think about & hopefully to put into action. Look out for more workshops in the new year!