What if things don’t go the way you planned or a complication arises…? It was 3 years ago today The Birthing Room’s 1st breech VBAC baby was born! Every birth is unique, & if challenges arise you take your birth philosophy with you & keep making the best informed decisions you can at the time, with the information you have. What more can you ask of yourself than that? And sometimes, the unexpected turns out to be one of the best moments of your life…Breech baby

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Home Birth Awareness Week

Here at The Birthing Room we love informed choice! In NZ you can CHOOSE where to give birth, and we have great options. Did you know studies of home birth show great outcomes? These 2 studies show low rates of adverse outcomes & intervention, and high rates of good health, breastfeeding & mother satisfaction with care. The researchers concluded this should add confidence to the safety of home birth.

http://www.bmj.com/content/330/7505/1416

http://www.cmaj.ca/content/181/6-7/377.short

Prolapse Part II…

Have you done the most important thing to prevent prolapse today? THIS IS SOMETHING ALL WOMEN SHOULD BE DOING! Pelvic Floor Exercises strengthen the group of muscles that make up the pelvic floor, improving continence & reducing your risk of vaginal prolapse. Being aware of your pelvic floor muscles also helps you know which muscles to ‘let go’ of during childbirth, as you imagine your body opening to welcome your baby into the world.
http://www.continence.org.nz/index.php?mode=display_content&page_id=40

BirthWorks Antenatal Classes November

Are you pregnant, or planning to be? Like to be able to make informed choices, feel empowered and have a positive birth experience? Registrations are now open for The Birthing Room’s next BirthWorks Antenatal Class. BirthWorks is a journey that helps women develop more trust & faith in their body’s ability to give birth. Topics include primal health, pelvic body work, how fear impacts on birth, grieving and healing from past traumatic birth experiences, labour and birth, breastfeeding and much more! Classes on four Saturdays in Nov, in Spreydon, Christchurch. 8:30am-1:00pm. Cost: $180. For more information email info@thebirthingroom.co.nz
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Lotus Birth

We are excited to bring you a two part series. Tonight, the story of a mother who has done it. Tomorrow, we’ll look at how to do a Lotus Birth yourself. (NB, there appears to be minimal research on the benefits/negatives of Lotus Birth, but I certainly couldn’t find any evidence for why it’s not a valid option. The most important thing is to have delayed cord clamping, and then Lotus Birth may interest many of you on top of that).

http://www.breastmates.co.nz/advice–tips/birth-stories/lotus-birth-plus-pictures