Quality antenatal education for North Canterbury parents to be

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This month will see one of New Zealand's top antenatal classes begin in North Canterbury for the second time this year. The Birthing Room's Antenatal Classes, which are a combination of BirthWorks and BabyCalm, will start in Pegasus on Saturday May 23rd. The Birthing Room's classes help expectant parents build confidence in both their ability to instinctively give birth, and to parent their newborn. The classes are holistic in nature, as birth and parenting preparation is so much more than understanding the physical process.

The Birthing Room has been running antenatal classes since 2013, and has held a 0% caesarean rate for all antenatal class participants and kiwi companion clients for 7 months now. This is in stark contrast with New Zealand's ever increasing rates of intervention, with caesareans rising from 9.6% of births in 1983/84 to 23.1% in 2003 and the rate is still climbing (Kiwi Families, 2012).

Key topics of The Birthing Room's antenatal classes include:

  • Active labour and birth
  • Using your primal brain during birth -the part of you that instinctively knows how to birth your baby
  • Fears, hopes and dreams
  • Choosing your birth place and team
  • Making informed decisions about medical intervention and obstetric drugs
  • Grieving and healing childbirth related losses
  • Pelvic body work and optimal foetal positioning
  • Nutrition and exercise
  • Breastfeeding self efficacy
  • Womb to world -identifying your newborn's needs
  • A toolbox of strategies to help settle your baby

The Birthing Room's antenatal classes are fantastic to do at any stage of pregnancy, but the earlier one can take them the more time they'll have to integrate information into their birth planning and health and wellness. The classes are great for first time parents, those who have experienced previous birth trauma and are planning another birth, or families who would just like a more positive birth experience next time around. Cost: $190 BirthWorks; $30 BabyCalm.

Being only 15mins drive from Belfast, Christchurch, The Birthing Room's North Canterbury antenatal classes are also perfect for anyone living on the north side of Christchurch. For more information Contact Us

Special thanks to Bloom Birth Photography for the photograph, and the beautiful families who have shared these precious moments with us.

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