If you are interested in pregnancy, birth and newborns come and join us for an evening of inspiration and information! I'm really looking forward to being part of Kāhuarau, an event put on by Home Birth Canterbury as part of Home Birth Awareness Week 2017. I will be sharing about the role of a doula, what opportunities lie at the feet of future NZ doulas and how these could benefit future NZ parents. Whether you are a health professional, parent, or parent-to-be, planning to give birth at home or not, you'll definitely get heaps out of attending! Don't miss out on your ticket!
Today is a very important day. Today signals a huge shift in my life. It is a day of change. Today… my baby has gone off to school. It is the end of the preschool years for me. And with this change in my life has come the most unexpected reactions from those around me. I never knew we were still living in such a chauvinistic era! Let me explain…
For many months now it has been a hot topic of conversation. “So, your baby goes off to school soon!” But even more recently this has turned into “So your baby goes off to school shortly… What will you do?!” As though when the day would come, I may curl up and die. Or maybe go into a state of mourning for a few months and not get out of bed. Or as my children suggested, I now need to train as a teacher so I can work at school! Yes, I do agree that I will miss my one on one time with my baby dearly, but here comes the most surprising part. When I reply that when he goes to school I will continue working, people are so taken aback! “Oh, what kind of work?” “Well, you know” I say “running The Birthing Room”. These are not random strangers I am talking about… but my nearest and dearest. My close friends and family. My husband. My children. My village that has supported me over the last 4 years whilst I have run The Birthing Room.
It has never occurred to me before this new season in my life that in this day and age a woman’s work would be seen as less valuable. I considered the Jacinda Ardern question merely a reflection of a poor reporter, not an accurate reflection of our society’s views. But maybe I was wrong. Maybe people do see a woman’s work as more like a hobby that she does each day instead of actually ‘working’. Strangely enough no one has asked my husband what he will do when his baby goes off to school, and yet we have shared being the main caregiver for the last 4 years.
So to all you beautiful women reading this today, whether you are working full time, part time, or are a full time parent, I applaud you. Your work within the home, and outside of the home is valuable. You make a difference. You contribute to society. Don’t let our culture tell you any differently.
The Nappy Lady is coming to North Canterbury! The Birthing Room is excited to announce we are hosting The Nappy Lady's Waste Free Parenting Workshop in Pegasus on September 17th, in partnership with the Waimakariri District Council. This is a humorous, entertaining and inspirational seminar full of tips and ideas around ways you can minimise waste at home especially with children in the home. The best news is that you receive a pack for attending this workshop. The 'Waste Free Parenting Pack' includes cloth nappies and other waste minimisation products worth $100 which is great if you have babies in nappies in the home.
Who should attend this workshop?
- Parents to be.
- Parents with children in the home.
- Anyone interested in reducing waste in the home.
Includes afternoon tea provided by The Birth Connection.
The Birthing Room is delighted to announce we now stock MilkPads! Locally made, eco-friendly products that help make your breastfeeding journey a little bit easier. MilkPads have reusable breast pads for light, medium and heavy leakage (covering both your day and night time needs), and for small to large breast sizes. If you are not sure where to start, why not try a MilkPads Starter Pack? You can check out all your choices at The Birthing Room's Facebook shop, while our website shop is currently being built behind the scenes. Happy shopping! The Birthing Room's Facebook Shop
WISDOM: Making the choice NOW that you will be happy with in the FUTURE. If you keep repeating the same thing, it will not produce a different outcome! (Joyce Meyer)
THE BIRTHING ROOM: empowering people to make educated & informed decisions in pregnancy, childbirth & parenting NOW, so they can have positive childbirth & family experiences in the FUTURE.
The Birthing Room’s next Toolbox Parenting Groups -the early years, will begin soon!
How do you prepare your other children for the arrival of a new baby? Will you have them at the birth, or have them looked after by someone? How will they adjust to being a big sister or brother? This is the first of a 2 part series on ‘How to help your children prepare for the new arrival’… Did you do any of the things in this article? http://codenamemama.com/2011/09/25/prepare-children-childbirth/
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.
The Parenting Place
Toolbox Parenting Group: The Middle Years
Wednesdays Oct 16th-Nov 20th, 7:30-9:30pm