This is the weblog of the Manawatu Home Birth Association Incorporated.  We use this forum to distribute news and articles to our members and others interested in home birth issues.  It is written and maintained by local Manawatu based home birthers for Manawatu based home birthers.  It relies on you writing in with your birth stories, birth notices, birth videos and articles that you have written or found relating to home birth.  If you would like to contribute to this forum in any way then please email us at, or leave a comment today.  We also have a Facebook page click here

About the Manawatu Home Birth Association Incorporated

Our Mission Statement is:

To promote home birth and advocate for women and their families/whanau birthing at home or the place of their choosing by providing support, information and resources (birthing pools, preparatory kits for siblings and an extensive library).  We have faith in womens’ ability to birth naturally and are mindful of the advantages to birthing without medical intervention.’

We are a group of parents who believe childbirth is normal and healthy process.  We provide information and support to families planning to birth their babies at home, in the Manawatu.  We meet monthly and our gatherings are informal social events (over morning or afternoon tea on the second Wednesday of the month).  We are always open to chatting with expectant families who are planning, or considering planning to birth their child(ren) at home.

If you wish to come to one of  our monthly gatherings, just come along.  If you wish to speak to someone over the phone or to enquire about a birthing pools/califonts you can leave a message on our answer machine ph 06 356 BABY, and the Pool Co-ordinator will call you back.  We hire out two different types of birthing pools (round and oblong),  califonts for heating water, birthing stools and sibling kits (puzzles, books, photos, articles and anatomically correct dolls for children to adjust to a new baby) available for hire and a FREE lending library containing books, magazines and DVDs on various topics including pregnancy, birthing, parenting, immunisation, VBACs and breastfeeding.

Here is a photo of one of the oblong metal birthing pools available for hire.  As you can see they are quite spacious…

Metal Birthing Pool

2014 Manawatu Homebirth Association Get-Together Dates and Location

To make it easier for people to attend get-togethers, they alternate between morning and afternoon and take place on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.  Our next get-together dates for 2014 are as follows:

14 May (1.30pm-3.00pm), 11 June (10.30pm-midday), 9 July (1.30pm-3.00pm), 13 August (10.30pm-midday), 10 September (1.30pm-3.00pm), 10 July (1.30pm-4.00pm), 14 August (10.30am-1.00pm), 11 September (1.30pm-4.00pm), 8 October (10.30am-midday), 12 November (1.30pm-3.00pm), December Christmas function to be advised.  Get-togethers take place at Community Birth Services, Level 2, Westside Chambers, 151 The Square, Palmerston North, NZ.

We will be running a series of discussions over the next few months in order to promote interest and provide information and support to prospective and current home birthers.

Get-togethers are also social events and a few minutes are occasionally spent on topics such as promoting home birth, discussing yearly projects etc.  You are free to participate in discussions or just listen in.

Nurtured Babies: Naturally (currently in recess)

Natural pregnancy, birth and parenting group

The Manawatu Home Birth Association Inc. has a social group celebrating and discussing various topics on natural pregnancy, birth and parenting.  These get-togethers are open to anyone interested in these topics!  Get-togethers take place on the 4th Thursday of each month, 1.30pm.  The lovely Matariki Rudolf Steiner Kindergarten at 187 Ruahine Street, Palmerston North (next to Terrace End School) is the venue and being a kindy, it is really child-friendly, there are lots of great natural toys and things to do, there’s an outdoor area and a gate so little ones can’t run off.  There is a kitchen and child-sized bathroom.  Being a Rudolf Steiner kindergarten, the philosophy fits really well with the natural focus of the group and we also have access to their library (see here for their website).  We are able to use the venue if attendees donate a gold coin to cover electricity usage etc so please remember to being this along.

Topics previously discussed include ‘Homoeopathy for pregnancy and 1st aid for children’, ‘Baby-wearing’, ‘Yoga for babies & children’, ‘Reducing your child’s carbon footprint’, ‘Birth Stories’, ‘Self-Care.  If you have a topic you would like to see discussed please contact the Association.  For details of get-togethers, see this weblog or Facebook pages click here (Nurtured Babies: Naturally page) and here (Manawatu Homebirth Association Inc page).

Home Birth Clothing For Sale!

Check these out!  Manawatu Home Birth Association are very pleased to share these quality pureborn organic clothing items with you! Designs and logos by some of our wonderful members.  They come in sizes from birth up to 2 years.  If you know small people and are supportive of the choice to birth at home they will make treasured gifts as they are printed on  stunning quality garments from ‘pureborn organic‘.  If you are interested you can get in touc by phoning, emailing or leaving a post over on Manawatu Home Birth Association.

1 Response to “About Us”

  1. 1 Marie G July 11, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Kia ora Homebirth Assoc – wow it was gr8 to receive your letter and to hear that MHBA is online – I have browsed the blog pages and its fantastic!!! Well done to all involved! My Toby turned 2 last week, cant believe 2 years has gone by this quickly!!!

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