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News article on home birth data collection

Health Ministry dosen’t collect home birth data


News story from Home birth week celebration

Home water births a ‘wonderful time’

Inez and Thomas, Rachel and Zach, Leith, Juna and Bren

Home Birth Awareness Week

Thankyou to those who came to celebrate Home Birth Week with us. We look forward to seeing you again.

Below is a link to a recent news article featuring our current Pool Coordinator Tracey:

Fears allayed after happy home birth

Yay for home birth!

Support for home birthing families

The Nelson Homebirth Association have a come up with an idea to support home birthing families in their area as reported in The Nelson Mail yesterday:

A Nelson group aimed at supporting those who choose to have their babies at home is appealing for contributions towards “bounty packs” to give to new mothers.

Midwife and Nelson Homebirth Association representative Aunouska Myer came up with the bounty pack idea at a national homebirth hui in Wellington in May.

Mothers who delivered babies at hospitals often received bounty packs containing nappies and baby products, “but we don’t get anything”, she said.

The association was hoping to provide its own version, consisting of a re-usable bag containing items such as woollen booties and organic baby products, but it needed Nelson’s help.

In Canterbury, their  Homebirth Association operate a carebank scheme where home birthing families provide meals and home help for each other postnatally. There is more information about how this scheme works here.

In the Manawatu, we have discussed similar ideas and we would love to see more support available for women who plan to give birth at home. A number of years ago there was a nappy service and women received vouchers entitling them to home help or meals. It is true that the health system saves money when women have their babies at home, but as far as we know there is now no funding being made available to support initiatives such as the one we had here previously and those operating in Canterbury and Nelson. We would love to hear your ideas. What would have helped your family? What can you offer to other local families? If you are not in the Manawatu, what support is there in your area?

New Links for October

A tasty little selection of links to cool, informative, and affirming sites on the internet for Homebirthing families are now up in the side-bar. Check them out!

Organic Birth

We know how to give birth instinctually. We are taught to fear birth, when in reality, the knowledge is encoded in our body’s cellular memory. We instinctively know how to breathe… we instinctively know how to birth. It is organic to our body’s processes. Birth is a part of life, and the vast majority of births do not need to be jump-started, assisted or done for us. We owe it to our babies to give them the best start in life.


The latest website from Heather Cushman-Dowdee (creator of Hawthor the Cow Goddess comics) where she writes – “Reborn as Mama, she intends to fight all the same battles, taking on the corporate entities that make up the detachment-based parenting industry, battling the ’sacred cows’ of mainstream mothering (ie. formula, cribs, nannies, and day care centers) and all in all rabble-rousing in the name of breastfeeding, homebirthing, attachment parenting mamas everywhere. And yes, she bares her breasts, too”. Always a fun and affirming read!

Stand and Deliver

Stand and Deliver is an inspiring and educational mix of one woman’s personal experiences with birth and mother juxtaposed with up to the minute international news and research regarding natural birth.

Shape of a Mother

The creator of this website writes:
“One day I sat in a restaurant in Anaheim, California eating breakfast, when a woman passed by my table with her infant carrier in tow. As she lifted it up to fit between the tables, her shirt raised and I saw that, although she was at a healthy weight and her body was fit, she had that same extra skin hanging around her belly that I do. It occurred to me that a post-pregnancy body is one of this society’s greatest secrets; all we see of the female body is that which is airbrushed and perfect, and if we look any different, we hide it from the light of day in fear of being seen. That makes me want to cry. Sure we all talk about the sagging boobs and other parts, but no one ever sees them. Or if they do, it’s in comical form, mocking the beauty that created and nourished our children.”
The resulting website is inspirational and revolutionary!

Sleep is for the Weak

Supportive attachment-parenting-style stories,  and advice for sleep deprived families. Sure to strike a chord when you’re sitting up late with a fussy little one!

Positive Birth Stories Website

The innate ability of each woman
to give birth guided by her body’s wisdom, with trusted attendants, in
soft private spaces, has been largely taken over by the international
billion dollar high-tech low-touch obstetrics industry.

This ‘active management’ of childbirth alters the mix of hormones that evolution has provided to help ease mother and baby through birth.

By hearing true stories filled with wisdom, tips & techniques and positive
experiences of birthing you will feel empowered and be reminded that
it is possible to give birth gently according to you and your baby’s
power, strength and innate wisdom. has been set up by Josie, a woman currently living in New Zealand.  She says “This website is based on my conviction that connected intrinsically to the struggle for women’s’ equality and freedom and restoration of the Divine Feminine is that elemental act of female power… birth. How we give birth has far-reaching implications, affecting the physiology and psychology of our children’s lives and influencing our mothering; including breastfeeding, attachment and post-natal depression among others. That makes birth not just a women’s issue but also an issue for humanity.”

She includes in her website gorgeous birth related art and other interesting articles around pregnancy and motherhood.  I encourage you all to take a look as I am sure we could all gain some new inspiration from her work.

Home Birth Links

This week, one of our members has emailed a number of amazing web resources to me to include in our links section on this blog. Thanks, Hannah. There is so much stuff out there available to read these days to encourage us in the path towards home birth. Sometimes it seems hard to filter through to find the really amazing from the just ok. Hopefully, through this blog we can help to provide you with links and information that support you in your journey. If anyone else has any favourite home birth and parenting related links that they would like to share with us, don’t hesitate to email them through to mhbanewsletter at or simply leave a comment on this blog and I will add them to our links list. The new links that Hannah has sent that I would like to draw your attention to at this stage are Hathor The Cow Goddess which contains a collection of amazing homebirth cartoons as well as general comments about birth and lots of other issues.   The other new one is Home Birth – a Midwife Mutiny which is an Australian midwife’s blog with tons of amazing home birth related links.