Archive for the 'Home Birth Article' Category

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?

Great Home Birth Article

There is a really great article entitled Real Birth at Home … no bells; no whistles! by a blogger that calls herself Kneeling Woman. Here is a small excerpt of what she has written …

I never thought that birth needed special equipment or classes on “how to do it”. My experience has always been that birth happens quite well on it’s own and every woman will have her own way of laboring and birthing. As I’ve written before; birth happens. Some women like to have a lot of people around; some don’t. Some women talk all the way through labor; some don’t. Some couples are very physical and close during the labor; some are not. I have no “birth ball” or “birthing stool”. I don’t have women do any kind of herbal or homeopathic preparation for labor nor do I prescribe any particular “regime” regarding diet or exercise; I expect women to eat well and take good care of themselves but I don’t believe in getting my ( or anyone else’s ) knickers in a twist about how many grams of protein they ate today or going through their cupboards looking for the hidden box of fruit loops! Likewise, I assume that the labor will unfold in it’s own, unique, individual way for each woman; and it does.

…… Take a look at the full article here