What a busy time of the year....and it's not over yet! I am currently teaching the last two sets of classes for the year in Napier and Hastings - both are bursting at the seams with parents-to-be which is so exciting!
Bookings are coming in steadily for classes for 2019 and looking like they will be full too. I have a couple more One on One classes to hold before the year ends, so it's all go go go!
Statistics will be really exciting, last count From Bellies to Babies Hawke's Bay Antenatal Classes had taught 152 parents - that's not including my current classes, so that will bring it to over 200+.
Finally tracked done some affordable paper bags for the goody bags for next year - much better for the environment than the plastic satchels I have been using this year. Just waiting on a couple of quotes for a custom rubber stamp so I can put my logo and contact details on them.
The Wheat bags have been really popular, with lots of positive comments and feedback about them. I am having these specifically made extra long so they can wrap under your belly and across your lower back to help ease those pesky aches and pains during pregnancy and labour.
Only $30.00 and available in Lavender or Plain (lavender proving most popular at this stage). Use the ''contact'' page to make your purchase, they are also listed on my facebook page. www.facebook.com/hbantenatal/?ref=bookmarks
Crazy, that's a great way to describe what the past couple of months have been.
Wheat bags have been made (photos up soon) - flying out the door - order yours via the contact page only $30.00 for an extra long wheat bag, great for wrapping under your belly or across your lower back during labour.
Professional photos taken (anyone who knows me, will understand this was a huge leap for me, I hate having my photo taken!) Rachel Ross from Focus Personal Branding was amazing and quickly put me at ease - Thanks Rachel.
One on One classes are steaming ahead too. These are idea for parents to be, that live out of the city areas, would like to cover specific topics or a busy and would like a compact set of classes. These can be done at a time that suits.
The last classes for 2018 are starting in the next few weeks, Napier is fully booked, a few spaces left for Hastings - get in quick if you need to book :)
Dates have been confirmed for 2019 which is really exciting! Check out the ''dates'' page for upcoming classes next year. Bookings are already been made so tracking to be busy classes in both Napier and Hastings here too.
Did you know I also own Earth Friendly Cocoons - I handcraft biodegradable cocoons for burying your placenta. These are perfect for returning your placenta to our earth - a beautiful world wide tradition. Each cocoon comes with a bio bag (cornstarch), a white plastic bag (for safe travel home), instructions and a wonderful poem that you may like to read during the ceremony. These can be couriered anywhere in NZ and also world wide. Use the contact page to order yours.
I have been asked multiple times "is there anywhere we can buy extra long wheat bags?" Mum's have been wanting extra long bags to wrap under their belly or across their lower back while in labour - usually the bags that are available in shops are not quite long enough to do this.
Well....... the wait is over!
I have sourced some awesome fabrics that will suit most tastes (hopefully), from funky neon's to florals and everything in between. These are being professionally made, I can't wait share them with you.
Some will contain dried lavender flowers, as lavender is very good at calming and soothing - perfect while in labour.
Bookings are racing in, September classes are looking great and only a few spaces left in each and I am almost booked up for the December classes - both Napier and Hastings.
I have a couple of Mum's that are due late January/early February so I may be able to hold a special 4 week classes for these mum's. If you know anyone that is due around this time, please let them know about this special class.
So my waters broke at 7.30pm but I was fine and ate dinner knowing it could be a long night. Period pain-like contractions started around 9 but we’re pretty painless. Around 11.30 they cranked up to be quite painful so from 12-1am I timed them and they were all at least 5 mins apart and at least 30-40 secs long. Woke my mum up at 1 knowing it was time to get moving (I live an hour away from Hastings) however we both managed to waste another hour so were attempting to leave at 2- right when I was transitioning. After getting in and out of the car we finally started to head out my 6km gravel road. I asked to stop 3 times and on the third I got out and pushed!! I didn’t really have much of a choice. So from then on I was pushing the whole way with each contraction- feeling a huge amount of pressure down very low with each push. We arrived at hospital and I was met escorted in by my midwife and a midwife on duty. After stopping 3 to push 3 times on the way to the room I was helped straight into the pool as they knew this was where I wanted to be. INSTANT relief being in the water- the most id felt over the last 3 hours. My student midwife checked heartbeat then was getting prepared to examine me when my baby’s head came out so she didn’t get a chance! With just his head out I was told to reach down and feel the baby’s head - it was absolutely amazing! While waiting on the next contraction to bring his body out my mum came in from parking the car- needless to say she was quite shocked to see baby’s head already out! Contraction came and so did he- with my mum pulling him from the water straight to my chest- a moment I’ll never forget. Had a third degree tear which needed some stitching but seemed like nothing at the time! I’m so grateful for the 4 hours uninterrupted skin on skin that followed the birth. I honestly can’t wait to do it all again!
Lots of "behind the scene" stuff going on this month. Newsletters sent out, more flyers ordered, goodie bags packed, bookings taken, surveys drafted and sent, gifts for our wonderful midwives designed, ideas and thoughts brewing... all exciting stuff ahead !!
Class 2 finishes next week and I (Janine) have been blessed to be covering both Napier and Hastings classes this time around. Both these classes are filled with amazing people that will be awesome parents! I can't wait to see photos of their wee bubbas!
Classes are filling up fast for Class 3, so if you know anyone due July/August - there are only a couple of spaces left, remind them to book their spot today. Bookings are steaming ahead for class 4 too!
Don't forget we are happy to do one on one classes too!
Some of the Dads during a activity of "How are they going to be an awesome partner/ support person'' during the labour. - Heretaunga Women's Centre (shared with permission).
Some of the Mums during their activity of "How they would like their partners and/or support people to help" while they are in labour. Heretaunga Women's Centre was having an Art Exhibition, so these mumas are squished into the creche room while they discuss matters at hand (shared with permission).
Mothers Day is coming up, we ran a poll on Facebook to see what you guys wanted as a prize this month.... overwhelming votes for a Mothers Day Gift Basket - so keep your eye out so you can enter!
Janine, Janeane and Erin x
I'm super excited to be facilitating both Napier and Hastings classes this time. Janeane is going away with her family on a much deserved holiday! Bookings are going really well, we have a couple of spaces left for the Napier class so if you are due soon and haven't yet booked your spot.... be quick.
Did you read about our local Midwife - Sarah Glass, that is a HERO? She and others saved her partners life after he choked on a piece of steak.
See link below....
We are truly in awe of you Sarah Glass and how you calmly and quickly you and the others made huge life impacting decisions ! You guys ROCK!
Super excited !!! Our first set of classes has finished in both Napier and Hastings. Really awesome group of Mums and Dads. We LOVE our job!!
Great feedback: learnt lots, tool box overflowing, lots of fun, factual experienced lead education, loved the tour of the maternity units, great connections to community support groups, loved the practical parenting stuff, feel much better prepared now.
Awesome stuff guys, we are looking forward to hearing your news when baby arrives.
We are also excited to show you our new logo that we have been working on for quite a few weeks.
The graphic is a representation of a hug - it's form is suggestive of the womb (uterus) which is Mum, and is surrounding, supporting, loving and caring for her baby. There are two 'arms' which are the parents, family, our community and the support that is provided from our antenatal classes.
Next set of classes start soon..... 20th March - Napier and 21st - Hastings. These are filling up fast, only a couple of spaces left.
We have just about finished our first set of classes for Napier and Hastings, it has been fantastic watching the parents learn and grow over these last 5 weeks - one more week to go!
We have also had a one on one class in the weekend, these are ideal for parents who are busy or don't need or want to come to a class situation. It was such a pleasure meeting Belinda and Jade and answering all their questions. These one on one sessions are fully personalised to suit your needs and wants. Contact us today if you want further information.
Our logo is also being finalised as I type, so keep an eye out for this too!
Class two starts 20th March - Napier and 21st March - Hastings, if you want to book for these or know someone who is due in the next couple of months, let them know they need to be quick - these classes are filling up fast.
Hi, welcome to our first blog!! Our first set of classes are underway and going really well. Both Napier and Hastings classes are fully booked and booking are heading the same way for class 2 and 3, super exciting.
We have had our first baby born from our classes last week, a little gift is on it's way for the family. Keep your eye out for the story to follow....
We have also held our first Multiples classes too, all parents expecting twins - no triplets this time. Stories shared and lots and lots discussed. Breastfeeding, sleeping and going home tips next week. If you know someone who is expecting twins or multiples, don't forget to tell them about our classes - we are the only educators specifically covering these classes.