“Microbirth” is a new feature-length documentary looking at birth in a whole new way; through the lens of a microscope. Investigating the latest scientific research, the film reveals how we give birth could impact the lifelong health of our children.
“Microbirth” aims to raise public awareness about the importance of “seeding the baby’s microbiome” at birth with the mother’s own bacteria – this bacteria helps train the immune system to recognise what is “friend” and what is “foe”.This documentary reveals why we should include the “seeding of the baby’s microbiome” on every birth plan – for even if vaginal birth isn’t possible, immediate skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding can still help to provide bacteria crucial to the development of the baby’s immune system. In the scientists’ view, if we can get the seeding of the baby’s microbiome right at birth, this could make a massive difference to the baby’s health for the rest of its life. Consequently, “Microbirth” is of extreme importance for global health!
Childbirth Education Association will screen “Microbirth” as part of a world premiere on Saturday 20 September 2014. It will also be a fundraising evening with refreshments provided. Tickets are available from the the office or through our online booking site. BOOK NOW!
Watch the trailer for “Microbirth” here.
Childbirth Education Association would like to thank the Department of Justice for a Community Benefit Fund grant that has enabled our organisation to purchase much needed resources and equipment for our library and education programs. We now have new books on the library shelf and an iPad to help our Librarian catalogue our collection - take a look at the booklist and find out more about how to borrow these fantastic titles. That’s not all, this round of CBF funding has assisted our organisation to purchase many other resources for our programs.
Our Birth Preparation participants are now able to learn the Rebozo techniques with our new rebozo shawls. The rebozo is a traditional Mexican shawl and also a technique originally used by Mexican midwives from the Yucatan Peninsula. Presently known here in Australia as Rebozo sifting or jiggling, the Rebozo is a versatile tool for relaxation and pain relief throughout pregnancy, and between contractions during early and early active labour. With the assistance of a birth support person or Doula, simple and effective techniques can help with relaxing tight ligaments and optimal positioning for baby. If you want to find out more, join one of our Birth Preparation classes or borrow the DVD “Reviving the Rebozo” from our library. Take a look at the trailer for “Reviving the Rebozo” here.
More from our wishlist… we have also added a TENS machine to our resources for antenatal education allowing participants to be familiar with a unit and decide whether they would like to use it for labour. Pregnancy Stretchers can now add new supported positions to their fitness programs with four new bolsters. These bolsters will be used as part of the Palmerston class, with the hope of purchasing more with another round of funding.
CEA is proud to present a Birthtalk seminar and healing circles for parents and expecting parents.
Scared of Birth? Bring your hopes and fears: mythbusting, truth telling and how it can be different to what you think. Saturday 2nd August, 9am to 12pm at Barbara James House. This is a free event – limited seats available so please be sure to book a place. Book Now
The Healing Circle – A safe and supportive place to begin to debrief, understand and make sense of your pregnancy, birth or postnatal experiences.
Session 1: Saturday 2nd August, 6pm to 9pm at the Palmerston Library. Tickets $30. Book Now
Session 2: Sunday 3rd August, 9am to 12pm at Childbirth Education Association. Tickets $30. Book Now
Birth – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly - a seminar for those working with, or supporting women throughout their perinatal experience and beyond.
This compelling seminar is presented by Debby Gould, co-founder of Birthtalk.org, and co-author of new book, “How to Heal a Bad Birth: making sense, making peace and moving on.” Debby draws on her experiences as a midwife, a doula and as facilitator of Birthtalk’s “Healing From Birth” support sessions for the past 12 years.
Friday 1st August, 6pm to 9.30pm at the MAGNT Theatrette. This is a free event – limited seats available, so please be sure to book a place. Book Now
Morning Tea at the Darwin Toy Library is on this Thursday, 26th June. Come down and enjoy a morning relaxing in the garden with toys and great company. We will be there from 9am to 12pm with the kettle on – please bring a plate to share if you can. Everyone welcome!
Birthtalk is coming to Darwin and we are planning workshops for parents, expecting parents and maternity health professionals. Birthtalk specialises in healing from traumatic birth, planning a positive birth and support and education for birthing after Caesarean. Workshops will be held over the weekend Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd August - stay tuned for our program and dates on our Facebook page and take a look at the Birthtalk website www.birthtalk.org for more information about this fantistic and supportive organisation.
Jo Davies from Baby Got Back will be joining us for the morning and sharing her passion for babywearing. Jo brings consultancy and new ideas for babywearing to Darwin – if you’re thinking of purchasing a carrier, curious about how it’s done or would just like to meet some other parents and expecting parents, come down to the Nightcliff Community Centre on Friday. We will be out in the garden from 9.30am.
We will provide tea and coffee and something to nibble on – a shared plate is always welcome, but not necessary!
Would you like to learn how to labour in a state of deep relaxation and allow your body to birth in the beautiful, natural way it’s designed to? Perhaps you would like to find out more about HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method, the philosophy and birth education that is taking the world by calm….
HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method, is as much a philosophy of birth as it is a technique for achieving a satisfying, relaxing, and stress-free method of birthing. HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method teaches you, along with your birthing companion, the art and joy of experiencing birth in a more comfortable manner. You will learn to call upon your body’s own natural relaxant and thus lessen or eliminate discomfort and the need for medication. HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method teaches you to release all prior programming about birth, how to trust your body and work with it, as well as how to free yourself of harmful emotions that lead to pain-causing fear and unyielding muscles.
Childbirth Education Association is partnering with certified practitioner Rebecca Sonsie to provide couples with a course for HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method. This course will be five sessions held on Sundays 4pm to 6.30pm: 27 April, 4 May, 11 May, 18 May and 25 May.
Find out more about our HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method course on our webpage or contact the CEA office for more information and bookings.
Our next Morning Tea is a special date! Kim Lock, the author of Peace, Love & Khaki Socks and the blog Little Leaf, and certified Breastfeeding Counsellor, will be joining us at the Nightcliff Community Centre on Saturday 29 March. Please come and join a sharing circle and enjoy the company of other lovely mums and families and the calm and comforting words of Kim Lock.
CEA is currently seeking casual Fitness Instructors for our Pregnancy Stretch and Mums & Bubs classes. If you have a passion for supporting women through their pregnancy and into parenting with yoga, fitness and wellbeing, then please contact the office for more information and expressions of interest.