Home Birth Aotearoa’s national hui is being hosted in Raglan this weekend. The national hui represents an opportunity to celebrate, promote and support homebirth.
Homebirthing honours the strength and intelligence of women and their families to birth safely and naturally at home. Many babies have been safely born at home under Karioi’s watchful gaze, and there are generations of homebirthing families in our community’s midst!
Home Birth Aotearoa has members from all over the country. The national hui is held in spring, and its main purpose is to share knowledge and inspiration from homebirthing families, midwives and anyone in the home community who has an interest. There is an open potluck meal happening on Friday, October 14 at 5.30pm at the Bible Camp, 578 Wainui Rd. This is for all Raglan people who love and support homebirth, or are otherwise interested, to come together and share stories over good kai.
Locals are also able to attend the hui but places are limited – anyone keen on coming please email email@example.com. The national hui follows tikanga Māori principles and includes a kei a wai ceremony to open, and times for korero from attendees. Local midwives and women will have opportunities to share some of the inspirational work they are doing to support whānau in birthing their babies in a way that is safe, healthy and culturally strengthening for each family. The day starts with breakfast at 8am.
More info is available on the Waikato Home Birth Association Facebook page, or email Waikato@homebirth.org.nz to register.
Karin Bettley, Midwife