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Lactation Consultant

You can access the services of our Lactation Consultant free of charge when you have birthed and/or stayed postnatally at River Ridge East Birth Centre. For more details check out our Breastfeeding Support information. Call us to make a booking, or click here to send us a message. If you didn’t birth or stay at River Ridge East Birth Centre, we would also love to provide support to you. The cost for a consultation is $75.

Breastfeeding Resources

Preparing for Breastfeeding Antenatally

1. Antenatal Hand Expressing

2. This video covers some antenatal topics and breastfeeding – latching and football hold

Latching videos

1. How to latch – tips and suggestions, excellent animation

2. Animated video with latching tips and troubleshooting

3. How to Latch and Pain free latching

4. Thumbs Up technique referred to in video no.3

Football hold

Positions

Lymphatic Massage

Hearing Screening

Every morning the Hearing Screeners from Waikato District Health Board visit River Ridge East Birth Centre to complete the Hearing Screening checks. Through hearing screening, early detection, diagnoses and intervention can occur so that all babies have the best start possible.

Products for Sale at River Ridge East Birth Centre

We offer a range of Weleda products for sale that you can purchase from reception.

    1. Calendula Baby Oil
    2. Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash
    3. Nipple Cream
    4. Nursing tea

We also have nipple shields, wheat bags and dolls that are available to be purchased.

Packing List - What to bring for your stay

River Ridge East Birth Centre will provide you with some of the necessities you and your baby will need for the first few days (for example maternity pads, nappies and baby wipes). At your Antenatal Classes you will be given a list of suggested items to pack, and your LMC midwife may also suggest things you will need to bring for labour and birth, and for your postnatal stay. We also have a suggested list of what to bring with you for your stay. Find it here

Safe Sleep Resources

Every year, too many New Zealand babies die suddenly during sleep. Find out about the best ways to reduce the risk. Make every sleep a safe sleep for your baby.

Classes at River Ridge East Birth Centre

We have some awesome classes at River Ridge, check out:

Shard Harte – Pregnancy Yoga

Alina Komnatnaya – Movement for Pregnancy and Labour

Naomi van Jaarsveld – Birthmark Sisterhood

Louisa Rix – Hypnobirthing

Brooke Wright – Pre & Postnatal Fitness Coaching

Maternity Acupuncture

The Maternity Acupuncture Clinic is run from the Hub building next to River Ridge East Birth Centre and focuses on pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period. For more information check out www.altews-midwifery.com

Birth Photography

If you wish to capture the arrival of your new baby into the world, River Ridge East Birth Centre welcomes your chosen photographer into the birth room and/or postnatal room.

Check out the following birth photographers, who kindly provided the images for our website (with consent):

Catherine Smith

Kimberley Berryman

Placenta Encapsulation

Placenta encapsulation is the practice of encapsulating the placenta to be made into pills for ingestion. Click here for more information. If you wish to encapsulate your placenta, let your LMC know. We can safely store your placenta until it can be collected.

https://www.placenta.co.nz 

Earth Stewards

We source our certified organic vegetables from a local Hamilton urban farm. To get your own box of certified organic goodness, check out Earth Stewards Organic Farm

Kowhai Tui Childcare

When the time comes to think about childcare, check out Kowhai Tui. We have a long standing connection with the childcare. In fact, the Kowhai Whare building was cut up into three pieces and moved from the River Ridge East Birth Centre site, out to Rototuna over 20 years ago to allow the Birth Centre to be built.

The following organisations and agencies provide support and information for women and families.

River Ridge East Birth Centre is not liable for the contents of any external internet sites referenced, nor does it endorse any commercial product or service mentioned or advised on any of these sites.

NZ College of Midwives

The College is governed by a National Board comprising a number of nominated and elected representatives from throughout New Zealand. Representatives include rural midwives, urban midwives, educators, students, consumers, Māori midwives and birthing women.

Find out more

NZBA

The New Zealand Breastfeeding Alliance (NZBA) is a collaborative of breastfeeding member organisations established in 1998 to promote breastfeeding in New Zealand.

Find out more

WINTEC

Based in the Waikato, one of New Zealand’s most thriving regions, the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), is one of the country’s largest institutes of technology.

Find out more

La Leche League

La Leche League provides help and support for breastfeeding mothers. The organisation also has a wide range of reading material on breastfeeding. Contact can be made either before or after your baby is born.

Find out more

ABOUT US

River Ridge East Birth Centre offers a warm, comfortable and homely environment for parents to welcome their new baby. Highly skilled midwives and well-equipped facilities ensure you and your family receive safe, comprehensive care and support throughout your maternal journey.

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