I’m so grateful to have such amazing support from the Helensville Birthing centre. While I’ve never actually stayed at the Birthing Centre myself, I’ve had Michelle and Fiona at 2 of my homebirths, and they’ve made the whole experience so much less stressful than it could have been. They were amazing at trusting in me, and my body, and listening to what I wanted, and respecting my wishes. All of my babies have had some issues with feeding, but with my daughter, I found breastfeeding sore from the start. So I had some help from Marie to work on her latch and my technique which helped a lot, and along with osteopathy her latch is now fantastic! I was also lucky enough to be part of the second group of mums who trained to be a Breastfeeding Peer Support Counsellor through the Birthing Centre. I gained so much knowledge, not only for myself and my current and future breastfeeding experiences, but also to be able to support and encourage other mums to overcome obstacles on their breastfeeding journeys. All of the Lactation consultants are amazing, but Debbie in particular goes above and beyond, often answering questions on our facebook support group, at all hours. You all do such a great job, and I feel very privileged to be part of a community that invests so much value in mothers, babies, and breastfeeding.