Koo Tainui tee Waka
Koo Ngaati Maniapoto te Iwi
Koo Ngaati Ngawaero te Hapuu
Koo Pirongia raaua koo Kakepuku ngaa Maungaa
Koo Waipa te Awa
Koo Ani Rose Ahau
I am the youngest of six children, born and raised in a little Waipa/Waikato town called Te Awamutu. I was fortunate to be born into a family with so much wealth in terms of knowledge and traditions pertaining to us as Maaori. My mother was called upon for her ability as a Kai Karanga at many formal occasions, Tangihanga (funerals), educational facilities, weddings, along with flag flying and lowering. She taught me the importance of Karanga and it's purpose beyond what we see and feel on a physical level, just by observing while growing up. To acknowledge our Tupuna, Kaitiaki, ngaa Hunga Mate, ngaa Atua in such a beautiful way, is planted in my work when I create lullabies or artwork related to pregnancy, fertility or becoming a woman. I hear my mothers Karanga carried through the wind, which implants the acknowledgement I need to be able to work closely with a whaanau. I am given permission from a place of the highest integrity, it's this integrity that I bring forward in my skills.
Through my father I had the opportunity to meet beautiful and influential people in our Maaori community, some of who molded many of today's up and coming. He would teach Waananga pertaining to Ngaa Atua Maaori, the Twelve Heavens, the creation of Man and Woman, Taiaha, Karakia, Paatere and customs steeped in history. While a stern man, he is respected for this knowledge he shared. Exterior aside, my father has been such an influential man in my life.
As children of such well known people, it was often difficult to comprehend the magnitude of what our parents contributed to the community. I appreciate having had the parents I have, for they set a standard for us each to uphold. How we do this, is dependent on the lessons we chose to grasp and influence our own lives today.
I am a mother of 4 earth side children and a Wairua Pepi. I express my motherhood in mixed dialects and from different facets of my heart. Parenthood did not come with a text book, but I am happy for the birth experiences each has brought to my life and to the growth of me as a Tapuhi (Traditional Birth Attendant) today. They have each contributed to an aspect of my knowledge base and for as long as I am a birthing woman, my births will continue to add to my kete.
Still birth is never an easy subject to discuss, yet it is an unfortunate part of life I have had to experience. Assisting families from a place of such grief and loss, brings humility and empathy. Something not easily taught or transferred through words. I can only but speak from my own experience and help to build the blocks back up again.
Why Traditional Birth Attending?
By holding a space for expectant families, we as Traditional Birth Attendants bridge a line of communication and service that calls for quality. Quality and duty of care that is afforded to all families, preparing or expecting a baby/ies.
I am committed to the wellbeing of all expectant and birthing families, by being an advocate. By being your voice when needed, by encouraging the intuitive you and creating a space that makes you and your whaanau feel safe. I offer hands-on workshops to prepare you both spiritually and physically, for the birth you want. To serve you in what ever capacity that may be, will see the integrity of your experience being upheld. Mauria Birthing is only more than happy to assist you with your enquiry.
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