For Parents and Parents to Be

Posted on July 30, 2013 by



Information on the use of acupuncture and acupressure in pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal recovery. The site also contains much information on the many other uses of acupuncture/acupressure and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Baby Essentials Online includes a brief 10-15 minute free online presentation for all caregivers; parents, and childbirth educators, health professionals and whanau. It covers the 6 principles for protecting an infant’s life and gives people the knowledge to apply the principles for keeping babies safe and prevent their babies dying from SIDS. (This work is part of a Ministry of Health funded programme to prevent sudden unexpected death in New Zealand).

Mothers Matter is the website of the Postnatal Depression Family/Whanau New Zealand Trust. It was set up as a Charitable Trust in 2006 to improve awareness and understanding of postnatal depression (PND) and related mental illnesses in pregnancy and after childbirth. Members of the Trust include women who have experienced PND, family members, health professionals, and other interested people.

The Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces website, provides comprehensive information for employers and employees about managing breastfeeding and working, guidelines for creating breastfeeding friendly workplaces and the opportunity to become a certified breastfeeding friendly workplace online.

The Breastfeeding NZ Facebook page is a great place for mums to share experiences, photos and advice and just have a good online natter about raising littlies. Discussions include how to keep winter bugs away, the grief of weaning prematurely and much more. 

Backcare video. Information and advice from the National Women’s Health physiotherapy team for self management of pelvic and/or back pain in pregnancy.

VBAC video. Information and advice from the National Women’s Health Positive Birth After Caesarean Clinic on the pros and cons of a Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC). 

A mother’s health after giving birth needs to be closely monitored. She is the most important person in the world to the baby and if there is something wrong with her, the baby may suffer.

Postpartum depression is said to affect up to 15% of new mothers. The symptoms are very similar to regular depression and often include irritability, anxiety and a feeling of hopelessness. However, this type of depression is thought to be triggered by the chemical changes in the brain when a woman gives birth.

It’s imperative that, if you feel you’re suffering from postpartum depression, you seek professional help so that the problem doesn’t worsen.

This article outlines the other symptoms, causes and treatments available.


The NZ Ministry of Health provides two useful phone information services:

Plunketline 0800933922

  • For child health and parenting questions or queries.
  • For example issues around parenting, crying, sleeping, your child’s growth and development, behaviour, immunisation, breastfeeding, nutrition, oral health, safety or want to know more about the Well Child/ Tamariki Ora programme.

Healthline 0800611116 

  • For advice about a child of any age who is unwell or hurt, or has any symptom of sickness. Healthline also provides a full range of telephone triage and health advice for children over five and adults.
  • Both services are available 24hours and are free to callers including from a mobile phone.


Birth to Earth supply recyclable and 100% biodegradable Placental boxes for you to purchase before the birth.

Slingbabies has the most up to date information on choosing and using baby carriers and baby slings in NZ. 


"Babies are such nice ways to start people."
Don Herold

"You can read all the child-rearing and parenting books you want,
But watching and responding to your child is the best training. 
Your baby didn't read any of those books and 
None of those authors ever met your baby."
Alice Bolster - Motherwise - 101 Tips for a New Mother, Le Leche League International

"When you breastfeed, you aren’t just 'feeding' your baby, you are comforting and loving him too."
Alice Bolster - Motherwise - 101 Tips for a New Mother, Le Leche League International

"Belief gives birth to reality.
Knowledge becomes understanding when it is coupled with feeling.
Planning for birth is like planning for an athletic event. You can’t predict exactly what is going to happen – the events of the game will unfold according to their own particular logic and not necessarily according to your plan."
A. Liebermann

"Lessons in preparing for childbirth are really lessons in living."
Lyn Moen

"A man doesn’t need to be a miracle worker to play his role to perfection.  He merely needs to be there, touching, talking, together."
D. Clarke

"What makes a good birth experience depends on how we discover that energy and enthusiasm to carry us through any challenging situation in life.
We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Learn from mothers and babies; every one of them has a unique story to tell. Look for wisdom in the humblest places - that's usually where you'll find it."
Lois Wilson