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Ask a Childbirth Educator (Aug 2022)

‘Is it safe to continue breastfeeding during the COVID-19 pandemic?’ During pregnancy, the mother passes antibodies to her baby through the placenta and for extra protection, that baby gains further antibodies,…

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Ask a Childbirth Educator (July 2022)

“Tell me about Parents Centre’s Famous Coffee Groups?“ Ah yes, our famous coffee groups!  Parents Centre has been creating coffee groups for new parents for almost 70 years and we’re…

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Ask a Childbirth Educator (June 2022)

“I’m pregnant, but not feeling as happy and excited as I thought I’d be” Pregnancy brings a rollercoaster of emotions, from excitement and gratitude, to fear and worry.  It is so…

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This Mother’s Day, lets discuss: Looking after new mums

Becoming a parent can be one of the most rewarding and challenging things that happen in life. It’s not unusual for a new parent to talk about how much they…

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Ask a Childbirth Educator (May 2022)

“So……..are there rules around resuming sex postnatally?” Unless medically indicated otherwise, the only rule to resuming sex postnatally is that it is comfortable for both of you, and you are…

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Ask a Childbirth Educator (April 2022)

Even strangers say, “is your baby sleeping through the night yet!” It’s interesting how sleep becomes such a huge topic when a new-born baby enters the world.  Is your baby…

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Ask a Childbirth Educator (March 2022)

‘I’m keen on an active birth, can you tell me more?’ An Active Birth is a term first defined by Janet Balaskas, although birthing actively is actually nothing new in the history of giving…

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Managing your family’s mental health during Omicron

With a new COVID 19 variant in the community and coronavirus media coverage and discussion appearing no matter where we look – it’s natural for feelings of anxiety or stress…

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Ask a Childbirth Educator (February 2022)

“It’s such a lovely summer this year – and I’m worried about sun exposure, using sunblock, etc. for my child?” In New Zealand, we know that our sun is harsh…

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Tips for managing the holiday season with a new baby

Setting boundaries with family and friends when you have a new baby can be tricky. Especially around the festive season and summer holidays where you have increased friends and Whānau…

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Ask a Childbirth Educator (December 2021)

“It’s one thing being a ‘hot mumma’ when pregnant, but a summer pregnancy can be bloomin’ hot – any tips?” Pregnancy during any season can make you feel like you’ve…

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The happiest kids this Christmas

As we enter November, many of you (more organised people than us) might be starting to think of Christmas and carefully selecting what will be the perfect presents for your…

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Ask a Childbirth Educator (November 2021)

“Everyone is Welcome!” Parents Centre facilitators and volunteers have recently participated in an Introduction to LGBTTQIA+ Workshop. The topics included were: Why pronouns matter Terminology Why inclusion matters – looking…

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Spring family gardening guide

Spring is finally here and it’s a time of incredible growth in the garden, encouraging children into the garden is a wonderful way to teach them about nature and where…

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Ask a Childbirth Educator (October 2021)

“I’m in my 3rd and final trimester, but I’ve heard about a 4th trimester?” Human babies are so much more fragile and vulnerable at birth than most other mammals. Many…

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