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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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Family Friendly Rotorua

Rotorua is fun, unique, smelly, and steamy. It’s also a living science, history, and Maori culture lesson. A great location for a family holiday. There’s no shortage of family friendly…

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Ask a Childbirth Educator (September 2021)

Ministry of Health and New Zealand College of midwives, recommends that pregnant women/people are routinely offered the COVID-19 vaccine at any stage of pregnancy. This recommendation aligns with those in…

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Huggies Cover Star

Thanks to all that entered the Huggies Cover Star competition by nominating a super-parent and congratulations to our winner, Tessa Brianne Blake and family! We are so looking forward to…

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Save our Maternity Services from crisis

A petition calling for the Government to urgently address the maternity crisis in Aotearoa was delivered to MPs in Wellington on July 8th by our own Lower Hutt Parents Centre.   Guest speakers…

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Learning together: The Olympic games

The Summer Olympics are finally here! Children are always interested in what’s happening in the world around them – so this can be a great time of learning about sports…

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Ask a Childbirth Educator (August 2021)

‘I’m a breastfeeding mum, full of a cold.  I don’t want my baby to get sick too, should I stop breastfeeding?’ Feeding your baby with breast milk when you’re unwell…

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Winter fun for you and your pre-schooler

It’s been truly cold and wet outside this week and that can make it hard for your pre-schooler to burn off energy. But with the right outdoor gear it’s still great to…

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Changing maternity practices – the foundation for Parents Centre

Parents Centre Aotearoa has a rich past – one which we like to look back and reflect on – as well as celebrate. This article on changing maternity practices in…

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Ask a Childbirth Educator (July 2021)

Parents Centre has been offering antenatal and transition to parenting programmes for almost 70 years and we are proud of the work that we do to support parents during this new and exciting time.  We have…

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