Sanity savers for new parents
When you’re plunged head first into the role of a new parent, it can be overwhelming.
Along with feelings of love, come fear and uncertainty.
The following is a list of resources to help guide you through.
PlunketLine: It can be hard to know what’s normal and what’s not when it comes to your baby and that’s where PlunketLine can help. When you phone, your call will be answered by a Plunket nurse, who can give you advice and information on parenting issues and your child’s health and wellbeing. This toll-free service is available to all families 24 hours a day, seven days a week and helps to provide you with peace of mind. Call 0800 933 922.
Heathline: Healthline is another great resource that provides free health advice when you need it. Before you consult Dr Google and scare yourself silly why not talk to one of their trained registered nurses? Like PlunketLine it’s available 24/7. Call Healthline on 0800 611 116.
SPACE programme: SPACE – Supporting Parents Alongside Children’s Education – is a programme mainly for first time parents. Sessions run weekly for three to four terms and provide you with the opportunity to meet other new parents, share stories and experiences and participate in a wide range of fun activities with your little one. To find a programme near you visit www.space.org.nz.
Bella Mama: Sometimes as a mum all you need is a little pampering and for a some much needed time out, there’s no better place to visit than Bella Mama in Belmont. As one of New Zealand’s leading specialists in pregnancy and post-natal massage, its treatments provide the ultimate in relaxation and are guaranteed to melt any stress you have away. Visit www.bellamama.co.nz.