San­ity savers for new par­ents

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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

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.bel­la­

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