Supporting parents in Porirua
This week I thought I would share a couple of great nationwide parenting organisations which we have branches of in Porirua; Parents Centre and Bellyful.
I first became aware of Parents Centre and their services when we were expecting our son Bailey and our midwife informed us of our options for antenatal classes.
We decided on Mana Parents Centre, for their class times and locality, and were not disappointed.
The childbirth classes were definitely educational (for 10 couples with no idea what to expect) and the class facilitator was very easy going and knowledgeable.
The classes covered a variety of topics including foetal development, labour and pain relief, breastfeeding and what to expect in the first days at home with a newborn.
At the end of our eight evening classes our group arranged to meet up for coffee together on a weekly basis so we could meet each other’s children as they were welcomed into the world and help support and encourage each other through what can be a difficult time.
Our group ( particularly the women) became quite close and have remained in close contact ever since.
We still meet up regularly with or without the kids, and twice a year we organise joint parties to celebrate the kids’ birthdays and Christmas.
Parents Centre offers a wide variety of parent education classes, other than the antenatal childbirth class.
There are classes in Baby Sign (a fantastic way to communicate with babies who haven’t started talking yet), CPR for babies and toddlers, positive discipline and tantrums, creative play, toilet training, as well as music and movement classes to take the little ones to.
You can find out more about the classes they offer through their website, manapc.org.nz. Or you can send them an email at email@example.com.
Bellyful is the new parenting organisation on the block, commit- ted to helping parents through difficult times by providing them with meals.
Any parent knows how difficult those first few months can be with a newborn baby, and many mums with new babies find that the most difficult time of the day is dinner time; especially if you have other children that need feeding.
I love the fact this organisation is all about mums helping other mums.
Do you know someone who may need assistance from the Bellyful team?
Bellyful supports families with babies under three months old who are struggling to get dinner on the table whilst juggling a newborn or are new to the area and therefore don’t know many people in the community.
They also support those families in crisis who have a child or parent in hospital, have a terminal or very ill child or are going through a very difficult time due to personal circumstances.
The Bellyful volunteers make and freeze meals and when called upon, one of them will hand deliver one of these meals.
As we mums know, that meal can be a real sanity saver.
All of the ingredients they use are donated by businesses or people in the local community and meals are provided at no cost to those that receive them.
If you know someone who might need Bellyful’s assistance or you would like to help out with this fantastic organisation please contact Tracie, tracie. lane@ bellyful.org.nz.
There are so many ways to be involved, whether it is through cooking and delivering food, donating supermarket vouchers or fresh produce, or getting your business involved as a financial sponsor.
Kelly Eteveneaux is a local mum and co-owner of Baby Vintage in Plimmerton. If you have any tips or ideas for Toddler in Tow, email Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.