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BreastFed NZ

BreastFed NZ is an app designed to provide simple ‘in the moment’ support and information to help women and their babies, alongside their partners and support networks, to achieve their breastfeeding goals from birth to weaning.

The app includes personal stories and photos from mothers throughout their breastfeeding journey, as well as links to other networks and organisations for further information.

Find out more at www.breastfednz.co.nz

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Breastfeeding NZ

Breastfeeding NZ is a Facebook page where breastfeeding mothers, soon to be breastfeeding mothers and family and friends of breastfeeding mothers can come to share experiences, and access information and support.

Its goal is to make breastfeeding a natural and normal part of everyday life.

Find out more at www.facebook.com/breastfeedingnz

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Breastfeeding Peer Supporters

Breastfeeding Peer Supporters (also called Breastfeeding Peer Counsellors) are volunteers who provide non-judgmental information and support on the normal course of breastfeeding, overcoming common barriers and breastfeeding challenges. They are available for support via Facebook, text, phone, email, at Helensville Birthing Centre coffee mornings, and occasionally home visits.

Peer Supporters are not medical professionals, but are volunteers trained to provide information and support with common challenges to the normal course of breastfeeding.

Helensville Breastfeeding Peer supporters help women across New Zealand, and can be contacted:

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Cerebral Palsy Society
Address: National

The Cerebral Palsy Society is a member-based organisation that strives to enhance the lives of people with cerebral palsy in New Zealand by providing programmes, support and advice – which support New Zealander’s with cerebral palsy (CP) at all ages and stages.

The programmes and services available to members range from vouchers to subsidised taxi travel and physical activities, to grants, member events and support networks.

Gemma Overton is the Family Support Manager, and can be contacted on 022 348 7427. Gemma has a child with CP, and is passionate about supporting other families experiencing cerebral palsy.

Find out more at cerebralpalsy.org.nz

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Call: 0800 503 603 / 022 348 7427
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Parent to Parent

Parent to Parent is a nationwide not-for-profit organisation formed in 1983 by parents and professionals to support the families of babies, children, teens and adults with any type of disability or health impairment.

Parent to Parent’s eleven branches and national office in Hamilton help families across New Zealand by informing, educating, inspiring and supporting, as they navigate their way through experiences with disability.

Services, including Altogether Autism and Care Matters, are all free and confidential.

Find out more at parent2parent.org.nz

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Call: 0508 236 236
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Public Libraries of New Zealand

Local libraries are a great source of resources and opportunities to support your personal and parenting journey.

Public Libraries of New Zealand is the peak body for the public library sector. You can use this site to search for your local library.

In addition to publications, an example of services that could be available through your library include:
– Parent and child sessions (e.g. story time, rhyme time)
– Kids programmes – particularly during the school holidays
– Career Support – sometimes run by the Citizens Advice Bureau, CV support, etc.
– Skills development sessions.

Check out your local library’s website for specific information on services.

Or find out more at: www.publiclibraries.org.nz

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Bellyful cooks and delivers meals to families with newborn babies and families with young children who are struggling with illness, where there is little or no family or social support.

How it Works: Bellyful volunteers prepare the food in a monthly ‘cookathon’, freeze them and then deliver over the next few weeks to families who are referred by health professionals, family and friends. You can also refer yourself.

Find out more at www.bellyful.org.nz
And to find out if Bellyful delivers to your area, check out: www.bellyful.org.nz/branches

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Education Review Office (ERO)

The Education Review Office (ERO) is a New Zealand government department that evaluates and reports on the education and care of students in schools and early childhood services.

ERO’s reports are an useful resource for parents researching early childcare establishments and schools.

Find out more at ero.govt.nz

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Health Navigator
The Health Navigator website is rich with health related information and resources. It is owned and run by the Health Navigator Charitable Trust, and aims to provide New Zealanders with a source of trusted online health resources.
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Healthline is a free 24/7 health advice service staffed by experienced registered nurses who can provide you with health information and advice on care.

Call Healthline if you’re:
– feeling unwell – but not sure whether you need to see a doctor
– needing some advice about a family member or friend who’s sick (if you are with them)
– need information on where the nearest doctor or pharmacy is.
Call: 0800 611 116
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