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PlunketLine - 0800 933 922

PlunketLine is a toll-free parent helpline and advice service available to all families, whānau and caregivers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 0800 933 922 for parenting help.  Calls are free from cell phones.

When you call PlunketLine 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. 

PlunketLine also offers free, specialist breastfeeding support through video-conferencing. Once you’ve booked an appointment, PlunketLine will send you a link (and instructions) for how to download Zoom, the secure and reliable video chat app used.  The consultation is carried out in a private environment, and you’re more than welcome to have a support person with you.  Appointments are available during the day and in the evening, and on weekends. Plunketline wants to make things as easy as possible for you.

Plunket Nurses are registered nurses with additional qualifications in well child health.  We also have nurses who can speak other languages.

As well as providing high-quality advice, PlunketLine is a great way to access our nationwide family support network. It is a gateway to many services, including referrals to local Plunket nurses and Plunket family centres.

 

HealthLine - 0800 611 116

You‘ll speak to a friendly registered nurse who will ask you questions about the condition or illness you’re calling about.

  • From your answers, they assess symptoms and make a recommendation for the best thing to do.
  • That might be to see a doctor or go to hospital straight away.
  • If it’s less serious, they can tell you how to take care of yourself – or the person you’re ringing about – at home.

The nurses also have access to an extensive database of health providers to point callers to. They can tell callers where to find their nearest after-hours GP service, hospital emergency department, pharmacy, out-of-hours dental surgery etc.

 

New Zealand Lactation Consultants Association - 0800 452 282

The New Zealand Lactation Consultants Association (NZLCA) is the professional association of the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in New Zealand.  You will find a link to private lactation consultants on their website.

Lots of great support for breastfeeding mothers.  App also available for android phones, apple app coming soon.

www.breastfednz.co.nz

BreastFedNZ is a mobile app for breastfeeding support, information and encouragement - when and where you need it, from birth to weaning. Written by an experienced midwife and lactation consultant for today’s birthing women, their families and whānau.

www.firstdroplets.com

Breastfeeding needs the most attention in the first five days after birth, particularly the first hours. Droplet’s mission is to encourage parents to take advantage of this critical window with the most effective breastfeeding techniques to prevent common challenges. What happens (or doesn’t happen) in the earliest hours matters the most.

www.raisingchildren.org.nz/

Here you will find a wealth of information on parenting, from new borns through to the end of the primary years.

www.smartstart.services.govt.nz

Smartstart provides step-by-step information and support to help you access the right services for you and your baby.

www.burpapp.co.nz

Southern breastfeeding mums do we have something for you!  Life doesn't stop when you have a baby, jobs still need to be done and your child still needs to be fed.    Here is your perfect breastfeeding buddy - an app to direct you to the nearest breastfeeding friendly venue in Otago and Southland.

www.feedsafe.net/

Feed Safe is a mobile app that assists breastfeeding mothers to make the best decisions about alcohol consumption.

www.human-milk.com

This wonderful short video, "Human Milk - Taylor Made for Tiny Humans", explores the unique properties of breast milk and benefits of breastfeeding.

www.disabledparenting.com

Disabled parenting is an online community by and for parents and prospective parents with disabilities

Kids Health

La Leche League New Zealand

  Pacific Language Resources (LLLNZ)

Ministry of Health

Pacific Parenting Support

Raising Children NZ

Raising Children Australia

Smart Start

Australian Breastfeeding Association

Kelly Mom

Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative

NZCOM

Parents Centre

 

Safe Sleep

Kids Health

Change for Our Children

 

COVID-19

COVID-19: Information for pregnant women, and those who have recently given birth

Breastfeeding advice for women who have a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccine and breastfeeding

COVID-19 what to expect at your vaccination

 

Bereavement

Wheturangitia - Return to the stars - information for family and whanau who have experienced the death of a baby or child