PREGNANCY & PARENTING
Our pregnancy and parenting service offers support and provides advice to expectant parents. It also provides parents in need with support to ensure a healthy start for their family.
HOW WE CAN HELP
Having a new baby can be an exciting time for a family, and with that sometimes comes fear, challenges, and some uncertainty. Our team are here to help anyone who is looking for support by offering:
6-week transition to parenthood classes
Our 6-week evening classes provide expectant parents with the tools and knowledge to prepare for their journey towards parenthood with others who are on the same journey. Classes are facilitated by our experienced Childbirth Educators with examples, tools and a tour of the maternity suites at Whanganui hospital (subject to availability).
One-to-one education session for hapū māmā and their family
For those expectant mothers who may have some anxiety about group sessions or have other such reasons for not being able to attend group classes, these sessions are designed for you. One-to-one session create an initial connection and encouragement with expectant mothers and their families and provides a gateway to education that is whānau led.
Saturday Classes (2 days per month)
The Saturday classes are for expectant mothers who aren't able to attend the 6-week transition to parenthood classes. Saturday classes require expectant parents to attend two Saturday sessions a month. These sessions run from 9am to 3.30pm.
Hapū Māmā Day (1 day wānanga with a māori world view focus)
Our hapū māmā day is a full-day haputanga wānanga that has been designed to take hapū māmā and their whānau on a Te Ao Māori journey towards parenthood. Each wānanga is facilitated by our experienced childbirth educators who offer a māori world view prospectus and provide eloquent explanations, examples, and tools to help hapū māmā understand their journey. Hapū Māmā also have an opportunity to tour the maternity suites at Whanganui hospital (subject to availability).
Safe Sleep: Babies spend a lot of time sleeping therefore it’s important that they have a safe sleep in a safe place. Our team offer safe sleep education for expectant mothers and their whānau. We also offer wahakura and pēpi pods to whānau who would like one.
Healthy Home: If you would like to check whether you have a warm and healthy home or would like tips to improve the health of your home, click here to download the Healthy Home Tips brochure.
Stop Smoking Service: Are you a smoker who is ready to quit? Is there someone in your whānau who is ready to quit smoking? If so, our team can help by offering quit smoking and advocacy support to access additional support services. Click here to learn more.
Little Buds: Is a child car-seat fitting service designed to help whānau to access car seats for hire or purchase. They can also fit your baby's car seat to your car for free. Check them out here
Wahakura Wānanga: Our team supports the facilitation of free rāranga wānanga with hapū māmā and their families. At these wānanga, hapū māmā are not only taught to weave wahakura for their baby, but they will also learn about safe sleep in a co-sleeping environment.
Wānanga are held throughout the region and are dependant on organisation partners therefore if you would like to attend a wānanga, please get in touch with our team.
For māmā who already have wahakura, our team can provide bedding packs and can even check to ensure the bedding is fitted correctly and safely for baby. Give us a call!
If you or someone you know is expecting a baby and needs a little or a lot of support, don’t hesitate to contact our team on 0800 123 010.