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CHILDCARE AND EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Childcare, problem solved if you have trusted family members who live near by and are happy to help. If this isn't the case it's important to know what the options are and start reviewing them in advance of need.
Some popular childcare centres are booked up well in advance, with babies on their waiting lists who haven't been born yet!
When I first returned to work we nanny shared with a friend who was also working. This had the advantage of reducing the costs and giving my son a playmate for the day. Disadvantages were having to beg friends to help out when the nanny was off sick, or trying to work out between the three parties involved when to take holidays.
Then my son was in a childcare centre for a short time. I looked around to find one that felt right. You need to visit them first, I found my gut feeling told me which one to go with. I also talked to other parents who had children there and looked on line at the Education Review Office (ERO) report. It was good for him socially having a lot of other children to play with but meant also there was a bigger chance of picking up bugs or the flue.
Now he is in in-home care and looked after by a lovely lady down the road. She is very caring towards him and takes him out on big adventures. Also there are two other children there for him to play with. With each of these placements my son had a programme journal with a diary of his day and learning goals.
You have to find what works for you and your child and know that your child is safe and well looked after.
The following information is to help you find out about childcare and early childhood education.

Early Childhood Education
To find an early childhood service near you: contact your local Ministry of Education office or use the Ministry's online spreadsheet, the ECE directory http://www.minedu.govt.nz

Also look in the yellow pages of your phone book under 'Child Care' and check your local community directories.

The booklet ?Choices in early childhood education? gives a brief description of the different indicators of quality, and key points to look for, when comparing different early childhood services. You can get copies of these booklets from your local Ministry of Education office.
Email: ece.info@minedu.govt.nz Web: www.ecd.govt.nz

The Education Review Office is the government department which reviews and reports publicly on the quality of education in all New Zealand schools and early childhood services, including private schools, kura kaupapa Maori (Maori language immersion schools), special schools and Maori language early childhood groups.
Web: www.ero.govt.nz

Childcare Online - your resource for information and news on parenting as well as an online directory of childcare providers.
Ph: (09) 625 7993 Email: info@childcareonline.co.nz
Web: www.childcareonline.co.nz

Barnardos provide a range of care, education and support services developed specifically for New Zealand children and their families. Barnardos works within the community to provide a range of care, education and support services for children and their families. As a not-for-profit organisation Barnardos is dedicated to ensuring all New Zealand children and families have access to services which are appropriate to their needs.
Ph: 04 385-7560 Web: www.barnardos.org.nz

KidStart - home-based care and learning that's flexible and affordable. KidStart provides home-based care and learning for children from birth to 5 years. Brought to you by Barnardos and approved by the Ministry of Education, KidStart helps your child learn and develop in a welcoming and safe home environment. Better still, KidStart offers affordable rates, convenient locations and flexible hours.
Ph 0800 543 782 Web: www.kidstart.co.nz

KiwiOz Nannies covers all of NZ for temporary or permanent nannies and mothers helps. They also offer a babysitting service throughout Auckland. Their nannies, mothers helps and babysitters are reference and qualification checked, and have a current police check and first aid certificate.
Ph: (09) 629 2941 Email: info@kiwioznannies.co.nz
Web: www.kiwioznannies.co.nz

NZNSS Since 1997, nannies throughout NZ have been registered with NZNSS and along with their families, they have are provided with a free support service. Their nannies cover full time and part time hours.
0800 4 NANNY - 0800 4 62669 http://nanny.co.nz

PORSE provides childcare in your family home, where your chosen educator manages the daily routines of your children and home, offering nurturing care, education and home management. Or an Educator's home, where your chosen educator will welcome your children into their home, offering a supported play and learning programme in a small group setting that supports early brain development and growth.
At PORSE there are no placement fees and they offer weekly PORSE PlaySchools and payroll administration.
Ph: 0800 2 PORSE (0800 27 67 73) Web: www.porse.co.nz

Tinies Childcare offer a full range of childcare services for busy families in Wellington and Auckland. We provide permanent (both part and full time) and emergency/temporary nannies as well as casual evening babysitters. For your total peace of mind all our candidates are personally interviewed and fully reference and police checked.
Auckland Ph: 09 578 3001 Ph: Wellington 04 577 0705 Fax: 09 578 3002 Email: auckland@tinies.co.nz wellington@tinies.co.nz Web: www.tinies.co.nz

Kindergartens believe every child has a right to participate in high quality early childhood education. Kindergartens are seen as centres of excellence and innovation for early childhood education.
Web: www.nzkindergarten.org.nz

Montessori offers a learning environment where the child or student can feel ''at home''. The learner is offered the freedom to work with interest at his or her own tempo and level. The classroom is a thriving community where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.
Ph: 0800 33 66 12 Web: www.montessori.org.nz

Playcentres are a family concept which recognises that children reach their full potential when parents and whanau understand their development and take part in the learning process. Playcentres are unique within early childhood in that they are co-operatively managed and supervised by parents with support from experienced association personnel.
Playcentre has three purposes: Early Childhood Education Centres, Adult Education and Educational Publications.
Web: www.playcentre.org.nz
ENTERTAINMENT
The Internet is now the biggest worldwide information resource. There is so much information on it, the problem is how do you find what is relative to you as a parent in New Zealand.
Before I had my son I didn?t know what a toy library was or the difference between a playgroup and a Play-center, let alone where you would find one. By using the Internet you can find out about entertainment and activities in your community.
This is especially helpful for families with school-aged children? soon to be on holiday, families who are new to an area and parents with their first baby. I must admit as a Mum I have used a lot of child entertainment facilities because they are good for me also. I?m sure I wouldn?t go so often to LolliPops Playland if they didn?t have coffee. Anything that tires Jack so he sleeps is good. I do say to others I take Jack to playgroup because it is good for his socialisation skills, but it is also good for mine! I come down with a bad case of cabin fever if stuck at home for too long. I need to talk to adults even if it is about discussing the ideas for toilet training.
So where do you go to find out about entertainment for children? You could ask the neighbour down the road who has five kids, read the Family Times or you could log on to some of the following sites.

www.babywebnz.org is a directory for NZ parents allowing them easy access to web sites related to pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.

To find information about entertainment on BabyWebNZ click on Baby Friendly NZ or go to the left hand column and click on the area of NZ you want to find. This will give you a list of pregnancy health practices, educational and exercise classes. Baby friendly cafes, parent?s rooms, childcare and entertainment throughout New Zealand.

http://www.libraries.org.nz This site will connect you to all the public libraries in Aotearoa New Zealand that have websites. Most of them have a kid?s section on what is happening for children and teens at the library.
http://www.community.net.nz Community Net Aotearoa provides access to relevant, quality information in the community sector. Via links go into the child and youth to find groups such as Boys Brigade in NZ, Kids 4 Drama, Outward Bound

http://www.nzsearch.co.nz/
NZSearch is a great directory, designed to provide the most useful searchable directory of web sites maintained by NZ organisations and New Zealanders.
Go into kids stuff you will find 82 links. You can also use NZ search to go into city and regional councils or see http://www.localcouncils.govt.nz To find out about places to visit in a region or local area you can use the services of visitor information centres. Local and regional councils generally run these. You can find all sorts of helpful tourist information including places to stay, camp sites, information on beaches and ski fields, entertainment and events.

http://www.familyservices.govt.nz/directory/index.jsp The National Directory lists programmes, services and resources for families available throughout New Zealand. The National Directory is a service provided by Family and Community Services, part of the Ministry of Social Development.
On the directory search type in your location, on service type parent/caregiver then on keyword children is a good one to start a search with.
HEALTH
The Internet is now the biggest worldwide information resource. There is so much information on it, the problem is how do you find what is relative to you as a parent in New Zealand. As well as talking to health professionals you can use the Internet to find information on health conditions, agencies and groups. This is a summary of services offered from some popular Health sites.

New Zealand Health Information service
Has a large list of health-related links
http://www.nzhis.govt.nz/links.html

MedSafe
Information of medicines and medical devices in NZ
http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/cons.htm

Starship Children's Health
Starship has a large web site with child health information.
Look on the family information service and kidshealth pgs on www.starship.org.nz
Family Information Service can help you to access information on your child's medical condition or disability and, if you wish, put you in touch with parent and community support groups.

Kidshealth - an online resource if you want to search independently for child and youth health information kidshealth is a joint initiative between the Starship Foundation and the Paediatric Society of New Zealand. www.kidshealth.org.nz
The site includes important information such as keeping children well, medical conditions and helping families through many health complexities such as disability, education and accessing welfare assistance.

Everybody Health Conditions
The site has a list of health articles about an illness or health condition. Everybody also provides information about staying well, tests and treatments, and the New Zealand health scene.
www.everybody.co.nz

Plunket
Plunket is New Zealand's leading provider of well child and family health services. It also offers Plunketline a toll free telephone support service staffed by specially trained Plunket nurses is available to respond to caregivers' concerns on child health and parenting. Callers are referred to specialist services where applicable. Staffed from 7am to midnight, 7 days a week. You can call PlunketLine on 0800 933 922. www.plunket.org.nz

NZORD
The New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders provides quality information about rare conditions, has a comprehensive directory of more than 160 NZ support groups, and promotes policy discussion.
www.nzord.org.nz

TOXINZ
TOXINZ is an Internet database containing information regarding toxic compounds and the management of poisoned patients. TOXINZ First-aid: This is free to access by anyone. To search for first-aid information, type the name of the substance in the search box above and click 'Search'
www.toxinz.com
LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
The Internet is now the biggest worldwide information resource. There is so much information on it, the problem is how do you find what is relative to you as a parent in New Zealand.
The Internet can be used to find out about child development, education classes and also act as a tool for learning. You can see it as a worldwide library in your own house.

The Ministry of Education assists families through comprehensive parenting initiatives, such as the Parents as First Teachers (PAFT) Programme and Awhina Maatua and through information and advice. www.ecd.govt.nz/parenting.html

Ed Centre is your online gateway to information about New Zealand education. It provides access to educational services and advice for organisations and people at all stages of their lives. www.edcentre.govt.nz/education/sector.portal

About School Printable worksheets www.aboutschool.com

Baby Talk Baby Sign Language. Baby Sign Language is all about using simple gestures with your hearing child to allow you to communicate long before they have mastered the intricacies of speech. www.baby-talk.co.nz

Brainwave Trust Infant Brain Development. The trusts aim is to raise public awareness about the amazing new findings in brain research, which emphasise the importance of early experiences on infant brain development; and to educate about the important implications of this knowledge. www.brainwave.org.nz

CDRL Child Development Resources provide parents and caregivers with the important new information now available about how to promote the healthy development of children. www.cdrl.co.nz

Child Development Info Site for information on child development, psychology, parenting, learning, health and safety as well as childhood disorders such as attention deficit disorder, dyslexia and autism. www.childdevelopmentinfo.com (American web site)

Library NZ libraries also have web sites, which provide you with education resources.

Kindy Online Specialise in Quality Pre School Early Learning Programmes http://www.kindyonline.co.nz

Kindergartens believe every child has a right to participate in high quality early childhood education. Kindergartens are seen as centres of excellence and innovation for early childhood education. www.nzkindergarten.org.nz

Montessori offers a learning environment where the child or student can feel ''at home''. The learner is offered the freedom to work with interest at his or her own tempo and level. The classroom is a thriving community where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. www.montessori.org.nz

Playcentres are a family concept which recognises that children reach their full potential when parents and whanau understand their development and take part in the learning process. Playcentres are unique within early childhood in that they are co-operatively managed and supervised by parents with support from experienced association personnel.
Playcentre has three purposes: Early Childhood Education Centres, Adult Education and Educational Publications. www.playcentre.org.nz



PARENTING WEBSITES
The pregnancy test instructions say two blue strips means positive, you read on' but there is nothing to say what you do now!
Being pregnant or becoming a parent is a whole new world filled with lots of questions, dos and don'ts and conflicting advice. Forgot to mention your new world comes with a new language, new equipment and new places to hang out.

Family Times
Produced for both parents and children, Family Times covers issues of importance and relevance to the family. Parenting, education, health, sport, arts and many other topics are covered in a manner that entertains and informs. This user friendly publication offers an excellent means for information gathering and reference on important family issues. www.familytimes.co.nz

Parents Centre
Parents Centres are located in 56 areas in New Zealand and offer four core services to members: childbirth, education, parent support groups, parent education, advocacy/lobbying for parenting, birthing and families www.parentscentre.org.nz

Plunket
The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society (Inc.) is a not-for-profit organisation that works in partnership with the community to support the development of healthy children in New Zealand, and offer a nationwide support network for families/wh�nau.
PlunketLine is a toll-free, telephone helpline offering advice to families.
Ph.0800933922. PlunketLine Nurses are registered nurses with specialised tele-nursing training and a Postgraduate Certificate in Well Child Health. In case of an emergency, always ring 111.
www.plunket.org.nz

The ASG Parent & Child Show
Yearly Parent & Child Show in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Expectant parents and parents of children from birth through to primary school have the opportunity to see, try, learn and buy from the widest range of goods and services available to them in their most important role - and all under one roof. www.parentandchildshow.co.nz

Parents Inc.
Parents Inc. are a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making life better for parents and their kids. They offer a wide range of programmes to encourage and support parents. These include Hot Tips seminars on parenting and relationships, Toolbox small-group parenting programmes, Attitude high school programmes, resources and publications. www.parentsinc.org.nz

Coffeegroup
The Virtual Support Network for New Zealand Families
Most women during their first pregnancy will enrol in a childbirth course - whether through their local hospital or a private organisation. Throughout these courses we learn about what is happening inside our bodies, how our babies are developing, what we can expect during labour and the first few days after the birth. It is also from these courses that coffee groups are formed. So if you live in a remote area or your coffee group has fizzled then coffeegroup online will provide helpful support for you. www.coffeegroup.org

Father and Child Society
This website contains a variety of resources and links, some of which are produced by the Father and Child Society and/or its members. The aim of the society and its website is to encourage and support dialogue on issues impacting on fathers and their role in families and society. www.fatherandchild.org.nz

Parent.org
Parent.org is a lobby group that engages with government on issues of parenting. www.parent.org.nz

The Ministry of Education
The Ministry of Education assists families through comprehensive parenting initiatives, such as the Parents as First Teachers (PAFT) Programme and Awhina Maatua and through information and advice, available from our local offices, in our publications and website, and from workshops and seminars. www.ecd.govt.nz/parenting.html

Government website of Child, Youth and Family
This site is a focus for promoting the wellbeing and safety of children and supporting positive parenting. Child, Youth and Family is part of a network of agencies aiming to build an environment where child abuse is not tolerated. www.cyf.govt.nz .

Strategies with kids/ Information for Parents
The SKIP vision is that all children will be raised in a positive way. This involves parents loving and nurturing their children, as well as setting boundaries to guide and teach them.
SKIP is supporting parents to bring up their children in a positive way, using love and nurture and limits and boundaries. www.familyservices.govt.nz/info-for-families/skip/

Parent to Parent
Parent to Parent is a support and information network for parents of children with special needs. Support is provided voluntarily by Trained Support Parents who have a child with the same or similar needs. www.parent2parent.org.nz/start.htm

Kids Friendly New Zealand Limited
The Kids Friendly NZ website is an online magazine for parents and caregivers living and travelling in New Zealand. It is full of helpful articles, information, resources and service that are available to parents throughout New Zealand.
One main feature of the website is the travel destination pages which cover both big and smaller towns throughout New Zealand. Information is easily accessible and designed to help parents to find the information they needed. www.kidsfriendlynz.com

FamilyWeb
FamilyWeb lists websites/online resources on important topics for New Zealand families. Currently FamilyWeb has information on Raising Children and Supporting Young People. http://www.familyservices.govt.nz/info-for-families/familyweb.html

BabyCentre
This is a great UK site that can give you a weekly newsletter about your child's development, it also has loads of other interesting information. http://www.babycentre.co.uk

Parent Help
24-hour confidential telephone support service for parents and care givers
For Information and referral ring 0800 number (0800 56 88 56) nationwide.


SAFETY
As a Midwife and Nurse I have seen many children admitted to Hospital from accidents that could have been prevented. Most of them happen in a second like a cup of hot coffee being knocked off a table or a baby falling from a bed. It is hard to protect our children from every potential injury but there are some precautions we can take.
I have listed some of the injury data from the Safe Kids, Water Safety and ACC web sites.

Drowning

Around 130 New Zealander's die in the water every year.

Poisoning

� On average, in New Zealand, one child a day is hospitalised after being accidentally poisoned.
� Poisoning is the second most common cause of injury-related hospital admission for children aged 0 - 4 years.
� Eighty percent (80%) of children poisoned are aged under five years.

� Medications and drugs are the most common agents involved in childhood poisoning, followed by household chemicals and cleaners.

Childhood Falls

� Falls are the leading cause of preventable injury to New Zealand's children.
� Every year, on average, 4800 children are injured severely enough from a fall that they need to be hospitalised.
� Playground equipment related injuries account for 32% of all fall-related hospital admissions for children.

� On average, two children will die from a fall-related injury every year.

Child Pedestrian Injury

� Pedestrian injury is a leading cause of death and injury to New Zealand children.
� An average 14 child pedestrians die each year and more than 200 are hospitalised with injuries.

� Some children injured require ongoing rehabilitation and treatment.

Childhood Burn Injury

Around 330 children are hospitalised every year with burns from hot water, food, drinks, fire and electrical appliances.

Child Passenger Injury

From 1998 - 2002 96 children were killed on New Zealand roads while riding in motor vehicles - some of them unrestrained by child car restraints or safety belts.

For information please see the below web sites:

Fire safety
This extensive site provides information about the NZ Fire Service, their role, equipment, latest news, recruitment, building requirements, latest fire safety campaigns and publications.
www.fire.org.nz
Flying with Kids
Advice from parents, for parents about flying with a baby or small child in tow. The essential ?how-to' infant flying guide.
www.flyingwithkids.com/
Injury Prevention
The goal of the Injury Prevention Research Unit is to contribute to reducing the incidence, severity and consequences of injury in New Zealand. The IPRU is based in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine in the Dunedin School of Medicine within the Health Sciences Division of the University of Otago.
http://www.otago.ac.nz/ipru
Land Transport Authority
Land Transport NZ's objective is to contribute to an integrated, safe, responsive and sustainable land transport system.
www.ltsa.govt.nz
The Young New Zealanders' Foundation
Safer Streets is dedicated to creating safer communities for young people in a society where they are valued, nurtured and helped to reach their goals.
www.youngnz.org.nz/goal.php
Watersafety
Water Safety New Zealand Inc (WSNZ) ensures that water education safety needs of the community are met.
http://www.watersafety.org.nz
Pool Safety
This website is a component of the ACC Pool Safe programme, developed by Water Safety New Zealand and ACC.
www.poolsafe.org.nz
ACC
The ACC web site has a page on injury prevention. The goal of injury prevention is to reduce the incidence of injuries, their severity and costs and to develop a safety culture.
http://www.acc.co.nz
Plunket
Plunket is New Zealand's leading provider of well child and family health services in New Zealand.
www.plunket.org.nz
Safe Kids
Safekids New Zealand is the child safety service of Starship Children's Health, and was established by the hospital's Trauma Services in the early 1990s. The aim of the service was, and still is to reduce the numbers of children who are admitted to hospitals, or killed by preventable injuries. Since its inception the injury death rate for New Zealand children has fallen by 12%.

Safekids will be running 19 half-day workshops throughout the country in April and May. The workshops introduce the themes of the 2007/08 Campaign - Drowning Prevention and Cycle Safety.
www.safekids.org.nz

Send information on web sites that you find helpful to Helen@babywebnz.org
Or see www.babywebnz.org
SHOPPING ON THE INTERNET
The Internet is not only the biggest worldwide information resource it is a great way to shop. If you can work out how to use it then it can provide you with a lot of benefits. A worldwide store in your own living room. No reason to go out on a cold day and spend hours trying to find a car park.
Your computer mouse will take you to the shops not your car, saving on petrol and parking money. If you have kids internet shopping means not having to worry about a meltdown if you don?t buy them the lollies strategically placed at their level at the counter.
Search engines.
  • Google Search engine returns keyword search results based on relevance of content and the number of links to a particular URL from other sites. www.google.com
  • Google offers the option to restrict search to New Zealand websites www.google.co.nz

Directories

Instead of search engines you can also use directories or hubs, that show you where to find information. A pregnancy, childbirth and baby related one for New Zealand is BabyWebNZ www.babywebnz.org If you click on the site names in the shopping section it will take you direct to that web site.

Also look at family and parenting based publications, in Family Times advertisers will often list a web site so you can look at their products online.

There is a lot of great New Zealand pregnancy, baby and child related products on the shopping section on BabyWebNZ.  The site descriptions are from the retailers themselves.


Also for see:
Trade Me is a site for buying and selling online.
www.trademe.co.nz
Yellow Pages
You can find products and services on-line simply and easily here. This is the ideal way to locate sites, which allow you to purchase products and services at the click of a button. You can also find contact & address details for businesses as well as maps which show you how to find them.
www.yellowpages.co.nz

Send information on web sites that you find helpful to Helen@babywebnz.org
Or see www.babywebnz.org
SUPPORT SERVICES
Sometimes being a parent can feel isolating and overwhelming. Sheila Kitzinger made this quote about what it is like to be a mother ?to take on one of the most emotionally and intellectually demanding, exasperating, strenuous, anxiety-arousing and deeply satisfying tasks that any human being can undertake? this applies also to fathers.
There may be times when you need some support or know of someone else who dose, the following is a list of some of the services available.

Barnardos
Family support for families under stress. Family counselling for families coping with grief or crisis. Services for children who are distressed or disadvantaged.
http://www.barnardos.org.nz

Child, Youth and Family
This site is a focus for promoting the well-being and safety of children and supporting positive parenting. Child, Youth and Family is part of a network of agencies aiming to build an environment where child abuse is not tolerated.
phone 0508 FAMILY (0508 326 459)
www.cyf.govt.nz

Family and Community Services
Is a new service of the Ministry of Social Development. Its role is to lead government and non-government organisations to work collaboratively to strengthen family support services and make them more effective for families.
www.familyservices.govt.nz

Family Assistance
Working for Families is a package that is designed to make it easier to work and raise a family. It pays extra money to many thousands of New Zealand families.
Call: Work and Income on 0800 774 004
to find out more about the Accommodation and Childcare Assistance.
Monday ? Friday, 7am ? 8pm, Saturday 8am ? 1pm.
www.workingforfamilies.govt.nz

Mothers Network (NZ) Inc
Is a National Network of enthusiastic, dedicated women working together to provide a stimulating environment for mothers to communicate and express themselves. Motherhood can be a very isolating experience and our aim is to bring new mothers together to share these and other experiences - and kill the myths!
Mothers Network (NZ) Incorporated
Incorporating New Mother Support Groups
PO Box 6142 Wellington 6030
Phone: 0800 80 MUMS (0800 80 6867)
www.mothersnetwork.org.nz

New Zealand Multiple Birth Association
In New Zealand more than 700 sets of twins, 15 sets of triplets and on average one set of quadruplets are born each year.
If you are expecting, or raising multiples, the New Zealand Multiple Birth Association can help you.

New Zealand Multiple Birth Association
PO Box 1258 Wellington
Phone: 0800 4 TWINS ETC
www.nzmba.info

Parent Help Wellington
24-hour confidential telephone support service for parents and care givers ph 499-9994
Face-to-face-counselling (Wgtn, Lower Hutt and Porirua)
Information and referral
0800 number (0800 56 88 56) nationwide.

Parenting with Confidence
We're a community organisation dedicated to making life better for parents and their kids. Try our hot tips search if you are looking for a creative parenting or relationship tip.
Phone: (64 9) 524 0025 Fax: (64 9) 524 0029
Postal PO Box 37-708
Parnell, Auckland
Email pwc@parenting.org.nz

Pregnancy Help
Pregnancy Help supports the well being of Pregnant and recently pregnant women, New mothers and their families/whanau, With care, concern and confidentiality.
Email: pregnancyhelp@xtra.co.nz

Presbyterian Support Central
For almost a century, Presbyterian Support Central has been offering quality care to young and old alike throughout the region. We are best known for our elderly care services, and for our family and counselling services.
Our mission is:
"In response to the teachings of Christ we will provide social services that effectively meet the needs of those we help".
44 Wigan Street, Wellington
Postal Address PO Box 9246, Wellington 6031
Phone 04 801 6284

Samaritans
24 hour telephone supportive listening service.
0800 726 666

TABS
Becoming a mother can put women under considerable psychological pressure. Post-natal (or post-partum) depression (PND or PPD) is a well-known and very common experience. Potentially much longer lasting and insidious, however, is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) arising from events before, during, after or throughout the whole of the birth experience.
P O Box 18002, Glen Innes, Auckland
Email: sue@tabs.org.nz

Send information on web sites that you find helpful to Helen@babywebnz.org
Or see www.babywebnz.org
THE INTERNET
The Internet is now the biggest worldwide information resource. There is so much information on it, the problem is how do you find what is relative to you as a parent or Childbirth Educator in New Zealand.
When I first started using the web it took me ages to find what I wanted. Search for "baby" and get "1,777,744,925" results can be a bit off-putting.
The Internet is a tool for finding information; if you can work out how to use it then it can provide you with a lot of benefits. A worldwide library in your own living room.
Search engines.
  • Google Search engine returns keyword search results based on relevance of content and the number of links to a particular URL from other sites. www.google.com
  • Google offers the option to restrict search to New Zealand websites www.google.co.nz
  • Google News New Zealand Aggregated headlines and search engine for many news services. Articles are grouped by story. http://news.google.co.nz Place in midwifery and childbirth into the search.
Stuff is a news and information website http://www.stuff.co.nz To find stories which are on the site use the search box or archive stuff tab at the top

Directories

Instead of search engines you can also use directories or hubs, which are a bit like the yellow pgs that show you where to find information. A pregnancy, childbirth and baby related one for New Zealand:
BabyWebNZ www.babywebnz.org
My mission is to maintain an up to date resource for all NZ parents allowing them easy access to web sites related to pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.

Online group discussion

As well as seeing the Internet as a form of library you can also see it as a forum. You no longer have to get everyone together for a meeting to discuss things you can do this via your computer. See childbirth eduction online information on www.birthresources.org.

Childbirth classes provide the personal approach, interaction with others and the ability to learn practical skills. But many people will also be looking up information on the Internet.


Knowledge is the key to informed consent and empowerment.

Helen www.babywebnz.org

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