My favourite flower - tuberose

 

The tuberose.

 

 

Useful Links

 

Midwifery sites

 

The New Zealand College of Midwives
Our professional organisation and recognised ‘voice’ for midwives and student midwives in New Zealand.

Otago Midwives
This site was created by the Otago Region of the New Zealand College of Midwives (NZCOM) to enable women in the Otago area easier access to midwives. You will be sure to find the midwife that is right for you!

The Midwifery Council of New Zeland
Our governing body

Midwifery Junction
An Otago Polytechnic website - read about women's stories here

 

Midwives on Main street

MoMs - "There when you need us"

 

 

Health sites

Women's Health Action Trust
Spend hours here! Lots of good evidence based information

Healthy Eating in Pregnancy
New Zealand Ministry of Health information for optimum nutrition and health in pregnancy

Quit Smoking
Reasons to quit, helpful tips, facts and information on smoking, support programmes, where to get help AND encouragement

 


Maternity consumer information

The Health and Disability Commissioner
Read about your rights as a healthcare consumer.

Maternity Services Consumer Council
Great information on screening tests routinely carried out in pregnancy, epidural, caesareans and much more. Recommended reading!

National Screening Unit
The Nationals screening unit information on antenatal and newborn screening.

 

Integrated Health Trust Otago

An initiative of Integrative Health Trust Otago, HealthSearch is a database of conventional, integrative, and complementary and alternative healthcare practitioners and the modalities and treatments they offer. HealthSearch is an independent, free, non-commercial, community-based website.

 

Parenting

Evolutionary Parenting
Summaries of latest research, stories, education

 

Isis = Infant sleep information Source. 

ISIS provides information about normal infant sleep based upon the latest UK and world-wide research.

 

 

Breastfeeding

Milk Matters
Support for breastfeeding families as well as non-breast feeding families.

La Leche League
This is an excellent organisation to learn about breastfeeding. Get help and support before and after you have had your baby. Being around other breastfeeding women, seeing breastfeeding, getting that support network in place before baby comes is the ideal way to support successful breastfeeding!

Mama Aroha
Empowering women to breastfeed

The zoops

A MUST watch video! - satirical commentary on the so called breastfeeding nazis and zealots!

How to make infant formula

Before you decide to switch to formula be informed. A Youtube video on what is used to make infant formula

10 Tips on how to increase your milk supply

Tips from a mum on how to increase your milk supply

 

The Breast Room

Breast feeding support open for drop in visits Tuesdays 10-12am and Thursdays 10-12am.

 

 

Normal birth 

Home Birth New Zealand
Home Birth Aotearoa supports and celebrates home birth and provides birthing women and whanau with information about the home birth option

Birth Spirit
Maggie Banks Website

One World Birth
Lots and lots of excellent information on nearly ever pregnancy or birth topic. Short instructional videos to watch and loads of information to read.....Highly recommended!

The campaign for normal birth
The campaign aims to inspire and support normal birth practice. It's a reminder that good birth experiences can happen despite the challenges. Intervention and caesarean shouldn't be the first choice - they should be the last.

An Article on Normal Birth
This article gives an overview of a normal birth. It tells you what to expect and how to optimise your chances of a normal birth.

Birth without fear
I want to help other women work through their fears and heal from traumatic experiences. I want to support women in having empowering births.The Birth Without Fear page turned into an incredible community of supportive women

Birth Without Fear - FB page
Good info here and some excellent links to research and articles on various subjects around birth. Recommend looking at this one!

It's your birth it's up to you
A little fun with a message

A lovely physiological birth

Video

The Tale of 2 Births

 A youtube rap vid advocating baby friendly hospital and normal birth. Although made in the States it is applicable here in New Zealand.

Orgasmic birth

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 Water Birth Organisation

We are dedicated to making waterbirth an available option for all women.

The Face of Birth

Where the personal gets political. Why it matters how  you are born.

Natural Birth

This site is my contribution to help educate and support women for this very important time.

Hypnobirthing Dunedin

The Mongan method. Enables mums-to-be to experience a relaxed, calm, positive birth through the use of deep relaxation, visualisations and special breathing techniques. Whether you are a first time mum or already have children.

 

 

Making Birth Choices

VBACFacts.com

After a cesarean, most women have two choices for future births: a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) or a repeat cesarean section (RCS).  There is a lot of misinformation about these two options.  Here you will find LOTS of information and research on this and other topics related to pregnancy, birth and maternity.

 

 Delayed Cord Clamping
There is compelling evidence that shows premature cord clamping is a harmful and unnecessary birth intervention and that delayed cord clamping should be standard practice.

Nuchal cords = A string of pearls
One PhD midwife jumps on her favourite soapbox and gives us a lesson about 'The cord around the neck'

 

 

 

For fathers

Great Fathers
What's it like becoming a dad. Good blokey information for new dads.

 

 Of interest

 Acion on pre-eclampsia
NZAPEC has been set up to: Educate, inform and advise the public and health professionals about the prevalence, nature and risks of pre-eclampsia. To campaign for greater public awareness of the disease and for action to improve methods of detection and treatment. To provide support for women who have suffered pre-eclampsia, and their families. To promote research into the causes of the disease and appropriate screening techniques and treatment methods.

OTIS Organisation of Tetratology Information Specialists
The Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) is dedicated to providing accurate evidence-based, clinical information to patients and health care professionals about exposures during pregnancy and lactation.

 

 Belly Dance for Birth

 

Charitable Organisations

Bellyful

is a national not-for-profit organisation helping mums around New Zealand when they need it most – at dinner-time! Our team of volunteers (generally also mums) deliver frozen, precooked meals to families with newborns and families struggling with illness. Thanks to our wonderful local supporters, our service is free.

 

Birth Support Group (BSG) For Young Mums to Be

A weekly antenatal education (in Dunedin) and support programme for young pregnant women confronting the changes and anxieties of an unplanned pregnancy.

What is unique about this antenatal group is that it provides participants with ongoing social work support and community visits in addition to preparation for child-birth and parenting skills.The programme runs throughout the whole term of the pregnancy.