There are many organisations and groups that you can contact for practical support, advice and resources.
Bellyful is a nation-wide community service run by volunteers to provide meals for families with newborn babies or families with young children who are struggling with illness. Bellyful’s main criteria is simply that the families they support don’t have others available to do what they do – cook and deliver free meals.
La Leche League
La Leche League help mothers to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, education, information and encouragement. They hold regular informal discussion meetings for mothers and their babies. Meetings are based on the importance of mother-to-mother support and cover a wide range of breastfeeding related topics. Topics discussed at each of the meetings will rotate around pregnancy and getting ready for birth, getting to know your new family member, overcoming breastfeeding difficulties and nutrition and weaning. Any topics that are relevant to any mother at the meetings are welcome to be raised and discussed. Morning tea is available.
WHEN: Second Wednesday of the month, 10am to 12noon
ADDRESS: Wesley Methodist Church, 100 13th Avenue, Tauranga
Multiples Bay of Plenty
Multiples Bay of Plenty is a support network for expectant and existing parents of multiples (twins, triplets etc) and their families. It is a non-profit, volunteer-run organisation, which services the Bay of Plenty – including Tauranga, Mt Maunganui, Whakatane, Waihi, Katikati and Rotorua. They hold regular get-togethers and playgroups for members to connect with other like-minded parents.
Parent to Parent
Parent to Parent is a nationwide not-for-profit organisation formed by parents and professionals to support the families of babies, children, teens and adults with any type of disability or health impairment. They help families across New Zealand by informing, educating, inspiring and supporting them as they navigate their way through experiences with disability. All services, including Altogether Autism and Care Matters, are all free and confidential.
Tauranga Parents Centre is part of a nationwide, not-for-profit, volunteer based organisation that has been setup by parents, for parents. They offer a range of services including childbirth education classes, parent education classes, parents support, discussion meetings and opportunities to become involved with or the committee.