We do not have to navigate our way through life alone. Here are a few resources that I have found particularly helpful in my journey. I would be more than happy to give you any further guidance regarding any of these resources.
Karitane, Leaders in Parenting Services, offer a range of comprehensive services to support families with parenting issues (e.g. sleep and settling, toddler behavior, feeding and managing multiple births). Their healthcare team of Child and Family Health Nurses, Clinical Psychologists, Social Workers, Paediatricians and Psychiatrists, work together with parents to determine the most appropriate service to reach your families’ goals. I have used both their phone support and residential stay services in our parenting journey, and found them to be individualised and practical. And for a long time their Sleep Needs Guide was a feature on my fridge door!
For support and advice on parenting matters call the Karitane Careline on 1300 CARING (227 464), or visit either the main Karitane website, or their parenting website
Whole Lot A Health is a business run by Ngaire Stephenson, a health and nutrition coach. She has a holistic approach to nutrition and exercise. Consider her your personal support person to live a wholehearted and healthy life. I have participated in both Ngaire’s one on one health coaching, and also her seasonal group cleanse program, and have found them both to be supportive, informative, easy to follow and fresh. Ngaire is a gentle but knowledgeable woman whom I would highly recommend you consider contacting if you are ready to make some positive healthy changes in your life.
Our Grand Tour is a beautiful website, which is a must visit for all Mums. I love clicking through the pages of fashion, food,inspiration, tips and – my favourite so far – “A mother you should know”. It opens as a “carefully curated, honest and realistic guide through Motherhood”, and I couldn’t agree more.
‘Music Works Magic’ sell an inexpensive instrument called an Ocean Drum. It is a wonderful calming tool for babies. We used it throughout the early days of Zachary’s clubfoot treatment – in particular the casting stage, and the first 2 weeks wearing his special Boot’n’Bar. The Ocean Drum emulates the sounds of the womb, and we found it to be one of the most effective ways to calm our little man. Anna from ‘Music Works Magic’ tells me that babies have musical memory from 22-24 weeks in-utero, and for their entire 3rd trimester they hear the sounds of fluids, and their mothers heart-beat and voice. It is no surprise that when played slowly and gently, the Ocean Drum has such a wonderful soothing effect. I would highly recommend this product for all families who are looking for ways to soothe their little babe.
Calmbirth changed the way my husband and I felt about labour, to the point that I was actually looking forward to delivering my son! Calmbirth provide pre-natal classes designed to to empower pregnant couples with the knowledge and skills to make their birthing process as pleasurable as possible. We learnt skills that I have applied to many parts of our parenting journey, including the most challenging moments.