Babies & Toddlers

Peanut caution

As a mother of three children with allergies, MALENA PENNEY considers the latest advice to offer babies peanuts. You may have seen a commotion around social media lately over the changed advice to start giving young babies peanuts. This has come from the LEAP study …

‘Optimal cord clamping’

Childbirth educator ROSEMARY JOYCE shares why cord clamping and when to cut the umbilical cord needs careful, informed consideration when making your birthing plans. Birth is a momentous occasion in a baby’s life, as their circulatory system changes from one that is completely dependent on …

Childs play

So much more than mucking about and making a mess, play is fundamental to children’s learning and development, explains JUDE SOPER from BestStart Educare. WHY IS PLAY SO IMPORTANT? Play, with its limitless possibilities, helps children to: – make sense of their world – understand …

Pathways to parenthood

Medical Director of Fertility Associates Christchurch, DR SARAH WAKEMAN explains the different causes of infertility and the various options for treatment. For many, falling pregnant and creating a family is relatively easy. For others it feels like an uphill journey, and the longer the struggle …

Sensing baby

Teacher, writer and parent MIRIAM MCCALEB shares her insights into how Baby senses her world, and invites parents to meet her neurobiological needs by carving out time together and letting the senses reign. Babies are born with incomplete brains. Many of us have received that …

Oh, you’re pregnant

From affectionate tummy pats, to speculations about gender preferences, mum DEBORAH WARD muses on the public attention one gets when pregnant. Nothing draws attention quite like a pregnancy. A woman might have been going about her business, dealing with her own inner and outer workings …

My Midwife

With her third child born earlier this year, DEBORAH WARD introduces us to her ‘wonderful’ midwife, Anne, and offers some insights into finding a midwife to suit your personality and philosophy. About a month before the due date of my baby earlier this year, I …

Mission to Motherhood

KATE BARBER talks with AMIRA MIKH AIL about her mission to becoming a mother: the hope, the heartbreak and the happy ending. There are thousands of women in New Zealand battling infertility, wanting desperately to become mothers, watching their friends around them having babies and wishing …