Celebrating Hutt Valley mums

Mum picks up my clothes and wipes my nose
She’s always there when I need her most
She creates my sweetest memories
Does her best and rarely moans

I love my mum more than I can say
And when I grow up, too old to play
I’ll think of her fondly every day


Support services for Hutt Valley mums

Maternity services

Your lead maternity carer will attend to you and your baby for up to 4-6 weeks after your baby is born. You will then be referred to Plunket, Nāku Ēnei Tamariki or another service provider who'll support you and your child until your child is 5 years old. 


Lactation assistance

Breastfeeding is recognised as the best way to nurture a baby and can enhance a baby's health, growth and development. Visit kidshealth for fantastic information on breastfeeding. Several organisations in the Hutt Valley provide support with breastfeeding with many being free of charge. 

  • Wharekai Pēpē, Stokes Valley

  • Breastfeeding Support Service is a free, confidential service offering women breastfeeding support from a lactation consultant. Ph 587 1646 for more information about regular drop-in clinics.

Relationship support

Women's Refuge and Kokiri Marae, Lower Hutt

Worried about your relationship? Talk to your local Women's Refuge: Lower Hutt Women's Refuge, phone 569 1040, or Maori Women's Refuge: Kokiri Marae Maori Women's Refuge, phone 566 5025. Women's Refuge offers counselling services, children's groups and women's groups.

Lower Hutt Women's Centre

Needing support? See Lower Hutt Women's Centre for a wide range of workshops and groups, from self-esteem and friendship groups, to mosaic art and weaving.

Family Works, Upper Hutt

Family Works in Upper Hutt run courses called "Boundaries for Women Programme". This is an eight week Christian programme to learn about establishing healthy, clear boundaries in relationships with parents, partners, children friends or co-workers. See their full list of services. Email familyworks-upperhutt@psc.org.nz or phone 04 528 4164.

Online resource - ask a question

Go to Ask Jude to ask a question anonymously, or read through past questions that have been written in. Jude is a survivor of 28 years of family violence and now supports other women online. Find out more about Jude and Ask Jude.


Post and ante-natal distress

Exhausted, stressed, anxious, confused? Difficulty coping with your baby? Finding managing daily activities difficult? Hard to make simple decisions? Crying uncontrollably? Feeling guilty.... talk to your doctor or ring PND 24hr line 04 472 3135


Depression

Here are some free New Zealand telephone support lines:

  • Depression Helpline ph 0800 111 757
  • Lifeline ph 0800 543 354

Hutt Valley Teen Parent Programme

A fantastic programme for teen parents operating through Heretaunga College. Offers education and childcare services to support teenage parents continue their education in a supportive environment. Upper Hutt teen parent programme, 34 Miro St, Trentham, Upper Hutt. Phone Debbie Whiteley on 04 528 8977.


Feeling like a volcano?

Some young children erupt like volcanoes when angry and it can be hard for parents to manage without getting angry too. This book, Little Volcanoes, offers advice and strategies to understand and manage anger in children under 5, and also how to help parents or caregivers deal with their own anger. 

Check out these websites for more ideas on managing children's anger - KidspotKiwifamilies

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Fun activities for mums

See if you can find something on Pinterest that you can enjoy as much as your kids! Why should they get all the fun?

Light humour - just for mums

There's sure to be something in here to make you smile, or here "23 Exceedingly Helpful Tips for Maintaining Your Sanity While Living With Children".

Inspirational moment

Scroll down this page to read a thought-provoking blog on mums.

Remember you matter!

Being a mum can be demanding. Treating yourself once in a while doesn't have to cost you money. Here's a great list of ideas on recharging those energy levels and giving yourself a bit of a boost.

Returning to work after time off?

There's some great information on the Huggies and Kidspot websites to help your decision making and plan your return to the workforce.


Parenting after separation

Citizens Advice Bureau offers some advice on parenting after separation. Here's an informative NZ Law Society pamphlet you can view online, called "What Happens to your Children When You Part?"


Single parent support

Birthright Hutt Valley provides practical and emotional support to single parents, including teenage parents and grandparents who are raising their grandchildren alone. The site also has a comprehensive list of service providers in the Hutt Valley of assistance to young families.