The following organisations and agencies provide support and information for woman and families.
River Ridge East Birth Centre is not liable for the contents of any external internet sites referenced, nor does it endorse any commercial product or service mentioned or advised on any of these sites.
The health sector has identified a range of health workforce development issues: some that already exist and others that are forecast for the future. The Government has established Health Workforce NZ to address those issues. Its aim is to provide a single, coordinated response to improving our ability to train, recruit and retain our health workforce. The ultimate goal is to have the right health workforce personnel, with the best skill-sets, working in the right places, when they are needed.
National Screening Unit
This website has information on who the National Screening Unit are and what we do. You can find out about programmes and services and how to access them by clicking this link.
Maternity Services Consumer Council
The Maternity Services Consumer Council is a consumer-based organisation made up of almost 100 community groups with an interest in the provision of maternity services. Our organisation acknowledges and respects the unique and independent nature of all its member groups.
Membership of the MSCC is free and is open to community groups and individuals with an interest in maternity services.
La Leche League
La Leche League provides help and support for breastfeeding mothers. The organisation also has a wide range of reading material on breastfeeding. Contact can be made either before or after your baby is born.
Parents Centres New Zealand Inc
Parents Centres provide antenatal education programmes and support for new parents. Contact their National Office to see if there is a centre in your area, or look on their website.
- Home and clinic visits for health and developmental checks, health information and family support
- Parent support groups
- Family Centres for mothers and young children experiencing difficulties.
Contact your nearest Plunket Clinic (online/telephone book) for information, or the Plunket website. PlunketLine is a toll free telephone help line offering 24 hour health information and advice for families, parents, and caregivers with newborn babies to five year olds. 0800 933 922
Home Birth Aotearoa
Home Birth Aotearoa is the national organisation representing the many local home birth associations throughout Aotearoa / New Zealand. Home Birth Aotearoa supports and celebrates home birth. Their website provides birthing women and whanau with information about the home birth option as well as local association contacts, listings of home birth midwives, home birth stories and pictures, calendar of events and activities and links to many related home birth, pregnancy and parenting sites.
All Mothers Matter
Investing in Health Workers to save lives in fragile states. The international charity, Merlin has published its report “All Mothers Matter”, ready for International Day of the Midwife.
White Ribbon Alliance
Every minute of every day, a woman dies of pregnancy related complications, totaling more than one half million women each year. We are here to change that. The White Ribbon Alliance is an international coalition bound together by a common goal: to ensure that pregnancy and childbirth are safe for all women and newborns in every country around the world.
Trauma and Birth Stress is a Charitable Trust that serves as a support group of mothers. We have in common stressful and traumatic pregnancies or births that affected our lives negatively for months or years afterwards. We formed TABS because of the need to make PTSD known as a form of mental illness that can happen following childbirth, but quite distinct from the Baby Blues, Post Natal Depression (Post Partum Depression) and Post Natal Psychosis.
Health Improvement and Innovation Resource Centre (HIIRC)
A one-stop shop of trusted health information, latest research, and exemplars of best practice. It is a resource to help improve New Zealand's health care system and includes an extensive Knowledge Library of research literature, directories of individuals and organisations, a range of improvement tools, and the latest news about events and projects.
NZCOM website (http://www.midwife.org.nz/)