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Free Pregnancy & Parenting Education

Poutini Waiora

Plunket provides FREE Pregnancy and Parenting Education (PPE) programmes for all expectant parents, with the focus to support first time parents. 

The programme is designed to help expectant parents make the best choices for their family/whanau and assist them to gain confidence, skills and understanding of the pregnancy, childbirth and their parenting role.

All health providers who work with pregnant women can support them to book online or make a referral directly to the Pregnancy and Parenting Education (PPE) team via one of the following options below; and provide mother's name, NHI, contact phone, email, expected date of delivery (EDD), and best time to contact:     

If the courses on the Pregnancy and Parenting Education (PPE) website are not suitable due to location, date etc. please contact the Pregnancy and Parenting Education (PPE) team; and they will look for other possible options for individual needs; which may occur in rural areas.

Mama and Pēpi

Poutini Waiora

This service has a particular focus on Māori women and vulnerable women and their whānau, including pregnant teens and other pregnant women with multiple complexities.

The aim of the service is to provide education, support and advice to mothers during pregnancy, following the birth, and up until 2 years of age.

Support is provided to mothers to engage with other service providers, such as: GPs, LMC midwives, obstetricians, maternity and neonatal services, and Well Child /Tamariki Ora service providers.

A warm, therapeutic, non-judgmental and culturally safe supportive environment is provided for pregnant women, new mothers, their partners, whānau and their infant/pēpi, to develop positive and responsible parenting skills, build self-esteem and confidence.