Karene thinks you may find the following websites helpful.
  • - Talks about the benefit of Folic Acid in early pregnancy and the fact that it reduces the likelihood of a woman having a baby with a neural tube defect.
  • Food Safety Authority - Provides helpful information and booklets about food safety including Food safety in pregnancy, Eating for Healthy Pregnant Women, Pullout guide to food safety in pregnancy, Pullout guide to food safety in pregnancy, Your Pregnancy and Food and Nutrition Guidelines for Health, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Women: A Background Paper.
  • Home Birth Aotearoa - Supports and celebrates home birth. Provides good information about the home birth option as well as local association contacts, listing of home birth midwives and home birth stories.
  • Newman Breastfeeding Clinic and Institute - Great resources, including videos, on Breastfeeding. Information provided by Dr Jack Newman and Edith Kernerman.
  • Kellymom - A great website, put together by Kelly Bonyata, that provides evidence-based information on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting. Kelly is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
  • La Leche League New Zealand - Excellent breastfeeding resources including local contacts, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and access to help by email.
  • New Zealand College of Midwives - Provides good information about finding a midwife, what to look for in a midwife, maternity care in New Zealand.
  • Ministry of Health - Explains the role of a Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) in New Zealand.
  • Sarah Buckley - The site of an Australian family doctor who is passionate about gentle birth, home birth and gentle parenting. Provides excellent information and articles including details the books she has written, including Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering.
  • The Dr. Brewer Pregnancy Diet - Provides guidance on nutrition in pregnancy including information on dealing with complications such as Diabetes and Pre-elcampsia.
Please note that the opinions expressed in these links below are not necessarily those of Karene. Their inclusion does not necessarily indicate endorsement or recommendation.