Ministry of Health
Knowing exactly where to go for information about pregnancy, babies and parenting can make all the difference when you’ve got a question or a problem! The relaunched Ministry of Health website has put heaps of helpful information and advice about pregnancy, child development and child health information at the fingertips or parents and parents-to-be.
Videos showing different whanau sharing their real-life stories about how they prepared for baby, breastfeeding, the first year, and what it’s like having toddlers and preschoolers, are a real highlight.
If you’re wondering what it’s going to be like having a new baby or a toddler in your life, have a question about pregnancy, or want to know more about breastfeeding, the site has you covered. Information about older babies, toddlers and preschoolers is broken down into 1-2 years, 2-3 years and 3-5 years, and you’ll find heaps of helpful advice on eating, managing behaviour and the development of speech and other skills for these age groups. The Well Child programme is also explained, so you know what your nurse might ask you about you and your baby before each visit.
There are plenty of extra links, for support services such as PlunketLine, Tapuaki (Pacific pregnancy and parent education), kidshealth.org, Healthline, SKIP (strategies and information for kids and parents for managing behaviour).
There’s no shortage of information, but the simple layout makes it easy to navigate through the many topics, and the lack of graphics means each page loads quickly.
Links are easy to find and highlighting makes it very clear which link you’re clicking on.
If you can’t find something, the search option works fast to find suggestions, and there are buttons for printing, emailing or sharing information to Twitter or Facebook, and for giving feedback about the site.
Check it out!