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Are you ready to start a family? Here are some important considerations in terms of what to do to prepare your body and lifestyle changes to consider. Prepare marriage for children.

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Two mamas tell us why they banked their baby's cord blood

Auckland based mothers’ Simone Anderson & Jazmyn Aria talk about why banking their baby’s cord blood is important to them.   Simone Anderson I packed and repacked my hospital bag countless times – but always right on top is our CordBank NZ …

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Nicknaming your unborn baby

Once upon a time the announcement of baby’s name was as much of a surprise as the newborn’s gender and weight. These days, parents-to-be are becoming more and more candid about potential names for their baby. Some are even cutting to the chase and …

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The basics of parental leave

Paid Parental Leave (PPL) has come a long way baby! Back in 2002, when it was first introduced in New Zealand, parents and primary care givers received 12 weeks. However, PPL was increased from 18 weeks to 22 weeks, with a further increase to 26 …

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Health insurance

When baby arrives, your health suddenly seems a lot more important. When you're starting a family, it's quite natural to start thinking more about your health and wellbeing and how you'll keep your children healthy. So we asked New Zealand's largest …

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10 things that need to be done before baby arrives

There are many ways to practically prepare for a new baby. We asked Grace Nixon - a midwife, newborn consultant, nursery specialist and antenatal educator - for 10 tips on what needs to be done before baby arrives.   There are various providers of …

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Your first pregnancy: 10 things to do

So, you’re expecting! Congratulations! Feeling excited but slightly overwhelmed? Renee Murphy offers up some steps you can take to feel more prepared. Find out your due date If you know when you last menstrual period was, enter your details into …

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Creative ideas for budget babymoons

Being pregnant is a beautiful, precious time in a woman’s life, but because our bodies are in full-on nurturing mode, it's also a time of restriction. In other words, for nine long months we have to say say goodbye to sushi, bought …

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Insuring your family's future

When a new baby enters our lives, there are so many issues to consider. While no one wants to be overly pessimistic at this time, it's wise to ensure we're doing all we can to protect our family's future. Here's how insurance can help you with one …

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Cord blood banking: an insurance policy with a difference

Ellie Gwilliam spoke to the woman behind New Zealand’s only cord blood banking service to find out why she has made banking blood her life work. There’s a lot to think about when you’re pregnant. The fact that you have created – and are responsible …


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