Healthy kids since 1907
Avondale mum, Helene Stehlin with three month old addition to the family, Lomialagi Wright
If you’re attending antenatal classes, no doubt you will have been introduced to the free services of Plunket - the country’s biggest Well Child provider. Plunket’s child health services support more than 85% of New Zealand’s babies and include parenting advice and support, child health promotion and health education.
While there is a Plunket clinic in Avondale, the good news is, the Plunket Nurse can come to you. If you are signed on with Plunket, a nurse will usually visit 4-6 weeks after the baby is born, usually when the midwife has discharged. After this, mum’s are welcome to visit the local clinic.
Says Avondale mum, Helene Stehlin, “This is my second time using plunket and they continue to be wonderful.
The local Plunket Nurse, Juno, is so warm and encouraging giving me confidence in what I am doing. The communication is has been great, and it’s so helpful that it’s a free service!”
During your first assessment with the nurse, the baby will have head-to-toe assessments done which includes weight, height, and length measured and baby’s hips checked. However, it’s not all about the baby and the Plunket Nurse will do what she can to support new parents too, whether this is their first baby or not. Parents can talk to the nurse about how feeding is going, how they’re coping with parenting and what support they have or may need. The Plunket Nurse can help get new mums connected with other mums and bubs in the area too through Playgroups or coffee catch ups, which is especially useful if a mum is feeling isolated or suffering from postnatal depression.
All ethnicities and families from all religions are welcome at Plunket – currently the Avondale service is seeing Maori, European, Pacific, Middle Eastern and Asian families including women from India, Thailand, Cambodia and Nepal. Asian and Pacific families form a significant percentage at Avondale and it also sees a significant proportion of Muslim families.
PlunketLine is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide guidance and advice to parents and caregivers, plus there is a huge range of online resources on the Plunket website.
Plunket has been helping New Zealand children be some of the healthiest in the world since 1907. It is a national not-for-profit organisation and the vast majority of services are free.
You can contact PlunketLine on 0800 933 922 or visit www.plunket.org.nz
Avondale Plunket Clinic
25 Wolverton Street
Avondale | Phone 838 0981
Avondale Plunket Playgroup
@ Avondale Community Centre
99 Rosebank Road, Auckland
Thursday 9.30am - 11.30am