April May 2009 Issue No 155 by fjhuangjun



       April/ May 2009
        Issue No 155

    Positive birth experiences and
 informed parenting in a community
  where parents are supported and
      highly valued in their role
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      Editor’s Note ............................................... 4
      From the Chair ............................................ 5
      Events Calendar ......................................... 6
      WAPC Contacts .......................................... 8
      Dial-a-Mum .................................................. 9
      Discount Scheme ..................................... 10
      Newsflash! ................................................ 12
      Change of Details Form ........................... 12
      Toddler Day Out ........................................ 14
      Thank Yous ............................................... 15
      Volunteer of the Month............................. 16
      Midwife of the Year ................................... 18
      Ideas for Pampering a New Mum ............ 22
      Welcome to Our World ............................. 24
      Happy Birthday ......................................... 25
      Around the Coffee Cup ............................ 26
      WAPC Parenting Courses ........................ 28
      Being a Grandmother ............................... 31
      Recipe of the Month ................................. 34
      Kids’ Birthday Party Planning ................. 36
      Birth Journeys .......................................... 41
      Active Movement Fun in Autumn ............ 44
      Book Review ............................................. 48
      Shopping................................................... 50
      Baby Factory Discount Day ..................... 52
      Advertising Rates ..................................... 54

    COPYRIGHT - As the articles, recipes, stories etc in this newsletter have been contributed, we are
                  unable to guarantee originality and therefore cannot be held liable.
Opinions and articles in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the policies of Parents Centres NZ or West
Auckland Parents Centre. Advertising in this newsletter does not imply endorsement by Parents Centres NZ.

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                 EDITOR’S NOTE
                                      Our family has been doing a lot of celebrating
                                      lately. We are currently in the middle of „party
                                      season‟—a period extending from mid-February
                                      until early April involving at least one birthday
                                      party every second weekend (and escalating to one
                                      a weekend in the final month). During that time,
                                      we eat enough cheerios, sausage rolls, chips and
                                      cupcakes to last an entire year (and probably put on
                                      a couple of kilos in the process)! Thank goodness
                                      my coffee group has reduced from thirteen to a
                         Mum &        more manageable six families!
     Zachary (left) with
        big brother, Josh                That said it has been a great time to reflect on how
                                         far our children (and their mums!) have come since
we all first met each other. During countless coffee group catch-ups we‟ve shared each
other‟s highs and lows—first smiles, steps and words, sleepless nights, feeding and
teething issues, „the terrible/terrific twos‟, toilet training, post-natal depression and
marriage break-ups—and watched as our children‟s skills, personalities and friendships
have flourished. Looking back on it all, I‟ve realised that a child‟s birthday is as much
a celebration for the parents as it is for the child. As well as marking another year of
being together as a family, it‟s a time to remember that special day when you first set
eyes on your child and your whole world changed.

The birthday parties we‟ve attended follow a similar pattern: games, food, cake and,
increasingly these days, loot! The fun is in the execution—as simple or elaborate as
time, money and energy allows. Our birthday party planning article on page 36 has
some effective—but simple—ideas for making your child‟s next birthday special.
Hmmm, perhaps if I‟d followed the „keep it simple‟ principle I wouldn‟t have spent
Auckland‟s hottest day in 137 years wrestling with sticky fondant icing to create a
Lightning McQueen birthday cake for our four-year-old Cars fan. The things we do for
our kids!

We have a few „celebrations‟ going on in this newsletter. We announce the winners of
our first „Midwife of the Year‟ competition, and recognise some of the fantastic mid-
wives in West Auckland and the hard work they do. And, of course, we celebrate
Mother‟s Day with some ideas for pampering new mums and an article on what it‟s
like being a grandmother.

Mums—whether you are still pregnant, or experiencing your first or umpteenth
Mother‟s Day—have a wonderful time celebrating this special day with your families!


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               FROM the CHAIR
As I write this my Co-President, Charlotte, is about to have Baby Number Two, and I
am sure by the time you are reading this Charlotte will be well on her way into the land
of sleepless nights, constant nappies and deciphering baby noises.

Some of you will still be on Baby Number One, some will be considering when it is
best to have Baby Number Two and some of you may even be on your way with Baby
Number Two. Wherever you are in your parenting journey, I am sure you will appreci-
ate our fabulous „Midwife of the Year‟ competition, which we held by email in Febru-
ary and March. We were amazed and even a little teary-eyed to read all of your fabu-
lous submissions. You can read about our winner and runners-up on pages 18-21.
Please be sure to pay your midwife an extra special thanks on May 5, as it‟s Interna-
tional Midwives‟ Day. Our midwives work so hard and it‟s important that we acknowl-
edge the invaluable service they offer us and our community 24/7.

Gosh, it seems like only yesterday it was summer and now we are pulling winter
clothes out of storage, finding out which ones don‟t fit, budgeting for new wardrobes
and even attempting to ward off the first of the winter colds. It seems a mother‟s work
is never done. No sooner do I cheerfully cross one thing off my list than two others
arrive to take its place. You truly are on duty 24/7—whether you are a stay-at-home
mum or a mum who works—you are never, ever off the clock.

Well, Mother‟s Day is the one day each year when you deserve to put your feet up,
have a rest and vow to yourself that whatever happens that day you will not lift a finger
to do the dishes or washing, or wipe bottoms, noses and food encrusted faces. At least
that‟s the plan. If you are anything like me, I have become so „in gear‟ with the whole
household schedule that the mere thought of one day off plan sends me into a panic.
Won‟t that mean ten times more work the next day recovering all those little things that
didn‟t get done the day before? Maybe
things won‟t be done in quite the way that I
like them to be done by my well-meaning
husband. This year I am going to try and
take it easy on Mother‟s Day. I can‟t prom-
ise that the neurotic Mummy won‟t come
out every once in a while, but I will try to
keep her at bay and enjoy the moment. I
urge you all to do the same!

Have a happy Mother‟s Day and Midwives‟
Day 

                                                 Eileen with so
                                                               n, Castor and
copresident@westaucklandparents.org.nz                          Carys.
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                      Events Calendar
1st   Pram Walk at Cox’s Bay Reserve, Westmere. 30-45 minute walk. Meet at 10:15am at the
      car park by the children’s playground off West End Road, Westmere.
1st   Cloth Nappy Know How Class from 7:30pm-9pm at the Cloth Nappy Education Centre,
      601 Te Atatu Rd, Te Atatu Peninsula.
9th- Royal Easter Show at the ASB Showgrounds from 9am-9pm daily. NZ's largest & most
13th varied family festival, with new shows & acts, circus, carnival, street entertainers, A&P
     show, & more. Tickets $6-18. See www.royaleastershow.co.nz for more info.
14th La Leche League Kelston Meeting at the Kelston Community Centre. Starts at 9:45am.
15th Pram Walk at the Manutewhau Stream Walkway, Massey. 30-45 minute walk. Meet at
     10:15am at the playground in Moire Park off Granville Dr, Massey.
16th La Leche League Massey Meeting at the Massey Methodist Church Rooms, Corner of
     Waimumu Rd & Zita Maria Dr, Massey. Breastfeeding myths & facts. Starts at 10am.
19th Eco-City Challenge - navigation event exploring Waitakere City’s green spaces. All ages &
     fitness levels: walk, run or take the bus & gather points on the way. At Henderson Park, off
     Wilsher Cres, Henderson from 9am-2pm. See www.ecocitychallenge.co.nz for info.
24th Slingbabies - find out how to wear your baby. From 10am-12pm at the Massey Community
     Centre, 385 Don Buck Rd (between the Mobil Station & Triangle Park), Massey. For more
     info see www.slingbabies.co.nz.
26th Titirangi Village Market from 10am-2pm at Memorial Square, 500 Sth Titirangi Rd. FREE.
28th La Leche League Kelston Coffee Morning. Please call Adith on 818-7728 for venue.

1st   West Auckland’s Funniest Hypnotist Show with Guy Carter, internationally recognised
      entertainer, comedian, magician & hypnotist. At Glen Eden Intermediate School, 23 Kauri-
      lands Rd from 7pm. Tickets $20, bookings essential. See www.new-zealand-attraction.com.
1st- NZ International Comedy Festival - range of national & international acts held over 24
24th days. See www.comedyfestival.co.nz for more info.
6th   Cloth Nappy Know How Class from 7:30pm-9pm at the Cloth Nappy Education Centre,
      601 Te Atatu Rd, Te Atatu Peninsula.
12th La Leche League Kelston Meeting at the Kelston Community Centre. Starts at 9:45am.
21st La Leche League Massey Meeting at the Massey Methodist Church Rooms, Corner of
     Waimumu Rd & Zita Maria Dr, Massey. Starting solids. Starts at 10am.
26th La Leche League Kelston Coffee Morning. Please call Adith on 818-7728 for venue.
29th Slingbabies - find out how to wear your baby. From 10am-12pm at the Massey Community
     Centre, 385 Don Buck Rd (between the Mobil Station & Triangle Park), Massey. For more
     info see www.slingbabies.co.nz.
31st Titirangi Village Market from 10am-2pm at Memorial Square, 500 Sth Titirangi Rd. FREE.

         Please note: details correct at time of writing, but may be subject to change.
            Organising a baby, parenting or family related event? Email details to
                newsletter@westaucklandparents.org.nz to advertise it here.
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  West Auckland Parents Centre Contacts
         To contact the West Auckland Parents Centre committee:
WAPC Answer Phone: 837-8481                 E-mail: info@westaucklandparents.org.nz
Address: PO Box 83192, Edmonton, Auckland   Website: www.westaucklandparents.org.nz

      Co-Presidents                                 Eileen Joy & Charlotte Whiter
      Secretaries                               Ruth Murphy & Andrea Follington
      Treasurers                                Andrea Follington & Ruth Murphy
      Membership Administrator                                 Andrea Follington
      Marketing Database                                            Ruth Murphy
      Statistics Collector                                          Ruth Murphy
      Website Co-ordinator                                              VACANT
      Librarian                                                  Monica Silveira
      Products Co-ordinator                                             VACANT
      Member Discount Scheme Co-ordinator                               VACANT
      Advocacy & Lobbying                           Eileen Joy & Charlotte Whiter
      Grants Co-ordinator                                             Eileen Joy
      Fundraising Co-ordinator                                  Charlotte Whiter
      Marketing/ PR Co-ordinator                                 Anna Wilkinson
      Kits/ Brochures Co-ordinator                                Amanda Perry
      Shed and Venue Co-ordinator                              Andrea Follington
      Volunteer Admin Co-ordinator                                      VACANT
      Events Co-ordinator                                               VACANT
      Baby Factory Signs                                           Yvette Wilson
      Childbirth Education Convenor                                   Eileen Joy
      Childbirth Education Bookings                                 Hannah Eyre
      Childbirth Education Co-ordinator                           Gaylene Ward
      Hospital Tour Guide                                         Angela Wilson
      Parent Education Convenor                                   Rebecca Lamb
      Parent Education Bookings                                         VACANT
      Baby and You Co-ordinator                                Andrea Hazeldine
      Moving and Munching Co-ordinator                             Emma Collins
      Special Interests Co-ordinator                                    VACANT
      Newsletter Editor                                             Alsa Kemeys
      Newsletter Advertising                                        Alsa Kemeys
      Newsletter Distribution                                        Julie Moore
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                        We have a wonderful team of people who are a good
                        source of information for many issues/questions. Please
                        feel free to use this service—if they can’t help you
                        directly they will be able to advise where you can get
                        the help you require.
Breastfeeding: -------------------    Phone Rebecca Lamb, 834-6778
Bottle feeding: -------------------   VACANT
Postnatal Distress:-------------      Phone Eileen Joy, 818-8845
Miscarriage: ----------------------   Phone Julie Matthews, 834-3157
Premature Baby: ----------------      VACANT
Caesarean: -----------------------    Phone Amanda Perry, 838-1958
Home Births: ---------------------    Phone Zena Rombouts, 818-7698
If you have any other problems or queries that you wish to talk about with
someone, please contact 837-8481, leave a message and a committee mem-
ber will contact you.
    ** Our support people are here to help, please use them **
  They have information on organisations that can help if Parents
                       Centre is unable to.

               Volunteer Wanted:
       Help us further develop our great range of member
   Are you good with details and like a bit of a challenge? We
   need someone to further develop our great range of
   products. You will need to look after our existing suppliers,
   provide products to our members when they wish to buy
   them, and potentially source new and exciting things for our
   members to buy. There will be plenty of support for this role
   as it’s so important to our cash flow! Time commitment is
   approximately 4-5 hours per month.

             If you would like to know more information, then please
                         call Eileen on 818-8845 or email
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Thank you to the following businesses who are happy to support our
members with a discount.

Visit www.gentlydoesit.co.nz for down-to-earth practi-
cal pregnancy, birth and parenting information, as well
as gentle, safe products for babies, pregnant women,
and breastfeeding mums. WAPC members are of-
fered a 10% discount on orders over $50 (enter wstakpc09 coupon code at the
checkout). Email: info@gentlydoesit.co.nz.

Offers a range of 100% pure merino luxury sleepwear essentials,
designed and made in New Zealand. Keeps baby warm in winter
and cool in summer, and great for those with sensitive skin. WAPC
members are offered 20% off the current range of winter and stan-
dard weight sleeping bags, and 10% off all other products. Check
out the website: www.babycaterpillar.co.nz and ring the WAPC answer phone
on 837-8481 or email products@ westaucklandparents.org.nz with your order.
Postage costs will apply.

Personalised blankets in a range of designs, fabrics and
colours. Check out the website: www.myblanket.co.nz. A 10%
discount is available for our members. Call the WAPC answer
phone on 837-8481 and ask for an order form to be sent to you.

Pepsicles offers home help for the first few weeks after
baby is born. We also have newborn nappy hire kits
available containing popular modern cloth nappies. We
offer free postage on our nappy hire kits for WAPC members or free postage
when buying these modern cloth nappies through us. See our website for more
details and to book: www.pepsicles.co.nz or email Nathalie on

If you would like to inform our members of any other discounts or
   add your business to this page, please contact West Auckland
                    Parents Centre on 837-8481.

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For natural health advice from qualified profession-
als pop into our shop and clinic in Titirangi Village,
see our website, www.qhealth.co.nz, or phone 817-
1530. A free 100% pure essential oil for WAPC
members on purchases over $30.

A range of over 600 DK, Walker & Innovative Kids
books and CD-Roms. Caters for children of all ages
and a selection of parenting, health and general inter-
est books for adults too. Members can host a Book Look at home and get up to
20% of sales in free Total Learning products, or take advantage of the regular
discount of 10% off non-sale, non-urgent sales from our catalogue. Postage &
handling costs will apply depending on value of order (over $100 is free).

Contact: Suzanne at 837-6282 or email suzannei@ihug.co.nz
Visit: www.totallearning.ws

Toyworld is New Zealand’s largest retail chain
of specialist toy stores—with the biggest range of toys, games, puzzles, and
indoor and outdoor activities available in New Zealand. Located on the corner
of Edsel Street and Railside Avenue, the Henderson Megastore offers WAPC
members 10% off all products (some conditions may apply).

Save $5 on a standard manicure and $10 on a deluxe manicure, just by being
a member. Phone Jan at Nail D-zynes on 818-9126 and set up an appoint-
ment. You deserve it!

Located in Parrs Park, Glen Eden, the Waterhole offers
members a FREE Introductory lesson. Also, when booking
your classes, enrol three family members and get the third
free. Contact their office on 818-2312 to book your lessons.

Please have your membership card handy for redemption of these
       Lost your membership card? Phone 837-8481 or email
      info@westaucklandparents.org.nz to request a new one.

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             The latest titbits from WAPC, NZ and the world…

              CONSUMER NZ PRODUCT                                 RETURN OF THE CLOTH
                   RECALLS                                              NAPPY
Baby Solutions Sonic 2 Stroller - sold at K-                     New parents of babies born at
Mart stores from December 2008, with an item
number of BD-A08 and manufacture date of SEP                     Waitakere Hospital can now
2008. A rivet in the front leg of the stroller may               choose to use cloth nappies dur-
fail in certain circumstances. If you have this                  ing their stay in the maternity
stroller, stop using it and return to a K-Mart store
for a refund.                                                    wards. This new eco-friendly
                                                                 option, introduced in early Feb-
Tupperware Shape-O-Maracas - the handle of
the maracas does not comply with product safety                  ruary, is expected to prevent
standards and may present a choking risk. If you                 more than 80,000 disposable
own this product, stop using it immediately and                  nappies from entering landfill
return to: Freepost 223273, Tupperware New
Zealand, PO Box 104138, Lincoln North, Waitak-                   each year. New parents will
ere 0654. Include your name and mailing ad-                      also have the opportunity to
dress, and the product will be replaced with a
Tupperware product of greater value. Call (0800)
                                                                 hire cloth nappy kits at half
556-565 for more details.                                        price.

                                          Come along to…
                 Wednesday June 17th, 7:30-9:30pm
                  at the Kelston Community Centre
                     *SPOT PRIZES* *SUPPER PROVIDED*
                      *ALL MEMBERS VERY WELCOME!!*

                Please post to WAPC, PO Box 83-192, Edmonton
 NAME: ……………………………………………………………….. .........
 ADDRESS: ………………………………………………………….. .........
 PHONE NO: ............................... MEMBERSHIP NO:…………............
 EMAIL:.………………………………………………………………... ........
 CHILD/REN NAME/S:. ............................... DOB .................................
                                 . ................................. DOB: …........………..........
                                  .................................. DOB: …………….................

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Toddler Day Out
       1st March, 2009
By Eileen Joy
It was fabulous to see so many of our members,
past and present, at Toddler Day Out this year.
We were feeling particularly proud of ourselves,
as the day marked the first real occasion we have
had to publicly showcase all of our hard work
over the past six months. We were able to display
our new banner, business cards, brochures and t- Co-presidents Eileen (left) & Charlotte
shirts to great effect!                                showcase our hard work.
Toddler Day Out is a huge event in the Waitakere toddler calendar, and it was clear to
all of us at WAPC that toddlers and their parents had great fun. It was particularly
lovely to see the many women who took advantage of the breastfeeding space inside
our tent; we hope we made your time at Toddler Day Out that much easier.
                                          It was also the first outing ever of our „Birthday
                                          Party Hire Kit‟ complete with little table, chairs
                                          and a bubble machine. It was great to see loads
                                          of little people busily colouring in the pictures
                                          that we had supplied and dancing in bubbles
                                          from the bubble machine. If you are keen on
                                          hiring the birthday kit, please see page 25 for
                                          details. By hiring the birthday kit you will not
                                          only be making sure that your child has a fabu-
                                          lous party, but you will be helping WAPC raise
   The table and chairs from our new      the funds we need to run our courses and keep
birthday party kit being put to good use. our resources up-to-date.
Huge thanks also go to the many people who bought our old puzzles and books, and
tickets in our raffles! Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will be going to-
wards resources for our classes.
We hope to see you all at Toddler Day Out next year and, in the meantime, have fun
and make sure you contact us to reserve the birthday kit for your child‟s next party!

              The WAPC stand.                        Hassanah Rudd with Paula Bennett,
                                                            MP for Waitakere
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                      CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of
                          our Toddler Day Out Raffle:
                            Toddler Girl Basket - Joan Hay
                         Toddler Boy Basket - Venessa Blakely

WAPC could not exist without the support of charitable organisations and indi-
viduals who contribute to us. No matter how large or small their contribution,
we would like to thank each and every one of them for their support, which
helps us to continue our invaluable work in the West Auckland community.
      Lotteries Commission
      ASB Community Trust
      NZ Post
      COGS (Community Organisation Grants
      Waitakere Licensing Trust
      Booth family - donation of a DVD player for our

Thanks to the following people and organisations for contributions to our
Toddler Day Out baskets:
      Whitcoulls, West City
      Toyworld, Henderson
      Lesley Standeven - donation of products
      Ruth Murphy - donation of products
      Chefs Toolbox
      Lego New Zealand

 If your company is interested in helping us by donating items for raffle
  baskets or items to help us run our classes, then please contact us at

             Come along to our next committee meeting!!
 WAPC committee meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at the
 Kelston Community Centre. The dates for the next two meetings are 15th April and
 20th May at 7:30pm. We welcome anyone who wants to come along—whether it’s to find
 out what WAPC does, share your feedback on how we’re doing or even volunteer for a
 position on the committee!!
        Please email info@westaucklandparents.org.nz if you would like to attend.

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            Volunteer of the Month
                                                       Sponsored by Ebony Flowers
JANUARY                  Ruth Murphy answered our desperate plea last year for volun-
                         teers and we have been very happy ever since that we recruited
                         such an amazing volunteer. Ruth has studiously taken our min-
                         utes at committee meetings and turned them into a very profes-
                         sional document, which in the words of another volunteer
                         means that “you know exactly what happened at the meeting
                         and who said what, even if you are not there”. Ruth‟s ability to
                         decipher what we are saying, keep up with everything and put
                         up with amendments from the co-presidents shows the patience
                         of a saint! Lately, Ruth also took on the Treasurer role in con-
                         junction with Andrea Follington. So excited was she recently
                         about getting the accounts to balance that she danced around her
                         room! It‟s rare to find a volunteer to do the Treasurer position,
                         let alone one who gets excited about it!! As if that isn‟t enough,
Ruth collects our statistics and has also taken on the project of getting the Pregnancy
and Yoga course off the ground. We would not know what to do without you, Ruth,
and thank you enormously for all your hard work for WAPC.
Alsa Kemeys also answered our plea for volunteers last year           FEBRUARY
and rather tentatively took on the Newsletter Editor role with
the ominous words, “I will give it a few months”. Fortu-
nately she has either forgotten she said this or has so fallen in
love with it that she isn‟t planning on leaving any time soon.
Our newsletter has gone from strength to strength under
Alsa‟s guidance. Alsa happily takes on board constructive
criticism and never takes it personally. Memorably, she al-
lowed the co-presidents to go through her first newsletter
and offer suggestions for improvement; not once did she take
it to heart, she just got on with the job and the next newslet-
ter was even more amazing than the first. She has overseen
an advertising rates review, revamped the look of the news-
letter and we have had more advertising than ever before.
Alsa does all this with quiet aplomb and is more than tolerant of the committee mem-
bers who all, at one stage or another, miss her deadlines. Even more amazing is the fact
that she did not throw in the towel after the February/March issue, which she was
forced to recreate three times when the file kept crashing. Our newsletter is one of the
most important public faces of WAPC, and Alsa does it and us proud.

Each Volunteer of the Month receives a beautiful bouquet of flowers, thanks to
          Ebony Flowers, 540 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula.

If you are considering volunteering then please contact us at info@westaucklandparents.org.nz or
call Eileen on 818-8845. We have roles that cover all interests and all time availabilities—go on,
contact us; you might be surprised at what you can do and how much fun you will have!
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                     of the YEAR
A fantastic midwife is the sort of midwife that we all want and expect, and some of us
are lucky enough to get. So what were we looking for when we reviewed the submis-
sions for our „Midwife of the Year‟ award? To us it was important to acknowledge the
whole relationship that a midwife has with her client. From that first call to the last
visit the service needs to be exemplary. There should be no stupid questions, no doubts,
and a huge amount of trust and respect built up by the time your EDD comes around.
Your „amazing‟ midwife should listen to all your concerns and respect all your deci-
sions, whilst providing the very best in medical and professional care. The best mid-
wife should almost be like the perfect mother. In the past, midwives were considered to
be wise women in the community with their knowledge handed down from woman to
woman, and they had an almost magical aura surrounding them—little wonder that
many midwives were burned as witches, such was the power that they were deemed to
have. The New Zealand College of Midwives has a whole list of things to look for in a
midwife, and it is a daunting, but essential, list for any midwife or woman looking for
one. We would add that the most amazing midwife also has to have that „X factor‟.

And the Winner is...
It became very clear from the earliest submissions we received that there was only one
winner. The submissions nominating this midwife outnumbered the rest by a country
mile. In fact, the problem we had was not choosing the midwife, but rather which
amazing story nailed exactly what was so incredible about her. There was a common
theme throughout all of her nominations, and it was that she developed and maintained
a respectful and compassionate relationship with each of these pregnant women. Her
midwifery was not just about the labour, the birth or the tricky moment; it was and is
about helping each woman achieve the best pregnancy, birth and early mothering ex-
perience that she possibly can. We joked that she had to have wings and be a super
hero, because no one could be this amazing, but clearly many, many of you think she

And so we are very pleased to announce that our 2009 Midwife of the Year is Bunny

We would like to thank everyone who nominated Bunny (and there were a lot of you)
but unfortunately we could only have one winning submission. It was wonderful to
read all the fabulous stories, but extremely difficult to select the winning entry. After
reading and re-reading all the entries (several times), we are pleased to announce that
the winning submission was sent in by Letitia Harris. Congratulations from all of us
at WAPC.

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                         Bunny Cummings, written by Letitia Harris
                         I gave birth to Luka Ashley Bradnock (a boy) on the
                         2nd March 2008 at Waitakere Hospital. My midwife
                         was Bunny Cummings, who is from Kumeu and
                         works out of a clinic in Henderson. There aren’t
                         enough words to tell you just how brilliant my partner
                         and I thought she was, and I will definitely try to have
                         her as my midwife again.

                         I had a very straightforward pregnancy and only a few
                         small complications in birth. But I honestly think that
                         part of the reason I had such a good pregnancy and
                         delivery was down to how happy I felt with Bunny.

She was so relaxed and each time I went to an appointment we would have a
laugh. But she always made sure I had all the information I needed and I felt
like I could ask her anything. When it came time for me to deliver I felt relaxed
in the knowledge that I could take my cues from Bunny, and I completely
trusted her and any decision she made for me and my baby. So on delivery
day the only thing I had to think about was breathing and being in tune with
my body, because I had complete trust in Bunny to guide the rest of it.

After Luka was born, Bunny was a godsend. I wasn’t keen on breastfeeding,
and in fact was thinking of not even giving it a go. Bunny did not judge my de-
cision and said she would help me either way when the time came. After Luka
was born she helped me get him latched on and feeding well 30 minutes after
birth. I fed him for six months and was surprised to find that I actually enjoyed

Bunny also helped me to sort out Luka’s day/night confusion so I could get
some sleep!

I realise that it doesn’t sound like she did anything extraordinary, and she was
everything you would expect from a midwife. But, for me, just the absolute
feeling of trust I had in her and how relaxed she made me feel throughout my
pregnancy was worth its weight in gold.

Bunny is a fabulous midwife and I would (and do) recommend her to every
pregnant woman I speak to. I cannot say enough about her. My partner and I
are so thankful we chose her.

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Second and Third Places
It has to be said that, despite having a clear winning midwife, selecting the second and
third runners-up was no easy task. There are clearly a lot of fabulous midwives in the
Waitakere area—we are obviously very lucky! Thank you to everyone who took the
time to enter and tell us about them! There was a consistent theme throughout all the
entries we received of support, information and service almost above the call of duty.
However, final decisions had to be made and we are pleased to announce our runner-up
prizes go to Ann Stormont (2nd) nominated by Melanie Griffin; and Gail Kiss (3rd)
nominated by Eloise Fraser. Congratulations!

Ann Stormont, written by Melanie Griffin
I ashamedly admit to being one of THOSE clients: a little older and with a his-
tory of miscarriage that heightened my sense of anxiety throughout my preg-
nancy. Every week or so, I would convince myself that the baby had not
grown or had stopped moving, and I would ring or text Ann for reassurance.
She patiently made extra appointments in her hectic schedule and invited me
to drop by the clinic, whenever, to hear baby’s heartbeat. Ann remained
cheerful regardless of the hour or how tired she must have been.
When it came time to deliver, my anxieties melted away. Ann has a capable
air about her that inspires confidence, even in worry-warts like me. With her
encouragement and acceptance of all our birthing decisions, things went
Once home I looked forward to her every visit; her humour and sparkle was a
tonic for a sleep-deprived mum. And when little Iris started screaming incon-
solably, Ann did not simply put it down to ‘colic’, but instead made sure Iris
was checked by a paediatrician and offered helpful suggestions for managing
her reflux.
We really felt she cared and listened, and for that reason deserves this prize.
Thanks, Ann.

Gail Kiss, written by Eloise Fraser (abridged)
I would like to nominate my midwife, Gail Kiss, for Midwife of the Year.
Gail has seven kids of her own and that is amazing enough, but on top of that
she is a wonderful midwife who exceeded our expectations tremendously. We
have recommended her to our friends and family. My sister, after seeing what
wonderful care Gail gave us, has decided to use Gail as her midwife for her
second pregnancy.
Gail was recommended to me by one of her former colleagues, who worked
with her at Waitakere Hospital before Gail became an independent midwife. I
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first had contact with Gail in early 2008 when I became pregnant for the first
time. Unfortunately I miscarried at only six weeks; however, Gail made the
loss easier by answering any queries and she came to see me (at my
house—I didn’t even have to go to her!). She held on to hope for the baby,
while at the same time not giving us false hope. When we felt like trying again
she answered my queries, and a few months later, as soon as we found out
the happy news that we were expecting again, Gail was one of the first people
we contacted. I didn’t want to miss out on having her for my care and we were
lucky that she was available.
Throughout my pregnancy she made my partner and I feel comfortable, and
we always felt that we could discuss anything with her no matter how embar-
rassing or trivial; she never once made us feel that any of our questions were
silly and she always answered them fully. She always ended our appoint-
ments by reminding us to contact her any time if we were concerned about
anything. Although we tried not to, we took her up on that offer a few times,
even at inconvenient times like weekends and late at night; however, she al-
ways answered and was polite despite the timing of some of those calls.
For the labour she gave us exactly what we wanted, and with her gentle en-
couragement and help I had a fantastic drug-free water birth, and my partner
assisted her in delivering our beautiful little girl, Ashlee.
A day and a half after Ashlee was born I had to be taken to hospital with what
turned out to be a bad case of campylobacter. I was really unwell and had to
stay in hospital for a week. As Ashlee was so young she stayed with me along
with my partner. Gail visited us every day in hospital and continued our care;
she even brought me in a pump to assist with keeping up my milk supply
while I was too sick to breastfeed. Once we were home we enjoyed Gail’s
visits and she took time just to chat, which was really nice.
We had our last visit from her this week, as our little girl is now six weeks old,
but Gail once again finished our visit by saying we could contact her any time.
I will miss her visits, but am excited that my sister has taken her on for her
care and so I will no doubt see Gail at my niece’s/nephew’s birth.

WAPC would like to thank our generous sponsors: A Plus Beauty Spa, Lego New Zea-
land and Ebony Flowers. Without their support we would not have been able to reward
the winning midwives and the people who nominated them. Finally, we would like to
say thanks to all the midwives who look after our Waitakere mums (and their babies).
Even though we only heard stories about a small fraction of the fabulous work you do,
it‟s great to know we are so spoilt for choice within our region. We all appreciate it!

Till next year,

Eileen, Charlotte & the WAPC Team
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                           Ideas for
                      Pampering a New Mum
                      By Cara Baddington, Gently Does It

Being a mother is special at any time, but being a new mum on Mother‟s Day is really
a time to celebrate your role and treat yourself! But how do you actually work some
pampering into your new life, where responsibility for baby often takes precedence
over everything?

Try these simple, practical ideas to feel like a million dollar mama—go on, you deserve

Some like it hot. When you‟re pregnant, hot baths are out. Hooray,
now that baby‟s here you can steam up the bathroom with a long, hot
soak (we recommend waiting till your post-natal bleeding has ceased).
Try adding baby-friendly bath treats like Angel Baby Bath Blossoms
and, once the water‟s cooled, baby can join you in the bath for a wash,
cuddle and a relaxed, snuggly feed.

If you call them, they will come. Before kids, having a manicure or haircut was a real
treat. But add in organising a babysitter and finding parking, and the whole thing‟s
more stressful than it‟s worth. So try in-home beauty therapy. Ask around for recom-
mendations, or even try friends who are trained but are currently at home with kids
themselves. You often pay the same or less than going into a salon, and this way you
can arrange for your treat at a time when baby will be settled.

                  A fraction of friction. A massage is the ultimate way to relax and
                  sleep better. If there‟s a bit of slack in the budget, try an in-home
                  massage therapist. If you can‟t afford the extra, ask your partner to
                  give you a back rub. Lie on your bed on a thick towel, and use other
                  towels and pillows to support your newly buoyant breastfeeding
                  boobs. Try using Tui Lavender or Unscented Massage Wax.

Zzzzzzz. Sleep can be the ultimate luxury when you‟ve got a new baby. To
make the sleep that you do get the best possible, change your sheets as often
as you can to get that fresh uncreased feeling. Get yourself some yummy
mummy sleepwear with built in breast support and feeding clips. Squirt your
pillow with a scrumptious aromatherapy spray like Happy Mama Spray.
Cara Baddington is mum to Elise and Harry. She is a Parents Centre Child-
birth Educator and runs Gently Does It (www.gentlydoesit.co.nz), a website
packed with gentle, safe products for mums and babies, as well as heaps of
 down-to-earth practical info. Gently Does It is now a member of WAPC’s
            Discount Scheme. See page 10 for further details.

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          Volunteer Wanted:
         Help us ensure our events run smoothly
We are looking for someone to project manage the events
that we have over the year. It’s an exciting job as no event is
the same. We need someone who is organised and up for a
bit of a challenge. We have about 4-5 events over the year
that need someone to spearhead them. You need to be a
good delegator and able to get a project off the ground.
There is a fab committee to support you and help run all the
events! Time commitment depends on the events, but on
average a couple of hours a week.

        If you would like to know more information, then please
                    call Eileen on 818-8845 or email
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                       Antenatal Class
                 25 August to 6 October 2008

           Joanna and Barry                        Jack
          Gretchen and Aaron                      Jamie
            Arama and David                      Jessica
          Jessica and Richard                    Jordan
            Anita and Robert                      Rocco
             Karen and Jon                         Alex
           Phillippa and Brent                    Riley
           Angelin and Haizel                    Aiyana
           Trudi and Jeremy                      Reuben
            Rachel and Brent                      Lewis
           Amanda and David                      Abigail
                  Alaina                         Bowen

            Huge congratulations to…
Rebecca and Andy Samways on the birth of Will on March
 9th, weighing 8 pounds, 12 ounces. A brother for Archie.
                        and to
 Charlotte and Mick Whiter on the safe arrival of Dominic James, born on
   March 18th, weighing 9 pounds, 8 ounces. A little brother for Peyton.

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                   Stella Flint                                         Archie Samways
                                                                        Harrison Buchanan
                                                                        Owen Follington

If we have missed your child’s name or they have an upcoming birthday, please ring Andrea on 837-8481, so we
                                   can check that you ARE in the database.

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          they can sit unaided until around 5 years of age.

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    $25 plus $15 for 2 litres of bubble mix, and a $50 bond.

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Around the                                                           Sponsored by

               Coffee Cup
               Find out more about one of our coffee groups
By Kirsty Cooke

When and how often does your coffee group meet?
Our coffee group is really new, so we have organised get-togethers off the cuff. Now
that all the babies are past a couple of weeks old we are ready to put a firm time in
place, but it was hard when some of the mums were still pregnant and some had eight-
week-old babies. It looks like we will meet up once a fortnight.
What stage are your babies at?
Connor and Charley are the oldest at 11 weeks (born mid-December) and it goes back
from there. We just had two of the girls give birth in the last couple of weeks.
Favourite coffee group venues?
We have done our houses, which worked really well in the beginning as our babies
were so little and we were just getting our confidence about going out with them.
What other activities has your coffee group tried?
We went to the Wednesday $6.50 mummy and baby movies at WestCity.
Being a parent has taught you...
Mainly to let go and BE in the moment. Don‟t fight what is happening, or want it to be
different, or feel you are doing something wrong or want to improve things all the time.
Just accept the moment as it is and go with the flow. Coming to parenthood after build-
ing a business and travelling, you tend to want to get things DONE all the time. Having
a baby has really tuned me in to what is important in life…feeling happy. And what
really makes most people happy is sharing their love with others, especially a BABY.
What things do you talk about within your group that you never expected to?
I never expected to compare notes on how to get a baby to sleep. I really thought new-
born babies just ate and slept. I‟ve found out it doesn‟t just happen that way by chance!
Any tips for new mums?
Be careful who you hang around. Does your mother-in-law or even your mother make
you feel like you are not doing a good job (with good intentions, of course)? You have
to be educated, but at the end of the day you have to trust your instincts. Don‟t worry
so much and enjoy! Take time just to be with your little one…look at them and marvel.
Spend hours doing it, if you can. Suddenly, you look at them and they are not newborn
babies any more, but babies, and there is a big difference.
And for dads?
Get your shirt off and have skin-to-skin contact with your baby as much as you can in
those first days. Let your baby fall asleep on your chest and see what you feel. My
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husband spent hours doing this and still loves to let our little one curl up on his chest
and sleep. The bond he created in those first few days gave him a lot of confidence that
he was going to be an awesome dad.
Best baby products you’ve tried?
Nuskin Epoch baby massage gel. Real
Nappy system.
And the most useless?
Cheap baby wipes, the name of which I
can‟t remember as I threw them out.
Stick to the known brands!
What have been some of your funniest
moments?                                     Pictured from left to right: Connor, Charley,
When Charley first pooed all over his       Hazel, Jacob, Sienna, Stevie, Kaleb, Nathan and
dad. This was after his dad refused to
change nappies for the first few weeks, saying he would introduce himself gradually.
Charley sped up the process and gave him a good one.
What have been the greatest challenges so far?
Settling Charley to sleep during the day. He is a very alert and curious baby who wants
to stay awake, and then gets overtired and is hard to settle. Having my mum and others
talk about how it wasn‟t like that in their day or give advice. Getting so fixated on fix-
ing the „problem‟ that you forget he is just a two-month-old baby. I also find it hard to
sleep in the day so had to make do with what I got at night. Making decisions about
vaccination. Learning to just enjoy my baby!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
From Felicia Jagoe, who is my cranial osteopath. She observed me keeping Charley
still for her, and told me afterwards that I was doing a great job and that your
„intention‟ of love, stillness and peace for your baby is worth more than any technique
or prop. You can get so caught up following formulas, but your baby just wants your
What’s the best thing about being in this coffee group?
Feeling like you are part of a special club with all these other women who are doing the
same amazing thing as you. Hearing everyone‟s birth stories and sharing notes on what
is working and what‟s not working. Being part of a community where they all under-
stand what you are going through.

Tell us about your coffee group and we’ll send you a $50 voucher to use
at Arum Café. Email newsletter@westaucklandparents.org.nz to register your
A big thank you to Arum Café (inside Palmers Garden World, 4155 Great
North Road, Glen Eden) for sponsoring ‘Around the Coffee Cup’. Arum Café is
child-friendly, with great food and coffee, high chairs, a change table, and
couches that can be booked in advance.
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                 West Auckland Parents Centre
                   PARENTING COURSES
              (All courses held at the Kelston Community Centre)

   Gain new skills and confidence by attending a WAPC Parenting Course.
   Please note that due to limited numbers, bookings for these courses are
   essential. To avoid disappointment, please book your place early. For
   information or bookings, please leave a message on 837-8481 or email

Moving and Munching
This is a two part daytime course for parents of 4-7 month old babies. It covers
starting solids, first foods, crawling to walking, developmental toys and safety.
It includes a free copy of the fabulous recipe book,
Baby Food & Beyond by Alison and Simon Holst.
The next sessions are:
Fridays 17 and 24 April
Fridays 19 and 26 June
(All sessions start at 10am and finish by midday)
Cost: FREE if you have paid for a Childbirth Educa-
      tion & Early Parenting Education package
      $30 for members, $40 for non-members

CPR and Choking
Know what to do in an emergency! This Saturday morning course is designed
to give you hands on experience in CPR and choking skills. An essential class
for all parents and caregivers of children under five, led by a qualified, experi-
enced paramedic.
The next sessions are:     18 April
                           16 May
                           20 June
(All sessions start at 10am and finish by midday)
Cost: FREE if you have paid for a Childbirth Education & Early Parenting
      Education package
      $20 for members, $25 for non-members

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                 West Auckland Parents Centre
                   PARENTING COURSES
              (All courses held at the Kelston Community Centre)

Baby and You
Baby and You is a four part daytime course covering essentials for parents in
the ‘fourth trimester’ (newborn to 4 months). It’s designed to help you under-
stand and cope with your role as a new parent, or to refresh your skills if you’re
doing it for the second (or more!) time around. Each
week we have a different expert speaker to pass on
knowledge and ideas, and take your questions.
The next sessions are:
Mondays 20 and 27 April and 4 May; Saturday 9
(All sessions start at 10am and finish by midday)
Cost: FREE if you have paid for a Childbirth Educa-
      tion & Early Parenting Education package OR
      a Practical Parenting Package.
      $35 for members, $45 for non-members

                          Terrific Twos
                          This two part evening course covers play and devel-
                          opment for busy toddlers, and essentials for facing
                          the challenge of independent toileting.
                          The next sessions are:
                          Wednesdays 29 April and 6 May
                          (All sessions start at 7:30pm and run for 2 hours)

                          Cost: $20 for members, $30 for non-members

Members can bring a partner or support person to any parenting course for no
                  additional cost; $10 for non-members.

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     Did you give birth at Waitakere Hospital?

                     Take part in our Consumer Forum!
          The core values of Waitemata District Health Board are:
                              Customer Focus

          These values underpin all care and service provided in maternity.

          It is important to us that we receive honest feedback to ensure that
          the service is right and meets the needs of those receiving it.

          The consumer forum meets every two months and is a friendly,
          welcoming format. This forum belongs to you— the consumers.

          Feedback is discussed within the group and suggested actions
          followed up and reported back to the group.

          New policies, information pamphlets or ideas are discussed and
          given to the group to comment on.

          You are welcome to bring your baby or young children with you
          to the meeting. Refreshments are provided and a petrol voucher to
          acknowledge your time.

          All and any new members most welcome at our next session—
          26th May, 10am to 12pm in the Nikau Room, behind the staff car
          park, opposite the Emergency department.

                 Please contact Sue Fitzgerald by emailing:

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                 Being a
                  By Rae Towers

I became a grandmother on October 1 st, 2007 when a beautiful little boy—Salvador—
was born to my son Scott and his lovely partner, Fiona. And then, in April 2008, it hap-
pened again; Benedict was born to daughter Briar and her partner, Matt. Suddenly,
after years of thinking—like so many parents of thirty-something offspring—that we
might never have the opportunity to experience the joys of being grandparents, my
husband and I had two gorgeous grandsons.

And it really is a joy! I think becoming a grandmother is like being given the most
wonderful, unexpected gift. You don‟t have to do anything to get this prize; it just hap-
pens. And then you belong to that club of privileged women who take the latest photos
of their little grandies to café lunches and book groups, sharing their pride and joy with
anyone who will look. (Grandfathers are sometimes known to do this too!)

New mothers and fathers know the overwhelming rush of emotion when the new little
person that they have been waiting eagerly to meet for so long finally emerges into the
world. My husband and I were fortunate to meet Salvador at just 12 hours old, and then
to meet Benedict when he was less than one hour old—both of them beautiful, healthy
babies. To see the expressions of combined love and awe on the faces of the new par-
ents as they gazed at their child was so special. I think that feeling is just as intense for
new grandparents but, perhaps unexpectedly, there is also a huge feeling of responsibil-
ity and, to some extent, anxiety. You really want this baby to have the best possible life
and to do all you can to make sure that happens and, having raised a family, you are
                              very aware of pitfalls and problems that could arise. Yet
                              you are one step removed from making the day-to-day
                              decisions about how the baby will be raised and have to
                              accept that it is the new baby‟s parents who have that role.
                              Finding the right balance between helping and standing
                              back can be difficult, particularly in the early days when
                              the new parents are finding their way into the complexities
                              of parenthood, and everyone is tired and stressed. But
                              those days (and sleepless nights) soon fade into the distant
                              memory, and it is wonderful to watch the new parents set-
                              tle into their new role and become skilled and confident. A
                              particular joy is seeing the way that young men take such
                              an active role in looking after their children these days,
                              doing much more than most of their fathers did.
Rae meeting Salvador for the
 first time with his mother,
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                              I have been so fortunate that the relationship I have with our
                              grandsons—and their parents—has grown better and stronger
                              as the months have flown by. I feel closer to my own children
                              now; this shared experience of parenting gives another bond
                              between us. Benedict lives in London, but he and his mother
                              came and stayed with us for five weeks recently, so we partici-
                              pated fully in his daily activities and developments for that
                              time, watching him learn to crawl and stand and get to know us.
                              Now we keep in touch via the wonders of the Webcam and it is
                              so good to see that he seems to remember, reacting to my face
                              on the screen with big smiles and coos. Watching him through
    Benedict with his two
                              the camera lens is great, but it would be wonderful to be able to
    doting grandmothers.      have a big hug and smell that wonderful baby smell.

Luckily, 17-month-old Salvador lives only an easy two-hour drive away and visits—
and big hugs—are frequent. Our house is now equipped with lots of baby things like a
stroller, cot, high chair and toys, and we often take charge of this energetic charmer for
a day or two. What a privilege to be trusted to look after him completely, and what fun
to play silly games, sing nursery rhymes and made-up songs, read those wonderful
books that were his dad‟s favourites again…and again…and again…and to bring him,
warm and refreshed from a good night‟s sleep, into our bed in the mornings for cuddles
and stories before breakfast time.

Yes, I am often tired when he is handed back to his parents—the energy levels are not
what they were when I was a twenty-something mother of three children under five
years old—but a quick „nana-nap‟ soon fixes that. Spending time with a grandchild is a
total pleasure, without the need to decide on
policies and rules, or the pressures of career and
household responsibilities, which can make par-
enthood somewhat stressful. I want to make the
most of the opportunities I have now to enjoy
this very special relationship with the children
of my children. As writer Eva Figes1 says, the
difference between being a mother and being a
grandmother is “rather like the difference be-
tween marriage and a love affair. Parenthood,
like marriage, is hard work, a lifetime‟s commit-
ment that brings pain as well as joy. Having a      Rae enjoying a cuddle with Salvador.
grandchild is like being in love.”
    Eva Figes, quoted in The Guardian, 24th February, 2003. www.guardian.co.uk .

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        RECIPE of the
By Shona Nolan
This is a wonderful recipe that has been very popular at my recent
parties. It makes a good pan full of paella that would easily serve
5-6 adults.

Prep: 15 mins/ Cooking: 25 mins

The Chefs Tools
como advanced 28cm Sauté Pan, como advanced 3.5L
Brazier, ct edge Cook‟s Knife, ct edge Fusion Knife, Digital Timer/
Thermometer, Electronic Scales, Silicone Measuring Set, Silicone
Slotted Spoon.

The Ingredients
1L stock
1/2 teaspoon saffron threads (optional)
1 tablespoon oil
2 chicken breast fillets or 500g chicken thighs, halved horizontally and sliced
2 or 3 Spanish chorizo sausages, sliced thickly on the diagonal
1 onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 red capsicum, deseeded and sliced
1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
1 x 400g can tomatoes, chopped
1 teaspoon salt (optional)
2 cups Arborio rice (or medium grain rice)
1/2 cup frozen baby peas

The Fun
1.    Heat stock in 3.5L Brazier until just boiling. Add saffron to hot stock and set aside.
2.    Heat 28cm Sauté Pan over medium heat for 2 minutes.
3.    Add half the oil, and cook chicken and chorizo pieces in two batches. Set aside.
4.    Add remaining oil, onion, garlic and capsicum to pan, and cook for 2-3 minutes on
      medium-low heat until vegetables have softened.
5.    Add paprika, stir well and cook for 3 minutes.
6.    Add tomatoes and salt, and cook for 5 minutes.
7.    Add rice and stir well to combine.
8.    Add half the stock and stir well.
9.    Cook over medium heat, without stirring, for 5-7 minutes.
10.   Add remaining stock. Do not stir from this point on.

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11. Return chicken and chorizo pieces to pan, pressing them down into the rice.
12. Scatter peas over rice.
13. Cook for a further 7-10 minutes, or until rice is cooked and stock is almost com-
    pletely absorbed.
14. Remove from heat, cover and stand for 5 minutes.

Chef’s Tips
Masterfoods sells a smoked paprika that you can source from most supermarkets in the
spice section. „Normal‟ paprika is sweet, whereas smoked paprika has a traditional
Spanish flavour.

The Chefs Toolbox is a party-plan based company offering a fantastic opportu-
  nity if you’re looking for a fun, flexible career. As an independent consultant
 you can earn the income you want, choose your own hours, work from home,
receive free business training and cookware, and build your career at your own
  pace. WAPC also receives $200 cash for every person who signs on as
an independent consultant! For more information, call Shona on 442-2126 or
                027 201-6800, or email chefstoolbox@clear.net.nz.

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By Sarah Graham

Planning your child‟s birthday? Here are a few ideas to help
you make it the best party ever, for you, your guests, and the
birthday boy or girl. Keep it simple, plan and prepare what
you can in advance, then sit back and enjoy the big day.

First things first: decide on an appropriate „theme‟ for your child‟s age. Here are a few
suggestions to get you started: a teddy bears‟ picnic, a tea party, a princess party or a
beach party.

Have the party at a time that‟s best for your little one, when he or she is the least tired.
To keep food costs down avoid having a party near lunch or dinner time.

Invitations set the mood of the party. Receiving an invitation in the post or having one
handed to you is such a treat. The simplest type of invitation is to cut out a shape, and
then write or print the party information on it. Try a teddy bear shape for a teddy bears‟
picnic, a teapot for a tea party, a crown or wand for a princess party, or a bucket for a
beach party.
                        Make sure you include the following information:
                            Name of the party girl or boy
                            Where the party is being held
                            What time the party starts and finishes
                            Contact name and phone number even if you don‟t require a
                            RSVP (makes it easier for guests to contact you if required)
                            RSVP date
                            Any special requirements (e.g. bring your favourite teddy or
                            dress up as a fairy).

These can be as simple or elaborate as your budget dictates. Focus on these main areas
for maximum impact: the front door/entrance way (as this is the first place your guests
will see when they arrive), the table and possibly the area around the table, and if it‟s
summer put a few decorations outside as well.

Balloons are great for decorating with—they are inexpensive, festive, kids love them
and, with a few clever tricks, they can look amazing. Try creating balloon flowers by
tying five medium-sized balloons together to make the petals and then tie one smaller
balloon in the centre. Hang them up on the ceiling or over the corners of your party
table, and attach a few ribbons or streamers. Or attach a balloon flower to the front
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door. A bunch of helium balloons at various heights in the middle of the table looks
fantastic; tie to a balloon filled with water to keep them in place.

To dress the table with an appropriate tablecloth for your theme, check out your local
emporium for fantastic materials at very low prices. Buy a couple of metres and, hey
presto, you have a fantastic tablecloth and it doesn‟t matter if it gets ruined.
   For a teddy bears‟ picnic, scatter a red gingham cloth with Tiny Teddy biscuits.
   For a tea party, use a coloured cloth, and old tea cups and cake plates to display the
   food. Paper doilies also add to the atmosphere.
   For a princess party, scatter a pink tablecloth with pink and
   red heart confetti, or M&M‟s.
   For a beach party, use a blue cloth or a very large beach
   towel, and scatter with a few shells. A fish bowl in the cen-
   tre of the table containing a few rubber duckies floating on
   blue coloured water is great for this theme.

For children under three years old, leave a few toys around for them to play with. If the
weather is good, have a ball or two outside, place some toys in the sandpit, and plug in
a bubble machine (these can be hired, borrowed or bought) or have a helpful relative
blow bubbles for the kids to catch and pop. For children three years and older, classic
games like Pass the Parcel, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Statues and Musical Cushions
are still lots of fun. Limit the number of games you play to about three.

Party Food
Keep it simple: three sweet and three savoury dishes, and if you have more time add
another one or two. These don‟t all have to be homemade— combine shop-bought
goodies with creative homemade delicacies. Prepare as much as you can ahead, then
keep in the fridge or freezer until party day. Things like cupcakes can be baked weeks
ahead and frozen, then defrosted, iced and decorated a day or two before the party.
   Try updating old favourites like fairy bread by cutting with a cookie cutter.
   For a tea party, make mini marshmallow cupcakes: take a bag of Pascall marshmal-
   lows, dip the top of each marshmallow in melted chocolate then in sprinkles, put a
   Jelly Tot or M&M in the middle, place in a mini muffin paper case and leave to set.
   Create wands for a princess party using a star cookie cutter and your favourite bis-
   cuit mixture, push in an ice-block stick or a cookie pop stick (available online) and
   bake. When cold, ice, and decorate with lollies or hundreds and thousands.
   Create fantastic finger jellies by mixing a sachet of Gregg‟s Jelly Time (cold water)
   jelly with one cup of water. Pour into flexible ice cube trays (available in all sorts of
   shapes from Spotlight, The Warehouse and Mitre 10 Mega) and leave to set. Make
   them in advance and unmould on the day of the party.
   Thread skewers (sharp ends cut off) with cubed cheese, luncheon, cucumber chunks
   and cherry tomatoes.
   Make simple wraps with kid-friendly foods like cheese, avocado and ham. Or make
   roll-ups with Vegemite/ Marmite and cheese, and cut into bite-sized pieces.

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I‟m always amazed at how many people spend a lot of money buying a
cake, because they don‟t think theirs will measure up. Most kids are
happy with a simple round or square cake, iced and covered in lollies.
If they‟re old enough they can even help to place the lollies on. Another
simple idea is to ice a round shop-bought or homemade cake, decorate
the sides with lollies and place a toy on the top.
    For a teddy bears‟ picnic cake, ice the sides and top with green but-
    ter icing, and sprinkle with coconut rubbed with a little green food
    colouring. Cut a piece of red gingham fabric, place in the centre as a picnic blanket
    and sit a small teddy on top.
    For a tea party cake, ice with pink, mauve or yellow butter icing, and tie a wide rib-
    bon around the cake in a bow. Sprinkle the top with hundreds and thousands and
    place a small tea set teapot in the middle.
    For a princess party cake, ice with white or pink butter icing, place pink lollies or
    candy floss on the sides, and top with a plastic crown from The $2 Shop.
    For a beach party cake, line a clean child‟s castle-type plastic bucket with Glad
    Wrap and fill with softened vanilla ice cream. Freeze until firm then, just before
    serving, unmould, scatter with toasted coconut, and top with a hand-made flag (a
    triangular piece of paper attached to a wooden skewer). 1

Party Bags
We all do it—spend lots of money making up plastic party bags with lollies and rub-
bishy plastic toys. The lollies get eaten, and the toys end up in the rubbish bin almost
the moment we get home or, worse, discarded on the floor of the car. Try something
different; give a party gift that won‟t clog the landfill. A few of my favourite ideas are:
    Play dough; all kids love it and it‟s inexpensive. Divide a batch into balls and place
    in clear sandwich bags, tie the tops with ribbons and hang a plastic cookie cutter off
    each bag. (Cutters come in packs at The $2 Shop.) Or a bottle of bubble mixture.
    For a teddy bears‟ picnic, attach a small teddy to a helium balloon or a balloon on a
    For a tea party, make a batch of cookies, place in cellophane bags, tie with ribbons
    and attach the recipe.
    For a princess party, place a few lollies in a tulle bag and tie the bag to a plastic
    wand from The $2 Shop.
    For a beach party, give a bucket and spade.
    This idea comes from The Australian Women’s Weekly Kids’ Party Cakes cook book.

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       Building Blocks
    Childcare & pre-school
  ‘Building the foundations for life’
   Quality education and care for children 12
   weeks to 5 years
   Spacious, purpose built centre set in park-like
   Dedicated, qualified and experienced staff
   Swimming available during summer months
              (older children only)
   Our own van for regular trips

Come in and see for yourself what Building Blocks
                   is all about.

            Ph Alison or Sandra 4125355
                 491 SH16 Kumeu
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      Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes
    Do you want to learn basic breastfeeding skills and tips??
  Available now are FREE Antenatal Breastfeeding classes taken by a
  Lactation Consultant at Waitakere Hospital. They are held fortnightly: on
  the first Tuesday of the month from 10am-12pm; and on the third Tuesday
  of the month from 7pm-9pm.
  This class is designed for women in the late stages of pregnancy,
  especially 28 weeks and over. Partners/support people
  are also welcome.
  The class is a GREAT opportunity for women to learn
  more about breastfeeding (or a refresher for second-
  time mums) JUST before the baby arrives.
  Classes are held in the Nikau Room at Waitakere
  Hospital. Bookings are recommended, but not essential.
  Call Adith on 818-7728, or Barbara on 838-1566.

                                West Auckland La Leche League
                West Auckland La Leche League welcomes mothers and pregnant women to
                their monthly meetings for information, encouragement and support in breast-
                                     feeding, mothering and parenting.
                            Massey Methodist Church
                   Cnr Waimumu Rd and Zita Maria Dr, Massey
                           Alternate Thursdays, 9.45am
                 Please ring the contacts below for meeting dates

                            Kelston Community Centre
                       Cnr Awaroa & Great North Rd, Kelston
                            Alternate Tuesdays, 9.45am
                 Please ring the contacts below for meeting dates

            La Leche League also hold special interest information evenings.
          For further information on La Leche League, breastfeeding issues and
                          other mothering issues, please contact:
                    Kelston: Adith (818-7728) or Jessica (832-1234)
                Massey: Bronnie 833-3018 or email lllmassey@xtra.co.nz

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WAPC members share their experiences

By Gaylene Ward

Sabian Roy James Ward (first child of Gaylene and Antony Ward)
Due: 17th January, 2008
Induced: Thursday 31st January, 2008
Finally arrived: Saturday 2nd February, 2008 at 11:52am

My birth experience was the complete opposite of what I was hoping for!

I had a marathon of an induction starting with gel at 10pm on the Thursday night. I got
about two hours‟ sleep all night due to niggly period-like pain. I had more gel and a
membrane sweep at 8am on Friday morning, and then spent most of the day walking
around the hospital to encourage things to happen—but to no avail.

At about 4pm on Friday they had a go at breaking my waters. They tried three times
before they were finally successful, and at about 4:30pm some strong contractions
kicked off. At about 7pm I got into the bath for some pain relief and things slowed
right down. They called my midwife and, at about 1am, I was put on a Syntocinon drip
and had an epidural.

By 10am Saturday I was fully dilated apart from a tiny lip that wouldn‟t do what it was
supposed to do. I tried pushing for nearly an hour, but Sabian‟s head was still quite
high, and by this point he was transverse and in a bit of distress. The obstetrician rec-
ommended a C-section as soon as possible and, although it was the very last thing I
wanted, I said “go for it” to help Sabian safely into the world!

During the procedure they found a lot of scar tissue inside—I have no idea what this
was from—and they commented that I was lucky to have conceived and to be having
the baby. They also found that I have a narrow passageway, so I guess it was always
going to be a C-section situation!

When they finally got Sabian out he didn‟t breathe, but after resuscitating him for five
minutes he finally gave his first cries and was brought over for me to meet him. His
head was very cone-shaped, but we thought he was just beautiful 

The second night in hospital they found that his temperature was high, so he was
whisked away to the Special Care Unit for tests and x-rays. Thankfully they found
nothing sinister, and after a day or so he returned to the room with me. Then the day we
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were due to go home they found that he‟d lost over 12% of his body weight (my milk
was taking a while to come in), so we stayed another day and night in hospital, and
introduced a formula top-up after each breastfeed. Luckily he
packed some weight on and we haven‟t looked back since.

Anyway, I just wanted to share my birth story—certainly not
the birth experience I had wished for. I remember talking about
C-sections in my Antenatal class and it was the absolute last
thing I wanted for my first birth! But all was forgotten when I
held Sabian and he smiled at me (probably due to wind at that
early stage, ha ha!).

                    Sabian is now a one-year-old and a big,
                    bonny boy. He‟s just starting to walk and we‟re working on a sib-
                    ling for him. My greatest wish is to have a natural birth next time
                    around, but I may have to go for an elective Caesar, which I would
                    do in a heartbeat to ensure baby‟s safe arrival.

 Got a birth story you’d like to share? Whatever, whenever and wherever it
happened, we’d love to hear about it. Email your story (with a photo of you and
            your baby) to newsletter@westaucklandparents.org.nz.

                Volunteer Wanted:
          If you’re a ‘people person’ this would be perfect!
   If you love talking on the phone then we need you! This role
   involves checking our answer phone every couple of days,
   responding to Parent Education enquiries, and forwarding
   other enquiries to the right people in WAPC. It’s a lovely
   role, as you get to talk to people about their wee babies and
   help them to enrol in the classes that they require post-birth.
   It requires an hour or two a week to answer calls, send
   emails and book people into their courses.

              If you would like to know more information, then please
                          call Eileen on 818-8845 or email
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                    Active Movement Fun
                                 in   Autumn
                    By Pauline Butt, Sport Waitakere

Autumn is upon us and, for many, this will be the first time your children have experi-
enced this change in weather conditions! There is always the concern with colder
weather that if you take your children outside they‟ll get sick. Not so! Children do not
catch colds from playing outdoors. This is a fantastic time of year for increasing the
range of new experiences that your children have and, thus, developing those vital
brain connections.

Autumn is a great time with lovely coloured leaves everywhere. Try these activities:
 Sit your child amongst the leaves and let them use their senses to gain more knowl-
 edge! Yes, this will also include tasting the leaves for the little ones!
 At sleep time take the pram outside into the garden. When your child wakes up they
 can watch the leaves gently fluttering down.
 Pick up leaves and throw them in the air; listen to the noise they make.
 Allow children to stomp through the leaves, so they can hear the crunching noises the
 leaves make.
 Older children can collect leaves and sort them into sizes. This introduces the con-
 cepts of large and small.
 Talk about the colours of the leaves.
 Let your child create their own pictures using the leaves they have collected.

As well as wonderful leaves to play with, the colder weather brings other new chal-
lenges for our children: puddles, mud and rain. These bring heaps of opportunities for
some great play experiences. Here are just a few:
  Allow your child to stomp through or over the puddles and mud.
  Take a trip to the local park and feed the ducks.
  Watch the rain falling. Remember to talk about the sound it makes on the roof.
  Playing with mud is a whole learning experience. From using their fingers to mix the
  mud, children learn all about texture, shape and smell whilst developing their fine
  motor skills.

So my suggestion is, if you are worried about your children getting cold and wet com-
ing into the winter months, buy them an outdoor waterproof playsuit, make sure they
have something warm on underneath, get a pair of gumboots or some sturdy shoes, slap
on a woolly hat, and get out there and enjoy this whole new world of experience!

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          Volunteer Wanted:
    Clap, clap your hands...stomp, stomp your feet…
Are you a Music teacher on maternity leave, or a teacher
with a bit of rhythm, or even someone with a lot of rhythm
and a desire to dance and sing with small children and their
parents? WAPC is extremely keen to set up a Music &
Movement programme for parents and their small children,
to run once a week during term time. This role will
encompass helping to set up the initial programme and
making sure that it gets off to a great start. There will be a
small amount of remuneration involved.
        If you would like to know more information, then please
                    call Eileen on 818-8845 or email
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         Do you have a child aged between 4 and 12 months?
     Do you have a spare ten minutes to complete a simple survey?
       Would you like the chance to win a Wattie’s baby hamper?

 If so, you are invited to participate in a Heinz Wattie’s research project
 regarding infant cereal products.

 The idea behind the project is that the use of iron-fortified infant cereal may
 have changed over time in New Zealand. If this is the case, the dietary in-
 take of iron by some infants may have been affected. Current legislation
 regarding iron-fortification may be out of date and need amendment. The
 project is to explore the attitudes and practices of parents and caregivers
 regarding infant cereal products.

 Hannah Cullinane, who is completing the research for Heinz Wattie’s,
 would like to meet with groups of parents with children aged between 4 to
 12 months to complete a questionnaire. Alternatively, the questionnaire can
 be sent independently to parents or caregivers for them to complete and
 return. The cost for this will be met by Wattie’s. It is hoped that 100 partici-
 pants will complete the questionnaire.

 The questionnaire includes some simple questions and should only take
 about ten minutes to complete. Information will be collected about the fol-
 lowing: age of the infant; ethnicity and approximate age of the caregiver;
 general questions about the introduction of solid foods and the types of
 milks given to the infant; and specific questions regarding the use of infant
 cereal products.

 What’s in it for me?
 All participants in the project will be eligible to enter the draw for one of five
 Wattie’s baby hampers.

 The deadline for this project is the end of April, 2009.

 How to participate
 For more information, contact Hannah Cullinane directly. Email
 Hannah.Cullinane@nz.hjheinz.com, or phone 529-2390 or (0274) 608-602.

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         Volunteer Wanted:
        A great small role for an HR type person!
If you have HR experience then this role is perfect for you.
It’s a small role and simply involves keeping our committee
contact list up-to-date, keeping information files on our
volunteers, phoning potential recruits and updating our
volunteers folder. This role takes about 2 hours a month.

        If you would like to know more information, then please
                    call Eileen on 818-8845 or email

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                        BOOK REVIEW
                        He’ll Be OK - Growing Gorgeous Boys into
                        Good Men
                        By Celia Lashlie
                        Published by Harper Collins
                        Publishers, 2005
                        RRP $38.99

Reviewed by Emma Collins

This book reports on the work that Celia Lashlie did in 2002
and 2003 in The Good Men Project. The project took this ex-
prison officer into 25 boys‟ schools throughout New Zealand
to learn what makes adolescent boys tick. My son is only eight
months old, so I am jumping the gun slightly, but I intend to read this book again in ten
years‟ time as there are many points that I would like to remember when we are ap-
proaching the scary adolescent phase. The humour, delightful quotes and common
sense approach of the author makes this an excellent read.

This book is primarily written for mothers; however, it is also a must read for fathers as
it discusses the importance of the father‟s role during adolescence when the mother
should take a back seat. Lashlie uses the analogy of a bridge: dads should walk along
the bridge with their sons, and mothers should not be on the bridge at all. They can be
there at the end of the bridge, however. Lashlie also suggests what women who do not
have the child‟s father in their life can do.

Lashlie is a formidable woman with a wicked sense of humour, which shines through
in her reports of interactions with these adolescent boys. The book is littered with fan-
tastic quotes, such as this one when discussing drugs and alcohol with a group of boys.
One boy was trying to catch Lashlie out and said that dope is better than alcohol as it
makes you really good in bed. Lashlie was the first woman prison officer in a male
prison and was prepared for comments like this. She quickly turned around and stated,
“Take some advice from an older woman. Dope makes you think you‟re really good in
bed”. While this is a funny quote, it highlights an example of the unrestricted discus-
sions that occurred, and hence the author was able to get some valuable insights into
what was going on inside the heads of these boys.

While this is a book reporting on a specific project and not a book about how to raise
boys, there are many key points to be remembered. These include the pragmatism of
boys, the importance of setting clear boundaries, to not carry on making their school
lunches, and to trust dads and let them have the primary role during adolescence. Lash-
lie‟s passion for allowing boys to be boys and to allow them to grow into gorgeous men
is infectious, and we can all learn from her insights.

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                   Childbirt       h Education classes?
Did you enjoy your
      Are you considering
      pregnant with Numbe ng (or are you already)
                           r 2 or even Number 3?

    Do you enjoy meeting new people?
 Would you like to volunteer your time for an
          Antenatal class in 2009?

We need COURSE HOSTS for the following
     Childbirth Education classes:
            Tuesday 12th May - Tuesday 23rd June
            Monday 15th June - Monday 27th July
         Monday 17th August - Monday 28th September
 **We are also seeking hosts for other courses later in the year**

All you would have to do is:
 Open up the rooms and
     welcome all the participants
 Organise the tea and coffee
 Do a small amount of paperwork
 Help the Childbirth Educator
     where necessary
 Tidy and close up the rooms.

We even give you some compensation for your
 If you are keen, please call Eileen on 818-8845.
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                          Please support West Auckland Parents
                          Centre by purchasing one of these fabulous
                          items, either for yourself or as a gift! A per-
                          centage of each purchase goes towards the
                          work we do.

 Amber Baby Necklaces
 Provides traditional homeopathic relief from the pain of teething. When
 worn, the necklace releases ethereal oils that soothe teething symp-
 toms. Suitable from 3-4 months onwards. $35 (RRP $40)

 Baby Food and Beyond cook book by Simon and Alison Holst. $11
 (RRP $17.99)

 Face Shields
 Designed to protect you and your patient if you have to give CPR. Con-
 venient key-ring size so you can carry it wherever you go. $12 each

 Kimberly Collection Blankets
 Pure New Zealand wool cellular weave blankets, manufactured
 exclusively from long fibre fine fleece. These Thermacell wool blankets
 are warm when it’s cool outside and cool when it’s warm, but dry and
 comfortable all the time. Machine washable in cold water or dry-
 cleanable. $60

 Large Merino Baby Wraps from Strawberry Jam
 Warm in winter and cool in summer…and always gentle on baby. Huge
 range of colours. $45

 Natures Sway Baby Sheets
 Soft cotton sheets to fit your baby hammock. Bottom sheet $9, top sheet
 $12, or the set for $20.

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Natures Sway Baby Slings
Available in a wide range of colours and all made from soft cotton can-
vas. $65 (RRP $75)

Natures Sway Baby Hammock and Stand
Comes complete with wooden beams, wool mattress, sheet, spring and,
of course, the four-legged stand and hammock! Great for getting your
baby off to sleep or as a lovely gift for new parents. $280 (RRP $299)

Natures Sway Hammock
Comes with ceiling hooks, chain and clips, wool mattress, cotton sheet
and carry bag. $180 (RRP $195)

Natures Sway Hammock Door Clamp
Hang your hammock from a door frame—New Zealand made with a
cream coloured powder finish. Suitable for up to a 15kg load. $18 (RRP

Natures Sway Mosquito Net
Specially designed mosquito net fits over the wooden beams of your
Natures Sway baby hammock to keep baby free of mosquitoes for an
undisturbed sleep. 100% cotton gauze with gold satin edging. $15

The New Zealand Pregnancy Book by Sue Pullon and Cheryl Benn.
$49.95 plus postage (RRP $54.95)

Wheat Packs
Lavender scented and ideal for labour. Use hot or cold. Removable and
washable cover. $12

       Email products@westaucklandparents.org.nz
       Leave a message on 837-8481—please leave your
       full name, phone number and best time to call back.

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                         Our website has the latest information on up-
                         coming courses, prices & other useful details.
                         Join our e-News to keep up with the latest
                         from WAPC. Email update@westaucklandparents.org.nz
                         to subscribe.

                            And take a look at our group on

Advertising Rates
West Auckland Parents Centre is run by volunteers. In order to produce this newsletter
we rely on advertisers to help pay for the production cost. Our newsletter is distributed
to over 200 families in West Auckland.

Please contact WAPC on 837-8481 if you would like to advertise. Newsletter advertis-
ing rates are as follows:
                                  Price per issue        Prepay 3 issues (Total)

    Inside Ad - Half Page               $40                $105 ($35 per issue)
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Brochure Insert: We can include your flyer or brochure in our mail-out for a cost of
$100. Material must be forwarded to the Distribution Centre by the deadline date.
Please contact WAPC on 837-8481 for further information.

E-News: Our e-News goes out to over 300 members every 1-2 months. We can include
your advertisement in our e-News for $30 per issue.

Newsletter Contributions
We would love to hear from you with any contributions or requests for articles. Send
your material or requests by email to: newsletter@westaucklandparents.org.nz

Should you wish to contribute an article for the June/ July issue, the deadline for copy
is 1 May, 2009.

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What is Jumping Beans and Baby Beans all about?
A key goal at Jumping Beans is to nurture happy, well-balanced and confident
children. We achieve this through nurturing healthy exercise patterns, a love of
learning and success in children through physical play.

Setting your child up for success
Young children learn best in a safe, positive and stimulating environment. At
Jumping Beans we teach new skills in small steps with lots of encouragement and
reward for attempts and effort. This way every child succeeds at their own

What classes do we run
Baby and Crawler Beans: 10 weeks to walking. Babies need a lot of stimula-
                        tion and we achieve this through movement to
                        music, colour, different sensations and having fun!
Toddler Beans:          Toddling (not necessarily walking, but able to pull
                        themselves up) to 20 months old. Movement to
                        music—different themes every two weeks, gym
                        equipment, learning safety and co-ordination,
                        rhythmic fun for everyone.
Runner and Gym Beans::  20 months to 4 years. A very energetic class which
                        involves a challenging and stimulating environment
                        for children to learn and gain confidence.

Where are we?
Tuesday:           Mt Eden War Memorial Hall– Dominion Rd
Wednesday:         New Lynn Community Centre - New Lynn
Thursday:          Te Atatu South—St Johns Hall, Edmonton Road (next to the
                   Library and Community Centre)

How do I find out more?
Call Petra on 817 5533. This is a voicemail, however it is checked throughout
the day and I will call you back the same day.

                  “Developing A Brighter Future”

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     Family Doctors + A & M Clinic (ACC Accredited)

                 Staffed by permanent GPs
                 Member of Healthwest PHO
WM C          X-Ray and Laboratory on premises

                     OPEN 7 DAYS
                 Weekdays 8am – 8pm
           Weekends/Public Holidays 9am – 6pm

                    Free under 6yrs
                   Weekdays 8am – 8pm

                Acute & chronic medical problems
                     Accidents and plastering
                      Corporate Health Care
                 Child health and immunizations
              Minor surgery including mole removal
                 Vasectomies and circumcisions
                 Orthopaedic and fracture clinic
            Weight management and asthma clinics
          Driving, immigration & employment medicals

            Appointments not essential
              New patients welcome
                   Tel 833 3134


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