I've just spent 5 days in Auckland training and up-skilling, something that is very important as an educator and because I am self employed, something I take very seriously. While I can't be specific with the training just yet.... I am fully committed and super excited.
The training included four x 8 hour days of meeting parents, teaching, practicing, theory, laughter, tears, revision, nurturing, encouraging, reflecting and practicing some more. By the end of the fourth day, I was absolutely exhausted and ready to sleep in my own bed and hug my kids. I still have to complete several assignments, teaching, research and an exam before I will qualify but I am looking forward to enhancing and offering something extra to parents in Hawke's Bay. Watch this space !!
The Baby Cafe was unfortunately closed in December by the HB DHB. This was a safe and secure place supported by families in Napier and Hastings with all their breastfeeding concerns and issues. It is a huge shame the DHB made this decision without consulting everyone concerned.
There is a great need to be supporting our Muma's and Bubs with their breastfeeding journey in our local communities, one I personally believe we can't be without. But, fear not, there is a team of dedicated Midwives trying to get something up and running at a community level, fingers crossed it's not too far down the track. Talk with your LMC, Plunket Nurse or Well Child provider or see pic below if you want breastfeeding support.