Writers: Paula Skelton

Paula Skelton

Paula Skelton is a qualified NZ nurse and midwife, a midwifery & childbirth educator and the mum of three lovely girls.

A guide to sleep needs for children of all ages

Child sleeping with cat

This guide on sleep needs for children tells you about the expectations for your baby, toddler, young child and teenagers – about naps, sleep habits, overcoming sleep problems and sleep tips.

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Nightmares, night terrors and sleep walking – what are they?


Nightmares, night terrors and sleep walking are equally scary for parents and children. We provide an overview of the causes, signs and symptoms in children and what you can do if your children are affected by them.
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Bed wetting

Night time wetting is one of those problems talked about frequently when it relates to toddlers but rarely when it comes to school age children and even less when it’s a teenage issue. Continue reading »

Teenagers and birth


 This article Teenagers and Birth explains some of the issues that are common amongst teenagers when they are at the end of pregnancy or giving birth. Continue reading »

Teenagers and pregnancy


This article looks at teenagers & pregnancy and provides advice for teenagers on how to care for themselves and their babies during pregnancy. Continue reading »

Contraception for teenagers

Contraception for teenagers

This article informs teenagers about contraception and explains their rights, options and which types of contraception are most suitable for teenagers. Continue reading »

Periods information sheet

Information sharing on periods can be tricky – this information sheet on periods can be used to help explain periods to young people.  Continue reading »

Mums, Daughters and Periods

mother daughter periods

When should mums and daughters talk about periods, what advice should we give them and how can we do this effectively?  Continue reading »



This article discusses the menopause or change of life and examines what the menopause means to women and their families.

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Find out about mammograms and what breast screening is all about. This article also explains who should be having mammograms in New Zealand today. Continue reading »

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