Blogs: Making a family

Sleeping on Your Back Can Cause Stillbirth

Sleeping on Your Back Can Cause Stillbirth

A University of Auckland-led international study published today provides the strongest evidence yet that sleeping on your back, in the last three months of pregnancy, more than doubles the risk of stillbirth.

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3 Women’s Health Checks Every Mum Needs to Know

womens health checks every mum needs to know

If you’ve had a baby, you likely attended a 6-week postnatal check with your obstetrician, midwife, or GP. But you may not have had a postnatal check with a women’s health physiotherapist. Find out more about the postnatal women’s health checks every Mum needs to know.  Continue reading »

Blended family or ‘splendid’ family?

Blended family-splendid family

When I think of ‘blended’ families, I remember what one of my counselling students said years ago. I was teaching a course on working with blended families, and she thought I said ‘splendid’ families! Continue reading »

5 signs you might have prolapse after giving birth

signs of prolapse after birth

There’s a number of physical complications that pregnancy can cause. One of these is pelvic organ prolapse. This can cause swelling, bulging, lower-back, abdomen or pelvic pain, as well as both urinary and fecal incontinence later in life. If you’ve given birth, find out about the 5 signs you might have prolapse after birth. Continue reading »

Happiness for parents with special needs

special needs

As a parent, happiness tends to be measured by your child’s happiness. All we want is for our kids to be happy and heathy, which makes us happy as their parent. Continue reading »

Parenting with your ex partner

Parenting with your ex

After separating one of the last things you think about is how you will manage the job of parenting with your ex partner! Continue reading »

Blended families: Can’t we all just get along?

taking resentment out of sibling relationships

One of the major challenges within your blended family will be how to bond your stepchildren with your own children. We all have that ideal fantasy, The Brady Bunch blended family: where at the end of the day, all of your children will love and respect each other. Continue reading »

How do you measure happiness?

How do you measure happiness?

To most people this might mean travel, career, money, success, so what does it mean to me? In my previous life, pre-children that is, I would have said, marriage, children and stability which I found by the time I was 30. Having a family was very important to me, as was being a Mum. I also felt it was important to follow the “right” steps, marriage, buy a house and then have children. I guess this may have been because I grew up in a single parent family. And I achieved this, success – married to a nice man and had 2 children. Continue reading »

Blended families and children with special needs

Blended families and children with special needs

Blended families are complicated. They always include drama from somewhere, whether it’s an adjusting child, a bitter ex, family court battles or child support, it’s all stressful and challenges your relationship from every angle. Continue reading »

What does it mean to be a step-Mum?

What does it mean to be a step-mum

Becoming a mum was the ultimate experience for me.  It was something I always knew I would love. I have a medical condition that made it difficult for me to conceive so both my babies felt like miracles. Still, I wondered if I would have enough love for them both, turns out it is automatic, unconditional love for them both equally. Continue reading »

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