Asking for help

Being a parent can be challenging, and there are times that you may want extra support if you are feeling overwhelmed, worried or stressed. 

It’s okay to ask for support and Plunket has information to help you with:

If you’re not sure who to call or need help, call PlunketLine anytime. We are here for you and your whānau 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

Support services near you

There are many support services and free helplines available for families. You can use SmartStart to find services in your neighbourhood about: 

  • antenatal depression
  • anxiety 
  • postnatal depression 
  • family violence 
  • adoption 
  • whāngai 
  • abortion.
SmartStart - When you need Support


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SmartStart provides step-by-step information and support to help you access the right services for you and your baby.

You can find information about miscarriage and stillbirths on the following sites.

Whetūrangitia: Information for whānau experiencing the death of a child

Ministry of Health

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The Government's principal advisor on health and disability: improving, promoting and protecting the health of New Zealanders.

Sands New Zealand

Sands New Zealand

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A network of parent-run, non-profit groups supporting families who have experienced the death of a baby.