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Expert support into the Fourth Trimester

Empowering you with knowledge and confidence to help you and your baby thrive - breastfeeding support, sleep, mental health, and more. 

Did you know? The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a child's life, but the Growing up in New Zealand report revealed that 97% of Kiwi babies are breastfed initially, but this number drops to 53.4% at four months and further to 15.7% at six months. According to the Ministry of Health, the current national average for exclusive breastfeeding at 3 months is 47%, while the expectation set by the Ministry is 70%.

Enter your email and Rebecca will send you your free eBook, Breastfeeding Bites, for new and expectant parents, packed full of essential information to help you navigate the beautiful and sometimes challenging world of breastfeeding.

Hi, I'm Rebecca

As a mother of two young children and a midwife of more than 14 years I understand the incredible bond that forms between parent and child. I also know just how challenging the journey of parenthood can be and that it’s not easy to find the right advice and help when you need it most.

That’s why I founded Heart and Hands - as a way to share my lifelong passion and knowledge for enhancing the wellbeing of mothers and their babies, by offering evidence-based practices, compassionate care, and expert guidance.

My professional and personal journey as a mother has deepened my empathy and strengthened my commitment to creating a nurturing and safe environment for families during the pivotal Fourth Trimester. It would be an honour to accompany you on your unique journey into parenthood, offering my expertise, compassion, and unwavering support. 

Together, we can navigate the challenges, celebrate the milestones, and create a foundation of love and wellbeing for you and your little one.

"The moment Rebecca comes into your life you can relax. She's an extremely skillful and compassionate lactation specialist. She single-handedly saved our breastfeeding journey with seemingly endless tips and tricks and always knew the right thing to say. I cannot recommend her enough." - Lydia

Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding plays a critical role in child health and development. It is a complete and unparalleled source of nutrition for infants. It is safe, clean, and contains essential antibodies that protect against numerous common childhood illnesses. But, unfortunately, this vital practice is declining. 

Research has consistently shown that breastfed children experience numerous long-term health benefits. They tend to perform better on intelligence tests, have a reduced risk of being overweight or obese, and are less prone to diabetes later in life. Moreover, breastfeeding also offers significant health advantages for women, including a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancers. 

Common reasons for discontinuing breastfeeding include poor initiation of breastfeeding, perceived inadequate breast milk supply, poor suckling/attachment, and the inappropriate marketing of breast-milk substitutes, as well as a general lack of support and education for families.

Nurtured Beginnings - A Comprehensive Online Breastfeeding Course Whether you're a first-time parent or a seasoned pro, the course will equip you with the essential tools, techniques, and insights to nurture and nourish your baby through breastfeeding.

I can also help through in home personalised guidance and expert breastfeeding support.

Gentle Sleep Solutions

Embrace tranquil nights with gentle sleep solutions. Expert guidance and customised strategies for peaceful, restful sleep. Coming soon.

How can I help you?

The true experts in deciphering your baby's needs are none other than you and your family. Think of me as a garnish, Just as a garnish adds a touch of flavour and visual appeal to a dish, my role is to complement your family's inherent understanding of your baby. Together, we can create an environment that nurtures your baby's growth, and development while supporting you during this transformational period of your life. 

I can help you with breastfeeding support including:

  • Fit and Hold/Positioning and Latch Issues

  • Painful breastfeeding

  • Blocked ducts and mastitis

  • Low milk supply/baby with slow weight gain

  • Oversupply and Functional Lactose Overload

  • Fussiness at the breast

  • Colic/Reflux/Gas

  • Concerns surrounding Tongue Tie

  • Parental mental health and birth trauma 

  • And more

Please contact me to see if I am the right fit for you and your family with no commitment, pressure or obligation to book.

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We are over burping already!

January 3, 2024
I believe I can safely speak for parents across the land when I say, "WE ARE OVER BURPING ALREADY!!" We've all been there, in the middle of the night, as the moon's glow seems to taunt us with its sleepy radiance. We've gone through the routine: breastfeed, burp (for what feels like a million years)...
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