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SmartStart - a one stop shop for expectant and new parents

Published Monday 13 Mar 2017 By Demelza Obrien

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

SmartStart is a joint initiative between partner agencies responsible for services associated with the birth of a child: the Department of Internal Affairs; the Ministry of Social Development; Inland Revenue and the Ministry of Health; with support from Plunket and the New Zealand College of Midwives.

SmartStart helps users through pregnancy, birth and baby’s first months of life, with information on things like how to find a midwife, how to register the new baby and eligibility for childcare subsidies. No trawling different websites, no endless searching the web, no wondering if information is accurate and up to date.

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