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Bay of Plenty

Support Services & Helplines

Dr Sarah Miers – Sarah Miers Psychology

DClinPsy, MNZPsS
Sarah Miers Psychology

p. 022 530 2373
e. [email protected]

I’m a registered Clinical Psychologist and a full member of the New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS). I work for Te Whatu Ora as well as in private practice. My specialist areas of practice include: perinatal mental health; mood and anxiety; recovering from postnatal psychosis; intrusive distressing thoughts and perinatal OCD; parenting after childhood trauma; parenting with autism and ADHD; personal identity and adjustment to parenting; and skills for regulating emotion and tolerating distress. I aim to provide a warm and accepting therapeutic experience to support clients in their goals and where difficult experiences can be explored in a safe and containing way. I am also trauma-informed, rainbow-friendly, sensory-sensitive, and neurodivergence-affirming.

Bay of Plenty DHB – Maternal Mental Health

Tauranga Hospital
829 Cameron Road
Tauranga South
Bay Of Plenty 3112

p. 0800 333 061
f. (07) 578 7961
e. [email protected]

w. www.bopdhb.govt.nz

Specialist service that provides services for women living in the BOP area who develop moderate to severe mental health problems during their pregnancy and for up to 12 months after their baby is born. Women who have a previous history of severe mental illness and are planning to become pregnant., and current clients of CMH requiring specialist consultation who become pregnant

MMH also offers consultation for clients in the existing mental health service. (Do not automatically take over the care of existing mental health clients; work alongside the existing case managers). Crisis team still provide care for urgent situations and we also access mobile intensive nursing team for support if clients are very unwell.

Assessment and range of treatments offered

Referrals are received from midwives, Plunket, GP’s, and other mental health and hospital staff. (Paediatricians, obstetricians etc).

Initially all referrals are processed via the CMH intake co-ordinator.

These are triaged, and if appropriate it goes to the multidisciplinary team meeting, and if accepted, the MMH worker will do an initial assessment to determine follow up required.

True Colours – Honouring the Mother

Perinatal Mental Health Support Group
Last Monday of the month 12 noon – 2 pm
Venue: The Jam Factory
29 The Historic Village, 17th Avenue, Tauranga
No cost, childcare provided onsite by prearrangement


p. Michelle 021 541 440
e. [email protected]

Online Services run monthly at alternating days and times during the week, see Facebook page for event details.
Free Service, just need a smartphone or computer to connect via Zoom.

Mums4Mums Charitable Trust

Mums4Mums Trust provides the important support and nurturing needed to assist mum and babies to improve their outcomes. Mums4Mums matches new mums and babies with women in the community who love to support new mums, cuddle newborn babies and have a heart to make a difference in their lives. The purpose of the Trust is be to bring together committed members of the community whose aim is to collaboratively improve maternal mental health outcomes for new mums and quality of life outcomes for babies. The Trust also provides referral to supporting programs and agencies as needed.

p. 07 262 0686
e. [email protected]
w. www.mums4mums.org.nz


Sarah Horne works alongside both whānau and baby to holistically support them through early parenthood and all that encompasses.

Routine – I strongly believe that The Fourth Trimester is a time to absolutely go with the flow, rest, recover and utilise ‘the village’ around the new parent.
After the first 12 weeks, babies can be introduced incrementally to aspects of routine that you will follow, not religiously, but as a guideline. This can be around periods of awake time, feeding, settling and sleeping.
Attachment – Like us as adults, familiarity helps us to feel more secure. It is the same with our babes. When they can anticipate what might be happening next most of the time, they easy adapt to the changes in the day and night.
p. 021 773532

e. [email protected]

Mothers Helpers

Online PND Recovery Course – Mothers Helpers provides an online 10 week Perinatal Depression/Anxiety Recovery Course. All mums who have completed the course can go on to have therapy with your facilitator – a registered/qualified counsellor, social worker, life coach or mental health nurse. Click here for more information about the course

p. 0800 002 717 or 022 093 1822
e. [email protected]
w. www.mothershelpers.co.nz

Bay of Plenty (Western) : spaces available now for individual and group work (offered free of charge) Ph (07) 549 5385 Email: [email protected]
Course facilitator: Rochelle Gardiner & Joyce Heta