One Mother

to Another

showing love and support to parents and carers in hospital with their child







What we do

One Mother to Another is an award-winning charity which, through the simple act of gift giving, cares for and empowers parents and whānau with sick babies and children.

We provide over 4,500 care packages a year to mums and carers across the South Island. Our aim is to comfort and support whānau in a particularly vulnerable time.

 “It definitely lifted my spirits and gave me the strength I needed to be there and strong for my daughter.” – Esther

4500+ packs each year

350+ packs per month

6 Hospitals & 3 Community Organisations

15 Hospital Wards & Community Organisations

Stories from some very special mothers who have received a care pack…

Each gift bag is slightly different but has 3 purposes – to provide…

Practical help

We include a variety of things to make a hospital stay more comfortable such as shampoo, conditioner and body wash.

We always add a snack and some tea and coffee as well as a chocolate and/or high energy bar to ensure a parent or carer does not have to leave their child’s side.  Also in every pack is our brand new Gratitude Journal and notebook, which has been designed to be a useful tool in the hospital environment.


The gift bags show our heart. We want mums and carers to feel special, loved, appreciated and cared for. Both co-founders Christina and Joy have spent time in hospital with their young children so they know the vulnerabilities of this time. We want our gift bags to make people feel valued, loved and understood so each gift bag contains a handwritten note of encouragement.

Something special

We know that in most cases mums and carers put other’s needs ahead of their own. So we take pride and joy in adding some beautiful ‘treat’ items in each pack – including one or more gifts from earrings to candles to beautiful skin care or bath products. We want to spoil the mum or carer in a small way and we know these items are greatly appreciated.

  “It brought tears to my eyes. At a time where I thought things couldn’t get any worse, there was a little light at the end of the tunnel.” – Mum

 “These are so so much more than a gift bag” – Jess

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How You

Can Help

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Sometimes the simplest gestures of kindness can be the most effective. I believe One Mother to Another encompasses the Māori saying “Aroha atu, Aroha mai – Love given, Love returned”. Former Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, Patron

What people say

Recently my youngest baby was sick and with two toddlers at home, the idea of a sick baby and hospital stay was incredibly stressful. I was absolutely blown away when our nurse handed me a gift bag! Inside we’re treats and practical items which made me feel so cared about! I went from feeling an absolute mess with worry about my girl, to feeling humbled and joyful that people cared enough to recognise the strain that sickness has on parents. The bag truly was like sunshine in a very cloudy day. Bless you guys heaps xx

It’s a lovely thing to acknowledge the impact these environments can have on mums and something little like this just helps us to give a little self care and feel special.

Our Purpose:
Through the simple act of gift giving, we care for and empower parents and whānau with sick babies and children.

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