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I have experienced postnatal depression myself with one of my babies, and know how hard and tough it is. My experience just made me realize how much I want to support other mums going through this. We also raised our three children very far from extended family, similar to what many parents in NZ experience. It is hard!

 

My personal journey and my educational and professional background led me to become the educator for PADA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa). My role involves traveling around New Zealand and sharing my knowledge, sparking conversations, and raising awareness among health professionals (eg. midwives, G.Ps) about perinatal mental health. 

 

I have completed extensive ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) training, and now feel confident that I can support new parents with these tools and more. Acceptance, as in accepting your new situation, imperfect and hard as it is, and the challenging feelings that come with it. Commitment, committing to your values (what kind of parent do you want to be?), and Taking action, making an active change in the way you care for yourself, and the way you parent, so you can make your life just a little bit easier.

 

I can offer parents simple and practical tools that can help mental well-being in the early stages, and beyond. I can also refer you to secondary and tertiary mental health services if I recognize the need for that.

 

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