Mothers' Helpers is a charitable trust (no. CC48369) that provides support and services to women who are at-risk of or have developed postnatal depression.
Our goals are to:
- Prevent postnatal depression from occurring in mothers who are at-risk, wherever possible
- Reduce the severity of postnatal depression and the resulting consequences, e.g. Psychiatric. hospitalisation (separated from baby), attachment issues with baby (and potential consequences of poor attachment for that child including delinquency, learning difficulties, mental illness, addictions, suicide), marriage/relationship breakdown, neglect/abuse of children, harm to baby/others or suicide, removal of children into CYFS care etc.
- Reduce the length of time a mother is depressed, or if chronic, to work towards wellness with that mother.
The services we provide include:
- a 10-week Perinatal Depression/Anxiety Recovery Course run by qualified counsellors. The course focuses on diet, exercise, self-care, self-esteem, trigger and stress management, meditation, mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy, medication and alternatives, and biology. The programme also includes a couples' night to allow partners a greater insight into their partners' mental health. Women who have attended the course are showing significant improvements in terms of reduced depressive symptoms.
- two one-hour individual sessions with a counsellor before and after the course to identify stress issues as well as existing strengths and resources. It also provides an opportunity for us to make referrals to other community supports based on needs and relevant to current stress, and set goals.
- a six-week Preparing for Parenthood course focusing on helping parents prepare for the life-changing and wonderful experience that they are about to embark on. Some of the key topics that parents will cover include: gaining a greater understanding about the psychological adjustment and changes that will occur as a result of a new baby; discussing opportunities and the importance of bonding with the baby; and exploring strategies and goals towards postnatal depression prevention. Parents will also have two one-on-one sessions with a counsellor before and after the course.
In addition to the above:
- our counsellors offer affordable individual counselling after the course
- we are working to provide home help in the form of voluntary childcare (with some light housework) to mothers who are affected by stress or illness, including postnatal depression, who don’t have any family support.
- we provide peer support through our private Facebook group for mums with postnatal depression - NZ PND Support and Social Group
By booking your hotel, motel or any other accommodation through Kiwi Karma you help us provide the services we deliver to make a massive difference in the lives of New Zealand mothers and their families.