YARRA MUMS ARE CARING MUMS

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By Charlotte Pordage

 

 

Women in the north will soon have access to the ‘Caring Mums’ program, which will be rolling out in the City of Yarra once training of eligible volunteers commences in February.

 

Caring Mums is a free community program that provides emotional support to mums of newborn babies and women during pregnancy. Through weekly home visits by trained and matched Caring Mums volunteers, new mothers receive a much-needed connection, a shoulder to lean on and a nonjudgmental ear.

 

Although not health professionals, the volunteers are all mums themselves and are dedicated to providing individual support to other mothers in the area. The service is confidential and non-denominational.

 

It is our view that no woman should have to embark on the motherhood journey alone.”

 

Caring Mums Coordinator Michelle Kornberg said, “We are delighted to bring the program to pregnant and new mums in the City of Yarra. While the birth of a new baby may be seen as a treasured gift, the reality for a great number of women is often very different. It is our view that no woman should have to embark on the motherhood journey alone.”

 

Referrals come from a variety of sources, including maternal child health nurses, mother-baby units, Post Ante Natal Depression Association (PANDA), Child First, doctors, pediatricians and psychologists. Mothers are also able to self refer.

 

It was a comfort for me to know that she was there for me, because sometimes even the simplest question or unresolved doubt can make your day a nightmare.”

 

One mother recently left this feedback, which highlights the value of an extra pair of hands: “I joined the program and I was matched with a fantastic volunteer mum, who besides being a mother of two, is an immigrant herself so she fully understood the feelings and emotions that come with leaving your homeland and family behind. We truly bonded perfectly and she became a vital part of my motherhood journey. It was a comfort for me to know that she was there for me, because sometimes even the simplest question or unresolved doubt can make your day a nightmare.”

 

The program is still seeking volunteers for the new City of Yarra branch, requiring compassionate women that have experienced motherhood themselves and are able to commit to between two to four hours a week for periods of up to 12 months.

 

Caring Mums is also available in Glen Eira, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Monash and Bayside and operates under the banner of the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia. Since 2011, the program has supported over 120 women of Australian and ethnic backgrounds and last year was awarded a service delivery award by the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

 

For further information, contact Caring Mums on 9044 5405 or caringmums@ncjwa.org.au or visit ncjwavic.org.au/caringmums

 

 

 

Charlotte Pordage is a freelance writer/editor from the UK. She has a degree in English Literature and Latin and her interests include riding her horse Oscar and exploring Melbourne’s eclectic nightlife. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @charpordage.

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