Our kaupapa is preventing māmā from experiencing perinatal distress and providing critical support, connection, and community to women struggling with postnatal depression, anxiety, OCD, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Our monthly support groups:
A compassionate space for māmā to express themselves authentically, fostering successful parenting in the face of societal expectations and the complexities of modern life.
Affirmation of emotions and experiences.
Opportunities to build relationships, with māmā sharing and learning from each other's wellness journeys.
Empowerment for mothers to discover resilience and joy in parenting.
An inclusive, equitable service that understands and meets the diverse needs of parents.
In-person Support Groups
Where: Lifezone Church, 7 Oak Lane, Judea, Tauranga 12-2pm.
What’s involved: Meditation, breathwork to start, then group sharing, learning about ongoing wellness and services in the community to support māmā. Childcare is provided within the same space. Tea/coffee and baking is provided.
How many people: Maximum of 8 māmā attend, so registration is essential but no commitment to attend, come when you can and need support.
When: last Monday of the month (see calender below – starting April 2024).
Online Support Groups
Where: Via ZOOM.
What’s involved: Meditation, breathwork to start, then group sharing, learning about ongoing wellness and services in the community to support māmā.
How many people: usually smaller groups 2-5 māmā, no commitment to attend, come when you can and need support.
When: rotational weekdays either mornings 10.30am or afternoons from 1pm. See our Facebook page for dates in 2024.
We’re here to embrace, educate, and empower parents
To improve their circumstances before issues become entrenched, aligning with research emphasising the need for preventative mental health services. Our approach is grounded in Mason Durie’s Te Whare Tapa Wha model of wellbeing, which considers spiritual, physical, mental, family and connections to the land and is embedded in a holistic view that respects the individual's goals and expertise.
We provide advocacy services if requested and referrals to other community and government agencies.
We also celebrate motherhood and honour the mother acknowledging her importance as a life bringer. This is affirmed within Te Ao Māori where women are called Te Whare Tangata meaning the "house of humanity". They are acknowledged for their crucial role in giving life and nurturing the generations to come, receiving the same reverence as Paptūānuku, the originator of all life (Goodwin, 1996).