By Bev Jordan
A vital support service for new mums and expectant mums has moved online and is finding that some mums appreciate the flexibility to attend, the move has given them.
Rose Pender, who coordinates the Mum2Mum program for Diamond Women, said: “A lot of women are struggling at the moment.”
As well as providing support with group sessions, a mentor program, and trained counsellors it also provides care packages.
Set up as a face-to-face program, Mum2Mum group meetings are normally held in community halls and libraries.
“When lockdown happened we went online but it has enabled women who couldn’t come to join the online sessions,” said Rose. “The Mum2Mum sessions are held once a fortnight. It’s a flexible structure.”
The mums have access to counsellors and also a volunteer mentor. Diamond Women
Rose says: “Many feel very isolated and depressed. For a lot of young mums, their mentor and caseworker are the only people they have in Australia.”
She said for many women, knowing others were going through a similar situation helped. The program helped them make connections. Diamond Women
The free program helps women dealing with the stresses of unwanted pregnancy and new mums by linking them up with like-minded mothers, mentors, health professionals and counsellors.
Guest speakers provide Information on self-care, parenting, how to manage finances, health and nutrition, planning for future employment skills, and relationship development.
The care packages include books, face masks, nappies, and cleaning products. Rose says a recent donation of $1,000 from property developer Stockland will spread the joy to more women doing it tough.
For more details about the program call 1300 851 592 or visit the website