For first-time mother Angela, parenthood came as a shock.
She gave birth to baby Samantha 10 weeks early – too soon for Angela to have gone to more than one antenatal class, or for her to have met many other mothers-to-be.
Samantha spent almost three months in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. For Angela it was a physically and emotionally exhausting experience, and she was overjoyed when it was time to take her beautiful daughter home.
But even then life wasn’t easy. Without a social support network in place Angela was spending much of her days alone – and feeling increasingly isolated and unsure.
Fortunately help was just around the corner. Angela heard about a Plunket mothers’ group in her neighbourhood, hosted by Plunket Kaiawhina, Maree.
The group of about a dozen mothers meets every week in a small lounge area at a local church. There’s plenty of room for the babies to roam safely, while the mothers enjoy a friendly catch-up over morning tea. It’s a great opportunity to chat about motherhood and their babies’ development, and to get expert advice and information from Maree.
Today, Angela and Samantha are a regular feature at the mothers’ group. Angela’s enjoying the contact with mothers in similar situations to her own, and Samantha – now eight months old – is happily socialising with the other babies. Angela’s getting support, advice and great company as well – and she loves it.
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