Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa (PADA)

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Improving outcomes for families and whanau affected by mental illness related to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood.

  Wellington Health Education Family Support Child Welfare

Supporting Agencies, Health care professionals and organisations which work with parents during pregnancy birth and early parenthood with training and information to improve mental health outcomes.

We will raise awareness and advocate for services supporting children impacted by perinatal mental illness and distress and help to create a positive social culture of encouragement and support for new parents


We provide training / study days around perinatal distress, anxiety and depression around childbirth for midwives, childbirth educators, and many care providers involved in maternity and early parenting care.

National Awareness Week for Perinatal Mental Health 1st week November each year

Developing database of support nationally

Newsletters and networking

More about us

PADA's vision and mission is to eliminate the stigma around perinatal mental health in New Zealand by championing awareness and facilitating best practice in perinatal mental health and wellbeing to ensure all families have access to appropriate information and support.

PADA is now 10 years old and it's exciting to be a part of a charity establish itself as the “go-to place” for training and information about perinatal mental health in New Zealand. PADA raises awareness and educates those who care for young families. One in 5 mothers and 1 in 10 fathers (approx 1 in 5 families), will experience mental illness in the first year after giving birth. This equates to around 15,000 women and 6,000 men each year. A third of these parents will still be experiencing symptoms when their child is two years old. The picture of PND is complex and there are many interwoven factors such as isolation, loss of autonomy, loss of financial independence, lack of sleep, hormone changes, body changes, birth trauma, external and internal expectations, perfectionism, lack of support, and a move away from wider whanau and community.

We work hard to let all parents know that it's ok to ask for help.

Latest donations

F45 on 29 Jun 2021    Raising money for Postnatal Depression
From the F45 Ellerslie team
Robyn on 26 Jun 2021    Raising money for Postnatal Depression
An incredibly cause to donate to. Great work Holly.
Emma on 25 Jun 2021    Raising money for Postnatal Depression
Thanks for organising Holly you legend!
Jill on 25 Jun 2021    Raising money for Postnatal Depression
Rachel on 25 Jun 2021    Raising money for Postnatal Depression
Great work Holly & team!

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