Improving outcomes for families and whanau affected by mental illness related to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood.
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 purpose is to educate, network, inform and raise awareness, nationally, making it OK for parents to talk about their anxiety and distress and access the support they need.
PADA had its 5th birthday this year.It is exciting to be a part of PADA and watching it establish as the “go to place” for training and information about Perinatal Mental Health resources in New Zealand, raising awareness and educating those who care for young families. One in six mothers and 1 in 10 fathers (approx 1 in 5 families), will experience mental illness in the first year after giving birth. In New Zealand, this equates to around 10,000 women each year. A third of those women 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.
PADA's purpose is to educate, network, inform and raise awareness, making it OK for parents to talk about their anxiety and distress and access the support they need.