Clare Barnett, Waikato
- Tēnā koutou katoa
- Ko Kapukataumahaka te Māunga
- Ko Mata-Au te Awa
- Ko Waterman te Waka,
- KoTerpstra tōku tupuna Tatimana, ko Moorhouse tōku tupuna Ingarihi
- Ko Otepoti te kainga tuatahi engari nō Kirikiriroa ahau inianei..
- Ko Clare Barnett tōku ingoa.
- Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
My passion for maternal and family mental well being started with the story of how the rhesus factor affected my mother’s birthing history, and my own birth. This thread continued in my nursing where I first noticed the stigma of mental health compared with how we talk about physical health.
Working as a midwife also gave me greater insight into how maternal well being affects family and baby well being, and the vital role we all play in supporting women and families as they navigate pregnancy, birthing and parenting. I now weave these understandings into my role as a counselor, specializing in supporting women and families through perinatal distress, and in my education support of student midwives at WINTEC.
I am delighted to be on the PADA Board. I have previously been involved in PADA education and advisory support and totally believe in the strategic importance of the work PADA does within Aotearoa/New Zealand. I am in awe of what this organisation has managed to achieve in such a short time, with a typical Kiwi ‘can do’ attitude on limited resources.
PADA’s strong leadership team, ability to gather expertise in the area of perinatal mental health, and commitment to debunk mental health stigma’s and to break-through information and resource barriers is the reason I choose to give my time and energy to the work they do.