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PADA Seminar – Whakatū | Nelson – 11 Poutū-te-rangi March 2021

Earlier this month, PADA General Manager Treena Cooper flew down to Whakatū Nelson for the second of 2021’s PADA Seminar Series.

These seminars provide professional development for those supporting families affected by mental illness related to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood. Thank you to the presenters who donated their time to share valuable information on their specialty topic.

Among the people who attended were: Midwives, Social Workers, Nurses, Plunket Nurses, Counsellors, Mental Health Clinicians, Lactation Consultants and Doulas.

Our first presenter was PADA Educator Liora Noy. Liora has a wealth of knowledge in her vast maternal mental health experience as a birth and antenatal educator, lactation consultant, tamariki ora wellchild nurse. The topics she covered were: ‘Maternal Wellbeing/Taking off the Pressure’ and ‘Supporting Mums with Breastfeeding and Postnatal Depression’.

Next up was Willow Duffy from Safeguarding Children. Willow presented on the importance of creating a good attachment with processes and strategies to create a child safe culture.  

Harriet Denham from Perinatal Support Nelson talked from the heart about her journey that lead her to be involved, along with the amazing support they offer to local parents.

Nicky Cooper from Nelson Marlborough DHB concluded our seminar with a great exploration of the First 1000 days and Circle of Security™

The room at Annesbrook Church was lovely and bright with yummy catering from Pic’s Peanut Butter cafe.   It was a small group which enabled some deep and honest conversations and connections.

Many thanks go to Rātā Foundation for the funding that enabled the seminar to go ahead.

Some of the wonderful feedback we received: 

“Talking to local based people, different professionals, will share my understanding with my team”

 “This day was very helpful and a good refresher”

 “Good to meet other people who are interested in maternal mental health. I think it was run very well”

“Really well facilitated. Thank you”

“All speakers were great and informative. Loved learning more about available local support options”

“I think your organisation is amazing”

“Fabulous hui with others in the area, listening to new research and best practise”

“Great presentations, it’s great to know what’s available locally and meet the people involved”

“The facilitators were excellent, very welcoming”

“Thank you was an awesome day!!”


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E tūtaki ana ngā kapua o te rangi, kei runga, kei runga te Mangoroa e kōpae pū ana.

The clouds in the sky close over, but above them spreads the milky way.

Image of Nelson: Wikipedia/Markus Koljonen