Te Ha Oranga is pleased to offer a free programme exploring healthy pregnancy, birth and childhood options in Dargaville

Advice for growing families

by Andy Bryenton

Te Ha Oranga in Dargaville is rolling out a free programme for those looking to expand their families following the success of this initiative elsewhere in the north, nurses helping deliver the programme invites local women to come and learn.

Nga Wananga o Hine Kopu is a free kaupapa Maori-based labour, birth and parenting programme, designed for wahine hapu (expectant mothers) and their whanau. It’s an interactive and fun programme run for two days, free of charge, on October 30 and 31. There’s even free lunch provided.

“It’s been designed to provide wahine hapu and their whanau with the best info and skills required to be ready for birth and parenthood,” says co-facilitator, registered nurse and tamariki ora nurse at Te Ha Oranga, Maria Boon.

“Over the two days, we will explore Matauranga Maori and traditional birthing practices, hear from interesting speakers, participate in interactive activities, and connect with other like-minded people. On completion, mama will receive a ‘pepe pack’ with goodies and a wahakura (safe sleep pod).”

Maria, who delivers the programme along with facilitator Koha Aperahama, says that there has been overwhelmingly positive feedback from events in Kaikohe, and earlier this year in Whangarei. There are three classes of this kind planned each year for Dargaville, each covering six key components, which correspond to an aspect of the Maori traditional creation myth, and how it mirrors the development of the baby in utero.

From conception to birth, and into childhood. Please call 0800 MY TEHA to pre-book or phone 027 216 1952.