Free antenatal classes

From the left are facilitators Evelyn Suhren and Koha Aperahama, for the first antenatal class

Dargaville’s Te Ha Oranga are running their first free antenatal class in November. It will be facilitated by Evelyn Suhren and Koha Aperahama, with a Maori philosophy behind it, with all welcome, not just Maori.

With Dargaville hospital only doing traditional antenatal classes on request Te Ha Oranga Tamariki Ora nurse Evelyn saw a need for the class. “It’s a huge gap when you’re pregnant, not to be informed about what to expect, during labour and birth, and the different processes.”

Evelyn hopes there will be more classes like this in the future, depending on the feedback from this one.

Koha said that the class will be interactive and not sitting and listening. “It will be Wananga style, which means we come together and share information in a collective space — we share stories and look at it from a Maori world view.” Children, fathers and anyone else that pregnant mothers would like to have there, are welcome. Morning tea, lunch and transport as far as Tangowahine, Pouto and Waipoua will also be provided. Te Ha Oranga ask to know numbers in advance for organisation. Pregnant mums will also receive baby gift packs and there’ll be spot prizes.

The classes are on Wednesday and Thursday, November 22-23, 9.30am-2.30pm. For more information contact or 0800 698 342.


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