Board members of PADA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa) join forces with Mangawhai Zonta to promote better health

Zonta supporting new parents

by Andy Bryenton

Mangawhai’s Zonta group has hosted speakers from Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa, an organisation advocating for the mental health of new parents.

A special evening was held on May 27 at the Mangawhai Golf Club so Zonta members could meet with members of PADA and gain a deeper understanding of why Zonta International District 16 (New Zealand) is getting behind the organisation and their goals. Cat Railey from Warkworth, a registered nurse who has started up a postnatal care group called Mummacare, shared information about perinatal mental health and local services available in the local area. Brendon Smith, a PADA Board member who also works with support group Kidz Need Dadz, shared his knowledge around the care of both mums and dads.

Zonta New Zealand has partnered with PADA for the next two years to help educate health care providers who provide support to families experiencing perinatal mental illness. It affects up to 25% of women and 10% men who are new parents, and the issues and impacts are not widely understood.

Registered nurse and lactation consultant Liora Noy (who also holds a master’s degree in public health education), will work with agencies such as Plunket, midwives, doctors, early childhood educators and parent centres to further PADA’s cause. The Zonta Club of Mangawhai was proud to support the initiative.