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He Kakano Ora 'Seeds of Life'

PREGNANCY AND PARENTHOOD

Pregnancy and parenthood can be a challenging transition. It can take time to develop a relationship with your new baby and many people need extra support when experiencing some of the normal feelings and concerns that can accompany this significant adjustment.

He Kākano Ora (‘seeds of life’) offers  residential respite support for mothers to recover from mental health difficulties between the first trimester of pregnancy through to their baby turning one year of age.  Our referrals come from maternal mental health services in the Waitemata DHB and Auckland DHB areas. We also offer support to families in their homes.

At He Kākano Ora we can:

  • Support you with your individual goals
  • Provide mental health support and promote wellness
  • Help you to access appropriate community resources or groups
  • Offer support in caring for your baby as required
  • Assist with pregnancy and birth planning support
  • Liaise and work with your clinical team and other agencies you chose to be involved
  • Maintain your rights and dignity at all times

The respite service is staffed 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Our registered health professionals and experienced staff work alongside our mothers in our spacious home in Te Atatu which is well resourced. We provide a relaxing environment that promotes wellness and recovery and fosters attachment between mothers and their babies. We recognize that you drive your own recovery and our approach is based on helping you to identify and utilise your strengths. He Kākano Ora staff will also respect your cultural needs and ensure that you are in a safe environment that you can enjoy.

Here are some helpful things to know;

  • You remain the primary caregiver for your baby and we support you as required.
  • We ask you to bring items for your baby – nappies, clothing, food and formula.
  • Your meals are provided by the service.
  • Fathers, partners and other family/friends are most welcome to visit during our flexible visiting hours. Specific needs can be negotiated.
  • We maintain an alcohol and drug free environment at all times.
  • We ask that you respect the rights, privacy and property of others using our service with the same courtesy afforded to you and your family.  

Should you have any further questions or interest in the service we provide please contact the WALSH Trust team on ph. 09 834 6124

 

ABOUT US

Our registered health professionals and experienced staff work alongside mothers in our spacious home in Te Atatu, which is warm and welcoming. There are staff on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We provide a relaxing environment that promotes wellness and recovery and fosters attachment between mothers and their babies. We recognise that you drive your own recovery and our approach is based on helping you to identify and utilise your strengths. He Kākano Ora staff will also respect your cultural needs and ensure that you are in a safe environment that you can enjoy.