Classes celebrate pregnancy and birth

Hapu mama class facilitator Koha Aperahama, expectant mother and Te Ha Oranga employee Rose Stirling and Te Ha Oranga tamariki nurse Maria Boon

Classes dedicated to supporting expectant mothers and their whanau through pregnancy and parenting will be offered free at Te Ha Oranga on September 18 and 19.

The Hapu Mama workshops, run by Northland District Health Board facilitator, Koha Aperahama, will cover topics such as labour, birth, healthy pregnancy, smoking cessation, mental health and tamariki ora — child health.

“These workshops honour our hapu — pregnant — mamas out there and their families and acknowledge this important role they are taking on,” said Koha.

“We want to ensure we have healthy pepe — babies — who flourish, by providing information for mama so they can make informed decisions.”

Te Ha Oranga tamariki nurse and co-facilitator, Maria Boon, says although the workshops will be looking at kaupapa Maori birthing practices they are for everyone.

Attendees will also learn how to make an ipu whenua — traditional Maori clay vessels for the placenta. Every mother who attends the workshops will get a safe sleep space and a gift bag filled with items to help during pregnancy and after the birth.

Lunch is provided both days at the Te Ha Oranga lounge room. Bookings are essential. Call Maria Boon on 027 216 1952 or 0800 MY TE HA / 09 439 3013.


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