Parenting Support and Intervention Programmes
As a community organisation, we want to positively influence the pathways for women and their families/whanau.
The wellbeing of the mother means families can flourish and grow and ultimately affects the health of the communities we live in.
I was referred to Dayspring in June 2013. I was unexpectedly pregnant with my 3rd child to my emotionally abusive ex and at that point had very little family support.
Due to the fact that I had post natal depression with my 2nd child, I was referred to Maternal Mental Health by my midwife and GP, who then referred me onto Dayspring.
During my pregnancy, my support worker, kept in regular contact. I found this calming and I began to look forward to the arrival of my baby, rather than dread it! Just having the phone call once a week or a catch up over coffee really kept me grounded.
After my baby was born the support continued. I was invited to participate in regular events, gatherings and parenting programmes, all of which helped in numerous ways and encouraged me to get out of the house and socialise with other mothers.
My 3 children and I were invited to a 4 day family camp in Whananaki. Having a young baby at the time, I would have found it impossible to manage taking my children on a summer holiday on my own, let alone manage it financially. It was a fantastic opportunity to provide my children with an unforgettable and invaluable experience, and it provided me with much needed change of scenery as well as a break!
My Maternal Mental Health support worker has been a tremendous support for me with issues I currently have with my eldest son in school. She provided me with a listening ear, a calming influence and plenty of practical support by searching for resources that may assist. She also attended meetings with me at the school as my support person, providing me with confidence to allow myself to be heard and get my points across in a calm and assertive manner.
I suffer from psoriasis brought on by stress. This is a debilitating skin condition which makes me incredibly self conscious. Dayspring's gentle encouragement has ensured that I do get out of the house and socialise and enjoy life, benefiting not only myself but my 3 children too.
I truly believe that having the continuous and caring support provided by Dayspring has helped me to not only accept a situation that I was dreading (having another baby) but it has encouraged and enhanced my belief in my role as a mother and that I am doing the best possible job I can.