About MUM FOR MUM
MUM FOR MUM is an outreach program for new mothers and women in the last trimester of pregnancy. The program offers home-based family support by matching trained and supervised volunteers with new mothers who are in need of a supportive connection. It is free of charge and currently services the eastern suburbs of Sydney.
The key objective of the program is to help mothers successfully cope with the post natal months thus promoting healthy and nurturing family attachments. Although motherhood is a natural process the adaptation of a new mother to her role is challenging and influenced by many factors, including the availability of a support system. The service is complementary to other health and support services that are available in the community.
The program on which MUM FOR MUM is based originated in Boston, USA. Later it was introduced by Dr Marsha Kaitz, a clinical psychologist at the Hebrew University, to Israel, where it has been operating successfully in a number of cities. Lea Gilad adapted the program to
NCJWA NSW Division in Sydney and was our first program coordinator. Our
current co-ordinator is Nadene Alhadeff who brings a wealth of
experience and passion to the role.
Our volunteers are mothers themselves who are willing to offer non judgmental and confidential support to new mothers on a regular weekly basis up until the infant is one year of age. Our volunteers are empathetic women who are passionate about improving the well being of new mothers so that the mothers can enjoy motherhood and establish nurturing bonds with their babies. Our volunteers are not health professionals. They are trained by our program co-ordinator and are provided with continued coaching as well as personal and group support throughout the period of volunteering. The mothers and volunteers are carefully matched according to the mothers’ needs and circumstances.
Journalist, author and mother
Jessica Rowe is patron of MUM FOR MUM NSW. Ms Rowe has been an outspoken
advocate for providing mums with support following her own experience
with post-natal depression in early 2007.