No new mother should feel isolated and alone.
MUM FOR MUM NCJWA is a non-denominational home-visiting program where trained volunteers who are mothers themselves visit an expectant mum in the last trimester of pregnancy and for the first year of their baby’s life in order to provide emotional support.
With the changes in people’s lifestyles, where most mothers are not living in close proximity to their families or the supports with which they grew up, MUM FOR MUM aims to relieve isolation and reduce anxiety and depression, through creating a safe and caring space for mums to delight in their babies and develop secure attachment.
MUM FOR MUM NCJWA was awarded the NAPCAN Play Your Part Award from the National Association for the Protection of Children Against Child Abuse and Neglect at Parliament House in October 2018. See the video.
Executive Director and Eastern Suburbs Coordinator
“Our aim is to affirm the joy of motherhood and to enable the mother to be fully attuned to her child’s needs in the vital first year of the baby’s life. Our evaluation of the program at the end of each year through exit interviews with all recipients shows that we are achieving our objectives.”
Our program operates in the Sydney Eastern Suburbs, North Shore and surrounding areas.
“MUM FOR MUM provides a unique service that in my 30 years in the field I have seen many organisations strive for, but few able to achieve. This is weekly emotional support and mentoring by the same highly trained volunteer for an entire year. Given the vagaries of the health-care system, I know this is extremely hard to achieve.”
– Ambassador of MUM FOR MUM NCJWA Professor Marie-Paule Austin, Director of Perinatal Psychiatry at the Royal Hospital for Women and Director of St John of God Mother-Baby Unit.
“The program has been fantastic. MUM FOR MUM has really given me confidence to feel and get the support I need.”