Why do it?
- Talking to friends or whānau members about how you’re feeling when you’re expecting a baby can help relieve some worries.
- This helps parents, and it helps baby too who ‘feels’ mum’s anxiety via the stress hormones circulating through her bloodstream — and theirs — when mum is stressed.
- When you share your feelings with others and ask how they felt and what worried them, you may find they experienced similar feelings.
How to do it
- Choose someone to talk with that you trust.
- Ask open-ended questions such as:
- What do you remember about being pregnant?
- What did you worry about?
- How did you tell your parents?
- Why did you decide to…?
- Share what you’ve been noticing in yourself and ask if they experienced something similar.
- Ask about their parenting struggles and how they overcame them, or what helped them.
- Would their strategy work for you?
Using more reo Māori
|Hapū||To be pregnant|
|Te whare tangata||Womb|
|Awhina||Assist, help, support|
|Pou whakawhirinaki||Pillar of support|
|Kaiārahi||Leader, mentor, counsellor|