“This resource pulls together existing information, but shares it back with our community in a way that recognises the role of mind, body and spirit in caring for ourselves and our babies,” Eliza said.
“Hopefully it provides families with a sense of safety and encouragement during a time that can be quite overwhelming, particularly within the Western health system."
A ceremony to launch the booklet was held at RNSH on Thursday, August 4 to coincide with National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day. It featured a commemorative performance by members of the Koomurri Aboriginal Dance Troupe.
In addition to the booklet, posters based on the well-known children’s ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes,’ rhyme, translated into the Dharug and Guringai languages, have also been created by NSLHD Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services Integrated Team Care Manager Ruby Van Kool.
The posters will be displayed in maternity, paediatric and child youth and family services across the district and aim to provide a further welcome and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mums and families.
“We know Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mums-to-be are always clinically safe in our care, but we want them to feel safe holistically too,” NSLHD Chief Executive Deb Willcox said.
“There’s many issues facing all mums-to-be. The booklet and posters will help remove some of the stresses facing new mothers and their families.”