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Latest batch of short films press release 2 May 2022

Latest batch of short films press release

We are asking the Government what action will be taken to better support the perinatal needs of our mamas and whanau.

We are asking the Government what action will be taken to better support the perinatal needs of our mamas and whanau. THE NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO FAIL TO TAKE...
Our latest series of short films #whoholdsourmothers 1 May 2022

Our latest series of short films #whoholdsourmothers

We have gathered a range of community voices to share their experiences and thoughts around our maternal health system

Mothers Matter is proud to release the second batch from our series of short films, featuring a range of voices - health professionals to mamas. Some voices...
Mothers Matter in the Media 11 May 2022

Mothers Matter in the Media

1 March 2022

Our latest series of short films are now on air

We continue to shine a light on the voices of experience in the maternal health space

THE NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO FAIL TO LISTEN TO THE VOICES OF MAMAS, WHĀNAU AND PROFESSIONALS. OUR MATERNAL HEALTH SYSTEM IS FAILING OUR WOMEN, OUR WHĀNAU AND AS A...
Our latest series of short films are now on air 1 March 2022

Our latest series of short films are now on air

We continue to shine a light on the voices of experience in the maternal health space

THE NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO FAIL TO LISTEN TO THE VOICES OF MAMAS, WHĀNAU AND PROFESSIONALS. OUR MATERNAL HEALTH SYSTEM IS FAILING OUR WOMEN, OUR WHĀNAU AND AS A...
"I had this dark feeling I was alone and a bad mother." 15 February 2022

"I had this dark feeling I was alone and a bad mother."

Thank you for sharing your story. This is why Mothers Matter exists, lets come together and demand better. Raise the Red Flag with us.

I had my baby B during Level 4 Lockdown at Lincoln maternity hospital. I desperately wanted my mum at the birth also but this wasn't allowed due to COVID. She did however...
Mia's Story 17 November 2021

Mia's Story

Something felt like it was stolen from me through this experience.

18 months later, life has settled but I struggle with deep anxiety and fear about having any more children.  Something felt like it was stolen from me through this...
Because 1 in 7 NZ mums suffer from Post Natal Depression 2 November 2021

Because 1 in 7 NZ mums suffer from Post Natal Depression

I completely understated how bad I felt

No one talked to me about what to do when everything feels overwhelmingly hard and you can't see a way out.
PND and the death of a baby 1 November 2021

PND and the death of a baby

I was one of those that fell through the mental health hole.

I went through a horrible experience with X hospital and the X perinatal mental health and adult mental health services. 
Because PND can affect anyone 1 November 2021

Because PND can affect anyone

I wish I had known about it, and learned that I had to reach out and tell people how I was feeling...

I was brought up in a nice white middle-class home, I had a happy childhood. But then in my teens, it all started to go wrong. I was bullied and I couldn’t talk about it....