What we do

Perinatal Wellbeing Canterbury provides community-based peer support for parents in Canterbury who are experiencing a decline in mental wellbeing relating to, or resulting from, pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting within the first 1,000 days (Pregnancy to 3 years).

  • Peer support provided in person and online for parents for ongoing support.
  • Advocacy and liaison with other supports and families if needed.
  • Education of other professionals who work with parents of young children on how to spot the signs and symptoms of perinatal mental illness.


Current Services 

Client Contacts / Assessments – take place on receipt of a referral from Plunket, Midwives, GP’s, other health professionals or self referral. An assessment of the level of support required is carried out. Support can vary from providing information, wait listing for our Support Groups, or assistance to access other mental health services. 

Peer Support – online or telephone contact, available while clients on a wait list or after group discharge; or when a group is not a preferred means of support.

Playgroup – Ministry of Education certified, the Peer Supporter led group for parents of under fives, experiencing perinatal mental overwhelm. A chance to enjoy a hot drink, home baking and to meet other parents who understand. Located in Ilam. $2 donation, no referral required.

Perinatal Wellbeing Groups – weekly peer supporter led groups for pregnant and postnatal women with no referral required. Collaborating with the Mother4Mother Breastfeeding Peer Support program. Refers to our Support Group, Waitaha Lactation consultant or clinical intervention if required. Located in New Brighton and Rolleston. 

Asian Wellbeing Group – a group facilitated by a Chinese speaking peer supporter, meeting weekly in term time. Referral required. Located in Bryndwr. Maximum participants 12 per group. 

Support Group – a group with peer support facilitation meeting weekly in term time following a twenty week programme which teaches mothers skills around self-care, managing anxiety, alternatives to self-harm, connecting with their children, the benefits of exercise and good nutrition, how to manage relationships and start interacting within the community again. Referral required. Located in Ilam. Maximum participants 8 per group. 

Referrals can be made here:  https://perinatalwellbeing.org.nz/contact-us/referral-for-support

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