We were honoured to convene a roundtable of 50+ diverse experts on perinatal and maternal mental health at Parliament on Tuesday 20 September, as part of our Āhurutia Te Rito It takes a village project led by Associate Fellow Dr Holly Walker.
The aim of the day was to generate a shared vision for the future of perinatal and whānau wellbeing in Aotearoa NZ, and identify concrete next steps for policy change to advance this vision. These illustrations, made by the League of Live Illustrators during the day, summarise the themes raised by our keynote speakers and by participants in the group discussions. They also describe the vision and policy direction that is needed in order to make progress and better support new parents.
Our presenters have kindly agreed to make available the content they shared at the roundtable, which can be found here:
- Rountable context and purpose (Dr. Holly Walker)
- Tūpuna Parenting – Tapu and Mana of Pēpi (Elizabeth Emere Harte)
- Perinatal mental health in Aotearoa – An under-recognised concern (Dr. Felicia Low)
- Ko te whaea te takere o te waka | Mothers are the most critical part of our whānau (Dr. Hinemoa Elder – slides here)