Family Fun Market Day to raise funds for postnatal support group Mothers Helpers

Bernetta Billing, centre front, leads a Kangatraining session in Brooklands Park.
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Bernetta Billing, centre front, leads a Kangatraining session in Brooklands Park.

Kangatraining and Taranaki Babywearers have combined forces to organise a school holiday boredom-buster event for the whole family.

Bernetta Billing from Kangatrianing and Donna Hardgrave from Taranaki Babywearers have organised the Family Fun Market Day, which takes place on Saturday, October 10 .

"It's going to be so cool," Billing said. "It's for New Zealand Babywearing Week, trying to help raise awareness, but mostly fun for the family."

Kangatraining is a type of exercise done while wearing a baby. Babywearing is the practice of carrying youngsters in a harness while going about normal life.

Events will be held around the country, all fundraising for Mothers Helpers. "It's a postnatal support network.

"It's nationwide but they don't have any drop-in groups as such yet [in Taranaki]. They open up new ones as they get funding."

"It would be good to have it here. There are support groups organised through the hospital but there's not any obvious organisations you can go to. You have to get referrals through your GP."

Suicide linked with postnatal depression was one of the biggest causes of maternal deaths in New Zealand. "It's a big problem. Women need more support," she said.

It affects about 15 per cent of women who give birth. It has significant impact on the health and wellbeing of new mothers, fathers and the child.

"There needs to be more awareness that it does exist and you can get help, and you need to get help not just think it will go away."

During the event there'll be market stalls as well as many activities like a bouncy castle, flash mobs, story telling, music and face panting.

Other attractions include make up tips and make overs, cooking demonstrations, hand and foot plaster casting and pregnant mothers can have their belly moulded.

"Playfit is going to do some activity sessions as well. It's another business that you play to get fit. It's suitable for the whole family," she said.

"There's going to be heaps to do. It won't just be looking at market stalls it will be actually lots to do."

Entry costs a gold coin donation. "Come along. It's going to be a great day out for the whole family," she said.

The Family Fun Market Day will run from 10am to 2pm at the St Andrew's Church Hall.

 - Stuff

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