White Cloud Mums is designed to empower and nurture women and their families affected by Perinatal Depression. Our research shows that with early access to clinical treatment, practical services, and emotional support, a mother can reduce her risk factors for Perinatal Depression and thereby prevent the development of, or recover sooner from, a clinical disorder.
By helping a woman to identify and manage psychological, social, dietary and physical fitness challenges that may be compromising her ability to respond to the demands of motherhood, we empower her to reconnect with her life, enhance her recovery and regenerate herself.
White Clouds Mums is a practical support program for women diagnosed or at risk of perinatal depression. The program addresses nutrition, exercise, and social isolation.
White Cloud Foundation is pleased to have formed a collaboration with the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH), Maternal Health Unit, to pilot the White Cloud Mums Program. Over a 12 month period, we expect 250 women to access the service.
Studies show that good nutrition is essential for maintaining well being and this is particularly true for new and expecting mothers. As part of the White Cloud Mums program, we deliver 20 meals to a woman’s home or residence. She will receive 10 meals at a time, which will arrive frozen. Meals can easily be stored in the freezer and heated in the microwave, for either lunch or dinner.
The benefits of exercise for both mental and physical well being are undisputed. White Cloud Mums Program has piloted free Yoga and mindfulness classes for new mothers with premature and sick babies at the RBWH, giving mothers opportunity to recharge and refocus. With thanks to a partnership with Ronald McDonald House, we were able to offer the classes in the family room next door to the hospital.
We are proud to have partnered with Women’s Health Queensland Wide’s Midwife check-in in Service and the Department of Psychology and Social Work at the Royal Brisbane and Woman’s Hospital (RBWH) to pilot this program to mothers with or at risk of perinatal depression.
The Midwife Check-in service offers women access to free, confidential, untimed telephone calls with a midwife regularly during pregnancy and after birth.It gives women the opportunity to discuss any topic, such as expectations of parenthood, emotional health, and wellbeing, or just to have a ‘listening ear’ at the other end of the phone.