White Cloud’s Meals for Mums service provides practical support for women who have have either developed Perinatal Depression and/or Anxiety or are display early symptoms of the condition. It is designed to complement the clinical care given by the mother’s health care provider.
The service provides practical support and social connection through the delivery of 14 nutritious meals to the mother’s home and phone contact with our program coordinator.
To ensure that these women are receiving ongoing holistic support that complements their clinical treatment, they must be referred to the service by a professional involved in their healthcare or welfare.
Mothers being referred to the service must fit both these criteria:
- Be in the perinatal period, pregnancy through to 12 months post-birth; and
- Either have developed or are at a real risk of developing perinatal depression and/or anxiety.
WHO CAN REFER?
Referrals to the Meals for Mums service are only accepted from medical professionals, allied health professionals, social workers, counsellors, or anyone else directly involved in the health care or welfare support of the mother.
To see a list of organisations/facilities that are currently referring mothers to the service, click here.
HOW DO YOU REFER SOMEONE?
To refer a mother (or a father) to the Meals for Mums Program, simply click on the button at the bottom of this page and complete the online referral form. If you would like to discuss the referral with us, please email us at [email protected] or call our Program Coordinator on 07 3065 9855.
WHERE DO WE DELIVER?
White Cloud Foundation is currently proud to partner with hospitals and other healthcare providers to offer the service in the following regions:
- Gold Coast
- Sunshine Coast
- Wide Bay (Maryborough, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay)
- Cairns and surrounds
- Townsville and surrounds
- Mackay and surrounds
- Rockhampton, Gladstone, and surrounds
- Toowoomba and the Darling Downs
- Roma and Charleville
- Southern Tasmania.
WHO SUPPLIES THE MEALS?
White Cloud Foundation facilitates the program and uses specialist external businesses to prepare and deliver nutritionally balanced meals. This means that sometimes we are unable to provide meals to a mother as they may live outside of our supplier’s delivery area. If this situation should arise, we will work with other meals suppliers to facilitate deliveries.
Our current meal providers are:
- Gourmet Meals – Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich
- Lite n’Easy – Southern Tasmania
- Lite n’Easy – Regional Queensland
Simply click on the meal provider’s name above to check their delivery areas.
CAN I REFER THE SAME MOTHER MORE THAN ONCE?
Being a charity, White Cloud has limited funding. We therefore have to have some restrictions in place for the provision of our Meals service. Mothers can be referred for a second delivery of meals if they:
- Have not already received a Meals for Mums meal delivery in the previous fortnight.
- Have either been diagnosed with perinatal depression and/or anxiety or are displaying worsening symptoms of its development.
Some further restrictions may need to be put in place going forward as the number of repeat referrals continues to increase. These restrictions are to simply ensure we can help as many mothers as possible, and that the mothers we are helping fit our charitable purpose.
If you have any feedback or suggestions that could help us further improve Meals for Mums or any of White Cloud Foundation’s other services, please email us at [email protected]
Thank you to all the donors and sponsors that have supported the Meals for Mums Service, particularly our current major supporters below.