Nindilingarri

Cultural Health Services

Pamper day for pregnant women in Noonkanbah

On Tuesday the 20th of June, Laima (Maternal Health Promotion Officer) and the women from the health promotion team travelled out to Noonkanbah/ Yungngora to run a pamper day for the pregnant women in the community. Research shows that too much stress in pregnancy can be harmful to both mum and baby, so the idea of the day was to create a relaxing space, where the women would be pampered so they could unwind for half a day.

4 pregnant women and 1 mum with a newborn had their hands scrubbed and moisturised (thanks to Ben from the Bush Medicine program for making the moisturiser) and had their nails painted. Amanda, NCHS nutritionist, helped the women make healthy smoothies and cooked up a delicious stew for everyone. The women also beautifully decorated baby t-shirts, ready for when their babies are born.

Laima also had a yarn to the women about the importance of the whole community supporting pregnant women to not drink alcohol during their pregnancy in order to prevent children being born with FASD. Remember that FASD is 100% preventable- no grog in pregnancy.

Laima also talked about how being smoke-free during and after pregnancy can give babies and parents a strong start to life and also showed the women some simple exercises they can do to keep their bodies strong during pregnancy. Thank you to everyone that supported the day and helped make it a success.

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