Mums helping Mums

December 19, 2011 by J-Wire Staff
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24 volunteers are currently serving 24 mothers from 15 countries in  The National Council of Jewish Women of Australia MUM for MUM program.

Ruth Osen, Patricial Liling, Viki Nadel, President of NCJWA, NSW Division, Sue Fillingham (back), Gail Collins, Brenda Kaplan and Carol Shroot

 

Nadene Alhadeff and Alexa Gilbert-Obrart

The figures were reported at an end of year review of the MUM FOR MUM program by co-ordinator Nadene Alhadeff.
Established by NCJWA, NSW four years ago, MUM FOR MUM has provided volunteers to approximately 70 mothers from countries ranging from Mongolia, Japan, Vietnam and China.

Volunteers serve socially isolated mothers from all religions and backgrounds free of charge in the first year of their child’s life by providing emotional support on a weekly basis. “This is the most important and vulnerable time of a mother’s life and so many mothers do not have the support they need.  By making this commitment, volunteers are playing a significant role in the mental well-being of both the mother and child and everyone is enriched by the experience” said Nadene Alhadeff, co-ordinator of the program.
Alexa Obrart-Gilbert, psychotherapist, recently delivered a talk to the volunteers on Infant Observation.

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