Emotional support during pregnancy
and for mums of new babies
Are you overwhelmed, feeling isolated or unsupported? Caring Mums is here to support you.
Caring Mums is a Melbourne based community program. It is a confidential, home-based, free-of-charge and non-denominational service that provides emotional support to mums of newborn babies and women during pregnancy.
While pregnancy and motherhood are exciting times, it is normal for new mums to sometimes feel isolated, overwhelmed or unsupported. While these feelings are natural, not all mothers have support systems to help them manage. Many find it challenging to cope with the changing role that motherhood presents.
Caring Mums are trained volunteers and mums themselves, who provide a shoulder to lean-on. Although not health professionals, volunteers are dedicated to giving individual support to mums through weekly visits for up to the first twelve months of their baby’s life. The philosophy is based on ‘attachment theory’ and the empowerment of women, enabling healthy and nurturing relationships. The program promotes linking mums to vital networks and resources within their own communities.
The program is coordinated by family counsellor, parent educator, group facilitator and supervisor Michelle Kornberg, who trains the volunteers and matches them with new mums.
As a program of the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (Vic), Caring Mums operates in Melbourne within the cities of Glen Eira, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Monash and Bayside. The program has its origins in Boston, USA as 'Visiting Moms’ and is known in NSW as ‘MUM FOR MUM’.
Mums can either contact us directly or be referred through their Maternal & Child Health Nurse, health professionals and community agencies.
See Caring Mums on the Today show:
With thanks to our supporters:
Reid Malley Foundation | The Inger Rice Foundation | Philip Brass Consultants
South Melbourne Community Chest | Grosman Family Foundation | Glen Eira Council