Whakatupu Ora is a new, specialist service for families with a child under the age of 4, with emotional or behavioural problems that have not resolved with simple interventions.
We serve families of all cultures living in the Counties Manukau Health area.
What kind of problems can we help with?
We can provide help when the relationship between caregivers and their young child is not going well. For example, we can help with difficulties caregivers might have in enjoying and feeling close to their baby or toddler, and with upset or angry feelings caregivers might have when things are not going well with their child.
We can also help if the child has emotional or behavioural difficulties.
For families expecting a baby, we can help pregnant women who have mixed feelings about the pregnancy, including anger, sadness and worries, and difficulty feeling close to the unborn baby.
What can we do to help?
Our team has a number of clinicians with knowledge and experience in working with families with very young children. We can listen and support families through emotionally difficult times. We have learned from what other parents have found helpful, and can work with the families referred to us to find what will work best for them and their child.
We can support mums-to-be and their families through the pregnancy and in the early months after the baby is born. We found that it is often helpful for women with significant and persistent concerns to have someone who listens and understands.