Rose Planting Commemorates Mothers

Monday, 11 August 2014
A rose planting and morning tea at Portland District Health on August 21 will celebrate children and connections between health professionals and mothers in the community.

The Little Ray of Sunshine rose will be planted as part of the Australian Breastfeeding Association’s 50th anniversary celebrations, and mums and their support people are invited to attend the ceremony.

The bright yellow hybrid tea rose was bred specifically for the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) to help promote its mum-to-mum support services, and celebrate the little bundles of joy in our lives. Like many children, it is capable of surviving all sorts of conditions, and has a pleasant scent.

The launch of the rose is also a fundraiser for the volunteer-based organisation, which was formerly known as the Nursing Mothers Association of Australia.

Portland ABA Group Leader Angela McFeeters said the rose planting was a way to thank some of the health professionals that had walked alongside mothers and families in the community during a part of their parenting journey.

Portland District Health bought the rose and has worked with the group to have it planted permanently at the health service, a testament to the support the hospital's staff have provided to the association over many years.

Ms McFeeters said the association provided information about breastfeeding education classes and ante-natal sessions at the hospital, and conducts the town's most comprehensive breastfeeding education classes at Active Health Portland, led by its trained community educator Lynda Cooper.

The ABA's qualified local Breastfeeding Counsellors Angela McFeeters, Pixie Endacott and Bernie Gibbons also provide free Breastfeeding Counselling to all mums who seek it. The group also has one trainee.

We provide confidential mum-to-mum information and support for breastfeeding mums and their families and support people. We love to listen to people's concerns and help reassure them they are on the right track, or plan a strategy to work through the worry with the person, Angela said.

PDH Director of Nursing Ros Alexander invited all mothers to the planting ceremony.

Midwifery Team Leader Colleen Hanmer, midwives and the recently expanded obstetrics team of Drs David Morris, Ghazala Irshad and Fariha Irshad have been involved in planning the event, and the midwives bought the rose that will be planted on the day.

Ms Hanmer said they loved being able to provide support to mothers and their families during pregnancy and birth, and recognised the importance of connecting mothers into an often new community of peers when the mothers leave hospital.

The Australian Breastfeeding Association is a great way for mums to see that breastfeeding is practised widely in Portland, even if it's not always very obvious, and it's a good way to help mums get that support from other mothers that complements healthcare services, Ms Hanmer said.

We're also really looking forward to seeing some little; and not so little - people that we have cared for at our hospital in the past. So please, come along and join us for the catch-up!

People can also buy roses to support the association and enjoy their blooms.

For more information about the association phone Angela on 0416 765 492 or email  Free, confidential 24-hour breastfeeding information and support is also available on the association’s Breastfeeding Helpline, 1800 mum-2-mum (1800 686 268).

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