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Health for whānau and pregnant mums during lockdown


During the lockdown, Harlem-Cruz Ihaia made sure to spend quality time with her family. But she wasn’t satisfied to only do that.

Just before lockdown began, Harlem made "Natural Māori Rongoa-Medicine" for whānau at her kōhanga reo. The packs included natural cough mixtures and a natural chest rub, as she knew most whānau could not afford the pharmaceutical products.

Being pregnant also brought up challenges for Harlem.

“I’m in my second trimester, which stirred up quite a lot anxiety for me. I was a bit sceptical about going to appointments outside of my home. I thought I couldn't be the only one thinking like this. So I started a "Hapu Mama" initiative, collaborating with my hapu Ngati Pahauwera and The University of Victoria to support pregnant mums while in lockdown,” says Harlem.

“We didn’t want COVID-19 to disrupt any urgent appointments, as most of these are crucial while pregnant.”

The initiative provided information about the support that was still available under lockdown and made sure expectant mothers were still seeking any necessary or urgent care and being safe while doing so.

20 May 2020

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