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The mothersmatter Trust

The mothersmatter Trust came into existence in 2015 and evolved out of the Postnatal Depression Family/Whanau NZ Trust which continues with a new website  www.pndcanterbury.co.nz

The aim of the mothersmatter website is to raise money for the maintenance and hosting of the mothersmatter website, and to keep the website as up to date as possible.

Aims of Mothers Matter

  • Provide information for mothers, fathers & families on PND & related conditions, such as anxiety & bipolar disorder.
  • Contain local supports available in NZ.
  • Relates to the cultural diversity in NZ.
  • Has NZ based information and treatments.
  • Has information for medical professionals in NZ to help keep up with new developments.

About the website

The website aims to provide up to date information for these mothers, fathers and their families/whanau and for those health professionals who are treating them.

This website is unique in that it is New Zealand based and relates to our New Zealand culture with kiwi mums, dads and family/whanau members talking about their personal experiences living with postnatal depression and anxiety.

The site provides relevant information regarding health and support systems in New Zealand. Unfortunately accessibility to perinatal or maternal mental health services is not consistent across the country.

The first specialised perinatal psychiatric inpatient unit in New Zealand was the Mothers and Babies service in Christchurch.The Trust is grateful to that service for the support they have provided in setting up this site. One of the reasons for the greater number of support systems listed for Canterbury is the fact that this is where both the Trust and The Mothers and Babies Service are located. We welcome input from other regions. In 2014 an inpatient Mothers and Babies service was established in Auckland.

This site provides more in depth information on the medications that are available in New Zealand than other sites.

Trust members have used their own professional and personal knowledge and that of other health professionals, contacts, and friends to contribute to this site. The information from this site is not designed to take the place of a personal consultation with a medical professional.


This is an ongoing site. There are areas we plan to update further:

  • There are a number of other medications we plan to include.
  • We need more information on cultural diversity.
  • We need more information on regional support services.
  • We plan to keep the site up-to-date with new treatments and information.
  • Add more stories.
  • Add more Q&A.

If you can help us please let us know through our Feedback section.


Current Trustees

Debbie Wilson (Chair and website editor)

Kathy Cranston (Trustee)

Carin Smith (Trustee)

Sally Carroll (Trustee)

Claire Kelly (Trustee)

The mothersmatter Trust thanks you for your support and interest. We would be grateful for any feedback. Thank you.



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