Daniella Ruru believes the saying “it takes a village to raise a child” has never been more true.
As the editor of Newcastle Baby Magazine, Ms Ruru says it was now vital that new parents received support and connection from their ‘village’ in order to help create wellness within future generations.
“Often new mums and dads have no experience of growing families,” she said.
“This is a whole new world and a super steep learning curve that can bring with it some unexpected surprises and challenges.”
Through her free annual publication, Ms Ruru hopes to connect new parents with more than 40 local resources offering support from pregnancy through to early childhood.
“This is not a journey to make alone,” she said.
“Connecting with experienced professionals who have walked this path with thousands of families instantly expands your access to local knowledge and connects you with your local network.
“During recent times it has been proven yet again that people need people.
“Yes, the internet and Dr Google serve their purpose, but at the heart and soul of the matter it is the connections we have with real live people that will support us all to health and happiness.”
Newcastle Baby Magazine is releasing its second edition on Wednesday 10 November.
Publishers of the printed format are hoping this issue will help raise awareness about PANDA Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia.
“One in 10 women and one in 20 men struggle with antenatal depression,” Ms Ruru said.
“More than one in seven new mums and up to one in 10 new dads experience postnatal depression.
“Here at Newcastle Baby, we believe that being informed, connected and supported with holistic services during the journey of growing your family is the best preventative medicine there is.”
As a Newcastle-born and bred massage therapist and mother, Ms Ruru says she understands it is hands-on, practical help that parents need the most.
“As many others will tell you, searching Google for answers at 3am with a crying baby is not usually very helpful,” she said.
“Newcastle Baby is here to raise awareness and normalise the importance of seeking extra, local support.
“This year’s PANDA theme is ‘Tell someone who cares’.
“More than ever it is vital that expecting and new parents who are struggling know they are not alone and can reach out for help.
“They need to know that when they do reach out, they will be supported by those they confide in, whether family members, health professionals, PANDA or other perinatal mental health specialists.
“You won’t have all the answers. Now is the time to allow yourself to be supported.”