Eva’s Place to be set up in Roma.
Eva’s Place to be set up in Roma.

Pregnancy and parental support network to be set up in Roma

FINDING yourself pregnant and facing the transition into motherhood can be tough at the best of times, let alone when there are other challenges in a woman’s life.

That’s why a group of doctors, parents and youth workers are raising funds to open ‘Eva’s Place’ in Roma – a pregnancy and parenting support centre based on the model of holistic peri-natal care.

A centre has been operating in Toowoomba since 2013, and more recently in Dalby and Kingaroy.

Dr Nat Cooksley is a member of the start-up committee and said all the works have either professional or life experience that have led them to have an interest in supporting vulnerable women who find themselves pregnant or parenting in difficult circumstances.

“Many have seen first-hand the great need for it in Roma over the past few years,” Dr Cooksley said.

As a mother of three young kids and her professional background as a doctor, Dr Cooksley said having worked both in GP and hospital settings, she’s seen a lot of vulnerable women present in need of holistic, non-judgemental and practical support.

“Eva’s Place provides a high-level of training to its volunteers and staff and equips them in mentoring and non-directive counselling roles to support women from the time of conception to bub’s first birthday,” she said.

“Each woman’s needs are unique, whether it’s just having a safe space to be heard and think through her options, to help with housing, employment, education, let alone the practical and emotional skills of becoming a good mother and learning to care for a baby.

“It’s about empowering women to thrive in their transition into motherhood.”

“Similar pregnancy support centres have been popping up all over Australia over the past few years because the need is so great.”

But there’s one problem – in order to open a centre in Roma, they need to raise $58,000 to cover start-up costs and the salary of a part-time service co-ordinator.

Dr Cooksley said with help from the community, they’re hopeful they can reach that target and open the doors in 2021.

The start-up committee is launching a fundraiser by hosting a Charity High Tea at 3pm on Sunday, November 22 at Moorelands Bush Nursery.

Entry is $30 at the door for adults.

Kids are free and childminding is available on site.

There will be a silent auction and raffle with art from local artists and packages by local businesses including Gifts at Teacup and Gorgeous, as well as live piano.

RSVP – Jacqui on 0476 927 645.

Further details for the event can be found on the public Facebook event ‘Eva’s Place Charity High Tea’.

To donate please go to www.au.gofundme.com/f/evasplaceroma

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