On Wednesday 25th October, we hosted the 2nd annual “Lunch Out Loud” fundraising event in support of PANDA – a truely worthwhile charity helping over 100,000 families across Australia who are experiencing postnatal depression and anxiety every year.
There are a lot of sentiments attached to motherhood and being a mum, and particularly the emotional journey of becoming a new mum: Happiness, joy, love, and feelings of finally being “complete.” But the point of “Lunching Out Loud” for PANDA is to also remember that for many, the experience of pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood can be associated with stress, anxiety and depression.
You may already know that perinatal anxiety and depression is more common than most people realise. You might even be aware of the statistics: as many as 1 in 5 expecting or new mums affected and up to 1 in 10 dads. Around 100,000 families across Australia are impacted every year.
They’re big numbers, aren’t they?
But despite this, there is still a huge lack of understanding and a lot of confusion in the community about this illness. Many people still don’t seek help as quickly as they should and suffer for longer than necessary because they don’t know what’s happening to them and don’t know where to go to seek help.
The purpose for MUMOKI is to make life easier for mums, help them be social and live their new normal in places that cater to the demands of little people and parenting. By no means, is getting out of the house the only solution for those suffering PND, but it certainly can help, and it is the ongoing mission of MUMOKI to make life as easy as possible for those experiencing it and to continuously raise funds and awareness for the cause.
So we did what we know how to do best – we had a party!
The room at the new Fratelli Fresh in The Entertainment Quarter was packed with over 40 Sydney Mums, we raised money for PANDA, we talked about life, love and motherhood, we ate carbs, drank Aperol Spritz’s and were very very merry. Because above all, what we all need is love, support and care from each other.
Here’s a sample of how the day played out…
Fratelli Fresh is where great conversation joins together with delicious food and wine to create “gioie della tavola” (“the joys of the table”). We were wined and dined over an abundant and delicious lunch that even Sophia Loren would have been impressed with. The flavours were simple and big, the portions were generous, and the menu was extensive.
Our drink of choice: How to make a Blood Orange Aperol Spritz
Start by measuring out 90ml of blood orange puree (this will be found at any local food shop or supermarket) and pour into glass.
Then add 45ml of Aperol (Aperol is an Italian apéritif made of bitter orange, gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona)
Then top glass with ice and top with your choice of prosecco (roughly about 90ml).
Finish with a dash of soda and a slice of blood orange.
Laura Ruston, MUMOKI
MUMOKI began with Laura’s search for clean baby change rooms in locations that served really good coffee and avo toast. For the answer, she travelled far and wide, drank a lot of coffee, changed a lot of nappies, breastfed in lots of strange places and talked endlessly to her mothers’ group. On any given day, she is discovering, reviewing and approving the best of the best when it comes to going out with your baby.
Jen Hamilton, WotBaby
Jen is a mum to 3 kids, and has over 27 years experience as a mothercraft nurse. She has worked for both Karitane and Tresillian as well as personally helped thousands of families with their new additions. Despite this experience, she has also personally suffered from postnatal depression after having all 3 of her children. Most recently Jen has launched WotBaby – an app to help parents in the first 6 months after having a newborn to adapt to their new life.
Emily Magee, POPSugar Parenting and Wyse Women
Emily is a mum of 2 and moved to Australia from the UK when she was 5 months pregnant. After having worked in a very high pressure, and social atmosphere for so many years, moving to a new country in such a highly emotional and stressful period forced her to make new friends and join 3 different mothers groups! All of whom she is still friends with.
Our special thanks to….
Thank you to Fratelli Fresh at The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park for hosting the lunch… you really do make the best banoffee pie.
Also thank you to our sponsors: Vaseline, Simple, Casa Boheme, Park Hyatt Sydney, Lizzy Williamson, Wotnot, The Base Collective, Chloe & Amelie, Doterra, Bespokery, and last but not least Thankyou Baby.
Photos by Caroline McCredie.
SO NOW WHAT?
It’s important to remember that postnatal anxiety and depression is temporary and treatable. So if you or your partner experience any symptoms for more than two weeks, it’s time to seek support.
If you, or someone you know is experiencing postnatal depression or anxiety, please call the PANDA National Helpline on 1300 726 306 or visit their website http://www.panda.org.au/
If you or your partner are at immediate risk of harm call 000 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.