Lockdown has forced us to make changes to the way some of our services are delivered. Angela Weekly was one of our kaimahi who made changes to ensure her clients would benefit from her service by conducting her first antenatal class online.
Thanks to our IT team, in particular Shamus and Darin, Angela set up and ably supported to conduct her class from our very own Boardroom. The zoom offered was a PJ zoom that the participants were happy with, provided Angela wore her PJ’s too.
“The participants really appreciated having the security and comfort of attending the class online as it kept the momentum going and instilled and sense of routine,” says Angela. “I had nine couples attend the class with three apologies. This was week three of the six-week evening class, which run from 6.30-8.30 pm.”
Angela deals with various questions and situations as part of her classes, so it was comforting to all concerned that the classes could continue. “Unfortunately, one of the couples had received news regarding their pregnancy and were needing to be induced the following day, so it was great to be able to reassure them and answer any questions they had,” says Angela.
The anxiety around birthing during the lockdown, particularly during Alert Level 4 is high among the couples, so having a safe place and space to ask questions and receive support is reassuring.
Angela will continue with zoom classes while there are movements restrictions are in place. Moving forward, this service may be developed further, allowing greater choice for whānau.
The only downfall would have to be the interpersonal connections that people have when they are in a class together in person; however, Angela has done exceptionally well to make the most of the situation we’re all in. That is certainly something to be proud of!