Fam­i­lies re­cep­tive to vis­its

Te Puke Times - - NEWS - By STU­ART WHI­TAKER


The cul­tural mix of Te Puke has been a rev­e­la­tion for Tay­lor Thom­son.

Regis­tered nurse Tay­lor re­cently be­gan work­ing with Te Puke Plun­ket and is train­ing to be a Plun­ket nurse.

“Te Puke is in­ter­est­ing — it is a hugely di­verse com­mu­nity which is some­thing that’s new to me, but is re­ally cool,” she says.

She says the di­ver­sity is re­flected in dif­fer­ent styles of par­ent­ing.

“At the end of the day, ev­ery­one wants the best for their chil­dren, but it’s re­ally in­ter­est­ing to see the dif­fer­ent ways peo­ple achieve that.”

While Plun­ket is as Kiwi as the sil­ver fern, that doesn’t stop those from over­seas ap­pre­ci­at­ing the ser­vice and she has al­ready vis­ited a num­ber of In­dian fam­i­lies.

“They are re­ally re­cep­tive to hav­ing us there,” says Tay­lor.

“The big­gest bar­rier is the lan­guage bar­rier and of­ten the hus­band is there to trans­late, or we have ac­cess to a tran­sla­tion ser­vice on the phone.

“They al­ways bring us into their homes and of­fer us end­less amounts of tea and cof­fee. They are re­ally happy for you to be there and check their baby and make sure ev­ery­thing’s go­ing well.”

Pa­cific Is­land fam­i­lies are also “re­ally re­cep­tive” to the in­for­ma­tion nurses pro­vide.

Tay­lor says there was less of a cul­tural mix in Mor­rinsville where she was pre­vi­ously at­tached to Plun­ket, be­fore go­ing on ma­ter­nity leave.

She started work­ing for Plun­ket after qual­i­fy­ing in nurs­ing at Wa­iariki In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy then work­ing in the women’s ward at Tau­ranga Hos­pi­tal.

“I al­ways felt like a re­ally ma­ter­nal per­son, even be­fore I had my own child, and I al­ways loved work­ing with ba­bies and fam­i­lies. That’s why I en­joyed work­ing at the hos­pi­tal — I en­joyed work­ing with the whole fam­ily, not just one per­son.”

Tay­lor has one day of clin­ics a week in the Te Puke Plun­ket rooms, and the rest of the time is on the road, cov­er­ing an area that stretches as far as tamara¯kau.

“We ba­si­cally go in and make sure chil­dren are grow­ing, happy and healthy and well. We try and iden­tify is­sues early on so we weigh and mea­sure ba­bies and then re­fer them on to ser­vices if they need sup­port.”

Te Puke Plun­ket now has a Fam­ily Start ser­vice op­er­at­ing out of Te Puke’s Plun­ket rooms.

Fam­ily Start is a free home vis­it­ing ser­vice that of­fers early sup­port for fam­i­lies who are ex­pect­ing a new baby or who are al­ready car­ing for a new baby.

It is for fam­i­lies ex­pe­ri­enc­ing per­sonal or fam­ily sit­u­a­tions that make par­ent­ing chal­leng­ing.

Fam­ily work­ers are mo­bile and fam­i­lies can be re­ferred to the ser­vice through a va­ri­ety of agen­cies or through self re­fer­ral.

Regis­tered so­cial worker Sally Baker says Fam­ily Start of­fers a broad holis­tic ap­proach.

“We also have ac­cess to other ser­vice providers who can help,” she says.

Regis­tered nurse Tay­lor Thom­son is part-way to­wards qual­i­fy­ing as a Plun­ket nurse Te Puke Plun­ket.

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