Waltja’s Young Mums program encourages traditional child rearing practices combined with modern health and living, therefore having the best of both worlds, creating the best start in life for the next generation. This is achieved by including the young woman, her mothers, grandmothers and other key women in the family to talk and learn about growing up healthy strong babies.
Waltja can organise workshops and support on:
- Nutrition and healthy eating
- Cooking bush and store food
- Healthy and strong relationships
- Child safety
- Importance of breastfeeding
- Sexual health
- Money management
- Cultural activities
- Bush medicines
- Referrals and links to specialists, specialist information
- Emergency Relief
Waltja also has baby bush bags for young mums and newborns. They are backpacks filled with nappies, blankets, baby shampoo, lotion, oil, wipes, socks and information booklets.
Waltja also supports ‘smoking ceremonies’ for new babies with their mothers, grandmothers and aunties. Waltja can help with food and fuel for the day to go country or pay another elder to help.
The Young Mums program is funded by the Australian Government Office for the Arts.