MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2021
This week is Harmony Week, a time to celebrate and recognise multiculturalism in Australia. Inclusiveness is at the core of Harmony Week’s message as we all work to promote respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background.
According to the latest AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) Australia’s mothers and babies report, 35% of mothers in Australia were born overseas, and the number of mothers from non-English-speaking countries is growing. Over one-quarter (27%) of mothers who gave birth in 2018 were born in a mainly non-English-speaking country, an increase from 19% in 2008.
Furthermore, mothers who were born in mainly non-English-speaking countries were found to be less likely to attend antenatal care in the first trimester (70% compared with 76% of those born in Australia and other mainly English-speaking countries).
With a growing population of mothers from a non-English-speaking background giving birth to babies in Australian hospitals, it is increasingly important they have access to information and resources integral to their journey. Miracle Babies Foundation’s ‘Advice for Extended Family & Friends’ flyers and ‘Dear Dad’ flyers have been translated into nine different languages. They include: Arabic, Greek, Korean, Macedonian, Nepali, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, and Vietnamese. By ensuring these translated flyers are available in hospitals that receive our services, we are helping families with premature or sick newborns, who may also face language barriers, know what help is available.
“These flyers will provide parents and families with information, guidance and strength," says Kylie Pussell, CEO of Miracle Babies.
“As well as supporting parents’ wellbeing, they also help family and friends to create a connected support network, which is essential for the journey ahead.”