Funding Target

$ 40,000

15 Jewish mothers mentored in 2018

96% of volunteers are Jewish mothers

55 nationalities supported since inception

Helping new Jewish mothers in crisis with a trained volunteer mentor, providing support through their first year of parenting.

It may take a village to raise a child, but for some women in our community, the key to navigating new motherhood in a positive way has been their Mum for Mum mentor.

Established in 2008, the Mum for Mum team provides one-on-one emotional support in a safe, confidential space empowering the mother to be the best mother she can be.

Many feel alone and overwhelmed when first becoming a parent. It’s very hard to prepare for the monumental changes a new-born brings. If there are no family members or friends nearby who understand the negative side of the experience, it can be isolating. Even having family or friends nearby doesn’t always help if the new mother feels uncomfortable sharing the negative aspects of being a new parent.

New mothers are paired with more experienced and trained mothers who volunteer their time to build a support system, enabling them to find other professional supports as needed.

Referrals are made via hospitals, doctors or social workers and word of mouth. Weekly support continues until their baby’s first birthday. Whilst this service is open to the broader  community, JCA funding only goes to support Jewish mothers.

Mum for Mum NCJWA promotes fundamental Jewish principles of tikkun olam. They are a voice for Judaism in the community and a counter-balance to antisemitism.

Mothers in crisis in their first year of parenting.

Mum for Mum (as part of NCJWA)

Mum for Mum NCJWA is a non-denominational home-visiting program where trained volunteers, who are mothers themselves, visit a mum in the last trimester of pregnancy and for the first year of their baby’s life in order to provide emotional support.

With the changes in people’s lifestyles, where most mothers are not living in close proximity to their families or do not have the supports with which they grew up, Mum for Mum NCJWA aims to relieve isolation and reduce anxiety and depression, through creating a safe and caring space for mums to delight in their babies and develop secure attachment.

Other programs offered by this provider

National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (NCJWA) strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Other programs include Cancer Support Network, Books Out Loud, Cuddle Bundles and birthing kit days to support women in African nations.

Founding Year

1923 NCJWA
2008 Mum for Mum

Joined JCA



Diane Schaffer

General Manager

Nadene Alhadeff