JKM to Implement Various Pre and Postnatal Programs to Help New Mothers

By: Michelle Liew

The state government through the Department of Social Welfare (JKM) is committed to go through with the implementation of various pre and postnatal programs to help mothers overcome stress during pregnancy and birth.

It is not denied that many women struggle with postpartum depression and often find it difficult to deal with it, even after years of giving birth.

State Women's Affairs, Family Development and Welfare Exco Datuk Kalsom Noordin said such programs can indirectly help ensure the mental health of the mothers would always be in good condition throughout pregnancy and after giving birth.

"This is important even though there are already health centres that provide good services to these mothers. We will try to create new and better programs," she said.

She stated that mothers are encouraged to meet and attend counselling sessions at health centres in the state that provide the best services to the community in addition to having experienced doctors.

In the meantime, Kalsom said a total of six babies were born in conjunction with the new year 2023 at Melaka Hospital until 9am yesterday with the first birth recorded at 1.20am which was a baby girl weighing 2.14 kilograms (kg).

"Overall we are celebrating two baby boys and four baby girls and thank God all the mothers and their babies are healthy and safe," she added.