OAMA 一時媽媽

A Project By Marina, May and Babie’
This Project will only be funded if HKD 100,000 is pledged by Saturday, 27 January 2018 23:59 HKT.
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goal HKD 100,000
amount raised HKD 1,250
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Overview

Hong Kong's first platform to support women and families affected by miscarriage via:

  • Information
  • Support
  • Education
  • De-stress
  • Counselling
  • Empowerment

What is OAMA?

‘OAMA’ is an acronym for ‘Once A MAma’. Like other mothers, women who have suffered from miscarriage or stillbirth have so much love for their pre-born babies. This love is so strong and intense, confirming the truths they experience in their spirit and soul that once they are a mother, they will always be, for the rest of their lives (一時媽媽  終生媽媽). The only difference is OAMAs are dealing with the loss of someone who meant the world to them and they are mourning the loss of the life they have made and saying goodbye to the future they had planned.

OAMA as a Hong Kong's first platform

Medical research shows that approximately 20% of pregnancies result in loss. Miscarriage and stillbirth bring both tremendous mental and physical pain to the mother, their parents and their families. For the mother, just as each pregnancy is different, in a similar way, the body’s capacity to return to its normal health after a miscarriage will also be different from that of others. In some cases, the hCG hormone levels can only return to the normal healthy level for weeks or even months after a miscarriage.

Miscarriage is never easy, especially in the Chinese society when the term is not often mentioned. Some of the older generation even think it is a taboo. 

The Founding Partners of OAMA: Marina and Babie have experienced miscarriage on their first and/or second pregnancies and they felt so hopeless in finding information or the support that they need in the community. May, another Founding Partner of OAMA is receiving Social Work training in HKU. Although she did not have the experience of miscarriage, she concerns about the needs of these mummies. Therefore, she joins and works with other working partners in setting up Hong Kong's first platform to fill the current service gap and to help local mummies in need to go through this difficult time in life.

Over time, they finally gathered themselves and moved on. Through finding each other, and having the ability to talk about their own feelings, and exchange ideas, they decided to volunteer themselves in setting up Hong Kong's first ever platform-OAMA.

OAMA’s core focus is to help people in need to go through this difficult time in life, and for affected women in particular, to learn more about themselves and become a more mature being through experiencing and reflecting on the loss.

 What does OAMA do?

1. Offering needed information

We understand that miscarriage is never easy especially in our Chinese society when the term is not often mentioned.

By establishing a website, we believe it will provide immediate initial information to those affected by miscarriage or stillbirth, which helps them to make sense of what is actually happening and gives them that initial critical support system. A website has been built (https://www.oamahk.org) and OAMA would pour parts of the money raised into content building of the website.

O&G doctors and counselors will be invited to join OAMA by offering their health advice and support to help women in need of medical advice and/or emotional support.

2. Dealing with Emotions

Online support-Through our website, we hope to provide an online (chat)/ WhatsApp (chat) support function where they can feel safe to open up with other women around. Stay-at-home mothers who have had similar experiences, will be invited to be on stand-by to give their support to affected mothers.

Counselling-Miscarriage or stillbirth experience is a traumatic experience to women, and men as well. Certified Loss & Grief Counsellor will be invited to do a monthly group counselling session on bereavement. 

De-stress workshops-To help affected women to get de-stressed, we will offer a monthly breathing session, taught by certified holistic life coach in Hong Kong. 

'Be a Better Me' workshop-The aim of the workshop is to help women learn a bit more about themselves and about life.

3. Spreading Awareness

Miscarriage is a bereavement, which is often not acknowledged. We believe that by talking about miscarriage more openly, the society can better understand and support people in need. By raising the awareness of and knowledge about miscarriage can help create a more loving and caring society.

 

Our upcoming event - Women Portrait Campaign

OAMA is going to kick start its first society awareness campaign. Photographers are invited to take candid portraits of women affected by miscarriage. Photo portraits will feature women who have their eyes closed, and in thinking of their lost ones. The raw and authentic emotions would show up through the mouth, cheeks, eyebrow, foreheads and other body part, which could express their pain of the experience.

Due to taboo in the Chinese society, miscarriage is often not mentioned. Both physical and mental well-being of the affected woman is always underestimated. The aim of this campaign is to raise the society awareness of miscarriage situation, rallying for more support to women in need and conveying a message of ‘you are not alone.’

 

Call to Action

Please support our campaign on www.nextchapter.com.hk and enjoy some of the rewards from my partner sponsors.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Marina, May and Babie

Founding Partners of OAMA

 

All the rewards are generously donated by:

A little something

FLOAX

Living Life with Jen

Red Doors Studio

Sayvour

Sense of Touch

NODORIE by Bubbles

 

Advisors:

Prof. Chan Lai Wan, Cecilia 

JP, BSocSc, MSocSc, PhD, RSW

Professor, Chair of Health and Social Work, HKU

 

Dr. Bobo Lau Hi Po 

Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Social Work and Social Adminstration, HKU

 

Mr. Tang Wai Hung    

BSSc, MSSc, DipExeMgt, HKPCA Fellow, RSW

Part-time Lecturer, Department of Social Work, CUHK

 

OAMA logo, courtesy of Visual Artist Akjan Li
Special thanks to Shelia Chiu

Media Mention: Cable TV

OAMA 一時媽媽——與小產媽媽同行關懷計劃

 

醫學研究指約百份之二十至二十五的孕婦會有機會經歷小產。小產對女性帶來的壓力,相信只有過來人才能有切膚之感。除了當媽媽的期望落空,甚至可能自我責怪,因而出現憂鬱或焦慮症狀,但願社會更開明, 小產不再是忌諱, 讓「一時媽媽」(OAMA Once a Mama) 得到適當的支持, 身心靈慢慢恢復,成為自身逆境的「終身媽媽鬥士」(Always a Mama Fighter!)

計劃目的是希望各位「一時媽媽」知道你並不孤單,大家一起風雨同行。

 

背景: 

計劃發起人 Marina 及 Babie 曾經歷過小產, 與其他準媽媽一樣, 懷孕時正在期待著自己的孩子呱呱落地時,胎兒卻由於染色體問題或其他先天疾病,又或者畸形匆匆而去,她們還未來得及享受新生兒的喜悅,就必須接受孩子離去的悲慘現實,留下的只有傷心欲絕的情緒。但是,她們的聲音和苦痛卻極少被關注。因此,她們希望以此計劃支持其他流產媽媽。

計劃另一發起人 May 現正就讀香港大學社工系四年級,雖然並未有此經歷,但因其正接受社工教育的背景,與其他媽媽討論後,發現香港並無足夠服務支持流產媽媽,因此希望以是次計劃補足此服務斷層。

 

計劃內容:

此計劃是非政治/宗教/傳銷組織, 提供一系列免費的服務,包括設立網上平台,邀請婦產科醫生為發生流產、胎兒發育異常、死胎的婦女提供資訊, 並邀請心理學家提供免費情緒輔導等身、心照護等,讓她們能夠用健康的心態迎接未來。OAMA已初步建立網頁,並會利用部分籌得款項營運網站,詳情可瀏覽:https://www.oamahk.org

此外,OAMA亦會與不同團體及人士合作,提供不同類型的工作坊。社會忽視了對她們的關懷,她們不單要承受失去孩子的痛苦,甚至還要承受家人的不解和歧視,她們的路真的很難走。 如何才能避免因為孩子夭折而給準媽媽們帶來傷害?對準媽媽的關愛,不僅在物質上,更應該在心理上,讓她們和家人能夠客觀地看待可能發生的事情,這樣,準媽媽們和家人才能夠理性地面對小天使的離開,才能少一份對準媽媽們的傷害。

計劃另一重點將是公眾教育及宣傳工作,目標是為了提高公眾人士對小產對身心靈健康的認識和了解,亦增加對受影響婦女的關懷、體諒和包容,幫助消除誤解和歧視。

 

媒體宣傳工作

同時,OAMA會透過不同媒體及網上平台宣傳。早前,OAMA完成與媒體的訪問,並初步定於11月底播出。

 

活動預告

OAMA將於2018年1月初舉行以女性為主題的攝影展,以提高社會大眾對曾流產媽媽的關注。同時,我們亦希望透過攝影展,向大眾傳達正面訊息,讓曾流產媽媽於復元路上不會感到孤單。

 

請支持我們!

你們的支持對於我們的工作是十分重要!更重要的是,曾受流產的媽媽能感受到你結予她們的愛及支持,令她們在復元路上不會感到孤單。

 

創辦人

Marina

May

Babie

 

所有獎品由以下團體/人士慷慨捐贈:

A little something

FLOAX

Living Life with Jen

Red Doors Studio

Sayvour

Sense of Touch

NODORIE by Bubbles

 

顧問:

香港大學社會工作及社會行政學系教授 陳麗雲教授

香港大學社會工作及社會行政學系博士後研究員 劉喜寶博士

香港中文大學社會工作學系兼任講師 鄧惠雄先生

 

特別鳴謝:

Shelia Chiu

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