My name is Bushie Calvert and I am excited to have recently completed the PSPA training through Well South. I trained as a peer supporter in 2011 and have regularly volunteered at The Breast Room since it began and have helped with the management of it since November 2015. I have also visited several families through the antenatal breastfeeding classes and had countless conversations with friends and family about various challenges and joys that arise during a woman’s breastfeeding journey. I am mum to three delightful girls, Stella, Gretel and Lola – all of whom delight and challenge me and keep me on my toes on a regular basis. My husband, Steven and I own Nectar Cafe, the first café to be featured on the BURP app, and any pregnant mum popping in for a coffee or lunch is as likely to have a conversation around breastfeeding with Steven as she is to have a flat white! I am looking forward to training future peer supporters and expanding the support networks for breastfeeding families within Dunedin and North Otago.
Peer Supporters are not medical professionals, but are volunteers trained to provide information and support through common challenges to the normal course of breastfeeding.