Our Mission and Values
Our vision is for a society which meets the (physical, social, cultural and emotional) needs of parents through the transition into parenting, enabling them to create the possible possible experience of pregnancy, birth and early parenting. Skilled, well informed and well supported parents have a greater capacity to optimise their child's development and process of self-construction in the critical early years of life; thereby supporting each family to make a contribution to building a harmonious and peaceful world.
PPA aims to provide quality, impartial and evidence based information and support services for all new Australian parents, which optimise their experience of the transition into parenting and their child's early development.
- To meet the diverse needs of parents across Australia for information and support, from pre-conception through pregnancy and birth, and into early parenting and beyond.
- To advocate for the improvement of services for expectant parents, new families and young children.
- To deliver services aligned with our principles, which are responsive to the needs of parents from diverse backgrounds.
- To contribute to the furthering of the objectives of the Montessori movement in Australia and beyond.
Our Guiding Principles
Respect for Natural Processes
PPA respects and values the physiological processes of pregnancy, birth and lactation, and assert that for the vast majority of women and babies, it is possible for these processes to unfold normally. We aim to enable parents and those who work with new families to recognise and support the natural development of the child and her/his attempts at self-construction from birth. We acknowledge that for a relatively small percentage of the population, intervention is necessary in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for families and we value the role that medical technology can play under these circumstances.
We aim to give every Australian parent the opportunity to make informed choices about what is best for them and their family.
Through sharing knowledge, skills and information we aim to enhance the confidence and abilities of parents to protect and care for their children.
We support parents to take responsibility for the choices they make in the promotion of their own and their family’s well-being.
All PPA services are parent-centred and child-centred.
Our services aim to be non-judgmental and based upon up-to-date, high quality scientific evidence.
We are committed to ensuring that our services are accessible to all Australian families, including those who might experience structural, cultural or personal barriers to participation.