Barbara Hill is running the Living in Colour programme, which was developed by author Jenny McDermid and is run in Canada.
Ms Hill had an abortion almost 40 years ago and said up to as late as last year she was still feeling sadness over her decision to terminate her pregnancy.
“I always had an anniversary reaction. Every January I got the blues. There was a lack of bonding. I had excessive anger. I disliked babies. I still have a job dealing with any babies under about six months old,” she said.
She also turned to alcohol to suppress her feelings but has finally let go of the grief, having been through the programme twice.
“I’ve become more joyful. I’ve forgiven myself. I’m more at peace and I have a sense of moving on, and I think it’s released me to really enjoy my kids that I have,” she said.
Abortion programme a NZ first
Sunlive News 8 July 2014
Tauranga will be the first place in New Zealand to trial a recovery programme for women struggling with the after-effects of abortion.
Women of all ages can register their interest in the eight week course, designed to heal emotional fallout that can surface months, years or decades after a termination.