Early Parenting Centre Celebrates Milestone
Apr 27, 2021
The Early Parenting Centre in Duncraig has helped almost 1000 parents get to “know” their babies better in the past three years.
Staff will celebrate the centre’s third birthday on May 2 at Glengarry Private Hospital.
The Early Parenting Centre supports families with infants six-weeks-old to 12-months-old in areas such as sleeping, feeding, reflux, colic and adjusting to parenting.
Nurse Unit Manager Jen Motteram said helping families and carers in the community during the past three years had been inspiring.
“It’s been amazing getting to know families and carers, supporting them through parenthood and also with subsequent children, watching them grow and develop,” Ms Motteram said.
While the centre has been popular since it opened, there had been a surge in demand in the past year.
“A concerning trend we’ve noticed is a higher level of anxiety in caregivers,” Ms Motteram said.
“This is possibly due to the effects of having lockdowns and less support available to families.
“The most important thing we’ve been able to help with is increasing parents’ confidence.
“We teach parents to recognise their baby’s signals and “know” their child better, so usually their sleep rhythms will come together.
“We also help parents to develop strategies to achieve the best possible outcome.”
Ms Motteram said parents should also be aware that there is a lot of misinformation in the internet.
“We pride ourselves on offering a tailor-made program for each family we see, as we know that not every family will be having the same difficulties and not every strategy will work for every baby and family,” she said.
“We also aim to normalise baby behaviours for our families – this helps focus their expectations.”
The multi-disciplinary team at the Early Parenting Centre includes nurses trained in midwifery, lactation consultants, paediatricians and child health nurses.
For more information visit: www.glengarryprivate.com.au
Early Parenting Centre Nurse Unit Manager Jen Motteram with Madeley resident Kerrylyn Spiccia and six-month-old Sofia