Mums make a connection at new babies group
IT'S a full house at the Gladstone Women's Health Centre, with the arrival of a new program helping mums and their bubs connect.
There are 21 babies and 17 mums, with two sets of twins, who gather every Tuesday for manager Natasha Fee's Babygarten.
Ms Fee introduced the program in May after noticing a need in the community for networking.
"As a new mother myself, I realised that there was nothing for the little ones. Sure there's kindergarten for the toddlers but nothing for newborns," she said.
"It's a time when you need information and a support network most."
The issue of stranger danger was also an important factor.
"I noticed there was a lot of mothers asking to meet up with strangers in the park to have play dates," Ms Fee said.
"This is just too dangerous."
The need was clear and the outcome even brighter.
At the first meet, there were more than 27 mothers and 30 babies.
Ms Fee said the class was also a soft entry point for those who needed a little extra help.
"It gives them the chance to speak to us about postnatal depression and counselling," she said.
When this newspaper visited the group, Ms Fee had organised a guest speaker - baby chiropractor Dr Alison Young.
Mother of four Tenielle West said she really enjoyed the group and getting out of the house.
"Apart from my eight-month-old twins, my next child is seven, so this is all new again," she said.
At the end of the year, Ms Fee will compile the photos taken throughout the program and make a keepsake book for the mothers to cherish.
Babygarten is held on Derby St, Gladstone, from 9.30-11am on Tuesdays.
The Gladstone Women's Health Centre offers:
- General counselling for women
- Sexual assault counselling for women, men and children
- Information and referrals
- Support and advocacy
- Workshops and information sessions
- Personal growth and support groups
- Access to a women's health nurse
- Community education
- Access to outreach counselling services