Becoming a parent for the first time is exciting but can also be challenging and is sometimes isolating.
The Maternal and Child Health nurses want to ensure first time parents get the support they need and to assist with this they facilitate new parent groups. You will be invited to a new parent group within the first 8 weeks.
These groups are held in a relaxed, supportive environment and is a great way to gain information and support from a Maternal Child Health Nurse, as well as an opportunity to meet other first time parents in your area. The Maternal & Child Health service also holds specific first time parent groups for non-English speaking Chinese families.
What will be covered?
Session 1: Getting to know your baby
Introductions, baby cues and reasons why babies cry.
Session 2: Your baby is unique
Tired signs and sleep, settling techniques and the feed, play, sleep routine.
Session 3: Parents Evening 6pm-7:30pm (both parents attend)
Change to relationships and roles after a baby is born. Provides an opportunity for parents to receive information and support and socialise with other parents.
Session 4: Growth and Development
Development, play and baby massage.
Session 5: Safety and Childhood illness
Typical illnesses and when to contact medical services. Kidsafe (use as hyperlink to website) attends this session to discuss child safety.
Session 6: Looking after Yourself
Self-care, the nurse will also discuss mindfulness and its benefits to parenting.
Please note the order and content of these sessions are subject to change depending on parent requests.