Hospital antenatal classes are an invaluable source of information about the birthing process. My antenatal consultations are all about what comes after that momentous event: parenthood, and a baby to care for! An antenatal consultation provides you with one on one time (or one on two, if your partner would like to be involved) to learn about the things that are important to you in preparation for the arrival of your baby. This can include parentcraft skills training (nappy changing, dressing, bathing, etc), help with organising what you need to buy, and information about breast and bottle feeding.
Baby and toddler care consultations
Many parents will have some difficulty with establishing breastfeeding, or with learning how to settle a new baby, or perhaps with their older baby’s sleeping, eating, teething, toilet training etc. Over the years, I have helped many families to find solutions to these and many other problems. Although most children follow a fairly predictable route of development, individual children – and individual families – do vary enormously. “Average” covers a lot of ground! Accordingly, I tailor my services to suit each family. Rather than dispensing generalized advice, I find that analysing the individual problem, and working as a team with the whole family, is a much more efficient solution.
First I visit the family at home for an initial consultation, to observe, to discuss problems and solutions with parents, and to meet the little one/s. What happens after the initial visit? This depends on the problem. I often find that just that one visit is enough to set things in motion. At my first visit I usually leave parents with some strategies which they can begin to implement themselves: how much, depends on the individual situation. I also provide followup care where required. For instance, if our example is a sleeping difficulty, a combination of day, evening and night followup visits may be involved.
Mummy Mentoring Program
“The original, and the best”… Unlike similarly named programs now being advertised, this is a one-on-one, face-to-face, in-home program that I run for new parents. Originally offered to new Mums who do not have access to the support of family or friends locally, I provide this service to any new parent who, for one reason or another, needs regular and ongoing support. After meeting for an initial consultation, we meet again either weekly, or every couple of weeks, to build on Mum’s (and Dad’s) brand new parenting skills, to discuss Baby’s development, perhaps to keep an eye on Baby’s feeding / weight gain, or to deal with an ongoing issue such as sibling rivalry, or postnatal depression. I am also available by phone and email to touch base with these families between visits. The initial visit is a regular four hour consultation. Follow-up visits are either two or four hours, for either four or eight weeks. I also offer a monthly follow-up option for those Mums who have already done either four or eight weeks.
Postnatal Overnight Care
Today’s healthcare system allows new parents very little time in hospital, and limited support while you’re there. In the past, Mothercraft Nurses were an integral part of hospital postnatal nursing care, teaching and supporting new parents. I can give you the support and the knowledge, in the comfort of your own home. My postnatal overnight care service provides support for the new mother and baby. This includes assistance with:
- Breastfeeding and / or bottle feeding
- Recovery from birth (including caesarean section delivery)
- Helping parents to learn babycare skills, such as bathing, dressing and nappy changing
- Settling techniques
- Establishment of a routine to suit both you and your baby
- If you are considering a postnatal booking, it is advisable to contact me reasonably early in your pregnancy, in order to ensure my availability. It is essential that you meet with me prior to the birth of your baby, to discuss all of your questions and needs. I encourage the attendance of your partner at this meeting.
- Please save your time, and mine, by not contacting me if you intend to follow popular self-help books (eg Gina Ford’s books). I neither agree with nor approve of their philosophies.
- Cancellation policy: Postnatal overnight bookings of three or more nights per week, for two weeks or longer, require a holding deposit of $1000, which is not refundable in the event of cancellation less than two weeks before the commencement of the booking. Postnatal overnight bookings can be cancelled once they have begun, but a cancellation fee equal to two weeks’ fees is required.
24 hour live-in bookings are usually to provide care for children while parents are on holiday or away on business, when there is a parental illness involving hospitalization, or during the birth of another child. My availability to do this is limited, so the earlier you make an enquiry the better.
Please note: due to family and current commitments, live-in bookings of more than three days in a row are not often available.
Cancellation policy: Live-in bookings of three days or longer require a holding deposit of $1000, which is not refundable in the event of cancellation less than two weeks before the commencement of the booking. Live-in bookings can be cancelled once they have begun, but a cancellation fee (50% of the balance of the time booked) will be required.
I am sometimes able to travel with families, but my availability to do this is limited by my other commitments. The earlier you make an enquiry, the more chance I have of being able to fit you in. I am also able to escort your children to a specific destination (eg for an access visit).