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Baby to Toddler : Baby to Toddler 2009
Baby to Toddler 2009 The Border Mail 8 PROSPECTIVE Border parents have many options when it comes to what antenatal care they prefer. Specialist obstetric care from an obstetrician and gynaecologist to maternity care from a GP in conjunction with an Albury- Wodonga Health obstetric provider doctor is two options. The Midwife Care Program that runs out of the Wodonga campus of Albury-Wodonga Health is another, and one that has proved popular with many expectant parents. Midwife Care Programs project coordinator, Julie Wright, said the initiative provided care for women with uncomplicated pregnancies. “The program provides an opportunity for women, their partners and families to experience increased participation in pregnancy care and birth preparation,’’ she said. The Midwife Care Program midwives liaise and work closely with obstetric GP’s to ensure the most appropriate, suitable and safe care is provided to women that choose this option. “The aim is to facilitate a positive pregnancy and childbirth experience while promoting the best possible outcomes for both mother and baby,’’ she said. She said women who chose the Midwife Care Program would have a number of visits with a midwife, each lasting about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the needs of the women. The program runs out of the antenatal wing of Wodonga Campus, Albury-Wodonga Health on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. “On Tuesday the program operates from 7.30am to enable women to attend prior to work,’’ she said. “Appointment times for the scheduled days are arranged to suit the women attending.’’ She said it was important that women attended regular appointments during pregnancy with their maternity care provider as it was an essential way of monitoring the progress of the pregnancy. “There are conditions that will exclude some women from the Midwife Care Program such as a multiple pregnancy or a pre-existing medical condition such as diabetes,’’ she said. “Pregnant women will meet at least two midwives during the program. “The aim of this is to provide consistent care and advice during the pregnancy, labour and postnatal stay. “All women attending the Midwife Care Program have at least two visits to a doctor who wis an obstetric provider with the service. “One of these visits is early in the pregnancy and then another at 36 weeks. “If birth has not occurred by 41 weeks a further appointment will be arranged with the Doctor to plan and discuss delivery.’’ For more information on the Midwife Care Program, contact the Wodonga campus of Albury-Wodonga Health on (02) 6051 7111 or go to www.awh.org.au/services You and your baby are in safe hands Midwife progra m Families are the first place children learn about and practice how to get on with others. We recognise that Australian families today take many different forms. Early positive parent child relationships help wire a baby’s brain for learning and feeling good. When children experience a loving and caring environment, in the early years, they learn to know and trust that their needs will be met. This supports the early development of good self esteem and supports their growth and development in the best possible way. Babies need loving touch, time to talk, sing and play with lots of eye contact. Through spending time with your child their language and social skills develop. They learn important life skills about relationships, intimacy and how to relate effectively with others. Spending time tells them you are truly interested in them, that you value and enjoy their company and want to know how they are experiencing their world. Gateway Community Health offers a range of services that provide valuable information and education for all families. These services include: COUNSELLING • Family relationships • Couples & individuals • Adolescents • Children’s counselling FATHERS • Fathers and children together programs • Men’s counselling • Men’s support group • Men’s behaviour change program YOUNG PARENTS (up to 25 yrs) • Ante & post natal support groups • Caring for kids: Modified Cert III Children’s Services • Young dads program PARENTING & RELATIONSHIP SUPPORT AND EDUCATION • Parenting & relationship group programs • Positive Parenting Telephone Service • Resolve – Parent/Adolescent mediation & counselling • Family & community group conferencing • Individual parent & relationship support sessions FOR FURTHER INQUIRIES: Telephone: (02) 6022 8888 Address: 155 High Street, Wodonga, 3690 Creating Positive Relationships Shop 20A Centro Wodonga, Elgins Street 02 6056 2699 Also visiting Corryong Michael Smith Behavioural Optometry Specialsist Vision guides and shapes your child’s behaviour Take care of your child’s vision, have your child’s eyes and vision checked regularly. All children’s vision should be checked before the age of 2 and prior to starting school.