New mums in the Eurobodalla Shire will soon have access to important advice and specialist care as part of a new partnership between the state government, Gidget Foundation Australia, and Tresillian Family Care Centres.
Bega MP Andrew Constance today announced a new facility would be built in Moruya to provide "much-needed access" to specialist early parenting services.
Mr Constance said about 50 per cent of mums either go through sleeping or feeding issues with their babies, or suffer from post-natal anxiety or depression.
"These amazing centres have Tresillian nurses and a Gidget Foundation peri-natal mental health clinician working together to help the baby and their parents," he said.
"I know how difficult it can be adjusting to life with a newborn, and having services like this close to home really will be life changing for regional families."
Tresillian is the largest early parenting service in the country who provide support and evidence-based programs to assist families during a child's early ears.
Gidget Foundation Australia is a not-for-profit organisation who help expectant and new parents receive specialist mental-health care.
Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said the integrated care approach would ensure counselling and parenting services are provided for local families.
"There can be no doubt that babies are a blessing, but when a baby arrives it can also be one of the most challenging times in a mother or father's life," she said.
"Sometimes we can forget that it can be a stressful, lonely, and overwhelming time caring for a newborn.
"This announcement is about helping families in their hour of need, and services like this can have a positive impact on the wider community."
Tresillian CEO Robert Mills said the organisation was "thrilled" to be working in the Eurobodalla Shire.
"Parents will be able to access a range of invaluable services at the new Family Care Centre, providing support for early parenting issues including breastfeeding, infant settling, toddler behaviour, and peri-natal anxiety and depression," he said.
"We support parents to build confidence and enjoy the critical early years of the child's life."
Gidget Foundation Australia CEO Arabella Gibson recognised this was one of the hardest points in recent memory to be having a baby.
"We know that one in five mums and one in ten dads will suffer from peri-natal depression and anxiety," she said.
"When you throw into the mix the recent experiences of natural disasters such as the bushfires and the pandemic, it makes for a highly anxious time as a new parent.
"We've seen demand for our services increase by 127 per cent during the last 18 months, so we're really look forward to opening a Gidget House in the region so we can support families in the Eurobodalla."
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