MUM’S THE WORD: Trisha Heagney cradles baby Mary at an Emerald Bab’s group session.
MUM’S THE WORD: Trisha Heagney cradles baby Mary at an Emerald Bab’s group session. Meghan Kidd Ememums

Emerald mother's group hit big first milestone

WITH their bubs in arms, mums will celebrate a support network they've been nurturing for 12 months.

The Emerald Bab's group will celebrate its first birthday tomorrow.

Volunteer Shirley Puckering said with baby steps the group had become a support network for mums in the entire region.

"We held the first group in June last year, and we've had huge numbers since," she said.

"… upwards of 20 mums and bubs, ranging from two weeks up to four to five months… we've had a few little newbies come along."

The group, a not-for-profit and volunteer-based network, provides a six-week program for new mums, connecting them and providing a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

Established when the CQ Health and Hospital board ceased funding the Parent Education classes through Child Health, the group has grown from strength to strength, helping out new mums with advice.

"We have the ambulance officers come along the third week, and we have a physio in town, and we have a past child health nurse, who does baby massage," Shirley said.

And it goes far beyond the weeks spent together taking advice from paramedics, physiotherapists and dieticians.

"The mums are actually meeting regularly after the group finishes and having social catch-ups and keeping in contact with the Facebook groups," Shirley said.

With about eight groups going through the program, Shirley said the next one would start on August 4, with all mums welcome.

"We've had a couple of mums who have come from Capella, and Springsure," she said.

Baby steps

Started June, 2013.

More than 50 mums have been through the program.

Six-week program.


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