Emerald mums’ group offers support
IN just under 12 months, more than 50 women have joined a maternity support network.
The Emerald Mums BaB's Group, a not-for-profit and volunteer-based support network for new mums, has been operating for about a year, and started its first group for 2014 on Monday.
The weekly meeting at the Emerald Uniting Church was started to fill the void left when the CQ Health and Hospital Service board stopped funding parent education classes through Child Health.
"The feedback we've received from mums that have been through our mothers' group program has been very positive," organiser Tish Ryder said.
"This feedback led us to extend the program from four to six weeks to give mums more time to get to know each other and more opportunity for guest speakers to present them with valuable information."
Tish said it was not just for first-time mums either.
A mother who attended one of the groups last year said the friendships she made helped her in the first months of parenting.
"I'd be lost without mothers' group," the woman said.
"Having a support network around when I have no family nearby is very much needed.
"I'm sure every mum was just as nervous as I was to go to the first day but it was the best thing I did."