One-stop newborn support services
NEW mum Angela Moss would be lost without the Newborn and Family Drop-in Service opened in Barolin Street this week.
“I would not know where to go; it’s my first child,” Ms Moss said.
The service offers free advice on infant feeding, sleeping and settling and post-natal depression, as well as providing health check-ups for newborns.
Ms Moss said the service had already helped her with problems she had been having with her five-week-old daughter, Ava Schulz.
“We had problems feeding and we have also come in for regular check-ups,” she said.
Ms Moss said if the service was not available she would have to visit her GP for Ava’s weigh-ins and developmental checks.
The drop-in centre is manned by trained midwives every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and the first Friday of each month.
Almost 1150 babies were born in Bundaberg last year, with 116 of those premature.
Previously the centre operated one day a week from a temporary location in Bundaberg Hospital.
Health Minister Paul Lucas said the clinic ensured all new parents had contact with a midwife or child health nurse.
“Because this is a drop-in service, parents of babies up to eight weeks do not require an appointment, which makes it accessible to parents when they need it most,” Mr Lucas said.
Mr Lucas said the centre was the second to open in the Sunshine Coast-Wide Bay Health District, with a drop-in service launched on the Fraser Coast in August last year.
“We’ve invested close to $3 million in nine regional services so parents can drop in and have their questions answered on issues such as nutrition and child development,” he said.
For more information on the service, telephone 4150 2413.
Newborn and Family Drop-In Service
Located at 81 Barolin Street.
Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and first Friday of month.
No appointment needed for parents of newborns up to eight weeks.