Lifeline for parents
RACHEL Dwyer says the old saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ is true.
The Kensington resident used services by Ngala when she struggled with her second child, Rebecca.
“In hindsight, I had a very easy first child and when the second one came along, I realised just how easy the first was,” she said.
Dr Dwyer is a paediatrician trainee and said the textbook was so different to 24/7 parenting.
She first rang the Ngala helpline to get help on feeding, settling and everything in between.
She then had two day-stays and two week-long stays.
“They just really give mums a chance to regain confidence,” she said. “You get to sleep, regain sanity and they give you enough confidence to start again.
“Yes, they give you tips and advice, but the most important thing they give you is confidence. “They are just amazing.” Ngala has launched its annual Good Night’s Sleep campaign and for the month of November, it will aim to raise funds so it can continue to provide early parenting help to WA families.
Ngala helps more than 40,000 WA families each year through a range of services that provide information, education, family support and early learning.
Chief executive Ashley Reid said more than 18,000 calls were made to the organisation’s helpline last year and about 80 per cent of them were about sleep and settling issues.
“Every parent knows what it’s like in those early months when adjusting to a newborn baby and would agree it’s hard to be anything on zero sleep, let alone a new parent,” he said.
He said demand for the organisation’s services had hit an all-time high yet funding had not grown at the same pace.
“It’s a struggle to gain enough funding to meet this increas- ing demand, so every donation made throughout this campaign, large or small, will help to expand and maintain our quality programs,” he said.
Ngala is asking businesses and members of the public to take part in fundraising activities throughout November, such as hosting a morning tea, wearing PJs to work and asking colleagues to donate, organising a collection at local sporting, social or playgroups, or to directly donate online. Visit www.ngala.com.au/gns for more information or to donate.
Dr Rachel Dwyer and her children Andrew (4) and
Rebecca (18 months).