Life­line for par­ents

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

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 in­creas­ing de­mand, so ev­ery do­na­tion made Dr Rachel Dwyer and her chil­dren An­drew (4) and

Re­becca (18 months). 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.

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