WHEN mother of then three-month-old twins Elsie Blay heard her babies were particularly challenging, it was a huge relief.
The first-time mum from Wilson (26) initially questioned whether it was just that she was not coping, but a visit to a Ngala workshop put her mind at rest.
Twins George and Annie, now eight months old, were having trouble joining their sleep cycles – both day and night – and George suffered from several medical conditions that affected his ability to feed and settle.
Mrs Blay said before she was referred to an overnight stay at Ngala, she was getting no more than 90 minutes’ sleep in 24 hours, and the sleep deprivation was taking its toll.
“We came to Ngala with babies who screamed day and night – we even surprised the nurses.” she said.
“It was good to know they were hard babies (and) that is wasn’t just me.”
Over five months Mrs Blay and her husband Kane joined George and Annie at Ngala, spending a total of four weeks at Ngala’s overnight stay program, had one day-stay visit, made several calls to the free Helpline, and attended various community workshops.
Mrs Bray said the commitment had been worth it.
“I now get five hours sleep in a row sometimes, and I was feeding them five times or so a night but now I feed them once together at about 3am,” she said.
“The Ngala night staff were so helpful and caring – I never felt judged, only supported.”
Elsie says her visits to Ngala made a big difference to her and Kane’s confidence as parents.
And with Kane working away in Boddington on weekdays, Elsie said she now felt much more comfortable being alone with the twins.
Ngala is holding its annual Good Night’s Sleep campaign during November, encouraging people to hold a fundraising event or donate to help reach more parents in need.
There will also be a collection day in the Murray St Mall on November 18, from 7am to 1.30pm.
Visit www.ngala.com.au/gns for more information.
Ngala’s Helpline is available from 8am to 8pm every day on 9368 9368 or 1800 111 546 for country callers.