BALLAJURA mother Angela Oldfield, whose newborn twins struggled with a lack of sleep, says an early parenting and childhood provider helped her become a happier parent.
Ms Oldfield, a first-time mother, said she sought help from Ngala, six months after Kaiden and Cydi were born.
“I felt like I was failing as a mother with my children when it came to sleep,” she said.
“It took me a long time to put them to sleep and then they would only sleep 30 minutes, if that.
“I was extremely stressed and exhausted, and the kids picked up on that.”
Ms Oldfield said she stayed a day at Ngala in Kensington.
“Our experience with Ngala was amazing, our nurse was lovely and caring and took the time to listen to my concerns and also put my nerves at ease,” she said.
“Since doing the day stay, our twins no longer need to be held to go off to sleep, they go into their cots awake and settle themselves, and we have noticed a massive change within our household in regards to stress; it is so much calmer and a much more relaxing environment to be in.”
She said she learned that there was no right or wrong way to parent, that every child and family was different and to trust yourself.
Ngala held its annual Good Night’s Sleep fundraising campaign during November to donate or help parents like Ms Oldfield who were in need.
The collection day on November 18 raised about $3000, while the campaign total was about $55,000 so far.
Donations can be made at www.ngala.com.au/gns.