Glengarry Early Parenting Centre in Duncraig welcomes 150th admission

Nurse unit manager Miriam Krouzecky, midwife Amy Gardner, Brie Carter holding baby Charlie and child health nurse Nicole Weis.
Nurse unit manager Miriam Krouzecky, midwife Amy Gardner, Brie Carter holding baby Charlie and child health nurse Nicole Weis.

THE Glengarry Early Parenting Centre has welcomed its 150th admission six months after opening.

Marmion mother-of-two, Brie Carter, and her three-month-old Charlie were the 150th admission to the Duncraig service, which opened in May.

The 30-year-old said she sought help because her son was having sleeping issues both day and night, and he recently slept for longer than 45 minutes during the day for the first time.

“The staff were really supportive and knowledgeable and I learnt a lot about reading his ‘tired cues’ and different strategies to settle and re-settle him,” she said.

“I also have a 17-month-old at home – he was a good sleeper but when I had him there was no other baby to care for so I could rock him to sleep.

“This time around has been much harder.

“Then I heard about the Glengarry Early Parenting through a friend of my mother-in-law, who had great success at the centre with her baby.

“It’s a dedicated facility and they can watch every single nap and be there to give strategies straight away.

“What I really liked was that the approach was so very personalised – they tailored the strategies to Charlie and I didn’t have to use the cry-it-out method.

“It was not about making my baby fit into a strict routine; it was all about being responsive to Charlie and working with him.

“My message to other mums in the community who have a baby struggling with sleep or feeding is that it is definitely worth going in and getting the extra help your baby may need.”

Clinical nurse manager Miriam Krouzecky said she was not surprised by the number of parents booking into the service, located within Ramsay Health Care’s Glengarry Private Hospital.

“The strong demand indicates that there is a real need in the community for this service,” she said.

“Every baby is different, which can be very challenging for parents – it is not just the first-time parents whose babies may need help either.

“Sometimes we see people who’ve had the text-book first baby but their subsequent babies were completely different.”

She said the centre was helping babies with sleep, feeding, reflux, and colic.

“I believe there has been a gap in the market for some time in terms of the provision of more gentle settling techniques that encourage attachment,” she said.

“We take great pride in working with parents to find solutions that work for them and their baby, or in some cases, babies.”

The service includes a paediatric consultation on admission and support from nurses experienced in maternity, child health and infant development.

It also offers specialist referrals to psychologists and psychiatrists if needed.

For more information, visit www.glengarryprivate.com.au .