Safe place matters for Rockingham residents in crisis


Centre manager Helen Beumer, Kara Visser with baby Darcy and Mayanne Woonings. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d470348
Centre manager Helen Beumer, Kara Visser with baby Darcy and Mayanne Woonings. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d470348

ROCKINGHAM now has a safe place for women and families experiencing crisis or unplanned pregnancies.

The free Pregnancy Matters service has been established at 4/5 Goddard Street and will be the second facility of its kind in WA.

Centre manager Helen Beumer said the centre would provide free counselling, pregnancy testing and baby supplies, including clothes, cots and prams.

“Everything is confidential and our counsellors and mentors will help them through whatever they are dealing with,” she said.

“We’ll help them make good choices and provide an earn-while-you-learn program.”

She said it was a pregnancy and parenting one-on-one program tailored to individual needs, teaching everything from conception through to six months of age.

Participants earn tokens they can use to buy items from the centre’s shop.

Ms Beumer said Rockingham was chosen as the centre’s base because there was a high percentage of crisis pregnancies in the south metropolitan region.

Ms Beumer said it had taken about two years to get the service operational and was run by trained volunteers.

She said it was based on a centre in Albany.

Baldivis pastor Stephen t’Hart visited the centre and thought it would be a good idea to start one in Rockingham.

The centre will be open from 1-5pm today, with the official opening at 3pm.

It doesn’t receive any government funding and welcomes financial contributions and is aims to raise funds for an ultrasound machine.

The centre opens for business next week, three mornings a week.

For details, visit the Rockingham Pregnancy Matters facebook page.

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