NCNS has run Nepean Young Pregnancy Support (NYPS) group in partnership with the Penrith Women’s Health Centre for many years. NYPS is a group specifically for young pregnant women 25 years and under, created to overcome the stigma that can be associated with being a young parent, and reduce the barriers to seeking support in a safe, friendly and non-judgemental environment. NYPS is social with lots of stuff that you need to know about, and connects you to anything you need help with – housing, relationships, health and more. This group is a great support system for pregnant young mothers & their partners however there was a gap in continued support of these young mums once they had given birth to their babies. (Although many still return to NYPS to show off their beautiful babies once they are born!)
For this reason, this year we launched our new support group for young parents, Young Parents Support and Baby Care. This group was formed as a continuation after NYPS and welcomes all new young parents in the Penrith area. During Term 1, Young Parents and Baby Care met at Thornton Community Centre where parents benefited from guest services, information, early intervention avenues, and referrals to appropriate services. Young Parents Support and Baby Care provides a nurturing space to discuss and share the realities of being new parents. It also helps parents form positive relationships with services and other young parents in their area.
Both Mums and Dads come along to play, enjoy morning tea as well as participate in informal, and formal workshops and networking. Parents have discussions and information sessions in relation to starting solid food, depression and anxiety with parenting, as well as benefits of playtime and interactions with your baby.
The group has really come together and it has been fantastic to see parents helping each other.
Justine Reynolds, NCNS Community Development Worker, explained, “The most enjoyable aspect has been watching the new babies explore and discover!
Some of the new experiences babies have had during this group include:
Meeting other little babies
The ball pit, bubbles and parachute play.
After a good 2 hours of play, it is time for a nap!”
We hope to have services join us next term to share their expertise.
If you are interested in attending the Young Parents Support and Baby Care group, or would like some more information, please contact Justine on 02 4729 0442.