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June 2017

Tweddle Infant Mental Health Awareness Week events explore the first 1000 days

Posted:Thursday, 15 June 2017

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

This week Tweddle hosted two important events as part of International Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 2017, a global initiative from 12th – 16th June that invites Government, industry and consumers to consider the distinct needs of babies and toddlers and to invest in the critical services that support the first thousand days (conception to age 2).We were fortunate enough to hear from some incredible guest speakers, health professionals and one amazing dad that reminded us all why we do what we do.Read more...

Tweddle Highlight Infant Mental Health Awareness

Posted:Thursday, 8 June 2017

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle has joined the International movement to promote Infant Mental Health Awareness Week (Monday 12th – 16th June) with a series of events to highlight the critical very early years.Two Tweddle events, ‘Babies, Business & The Bottom Line’ business breakfast and “Babies’ Brains Matter’ seminar aim to explore how infant mental health impacts us all whether it be at home or in the workplace. During Infant Mental Health Awareness Week Tweddle invites Government, industry and consumers to consider the distinct needs of babies and toddlers and to invest in the critical services that support the first thousand days (conception to age 2).Read more...

May 2017

Resilient communities start with with informed parents

Posted:Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

National Families Week is a good time to talk about the importance of resilience and just how early these crucial building blocks for life actually start. Resilience starts with babies and families with benefits flowing through to adolescence, sports teams, workplaces and communities. So how does a resilient life start? A baby or toddler’s experiences can include; "I can feel upset, I am not alone, someone is here for me, I am worthwhile, I will try again." These experiences will impact upon relationships throughout their life. Those thoughts will play out time and time again at school, at work, in sport and in the community. While at Tweddle parents learn to install the foundations for a resilient life.Read more...

Tweddle honour staff on International Nurses Day

Posted:Monday, 8 May 2017

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. Tweddle recognises the valuable contribution by our team of dedicated nurses who work day and night to care for families. For 96 years Tweddle’s midwives, mothercraft nurses and registered nurses have helped parents through incredibly stressful times. Tweddle has a focus on infant mental health. Experienced nursing staff are able to identify a baby or toddler’s cues and help parents to learn what their child is trying to communicate.Read more...

Tweddle joins Cradle 2 Kinder in Brimbank/Melton and North East Melbourne

Posted:Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

96 year old Early Parenting organisation Tweddle has joined a whole-of-family focused consortium supporting some of Victoria’s most vulnerable families in the regions of Brimbank Melton and North East Melbourne.The recently expanded Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Cradle to Kinder program in Brimbank Melton and North East Melbourne (Whittlesea, Nillumbik, Banyule, Darebin) will be accepting referrals for families from June 2017.Read more...

Media

Mums of preschoolers still struggling with depression

Clinicians at Tweddle are not surprised by a recent Murdoch Children’s Research Institute study of 1500 mothers that found 10 per cent of women reported symptoms of depression a year after the birth of their first child but this increased to 15 per cent four years after the birth. Maternal depression is more common four years after the birth of a first child than at any time in the first 12 months postpartum, according to new research by Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Tweddle Psychologist Nikki Zerman said that “Tweddle plays an important role in providing support to parents with children up to school age. Often services (such as mother baby units) exclude parents once the child is 12 months. Factors such as isolation, financial concerns, expectations of what parenting would be like and relationship issues do not disappear once a child is past a certain age. We frequently see mums and dads in our service who have children at preschool age.”

Read the full story here or download the Media Release here (PDF)

Tweddle helping parents with much more than sleep reports The Sunday Age

Tweddle was recently interviewed by Miki Perkins for The Age around the important early intervention and prevention work provided by the Early Parenting Sector. It was a great opportunity to talk about the many challenges faced by parents and the misconceptions that still exist when it comes to the term ‘sleep schools’.

As covered in the story, all clients at Tweddle are screened for postnatal depression and almost half the mothers and a third of the fathers report a problem with their mood.

As well as help with sleep and settling, there are parenting classes at Tweddle on how to interact with your baby, services in Geelong, Terang and Bacchus Marsh, a program for women in prisons and friendship groups for parents with kids with a disability.

Reporter Miki spent time speaking with Tweddle mum Samantha Swann, 24, who has five-month-old twins – Jason and Isabella Vongvixay. ‘‘I always assumed sleep school was just a place you come to get help with sleep, but we’ve done lots of sessions on how to read your baby’s cues.’’ Samantha said.

When a parent rings Tweddle a member of the admissions team spends about half an hour going through a set of 80 questions to assess the situation.

It is often the first time the parent has been able to debrief. They might talk about having a traumatic birth, family violence, drug or alcohol issues, being an older parent or using IVF, says Tweddle communications manager Kerrie Gottliebsen.

‘‘There’s a grand landscape of stuff to wade through before we can simply say the baby’s not sleeping.’’

The strain that poor sleep places on relationships can have profound implications for both parent and child. Research into infant brain development shows good relationships promote brain cell growth, says Tweddle practice lead psychologist, Dr Kanthi Sayers.

In a very stressful family environment, babies don’t learn how to regulate their emotions and the physical growth of neural pathways can be stunted.

It was important that parents learn how to respond to baby cues and understand when they need to be picked up and cuddled, Dr Sayers says.

Tweddle uses a ‘‘responsive’’ style of settling, which doesn’t use timing and reacts to the level of distress in a baby’s cry.

It can be very daunting for an exhausted parent to sit alone in a room with a crying baby. At Tweddle they have someone at their elbow to help them through, says Sayers. ‘‘Being attuned to the baby’s needs is the most important thing’’.

The full story, including a video interview can be found here.

 

Neglect and early brain development. 

 

Tweddle recently posted a link to a story that reflected on the brain scan of a very neglected 3 year old.  This image has been used a lot to demonstrate the point that neglect causes impacts on the brain. This three year old would have had very little interaction with anyone for most of the day, every day.  The article overly emphasised the mother’s role, which is not helpful, not correct and not appropriate to many cultures. This is a very outdated view and Tweddle doesn’t agree with it.

We know now that brains grow through relationships with others, usually a few close and attentive caregivers. If a baby doesn't have enough interaction with others, key areas of their brain will be underdeveloped. Some of this can be made up if the baby is given extra attentive care as soon as possible. If it goes on for too long some of the impact might be permanent. But what is 'enough' and what is 'too long'? Babies who are left in prams or cots for most of the day and not spoken to or played with will suffer. Babies who have parents who are absent physically or emotionally (such as through depression) need someone else to interact with.

The most important thing is that a small group of important people have a lot of interaction with the baby. If you are concerned about your baby or yourself you need to seek some advice as soon as possible. You might be able to soldier on but your baby is less able to. 

If you or someone you know would needs support call PANDA 1300 726 306 Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636, or Tweddle Psychology Service during business hours on (03) 9689 1577 

Report finds investment and intervention crucial to the early years

The Benevolent Society has released a report to mark its 200th Anniversary that sounds a serious warning about the wellbeing of Australia’s children, and unsustainable future costs to fix social problems which can be prevented by more investment in support for families during children’s early years.  The report, Acting Early, Changing Lives: How prevention and early action saves money and improves wellbeing was launched by the Governor-General of Australia Her Excellency, the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO.

Tweddle Media Release PDF here

 

Tweddle parenting program pilots in Macedon Ranges

 

In 2011, Tweddle and Macedon Ranges local health providers started meeting to identify service needs relating to young parents living in the area.  Twelve months of discussion saw representatives from Tweddle and local health groups Cobaw, Kyneton District Health and Macedon Ranges Shire Council form an alliance that combined strengths for the benefit of families living in the Macedon Ranges.  Subsequently in March 2013, an eight week pilot program called PlaySteps will commence for local families.

 

Download the pdf media release here

 

Help is at hand - The Herald Sun's story about support for families with a child with a disability

 

Caroline James reports, almost one in 10 children in Australia aged 5 to 14 have a disability and more than two thirds of them need help with daily activities, according to a report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The story includes Tweddle's MyTime as an important service helping parents. 

 

Download the article here

 

 

Tweddle and Western Health team up for parents in the west.

For the first time in 21 Years, parents of the 4,400 babies born every year at Sunshine hospital will have the opportunity to get the low down on pregnancy, birth and parenting at an Early Parenting Centre.   Western Health and Tweddle have joined forces to create a team that has the expertise to prepare parents for the journey towards parenthood.  The community based classes in an environment geared towards parenting proved popular with the first series of classes booking out quickly.   

 

Download the 'Tweddle and Western Health team up for parents in the west' media release

(74.8 kb pdf) here

 

Download the Maribyrnong Star News story here

 

Finding Solid Ground in Melbourne's West - from Christchurch to Yarraville

A series of serendipitous moments brought Tweddle's new Collaborative Program Manager to Australia.  Not long ago Brigid Jenkinson was helping attend to the walking wounded in Christchurch's earthquake ravaged city centre.  She's now managing the teams at Tweddle that support complex and vulnerable families.

 

Download the 'Finding solid ground in Melbourne's West-from Christchurch to Yarraville' media release (274k pdf) here

 

Read Brigid's story in the Footscray, Yarraville, Braybrook Star 2nd August 2011 here

 

MyTime@Tweddle Media Release

Tweddle knows it's not easy being a parent, it's been helping vulnerable parents and their children for over 90 years.  Throw in the challenges of having one or more children disabled or chronically ill and life can go from hard to extremely tough.  To help these parents, tweddle runs MyTime, weekly peer support groups located across Melbourne's west in Altona Meadows, Footscray, Hillside, Point Cook, Deer Park and Hoppers Crossing. 

 

Download the MyTime@Tweddle Media Release (274k pdf) here

See the Star News Group MyTime@Tweddle article here

 

 

Tweddle@Brimbank Parenting Program now helping families with older children

Tweddle Child + Family Health Service and Isis Primary Care are offering Vietnamese families parenting help with their 0-4 year olds through a weekly day program in Kings Park. The free service supports up to six families every Thursday and employs a Vietnamese bi-cultural family worker.  For information about the service call Tweddle@Brimbank on Thursdays on (03) 9356 0941 

 

Download the Tweddle @Brimbank media release (247k pdf)   here

 

Read the Tweddle@Brimbank story, Brimbank Leader Community News 24th May p5 here

 

 

 Please contact Communications Manager Kerrie Gottliebsen on (03) 8387 0623 for media enquiries or to interview a Tweddle member of staff.

 

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