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    Default QE2 sleep school Canberra?

    Apologies if this has been answered recently. We've just secured a referral for our 10 week old to go to QE2 in Canberra for sleep /settling issues. Has anyone been in the last year or so? Just wondering what it's like, how the staff are (I'm worried they'll be like the awful mids at my local hospital!), do they do CC foryoung babies, accommodation, food, can you leave at all, what happens during the day at the centre?
    thanks in advance!

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    Do a search on google, a news article popped up on my Facebook feed the other day with a recent experience at qe2 and a bit about the centre but I can't find it now sorry. I haven't been there myself but I've heard good things from other people. I believe they use the safe sleep space method but I'm not 100% sure. From what I have heard the nurses sound good (better than the Mach nurses I have had experience with) and there does seem to be some crying involved but not necessarily cc more learning to listen for the types of crying. I hope that helps, sorry I couldn't tell you more hopefully there are others who have been there themselves or know a bit more. Good luck.

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    Bumping this. We're going to QE2 Canberra this weekend and just wondering if anyone can shed light on what they do? Are babies in the same room as mums? Getting a bit apprehensive that they might separate me from bub.

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    Hi OP. My DH and I went to QEII with DS1 in October 2012. He was 11 months old and was waking regularly overnight, taking hours to resettle, and was difficult to get down during the day. We had been trying to follow Safe Sleep Space for about six months (I'd been to Sleep Group and had my own copy of the DVD). I was very nervous about going and worried that the midwives and nurses wouldn't be supportive.

    When we arrived they were absolutely lovely and very welcoming. We were shown to our room which is similar to a hotel room - queen bed, couch, ensuite (much like a hospital ensuite). The rooms open out onto a little courtyard area with chairs and table, and there is plenty of grass for littlies to play on. DS had a small room of his own, attached to our room. It had a drop rail cot and bench for changing. That room had a window through to the corridor, so that you and the nurses could peek in to see what was happening. Baby is never taken away from you (unless you've booked yourself in for a massage... then the nurses will watch them for you!!)

    There's a common room with TV, a great playroom for babies and kids, a fully equipped kitchen with stocked fridge so you can make yourself a tea or coffee and cook food for your baby. They also have a dining room where meals are served. If your baby is over 10 months or so, you don't need to provide their food, instead QEII provides a 'snack box' for you to use during the day, with smaller versions of the adult meals provided at dinner. Bread, salads and spreads are provided so that you can make them lunch as well.

    The food is ok - some days it was quite good and other days not so much. I guess it's like any hospital. The snack boxes for the babies were a great idea, DS1 loved it. We didn't realise but part of the reason he wasn't sleeping was because he was hungry - eating the same meal as a family made a huge difference to his eating and we've never looked back.

    The staff were so lovely when we were there, they were so supportive and kind.

    As far as their 'program', we were given a folder which had sections on each day we were there. We had to fill stuff out - what our goals were etc, and the nurses would discuss it with us. They look at so much more than just the issue you are there for - they talk about your home life, what support you might have from family, how you're feeling.

    They do follow Safe Sleep Space which is a form of CC, but IME babies are not left to cry. The first afternoon/night, they will ask that you don't go into your baby when they wake, instead, go get one of the nurses and they will support you. Generally you listen carefully to the noises bub is making. If they are calming down, attemping to self settle, you leave them. If not, you go in and reassure them. One of the first things I was told was that if I wasn't comfortable with anything, I didn't have to do it. So you won't be forced to do anything you're not happy with.

    You can leave QEII to take bub for a walk - the Curtin shops are just up the road and there's some lovely paths around Curtin. I fell in love with the area (and I only live a few suburbs over!!).

    During the day they have informal parent info sessions - they're a good opportunity to chat with other parents too.

    I hope this all helps, it was our experience at QEII. We loved every minute of our stay and my only regret was not going earlier. Good luck, I hope it goes really well.


 

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