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    Personally, CHN was not at all helpful. We had the first 'compulsory' home visit & I never returned for health checks etc. Dont get me wrong, they were lovely & kind - just didn't give good advice IMO. My GP would be my #1 resource, she is incredibly experienced with paediatrics and womens health, she is an obstetric GP & delivers babies at the local hospital, & she is very sensible. Otherwise, the LC and midwives from the local hospital were also great - both in hospital, with home visits in the first week or two, & I could also return to hospital in the first 8 weeks to see a LC if needed. Social support - definitely playgroup

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    Default What do you think is the best resource for new Mums?

    When I was a new, first-time mum, my DIG and the general forum here were probably my most useful resources. I somehow stumbled upon Pinky McKay - probably through recommendations here on the hub, and follow her on Facebook and followed a lot of her advice.
    My mum had some good advice on things to try like bicycling her legs or a warm bath even in the middle of the night for a suspected sore tummy, but then other things she suggested like switching to formula during a short-lived nursing strike (even though my daughter was happy to drink bottles of expressed milk) were unhelpful. So mum was 50/50 a good resource.
    The local community nurses arranged a mums group which was great to have that support and a few of them parented similarly to me, but the group broke down when our babies were about 18 months old. Apart from that I didn't find the community nurses to really be of any assistance, during the above mentioned nursing strike they refused to put me in touch with a lactation consultant and instead kept suggesting things that I already told them I had tried. Admittedly though other than the nursing strike, I didn't really have any problems with my daughter in terms of sleep or development so there weren't many opportunities for them to be helpful beyond weighing her.

    ETA I just remembered, the biggest, lasting impact someone had was a male midwife who came to our house after being discharged from the hospital. He was the one who taught me how to breastfeed after getting very different instructions from every midwife in hospital. He said "I've obviously never done it myself but I seem to have a knack for getting it to work" and he really did. My poor cracked nipples finally healed and we were able to breastfeed successful after he helped us out with positioning and latching.
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    my MCH was ok I guess. Problem was that one of the girls in the group had a difficult child - all he did was scream. ALL day. The only break she had was when she came to the group - so the MCH took him so the Mum could sit and have a coffee and a break. Which was the right thing to do, but didnt help any of the others in the group much.

    Still - the hospital I went to had a group run by midwives that met once a week which was really great.

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    Definitely my Mothers Group which was formed when we came together for the 5 week 'Welcome to Parenthood' course through our local area health service. I was booked into mine at my home visit the week after we came out of hospital but courses were so booked up I couldn't do mine until DD was 4 months old. I remember the day before it was due to start I had a missed call and message on my phone checking I was still going to attend. I was so tempted to call back and cancel because a) socialising with strangers is not my thing and b) by 4 months I felt I had it mostly down pat. Then I figured that if I turned down the opportunity it was probably a wasted spot that could have gone to some other new mum so I decided to go.

    Best. Decision. Ever.

    Turns out that I met 9 of the most wonderful women. So many felt like me when they got the confirmation call but thankfully all decided to come. Four years and many more kids amongst us we still catch up weekly and regularly for those who work and can't make the park each week.

    Has been invaluable for us all as mums and women and the first genuine, firm friends our kids have known.

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    can you pass me the link to the parent support centre?
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    My lactation consultant for sure.

    Mater also have a parent support centre that's helpful.

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    can you pass me the link to the parent support centre?
    Sorry I only just saw this.

    http://www.matermothers.org.au/servi...support-centre

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    Definitely my LC when I was not only trying to learn how to breastfeed, but to reduce the amount of breastmilk I had and to stop my boys from gulping which was causing them a lot of pain.
    My MCHN was good, especially when DD was a baby- I almost can't remember how good the ones I saw with the boys were. I think they were helpful, but I'm almost certain they weren't telling me anything new because I spent so much time on BH anyway.
    The MCHN Hotline was awesome when I had a query about temps/ fevers/ teething- once I called about blood in my breastmilk and the reassurance they gave was very calming.

    The village that arrives when a new baby is born I also feel is very important. Mothers, sisters and aunties tend to show up and my family is very careful about not overstepping lines, and so would wait for questions rather than bustle in and tell me how to do things. It was helpful, reassuring and frankly I had to admit, ego boosting. Especially when the boys were babies and I was twin feeding- all of my 4 aunties came in to watch and said the most lovely things to and about me.


 

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