We run Neonatal Parent Playgroups in the community to further support families after leaving the hospital doors.
Our playgroups are a great way to connect with other parents who have walked a similar journey.
We have in the past run playgroups at other locations such as Victor Harbor and South Plympton and may look into starting these up again if interest is high enough.
Woodcroft Childrens Centre
25 Investigator Drive Woodcroft
Fridays 10.00am (fortnightly)
Term 1: 31/1, 14/2, 28/2, 13/3, 27/3
Term 2: 1/5, 15/5, 29/5, 12/6, 26/6
Term 3: 24/7, 7/8, 21/8, 4/9, 18/9
Term 4: 16/10, 30/10, 13/11, 27/11
After being through the Neonatal experience with your child or children you come to realise how different it was for you compared to other parents.
Sometimes finding parents to talk to that understand what it was like and how different it was, may not always be easy. Our Neonatal Parents Playgroups bring together mums (and dads) who can talk opening and honestly and support each other in an environment of understanding. Such terms as corrected age are known language in our Neonatal Parents Playgroups.
Questions and looks about feeding tubes, oxygen and "why your baby might not be doing that yet" or "wow they are small for their age" are not part of our playgroup because there is that understanding. Many parents who have come along have got great advice or pointers from other parents who have had feeding issues, and other problems. It's a great source of comfort to get together with parents who do understand and feel and go through so many similar issues, emotions and practical challenges.
Who can attend and cost:
Parents, grandparents, and relatives are able to attend with your child. Siblings 0-5 years are most welcome also. There is no cost to attend playgroup.
As most parents understand we need to be mindful of children that attend playgroup that still have very vulnerable immune and respiratory systems so we do
request that if you or your child/children are unwell even in the slightest to please not attend that week and come back when you are well. Thanks.