Supporting mums by way of being pregnant and past

“CityNews” speaks to companies and companies devoted to supporting mums with being pregnant, delivery, infants, children and past.

BEING a mother or father is likely one of the most rewarding experiences, however it may also be some of the difficult, particularly as mother and father navigate their method by way of a complete new way of life.

A brand new addition can also be a time of nice change, with a variety of new services and products wanted.

“CityNews” speaks to the companies who may also help assist mums with being pregnant, delivery, infants, children and past.

Giving children a headstart on their education

KIDSTART Southside Schooling and Exercise Centre understands that the primary 5 years of a kid’s life are essential for growth, says proprietor Kristen O’Connor.

“Kidstart presents lessons for kids from 5 months to 5 years of age to develop them socially, bodily, emotionally and intellectually,” she says.

Working since 1996 and situated in Wanniassa, Kristen says Kidstart presents three distinct and age-appropriate packages to ignite a love of studying.

The primary program is for kids below the age of three, to attend with an grownup, and introduces them to music, tales and stimulating tools.

The second program is a “Pre-Preschool” program for 3 and four-year-olds to attend by themselves earlier than beginning preschool.

“It has been wonderful to see 26 years’ price of children and their households rising, loving, having fun with and benefiting from this system,” says Kristen.

The third program is Preschool PLUS. It’s designed for kids to be concerned alongside Preschool. This system is centred on phonics based mostly literacy. 

“We use interactive laptop classes to reveal the youngsters to the letter sounds, letter identification and letter formation,” says Kristen.

“We’re enthusiastic about growing a love of studying in every youngster.

“By permitting them to thrive in an academic setting and expertise the enjoyment in exploring and reaching, we hope studying will probably be a lifelong ardour for all our Kidstart children.”

Kidstart Southside Schooling and Exercise Centre, 65 Sternberg Crescent, Wanniassa. For enrolment enquiries go to or name 0422 406622.

Julie Tongs… “I’m not your generic CEO. I’ve had a chequered life, and I’m a little bit bit left of discipline.”  Picture: Holly Treadaway

Culturally protected and accessible maternity care

WINNUNGA Nimmityjah Aboriginal Well being and Group Service’s midwifery program goals to take away boundaries that stop girls from accessing maternity care by offering culturally protected, non-judgemental and versatile care, says CEO Julie Tongs.

“We concentrate on the scientific, cultural and religious wants of Aboriginal purchasers, households and the group and the midwifery program welcomed 68 infants into the group in 2020 and 2021,” says Ms Tongs.

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“The midwifery group presents antenatal and postnatal care, group at residence assist, child well being checks, breastfeeding assist, immunisations, and a variety of ladies’s well being companies.

“Our midwives work intently with ACT hospitals, and help in guaranteeing continuity of care between Winnunga Nimmityjah AHCS and hospital companies”.

Ms Tongs says Winnunga additionally has a complete youngster immunisation program they encourage sufferers to entry.

“This additionally permits us to observe up on our sufferers’ progress with postpartum restoration, and to help them with any wants in relation to caring for his or her infants,” says Ms Tongs.

“It’s vitally essential for high-risk purchasers to have entry to Aboriginal particular, culturally acceptable midwifery companies, as many select to not entry mainstream companies with out assist.”

Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Well being and Group Providers, 63 Boolimba Crescent, Narrabundah. Name 6284 6222 or go to

Senior meet preschoolers for ‘significant interactions’

NORTHSIDE Group Service is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation that has been supporting the group in North Canberra and past since 1976, says supervisor Kate Malone.

“We’re a progressive and fashionable group organisation that embraces range, social justice and advocacy for these in our group whose voices are sometimes unheard,” she says.

“Northside helps younger kids by way of our high-quality early schooling companies, kids and younger individuals by way of our youth packages and household assist companies, older residents by way of our aged-care companies and assist packages, and the broader group by way of our housing, group growth, outreach, and volunteer packages.”

Kate says “Studying By the Ages” is a brand new and noteworthy intergenerational program that has been launched this 12 months at Northside.

“Every week our senior social group spends time with our preschool kids from certainly one of 4 Northside Early Childhood Centres, giving the chance for significant interactions and relationships to be constructed over a 10-week interval,” she says.

“Analysis into intergenerational studying has proven intensive advantages for each the seniors and kids in regard to their psychological and emotional well being, and total wellbeing.

“This program has already proved a useful one right here at Northside, and we’re very excited to proceed watching the numerous constructive outcomes unfold.”

Northside Group Service, 2 Rosevear Place, Dickson. Name 6171 8000, or go to

The significance of a postnatal evaluation

Marita O’Shea of Her Physio.

ALL girls who’ve had a child ought to have a postnatal evaluation with a pelvic ground physiotherapist, in keeping with Marita O’Shea of Her Physio.

“That is totally different out of your six-week test along with your obstetrician, GP or midwife,” she says.

“Each lady that has had a child wants time to get better and each lady is totally different by way of their restoration.”

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Marita, a girls’s well being physiotherapist with postgraduate {qualifications} in pelvic ground rehabilitation says widespread postnatal points are pelvic-floor weak spot, urinary incontinence, belly separation, signs of heaviness or prolapse and decrease again ache.

A postnatal evaluation with a girls’s well being physiotherapist includes an inside pelvic-floor muscle evaluation, a practical evaluation of the deep belly muscle tissue and belly separation, and a musculoskeletal evaluation, says Marita.

“We take into account your delivery historical past, your train historical past and your train targets,” says Marita.

“Our purpose is to assist girls to return to train safely after delivery and stop any long-term points.

“For a lot of girls, train is essential for his or her psychological well being. We encourage and help girls to proceed to train safely within the postnatal interval.”

Marita is out there for consultations at Specialist Providers in Deakin, the place she works with specialist obstetricians and gynaecologists.

Her Physio, 12/12 Napier Shut, Deakin. Name 6282 2033 or go to

Motina Hive CEO and founder Jordanna Davis.

Supportive workforce for moms

MOTINA Hive goals to offer moms with versatile work, coaching, ongoing growth and mentorship together with resume help, says CEO and founder Jordanna Davis.

“We offer companies with assist in social media, advertising and marketing, occasions, PR, web site design, administration, undertaking administration and extra,” she says.

“I observed a spot for stay-at-home mother and father within the workforce and individuals are actually struggling.

“I needed to assist assist mums to obtain an revenue, have versatile work, and be capable of proceed their skilled growth.

Jordanna says they’ve a number of packages out there to go well with any enterprise wants.

“If in case you have an issue you want fixing, or not sufficient time to do all of the little issues, we may also help,” she says.

“We offer a protected, supportive setting for mums to proceed to work all through early mumhood, maintain their abilities and work life going.”

Motina Hive will throw its launch occasion at 6.30pm on Sunday, December 18. 

Jordanna says it’s a $20 entry, with a drink on arrival, mild snacks, a bar and leisure.

“This will probably be a launch not like every other.”

Motina Hive. Go to

Household retailer is prepared for summer season

FAMILY favorite retailer Lellow Children is stuffed with new summer season clothes and footwear, says proprietor Jen Takiari, simply in time for some Christmas buying.

“We’ve received so many reward concepts,” says Jen. “From clothes and footwear to child necessities, developmental toys, books, video games and a lot extra for newborns as much as eight-year-olds.”

“As a result of it’s a small enterprise you actually get to know the shoppers and expertise all of the totally different life levels with them,” says Jen.

“You’ll get mother and father coming in who’re anticipating, then they’ll are available in with their child, then they’ll are available in and get their first sneakers after which they’re getting issues to begin faculty.

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“I simply love attending to know individuals right here, it’s a extremely enjoyable place.”

Jen says she’s additionally proud that most of the manufacturers stocked in retailer come from Australian companies.

“A number of the manufacturers we inventory are distinctive to us, you’ll solely discover them right here in Lellow,” she says.

“Lots of people store right here for Christmas presents as a result of we’ve received one thing that’s that little bit additional particular.”

Lellow Children, 63/30 Lonsdale Avenue, Braddon. Name 6247 3679 or go to

Program makes use of sport to develop essential abilities for youths

OWNER of the ACT chapter of Prepared Regular Go Children, Leonie Collis says the purpose of their multi-sport program is to get children transferring and considering being lively from a younger age.

Working year-round, the indoor program permits kids aged one and a half to 6 to have a go at soccer, tennis, hockey, AFL, cricket, basketball, athletics, golf, rugby and tee-ball.

“This system covers all of the gross motor abilities related to sports activities – catching, throwing, bouncing, kicking, batting, operating, stability in addition to spatial consciousness” says Leonie.

“Getting their gross motor abilities up means children acquire confidence, which they create with them to highschool sports activities and PE classes. 

“Having a powerful physique additionally helps children with day-to-day actions like sitting at a desk, dressing themselves etcetera. Our hope is that these children stay lively and wholesome all through their lives.

“We’re open for enrolments on a regular basis, mother and father can guide their free trial any time.”

Leonie says mother and father are inspired to get entangled with the 45-minute lessons, and that every youngster is ready to attend one free session to make sure it’s suited to them.

She additionally says they take this system to Early Studying Centres.

“Through the classes there’s a lot of socialising occurring by way of a lot of group exercise,” she says.

“The youngsters get the chance to be amongst one another and make mates within the class, which is all the time nice to see.”

Prepared Regular Go Children, go to

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Ian Meikle, editor