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  • Title: Launch of parenting ‘village’
  • Date: 24 September 2020

Launch of region’s first parenting ‘village’ to help support Illawarra families

New parents and mums-to-be will receive more tailored support with the launch of Mama Base Illawarra, a new holistic parenting centre in the heart of Wollongong’s Crown Street health precinct.

The first of its kind in the region, Mama Base offers collaborative and complimentary care and support to families during pregnancy, postpartum and phases of parenthood, including Perinatal, Child and Family Psychology, antenatal classes and naturopathy.

Rachel Bridge, director and founder of Mama Base, is a Perinatal, Child and Family Psychologist who has been working with children and their families for over ten years. As the resident psychologist at CalmBirth Australia, freelance parenting writer and a mother of three, Rachel is acutely aware of the support required for mums and mums-to-be.

“In the absence of a village, the modern world often neglects to acknowledge and honour the transformation that is parenthood,” says Rachel.

“New parents used to be surrounded by a village community of experienced parents and elders to help them transition to parenthood, to support and teach them to raise a child. Our village has never been more necessary than it is today. For many of us, the first time we hold a baby it is our own.”

“Mama Base works to ensure that parents are seen, soothed, secure and safe so that they in turn can be the safe base that their children need them to be.”

Mama Base is committed to strengthening relationships between family members and amongst community, and a safe base for parents to seek support, facilitating joyful and confident parenting during the perinatal period.

“The arrival of a new baby is a huge milestone and a celebration for families, however it often leaves parents feeling isolated and unable to reach out for help,” Rachel says.

“Our community shouldn’t have to go it alone. Whether you are facing infertility, perinatal loss, antenatal depression, PND, antenatal or postnatal anxiety, difficulties feeling bonded with your baby, depletion or challenging child behaviour, there is an amazing community at Mama Base to provide support and guidance.”

Rachel Bridge
Director & Founder, Mama Base Illawarra