Group gives mums a chance to talk
THERE'S one school in the Clarence Valley where it's okay to talk about boobs, vomit and poo.
Nothing is off limits at the first time mothers' group run by the Grafton Early Childhood Centre.
Each Monday over the past nine weeks a group of new mums and their growing babies have gathered at Grafton Base Hospital to learn all about raising babies.
Guest speakers have informed them on settling, feeding, physiotherapy, speech, introducing food, teeth, swimming and much more.
But most importantly, Sally Coulter, of the Early Childhood Centre, said the group also gave mothers a chance to talk to each other about their experiences and support one another through the sleepless nights.
“It's quite a social gathering,” Sally said.
First-time mother Jane Clarke said the group was a weekly highlight for her and five-month-old son Matthew.
Jane lives on a property 80 kilometres out of Grafton.
She said it could be quite isolating with a young baby.
“This group has given us a chance to get out of the house and to meet up with the same group of people each week,” Jane said.
“It's good for Matthew to get out and see all the babies and it's good for me too.
“I've really enjoyed it.”
When the current crop of babies started the 10-week course, most of the babies were not very active and focused on eating, sleeping, crying and obviously making number ones and twos.
But by the end of the course most of the bubs were rolling, baby talking, bulking up, eating solids, and growing teeth – well on their way in life. The free courses are held four times a year and have been running for 10 years.
Many of the groups from previous years continue to meet up in Grafton to share the progress of their children through their early years.
Sally said running the course was one of the highlights of her job.