Pregnancy is an exciting journey that can also be a daunting experience, particularly for first-time mothers. There are many questions that need answering and, sometimes, worries that need quelling.
Djerriwarrh Health Services is pleased to announce the formation of its new Bacchus Marsh pregnancy support group, The Expectant Tribe.
Devised and established by local mother of two Katherine Geurts, The Expectant Tribe provides a safe and welcoming space where expectant mothers are offered support, advice and friendship.
Ms Geurts – who sits on the Djerriwarrh Health Services’ Diversity and Consumer Advisory Committee and other maternity committees – suggested forming the group to offer local mothers increased support and friendship.
“When I moved to the Bacchus Marsh area nine years ago, I saw a genuine need for a social pregnancy support group in the community,” she says. “It can be hard to make friends as an adult, and being pregnant adds another layer of challenge.
“While there were established postnatal support groups in operation in the Bacchus Marsh and Melton area, I noticed there was a distinct lack of structured support for pregnant women throughout the period of their pregnancy.
“I hope the formation of The Expectant Tribe group will help fill this gap in local support services. I encourage all local mothers to come along and be part of our group.”
A midwife from the Djerriwarrh Health Services Maternity team is in attendance at every meeting to offer advice and address topics that arise. The midwife’s presence has helped create an extremely supportive environment for the women in attendance and has led to the formation of a powerful group dynamic and sense of togetherness.
Guest speakers are regularly invited to share their experiences or areas of expertise with the group.
In recent weeks, group meetings have focused on post-date or prolonged pregnancy, vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC), breastfeeding tips and parenting skills.
The Expectant Tribe meets weekly on Tuesday mornings from 10am-12.30pm at Lerderderg Library in Bacchus Marsh. No booking is needed – everyone is welcome.
For more information about The Expectant Tribe, call Djerriwarrh Health Services on 5367 9600 or just drop in to a session.
Djerriwarrh Health Services, 29-35 Grant Street, Bacchus Marsh.
Inquiries: 5367 2000 or www.djhs.org.au