GANNAWARRA Shire’s new parent groups have celebrated the end of their eight week program.
The program aims to build confidence of new parents who have experienced the birth of their first child.
Facilitated by a maternal and child health nurse, the groups provide families with an opportunity to meet other new parents and offers support with a range of issues.
Sessions cover topics such as foods for babies, developmental milestones, speech and language, child safety, immunisation and women’s health.
Council’s community wellbeing acting director Narelle O’Donoghue said a number of guest speakers attend the group meetings to share their knowledge.
‘‘The groups promote healthy outcomes for children and their families and help build confidence around parenting,’’ she said.
‘‘Sharing experiences in a safe and caring environment is really important for all parents particularly those who have just had their first child.
‘‘Parents attending the groups form strong friendships and frequently keep meeting after the eight week sessions or move on to attend community playgroups.’’
New parents’ groups operate in Kerang and Cohuna.
The Gannawarra maternal and child health service is a free service for all families with children from birth to school age.
For further information contact 5450 9333.