MUM’S HEALTH & WELLBEING SUPPORT
HOW WE HELP
We partnered with Western Sydney University to develop independent research, generating an understanding of the impact of Early Years Support Services has on the lives of the vulnerable mothers and their child(ren), as well as implications for the social investment from state and federal agencies.
A newborn brings beautiful highs and sometimes challenging lows. Many mothers face this emotional journey alone or with limited support. The importance of early intervention for mothers who are struggling during this crucial time is critical to maintaining a positive quality life for the mum, child and family unit.
3Bridges Early Years Support Service focuses on offering an early intervention home visiting service to support mums as they adjust to the arrival of their new little one.
Experience tells us
There is an increase in traumatic birth experiences
New mums are unaware of available support services
Mums are experiencing very early hospital discharge
There is a larger emphasis on birth planning, less on post-natal education
ENABLING FAMILIES TO THRIVE
We focus on the new mother’s wellbeing, during the perinatal period, providing vital space to feel vulnerable and open to support. Removing the stigma around postnatal mental health and normalising the act of asking and finding much needed help.
Studies have found Home visiting is one of the most effective interventions for supporting vulnerable families and can improve social and emotional wellbeing for mothers, infants and families.
Supporting vulnerable parents to provide a supportive and caring environment for their infants during the first two years of a child’s life has known benefits for individuals, families and communities.
HOW WE HELP
Each family is individually assessed by our professionally trained team members prior to allocating an appropriate Volunteer and/or Family Support Worker, matched specifically for each family’s needs.
In-home support is provided by our Family Support Workers and Volunteer team across South East Sydney.
Weekly support >> 2 – 3 hours per week
Support can range from 3 months to 1 year
Our team provides physical, social and emotional care to prepare mums for birth, identify early warning signs of difficulties, and promote maternal and infant bonding.
Our Volunteer Home Visitors are carefully selected, screened and trained by industry professionals. Many of our Volunteers are parents/grandparents themselves or have previous working experience in the women’s health sector.
WHO WE HELP
Mums who are isolated from their family and/or friend support system
Mums who have experiences multiple births, living with mental health issues or disability within the family
Mums who have experienced a history of domestic violence
Tanya is a 24 year old Polish mother living in Australia for the past five years.
She recently had twin boys born at 37 weeks. She has no family support and her partner has to return to work.
Tanya had a history of anxiety and panic attacks and was not coping with managing her babies
The volunteers are so amazing and helpful. I am so grateful for their support. I have no idea what I would do without them. I am much less anxious and over the last few months, I’ve been getting out to the multiple birth baby playgroup and for walks with my babies.
Mums and Bubs groups provide mums a safe environment amongst peers experiencing a similar journey to feel connected with their community
FOR THE MUM
The benefits of early intervention strategies has shown a significant impact on a functioning family unit, supporting mental health challenges, financial and social costs, poor learning and social development of children as a result of mother’s mental health and lack of attachment with baby.
FOR THE COMMUNITY
Benefits of the community and volunteers adds to inclusivity, diversity and building of social capital.
We collaborate with many wonderful community partners whose shared passion and financial contributions make an incredible difference in the lives of many families.
IMAGINE HELPING A MUM IN NEED
WITH THE TIME AND SPACE TO BE VULNERABLE
A partnership with 3Bridges Early Years Support Service, means you become part of our family. Our network of like-minded partners work closely with us to help achieve shared impact and improve the lives of many across South Sydney and beyond. We are on a mission to shine a light on supporting mum’s when they need it most – but we can’t do it alone!
3Bridges believes in offering support and services to the most vulnerable regardless of age, location, disability, or ethnicity.
Our aim is to create an environment of agility, to be seen as For Impact leaders. Our strategic direction has been formed to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in the communities we live and work in.
We work collaboratively, developing a diverse range of programs; with a focus on early intervention.
Our programs and services address a holistic health and wellness approach including mental, social, physical and emotional health and wellbeing.
OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS CARE
- Before School Care
- After School Care
- Vacation Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Exercise Physiology
REGISTERED TRAINING ORGANISATION
- Career Pathways
- Accredited Training
- Professional Development
- Support Coordination
- Specialised Support Coordination
- Dementia Groups
- Seniors Social Groups
- Home Care Services
- Youth Drop-in Centre
- Indigenous Learning
- Early Intervention School Programs