Birth Support Group (BSG)

BSG_Reunion_August_2009_001.jpgAn Antenatal Programme

Coordinator/ Social Worker Bree Sapwell

Childbirth Educator – Tracy Finnie

A weekly antenatal education and support  programme especially for young pregnant women confronting the changes and anxieties of an unplanned pregnancy.

Click -What's on now  to see what is happening this term.

Meetings are held  Tuesdays,11.00am – 2.00pm, unless otherwise stated in the programme, at Catholic Social Services, 42 Macandrew Road South Dunedin (Just down from “McDonalds”) and a light lunch is provided between 12:30-1:00pm.

Cost – free

 

What is unique about this antenatal group is that it provides participants with ongoing social work support and community visits in addition to preparation for child-birth and parenting skills.The programme runs throughout the whole term of the pregnancy.

Referral to the group during early pregnancy is encouraged. Group members attend throughout their pregnancy. For some women this may mean repeating some topics, but the programme is designed to be flexible, and can be changed to meet the women’s needs. Group members return postnatally to introduce their baby and tell their birthing story.
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If you are interested in attending Birth Support Group, please contact Bree who will arrange to meet with you to explain the programme, and show you around the Agency. You are welcome to bring a support person with you to this meeting. Bree will then arrange for you to attend a group meeting so that you can check it out for yourself, and decide if the Birth Support Group is the Antenatal programme that is going to best suit your needs.

 

The programme includes visits to Plunket Car Seat Rentals, the Methodist Mission HUB, Pregnancy Help, Rainbow Pre School and SPACE Programme, and has visits from Dunedin Community Agencies, eg. WINZ, IRD, Family Start, Queen Mary Charge Midwife, Cot Death Research Staff from Otago Medical School, Lawyer from Community Law Centre, Well Child Health Nurses from Araiteuru Whare Hauora, Plunket and Pacific Trust Otago. SuperGrans, Lactation Consultants, Parents as First Teachers, Salvation Army, and other services.

The partner/companions sessions are held in the evenings at Catholic Social Services. Bring along the persons who will be supporting you through your labour and delivery to these.

 

For further information, to make a referral, or for additional copies of the Group Programme or a map of where we are, please telephone 455 3838 (Messages can be left on the phone at any time and someone will contact you back)

 

or text Bree's cell: 0273972920

 

email Bree bree@cathsocialservices.org.nz or office@cathsocialservices.org.nz

 

Please note that at times there may be unplanned changes to the programme

  • Click whats happening to download the programme for BSG this year as a PDF file
  • Click -What's on now  to see what is happening in BSG for this year.

I liked meeting the other pregnant young women,always someone to answer my questions about pregnancy. The great information I got.”

BSG participant

 

BIRTH SUPPORT GROUP

PREGNANCY AND PARENTING PROGRAMME

2017

Coordinator/Social Worker – Bree Sapwell

Plunket Childbirth Educator – Tracy Finnie

 

Meetings are held at Catholic Social Services

 42 Macandrew Road South Dunedin.

Meetings: Tuesdays 11.00am – 2.00pm,

unless otherwise stated in the programme.

Lunch Provided

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If you are interested in attending Birth Support Group, please contact Bree who will arrange to meet with you to explain the programme, and show you around the Agency. You are welcome to bring a support person with you to this meeting. Bree will then arrange for you to attend a group meeting so that you can check it out for yourself, and decide if Birth Support Group is the Antenatal programme that is going to best suit your needs.

 

The programme includes pregnancy and parenting education as well as visits to and visitors from Local Community Support Agencies

 

For further information, to make a referral, or for additional copies of the Group Programme:

Ph: 455 3838 or Cell: 0273972920

Email: bree@cathsocialservices.org.nz

 

At times there may be unplanned changes to the programme

Catholic Social Services  2017 Antenatal Programme 

Meetings 11:00am – 2:00pm

2016

Tuesday

Morning  11am-12:30pm

Afternoon 1-2pm

31 Jan

We welcome back returning & new members. Let's catch up & hear how your pregnancy is going, the ups & downs

How will I know I'm in labour?

When do I call the Midwife? When do I go to Hospital? What do I need to take into Hospital?

Let’s talk about becoming a Mum!

How you felt when you learnt you were pregnant. Your fears /excitement about your pregnancy, becoming a parent . What support networks might you need? What role will baby's Dad have? How will your life be different?

7 Feb

Companions Evening 7-9pm Bring along the people who will be supporting you throughout pregnancy and when baby is born. We will provide them with information about breastfeeding and how to support you, how baby grows in utero, share your birth plans and more J

14 Feb

When things are different in labour eg Induction, Caesarean, Vontuse, forceps…

Different types of pain relief…gas, epidural

1:00 Baby's Immunisations with Southern District Health Board 's Immunisation Coordinator  Helen Turner or Outreach Immunisation Nurse

1:30 Legal Matters -   Lawyer Caryl Oconnor from the Community Law Centre. Paternity/Guardianship/Day to Day care/Wills etc. Your queries and questions answered

21 Feb

Labour Pains - Self Help Techniques, Coping in Early Labour &  Birth Positions

Maternal Wellbeing. Post natal depression – Joy Pringle form Plunket come to talk to us about maintaining our wellbeing and how to reach out for help and gather support

28 Feb

Pregnancy discomforts. Things that may bother you and what you can do.

Pregnancy warning signs

1:00 What happens in Queen Mary? Julie Robinson Midwifery Educator visits us

1:30 Never shake a baby DVD and Discussion

7 March

Characteristics of the Newborn

The New baby . What will my Baby look like? What are baby's emotional / .physical needs.

Connecting with your baby – your babies emotional needs – gaze, rocking, touch, voice, mirror neurons, attachment

BSG mum and baby skill (Bathing, experiences, tips)

14 March

Looking after yourself as a new mum J

Your questions answered such as…when will I have sex again? When will my jeans fit?

Breastfeeding  With a Hospital Lactation consultant from Queen Mary Maternity Centre

& Breastfeeding Peer Supporters Sophie Carty & Andrina to share about Breastfeeding Support Otago and what they do

21 March

No Group Today. Otago Anniversary.       Enjoy a SLEEP IN

28 March

Be good to your baby before birth. Healthy / safe food and exercise. Effects of smoking / alcohol / drugs on your unborn baby.

WINZ, Youth Services, MSD visit. Your benefit entitlements/queries. Preventing Benefit crime, Jenni Mattingly, WINZ  Chrissy Hollamby Youth Benefits ,Tony Freeman Investigators MSD

4 April

Parenting – We look at the different types of parents, at how your own experiences may impact on your  parenting, how to be the best parent you can J

 1.00 Family Start

1.20 Supergrans Marie Sutherland

1.40 Education and Employment Salvation Army. Lucia Rodgers

11 April

11.00 meet . We will travel & visit  Plunket Car Seat Services  at  11.15am  at 18 Lorne St, South Dn  & learn about car seat safety and tips of purchasing.  At 11:45 we visit Pregnancy Help in the Sth City Mall with Chris Otley. Chris will show us baby bassinettes for loan and baby clothing starter packs. We will have our lunch with Chris and then leave to visit the Early Years Hub to meet Christine Thomas – Manager at 1:15pm at 158 Oxford St We will learn about the services provided at the Hub.

18 April

No Group Today. Easter Break.       Enjoy a SLEEP IN

25 April

No Group Today. ANZAC Day.       Enjoy another SLEEP IN

2 May

Breast Feeding

Baby Clothing & Equipment with Plunket Karitane Glennis Dunn

Glennis will show us how to make up baby's bed, the importance of airing bedding, suitable and unsuitable baby clothing.

 

9 May

 

Companions Evening 7-9pm Bring along the people who will be with you during your Labour and Delivery . We will

provide them with information to help you through  your Labour and the Birth. Includes Birthing DVD  and  Aroha  Atu, Aroha Mai

       

 At times there may be last minute changes to the programme

Catholic Social Services  2017 Antenatal Programme 

Meetings 11:00am – 2:00pm

2016

Tuesdays

Morning 11am-12:30pm

Afternoon 1-2pm

 

16 May

Recognizing Babies Tired Signs - Settling your baby.

The importance of communicating with your baby. DVD

We visit Rainbow Pre School at 414 King Edward Street learning about an Early Child Care Centre & about the SPACE Programme With Barbara Samson and Wendy -Ann Jarvis

23 May

How will I know I'm in labour?

When do I call the Midwife? When do I go to Hospital? What do I need to take into Hospital?

1:00 Let's meet three of the many nurses that provide baby's Well Child Health Checks. Su ( Plunket) Claire ( Araiteuru Whare Hauora) Rochelle (Pacific Trust Otago)

BSG mum and baby skill (Bathing, experiences, tips)

30 May

 

When things are different in labour eg Induction, Caesarean, Vontuse, forceps…

Different types of pain relief…gas, epidural…

Police Woman Sheree Clark to tell us her story of family violence

6 June

No Group Today. Easter Break.       Enjoy a SLEEP IN

13 June

 

Labour Pains - Self Help Techniques, Coping in Early Labour &  Birth Positions

1:00Preventing Unexplained Death in Infants ( SUDI )Assistant Research Fellow Rachel Sayer from Paediatric Section  Dn School of Medicine-Dept Womens & Childrens Health

1:30Pepipods and safe sleeping

 

20 June

 

Pregnancy discomforts. Things that may bother you and what you can do.

Pregnancy warning signs

1:00 Baby's Immunisations with Southern District Health Board 's Immunisation Coordinator  Helen Turner or Outreach Immunisation Nurse

1:30 Oral Health

 

27 June

 

 Be good to your baby before birth. Healthy / safe food and exercise. Effects of smoking / alcohol / drugs on your unborn baby.

Our Choice – Baking, Craft, Outing, BBQ, pamper day??

 

4 July

Companions Evening 7-9pm Bring along the people who will be supporting you throughout pregnancy and when baby is born. We will provide them with information about breastfeeding and how to support you, how baby grows in utero, share your birth plans and more J

 

11 July

 

Image result for snowflake Image result for snowflake MIDWINTER CATCH UP – all of this years members come together to

 reconnect and see how our babies have grown

 

18 July

 

No Group Today. School Holiday Break.       Enjoy a SLEEP IN

 

25 July

 

Parenting – We look at the different types of parents, at how your own experiences may impact on your  parenting, how to be the best parent you can J

1.00 Family Start

1.20 Supergrans Marie Sutherland

1.40 Education and Employment Salvation Army. Lucia Rodgers

 

 

1 Aug

11.00 meet . We will travel & visit  Plunket Car Seat Services  at  11.15am  at 18 Lorne St, South Dn  & learn about car seat safety and tips of purchasing.  At 11:45 we visit Pregnancy Help in the Sth City Mall with Chris Otley. Chris will show us baby bassinettes for loan and baby clothing starter packs. We will have our lunch with Chris and then leave to visit the Early Years Hub to meet Christine Thomas – Manager at 1:15pm at 158 Oxford St We will learn about the services provided at the Hub..

 

8 Aug

 

Characteristics of the Newborn

The New baby . What will my Baby look like? What are baby's emotional / .physical needs.

Baby Clothing & Equipment with Plunket Karitane Glennis Dunn

Glennis will show us how to make up baby's bed, the importance of airing bedding, suitable and unsuitable baby clothing.

 

15 Aug

Stages of Labour

Birthing DVD

*Birth Plans

WINZ, Youth Services, MSD visit. Your benefit entitlements/queries. Preventing Benefit crime, Jenni Mattingly, WINZ  Chrissy Hollamby Youth Benefits ,Tony Freeman Investigators MSD

22 Aug

Looking after yourself as a new mum J

Your questions answered such as…when will I have sex again? When will my jeans fit?

Maternal Wellbeing. Post natal depression – Joy Pringle form Plunket come to talk to us about maintaining our wellbeing and how to reach out for help and gather support

At time there may be last minute changes to the programme

Catholic Social Services  2017 Antenatal Programme 

Meetings 11:00am – 2:00pm

2016

Tuesdays

Morning 11am-12:30pm

Afternoon 1-2pm

 

29 Aug

Recognizing Babies Tired Signs - Settling your baby.

The importance of communicating with your baby. DVD

Activity/Speaker to be confirmed

 

5 Sept

How will I know I'm in labour?

When do I call the Midwife? When do I go to Hospital? What do I need to take into Hospital?

Breastfeeding  With a Hospital Lactation consultant from Queen Mary Maternity Centre

& Breastfeeding Peer Supporters Sophie Carty & Andrina to share about Breastfeeding Support Otago and what they do

 

12 Sept

Companions Evening 7-9pm Bring along the people who will be with you during your Labour and Delivery . We will

provide them with information to help you through  your Labour and the Birth. Includes Birthing DVD  and  Aroha  Atu, Aroha Mai

19 Sept

When things are different in labour eg Induction, Caesarean, Vontuse, forceps…

Different types of pain relief…gas, epidural…

Connecting with your baby – your babies emotional needs – gaze, rocking, touch, voice, mirror neurons, attachment

BSG mum and baby skill (Bathing, experiences, tips)

26 Sept

Labour Pains - Self Help Techniques, Coping in Early Labour &  Birth Positions

1:00 What happens in Queen Mary? Julie Robinson Midwifery Educator visits us

1:30 Never shake a baby DVD and Discussion

3 Oct

No Group Today. School Holiday Break.       Enjoy a SLEEP IN

 

10 Oct

Pregnancy discomforts. Things that may bother you and what you can do.

Pregnancy warning signs

1:00 Baby's Immunisations with Southern District Health Board 's Immunisation Coordinator  Helen Turner or Outreach Immunisation Nurse

1:30 Legal Matters -   Lawyer Caryl Oconnor from the Community Law Centre. Paternity/Guardianship/Day to Day care/Wills etc. Your queries and questions answered.

17 Oct

Be good to your baby before birth. Healthy / safe food and exercise. Effects of smoking / alcohol / drugs on your unborn baby.

1:00 Let's meet three of the many nurses that provide baby's Well Child Health Checks. Su ( Plunket) Claire ( Araiteuru Whare Hauora) Rochelle (Pacific Trust Otago)

1:30 Oral Health

24 Oct

 

No Group Today. Labour Weekend.       Enjoy a SLEEP IN

 

 

31 Oct

Looking after yourself as a new mum J

Your questions answered such as…when will I have sex again? When will my jeans fit?

We visit Rainbow Pre School at 414 King Edward Street learning about an Early Child Care Centre & about the SPACE Programme With Barbara Samson and Wendy -Ann Jarvis

7 Nov

Characteristics of the Newborn

and

The importance of communicating with your baby.

Christmas Craft or Baking…

14 Nov

Stages of Labour

Birthing DVD

*Birth Plans

1:00Preventing Unexplained Death in Infants ( SUDI )Assistant Research Fellow Rachel Sayer from Paediatric Section  Dn School of Medicine-Dept Womens & Childrens Health

1:30Pepipods and safe sleeping

 

21 Nov

 Companions Evening 7-9pm Bring along the people who will be supporting you throughout pregnancy and when baby is born. We will provide them with information about breastfeeding and how to support you, how baby grows in utero, share your birth plans and more J

 

28 Nov

11.00 meet . We will travel & visit  Plunket Car Seat Services  at  11.15am  at 18 Lorne St, South Dn  & learn about car seat safety and tips of purchasing.  At 11:45 we visit Pregnancy Help in the Sth City Mall with Chris Otley. Chris will show us baby bassinettes for loan and baby clothing starter packs. We will have our lunch with Chris and then leave to visit the Early Years Hub to meet Christine Thomas – Manager at 1:15pm at 158 Oxford St We will learn about the services provided at the Hub.

5 Dec

GROUP BREAK UP This is our last meeting for the year. It is nearly

Christmas time!

Let’s celebrate J Lets decide together nearer the time how we will do this.

       

At times there may be last minute changes to the programme