Support Yooralla’s Parenting with Disability program

DATE: 13 March 2019

Support Yooralla’s Parenting with Disability program

Bonnie said having Emelia support her to prepare for motherhood made a world of difference to her.

Nine News featured a story about Yooralla’s Parenting with Disability program last week, calling for donations to support the expansion of this in-demand, one-of-a-kind program.

The story showed Bonnie, a mum with incomplete paraplegia, who has been supported by Yooralla Occupational Therapist Emelia Young through the program, since she became pregnant with her now 17-month-old twins, Olivia and Xiana.

Bonnie said having Emelia support her to prepare for motherhood made a world of difference to her.

“It made everything so much less scary. She’s been amazing. If it wasn’t for her, I think I would have definitely struggled,” said Bonnie.

The program begins with an assessment to determine any modified equipment parents may need, such as a height adjustable bassinet to allow access from a wheelchair, or a one-hand-fold pram for mums with limited use of an upper limb for example. The program then supports parents to learn how to use the equipment, as well as techniques on how to bath, carry and care for a baby.

Currently, there is limited support for parents with disability.

Referrals are increasing, the waiting list is growing and the program is under pressure to meet the growing demand. Right now, there are 10 pregnant women with disability on the program’s waiting list.

If you would like to support the program, donations can be made online or by calling 1800 666 010.

Donations will go towards recruiting and training therapists to support more parents with disability to care for their babies.

You can watch the Nine News story here.

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