With a natural affinity for babies and children, I started my career some 35 years ago by graduating as a Registered Mothercraft Nurse (with High Distinction, my first true path) with Tresillian Family Care Centre at Willoughby. Our training included working with a wide range of families including first time parents and newborns, twins, triplets, babies with reflux and other medical issues, premature babies, women with postnatal depression/anxiety, healthy parent/toddler attachment issues and even very sick babies needing respite. We also spent time working in Daycare Centres and kindergartens.
Upon graduation I was immediately recruited by the highly regarded Crown Street Women’s Hospital in Sydney. I worked on all the maternity wards, public and private, and in the Nurseries supporting and educating new mums on how to care for their newborns including establishing breastfeeding. In those bygone days, the hospital system operated differently and it was the Mothercraft Nurses who were rostered on the post delivery Maternity Wards supporting and educating new Mums.
Following my Nursing career, I have enjoyed several other customer focussed and mentoring based senior management roles. For the past 15 years I have been working as a private Early Parenting consultant. In 2010 I took the leap and established my own business (Parennis Trust T/as) Mothercraft for Babies and recruited a team of Nurses who shared my ethos and commitment.
Over the past 10 years we have established a trusted referral network of Health Professionals such as Paediatricians, Obstetricians, GP’s and Maternal Health specialists who refer their “little” patients to us at Mothercraft for Babies for further assessment, support and guidance.