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News…                                        Mothers Day Edition

Our kindest thoughts are with the mothers
whose child or children are not here to share
Mother’s Day with them.

    SIDS and Kids ACT                      Contents

 Grant Cameron Community
27 Mulley St Holder ACT 2611   2    Hello from Family Services
                               3    For Parents
                               4    Thoughts from Parents
     T: (02) 6287 4255         5    Thoughts from Parents cont.
     F: (02) 6287 4210         6    For Parents
                               7    Bereavement Seminar Program     8    Research
                               9    Bereavement Journey Workshop
      PO Box 3118                   and Peer Support Training
                               9    Stork News
     Weston ACT 2611           10   Research
                               11   Family Day       12   Fundraising
                               13   Red Nose Day Launch
                               14   Membership Form
  24 HOUR CRISIS LINE          15   Safe Sleeping
                               15   Train-the-Trainer
        Freecall               16   Support Meetings
      1800 138 300
               Hello from Family Services

Welcome to this first Family Services             achievement considering they work half a
newsletter for 2009. With the approach of         full-time position between them!
Mothers Day and the focus everywhere on
how children can celebrate with their             The fund-raising area is gearing up for Red
mothers, I would like to acknowledge all of       Nose Day, with some changes to the usual
you who don’t have your treasured child or        process planned for this year (see page
children with you and whose pain is too           13). The launch of RND and the RND
often forgotten.                                  Business Nose Competition is planned for
                                                  2 June and we hope that you will be able
It is hard to believe that, as you read this,     to be there.
May is upon us. Family Services has had
a busy start to the year, with the Family         Marnie, our Fund Development and
Day on 15 February, a Bereavement                 Administration Coordinator, has also been
Journey workshop on 7 and 8 March, and            busy supporting the Asher family in their
the beginning of our Community Education          preparations for the Annual Golf Day. By
program during February. This education           the time you read this newsletter, the Golf
program is continuing throughout the year,        Day will have been held and, I’m sure, will
and Jenny has been working hard to                have been as successful as usual.
organise further public seminars, seminars
specifically for bereaved families, as well       11 to 17 May 2009 is National Volunteer
as coffee mornings. Further details of            Week and Marnie has organized a morning
these can be found on page 7.                     tea to acknowledge, thank and honour our
                                                  many volunteers who give so generously
For those of you who may be reading this          of their time. If you currently volunteer for
newsletter for the first time, I draw your        SIDS and Kids ACT in any capacity and
attention to the information about our            haven’t received an invitation, please
support groups on the back cover. As you          contact Marnie at the office.
will see, we have a number of groups,
covering some of the different                    With kindest wishes from us all at SIDS
circumstances faced by bereaved parents.          and Kids ACT.

With regard to services for bereaved
siblings, we now have access to a
counsellor who is able to visit families in       Helen Geltch
their homes to discuss concerns, provide          Family Services Coordinator
guidance and reassurance, and assess
whether there is a need for further
intervention. If you would like to discuss
the possibility of utilising this aspect of our
service, please contact Helen or Jenny at
the office.

Our Educators have also had a very busy
start to the year. As well as holding the
monthly safe sleeping education sessions,
and other sessions in the community,
Maureen and Danielle have successfully
delivered three Train the Trainer education
sessions (see page 15) – quite an

              For Parents
                      MANAGING ON MOTHERS DAY
Mothers Day can be a terribly sad time for many women and their families as it focuses on all the
wonderful things that encompass being a mother. ‘Happy family’ images are replaced with sad-
ness and a great sense of yearning for what may have been. Some of the following suggestions
may give you ideas of how you can manage through this day.

♦     Share your day with those who understand
♦     Play a significant piece of music
♦     Buy or pick a special bouquet of flowers
♦     Look through special memorabilia
♦     Look through your photo albums
♦     Light a candle
♦     Burn essential oils for their calming properties
♦     Buy something special for yourself in memory of your child
♦     Plant a tree/plant
♦     Spoil yourself
♦     Visit a place that gives you piece, the beach, a walk in the bush, or a nice drive
♦     Don’t place too many expectations on yourself
♦     Find something that has meaning for you

The key for this day is to do what works for you. You may like to start your own rituals and tradi-
tions that work for you and your family. Nothing is ever set in concrete and any plans that you do
make, can always be changed. So give yourself permission to do what feels right for you.

                                                    Adapted from an article by Jo Smith,
                                                    SIDS and Kids Newsletter WA May 2007

                                    Tiny Footprints on a
                                       Mother’s Heart
                                        When a baby arrives
                             Be it for a day, a month, a year or more,
                            Or perhaps only a sweet flickering moment
                                 The fragile spark of a tender soul
                               The secret swell of a new pregnancy
                              The goldfish flutter known only by you
                                You are unmistakably changed…
                            The tiny footprints left behind on your heart
                                 Bespeak your name as a Mother
                                     A butterfly lights beside us
                                      Blessed to have seen it.

                                         Author Unknown.

          Thoughts and poems from parents

                         LIVING WITHOUT POLLY
Since Polly died in 2001, aged just 18 months, I have endured a gamut of emotions
that only a parent of similar fate would understand. The guilt, the confusion, the sor-
row, the anger all of it. Me, entirely at the mercy of whatever emotion would come
charging next.

As the years go by - it’s been eight years now - the crashing and surging emotional
swings have wound down. Now I'm a busy working mum with many commitments
and interests, trying to balance things the best I can. The emotions do come and
these days I can manage them.

The one thing I find most difficult, probably the hardest to adjust too, is living with-
out Polly. Not having her here, now, doing whatever the daily grind of 9 year old
girls is, leaves me with what I think is a gap in my life that can't really be filled. I
really long for just that - the everyday parenting stuff.

If I'm struggling or just overwhelmed, I often find myself thinking I would swap eve-
rything I now have to go back to my time with just me and her. That seems very
escapist and rather unfair on my husband and two sons but the truth is I do wish
that sometimes. I guess it’s just that thing of wanting to be her mum in this life I
have now.

Saying that, I know that Mothers Day will be upon us shortly. I was lucky to have
one Mothers Day with Polly. My friends threw a Mother’s Day breakfast and my
friend’s mum invited me over to her house for a beautiful lunch that included a
Mothers Day gift for me. I am grateful it was such a full day and that I remember it
quite clearly. I think Mothers Day is an important day - especially for bereaved
mothers. I always give myself some time on my own to cry or just reflect upon the
time that has passed.

I do have a full life now and I can honestly say that I am generally happy. I just
long for her in my life and imagine I always will.

Dionne Bond

More thoughts from parents …….

                                 HELLO FROM ME!!
Hi, my name is Rachael and I am the mother of 3 beautiful girls, Jorgia 10yrs, Priya (my angel
2000) and Ainslee 5yrs. My husband and I have recently built a lovely new home in Murrum-
bateman and have lived in the Canberra region for the past 6 years after moving from Sydney.
I became involved with SIDS and Kids ACT around 18 months ago, initially helping with Christ-
mas gift wrapping and have now offered my assistance in compiling the newsletter.
In March 2000 I found out I was pregnant with my second child. My first child was only 9 months
old so it was a huge shock but also very exciting. At 36 weeks, I found out my baby had Downs
Syndrome and also included a few other issues which an operation would fix. I was told my baby
would be fine. My husband and I dealt with all this news quite well considering. We felt there
wasn’t much we could do and that we had to be positive as in 4 weeks time our baby was to be
Leading up to 40 weeks we prepared as best we could by reading as much information, and
finding the places we would need to be a part of, to help us make the best life for a ‘special’ new
baby. Also in this time I had double the number of appointments and a few extra tests and ultra-
sounds etc. to make sure everything was going fine. Due to all this I felt I needed to know the
sex of the baby…it was a GIRL!!! Fantastic!!! Her name would be Priya Kate. All appeared to
be going ‘full steam ahead’ and everyone was getting quite excited as we didn’t have long to go.
At 39 weeks and 6 days, I was induced due to the other issues that Priya had. I was in labour
for 4 hours but, unfortunately, my baby’s heart stopped beating. At the time, I wasn’t really
aware what had happened. There were doctors and midwives everywhere. It all seemed like a
blur. My husband and I were told what had happened and I was given the choice of how I would
like to deliver Priya. I opted for a Caesarean as I felt I didn’t want to have any part of what had
just happened.
This was a very difficult time for everyone, particularly myself as I felt as if there was a huge hole
in my life. One minute I was going to be going home with a beautiful baby girl who needed spe-
cial attention, and would have had 2 children under 18 months, and the next I was going to be
going home with nothing and not wanting to do anything.
Around 4 weeks after I came home from hospital, I decided that I had to get up and move on. I
had to think of my gorgeous 18 month old and how I wanted to help her grow up and understand
what had happened and how we were to deal with this tragedy as a family. Fortunately, we had
fantastic support from all our family and friends to help us get through. As time went on, I did
feel better. Not once though did I not think about my baby and what would have been.
Leading up to Priya’s first anniversary, I again went downhill and didn’t want to be around any-
one or do anything. It was quite amazing though—once the day passed it was like a huge
weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Each year is still quite hard but it is getting easier. As
the saying goes ‘Time Heals’. We have made it a very special day for a very special baby—
whether it be a picnic somewhere or planting a tree on our block or going for a nice drive some-
where totally different. My husband and I do not go to work and the children do not go to school.
It is Priya’s day!!!!
Now, nearly 9 years down the track, I still think about her everyday and I still have my ups and
downs but I have learnt how to deal with it and I always try to be as positive as I can. We always
include her in our family life whether it is Christmas, birthdays or just a general conversation.
She is a part of our family.

We love you Priya!!!

                                       Shifting Perspective
     When a child dies, parents contend with grief and all that it brings with it. Parents themselves,
     as well as the people around them, often have a hard time understanding how “grief” contin-
     ues to affect them over long periods of time. I would like to propose that while we fully ac-
     knowledge the emotion of grief, that we also shift our perspectives of the “process” from “grief
     journey” to “parenting journey.”
     Now bereaved parenting is different than the parenting we would do for a living children. I’m
     not talking about pretending or creating obsession to make the dead child more “alive” or to
     get stuck on replacing the dead child with living children. I’m simply saying that just as there
     are many different parenting styles out there used with living children—there is also a different
     kind of parenting we can do for our dead children. And the long term effects of “grief” actually
     play out through this style of “a different kind of parenting.”
     So here are some things to consider:

     ♦      When someone says bereaved parents need to “say goodbye” or “find closure” or
     “move on”, I am suggesting that as long as they have fully realized that their child is dead and
     they themselves are still alive, then they have said goodbye to the physical-ness of the experi-
     ence. But they do not need to say goodbye to their role as a parent to return to “healthy” func-
     tioning. I think “closure” in this situation is more akin to “empty nest syndrome” where parents
     have to adjust their parenting from a style that was 24/7 on-the-job, to a parent whose child is
     not physically present.

     ♦        When parents bring infants home, they are really on 24/7 patrol tending to the needs of
     this little being. When parents bury or cremate a child after miscarriage, stillbirth, or SIDS, they
     still have the energy of that 24/7 patrol flowing through their veins. And many of them channel
     that energy into doing good works in memory of their child, or creating memory books, or do-
     ing Kindness Projects. While this does expel and express some of the feelings of grief, I’m
     proposing that it is also the energy of parenting coming through.

     ♦       When children survive, their needs change over time. Parenting changes accordingly. I
     am suggesting that in a similar way the parenting of bereaved parents changes over time, too.
     The things they do in memory of the child may change, they may manifest a new kind of
     “work” for themselves, they may discover that the path in front of them has, not only “grief” in
     it, but also laughter returns, a small bit of peace, a connection to other bereaved parents. Just
     as a parent to a living child might rediscover a joy in being an artist once the child goes off to
     preschool several days a week for a few hours at a time—so, too, might a bereaved parent
     rediscover some part of themselves three or five years later.
     Okay, so what do I mean by all this? I’m suggesting that we look at our perspectives and shift
     them just a little. We can do this ourselves if we are bereaved parents. But also, if you are
     family, friend, or caregiver to a bereaved parent……...Don’t judge or be critical. Just let your
     perspective shift a little.
                         Adapted from an article by Kara L.C. Jones, found on the internet

                             Internet Resources for Grief and Loss
1.       SIDS and Kids NSW Chat site
         A SIDS and Kids bereavement support forum for bereaved parents to speak to one another.
         Moderated by counseling staff.
2.       The Compassionate Friends website organization
         Offering friendship and understanding to all bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents.

      Websites are not endorsed by us but are provided as a resource you may find useful


                                 PUBLIC SEMINARS
How they have been so far
Since February, SIDS and Kids ACT have been conducting a community education program, pre-
senting two seminars in various locations across Canberra. They have been advertised in the
public media and have attracted a small number of bereaved parents who have had no previous
contact with our support services. Also, quite a few health professionals have attended, indicat-
ing their desire for more insight into the needs of families they work with. The numbers attending
the seminars have been smaller than expected, however, the advertising and promotion of the
program has worked to increase the community’s awareness of the broad work of our organisa-

1.     Understanding Grief When a Baby Dies:
This seminar explores the impact of the unexpected death of a baby or young child on parents,
siblings and significant others, and considers: What is normal grief in these circumstances? Do
people grieve differently? What support is most helpful?

  Tuggeranong Child and Family Centre    Tuesday 12 May       Facilitator: Krishna Sadhana
  Anketell St. Tuggeranong               12-2pm

2.      Early Pregnancy Loss: An Unspeakable Grief:
This seminar explores the grief of Early Pregnancy Loss, when pregnancies have ended before
20 weeks. This loss can have a profound impact on individuals and their relationships yet their
grief journey often goes unrecognized.

  Function room, Lewisham building,       Thursday 7 May       Facilitator: Christine Moulet
  Calvary Hospital, Bruce                 6.30-8pm
  Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre.      Thursday 25 June     Facilitator: Christine Moulet
  North Building. London Circ. Civic      12.30-2pm

3.     Couples Communicating in Grief:
Everyone grieves differently, and many people find that their thoughts and reactions in bereave-
ment are at odds with their partner’s experience. This seminar explores the impact of grief on re-
lationships and considers ways for couples to communicate effectively despite their different grief
Date: Wednesday 20 May           Time: 7-9pm
Venue: Meeting room at Grant Cameron Community Centre Facilitator: Christine Moulet

4.     Grief and Depression:
Dr. Anna Burger, a psychiatrist who has extensive experience working with grieving families, will
discuss and compare the complexities of grief and depression, and consider the question —“Am I
grieving, depressed or both?”
Postponed to September—watch for details in the Father’s Day newsletter

5.    Coffee Morning: Managing Sleep Problems:
Information, discussion and morning tea in the SIDS and Kids Family Room
Date: 10am-12pm on Wednesday 10 June Speaker: Jenny Thompson

                            Attendance at these sessions is free.
              Please register at 6287 4255 or


Research Update:

Lannen PK, Wolfe J, Prigerson HG. Unresolved grief in a national sample of bereaved
parents: impaired mental and physical health 4 to 9 years later. J Clin Oncol. 2008 Dec
The authors of this study from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, the Universitat
Bern in Switzerland and the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, assessed unresolved pa-
rental grief, the associated long-term impact on mental and physical health, and health
service use. Of 449 parents who lost a child as a result of cancer 4 to 9 years earlier that
completed the survey, 43% were fathers, and 56% were mothers.
Among the results:
o Parents with unresolved grief reported significantly worsening psychological health and
physical health compared with those who had worked through their grief
o Fathers with unresolved grief also displayed a significantly higher risk of sleep difficul-
o Mothers, however, reported increased visits with physicians during the previous 5 years
as well as a greater likelihood of taking sick leave when they had not worked through
their grief
o no difference was found in how many parents had resolved their grief in respect to how
long it had been since their child had passed away
The study points to disturbed sleep as one of the strongest outcomes of unresolved grief,
particularly for fathers. Notably, the study found no evidence that parents with unresolved
grief use more tranquillizers, sleeping pills, or any other medication for psychological dis-
tress than parents who have worked through their grief. Nor were these fathers more
likely to have visited a physician, which suggests that their sleep difficulties are under-
diagnosed and under-treated.

Maccallum FBryant RA. Self-defining memories in complicated grief. Behav Res Ther.
2008 Dec
This study from the School of Psychology at the University of New South Wales indexed
self-defining memories in bereaved individuals with and without complicated grief (CG).
Forty participants with and without CG, some of whom were the parents of a child and
some of whom had les than one week’s notice of the death, were asked to describe three
self-defining memories.
Results showed that CG 17 participants provided more self-defining memories involving
the deceased. Both groups were equally likely to report their loved one's death as a self-
defining moment, however, the no-CG group showed more evidence of benefit finding in
their memory narratives and experienced less negative emotion on recall.
The findings suggest that CG is associated with distinctive patterns of autobiographical
memory that are linked to self-identity. The pattern is consistent with self-memory system
models of autobiographical remembering, and suggests that grieving individuals who ex-
perience ongoing yearning for their loved one view their self-identity as more closely
linked to the deceased are more distressed by memories involving t he loss.

                                                            continued page 10…..

Bereavement Journey Workshop & Peer Support Volunteers

Bereavement Journey workshops are offered as a support option for families and
are also a pre-requisite for those interested in undertaking the Peer Support volun-
teer training course.

The workshops are held over a weekend in Canberra and are free of charge. Partici-
pants are given the opportunity to explore loss within a nurturing, professionally fa-
cilitated group environment, and are invited to share their experience with others,
address their grief issues and focus on their own life journey. There is time for hear-
ing how others have fared in similar circumstances, for rest and reflection, as well as
the chance to share an evening meal. We find that participants tend to gain the most
benefit from the workshop when they have been bereaved for more than a year.
               CHRISTMAS STUFF
Our most recent workshop was held in March and the next one is planned for early
2010. However, we may be able to consider holding another workshop later in 2009
if there is sufficient interest.

The next Peer Support volunteer training course will be held in the second half of this
year. Peer Supporters are parents and grandparents who have experienced the death
of a child at any time from conception to 6 years of age, and who now have a wish and
feel ready to offer support to other bereaved parents and grandparents. In addition to
completing a Bereavement Journey workshop, intending Peer Supporters are required
to undertake a 25 hour training course.

If you are interested in attending a Bereavement Journey workshop and/or finding
out more about the process of becoming a Peer Support volunteer, please contact
Helen Geltch on 02 6287 4255 or at

                              Stork News!
                                     Welcome to:

                                ♥ Zidan Jammoudi ♥

                            Born — 29 December 2008
                              Son for Ali and Driss

                              ♥ Emily Claire Blenkin ♥

                             Born — 19 January 2009
                            Daughter for Kate and Matt

                         RESEARCH cont...
continued from page 8…..

Cacciatore J, Rådestad I, Frederik Frøen J. Effects of contact with stillborn babies on
maternal anxiety and depression. Birth. 2008 Dec;35(4):313-20.

Some guidelines encourage mothers to see and hold their babies after stillbirth, which
might be traumatizing. The objective of this study from the College of Human Services
at the Arizona State University in Phoenix was to investigate the effects of women see-
ing and holding their stillborn baby on the risk of anxiety and depression in a subse-
quent pregnancy and in the long term. Thirty-seven organizations recruited over 2,000
women who had experienced stillbirth, almost 300 of whom reported being pregnant.

Among the results:
o Women in this study overwhelmingly wanted to see and hold their babies and very
few expressed regret in doing so
o Among nonpregnant women, compared with pregnant women, seeing and holding
their stillborn baby were associated with:
o lower anxiety symptoms
o a tendency toward fewer symptoms of depression
o Participants who were pregnant and had seen and held their baby had:
o less depressive symptomatology (like nonpregnant women)
o more symptoms of anxiety

The authors concluded that seeing and holding the baby are associated with fewer
anxiety and depressive symptoms among mothers of stillborn babies than not doing so,
although this beneficial effect may be temporarily reversed during a subsequent preg-
nancy. Mothers should be offered additional support during a subsequent pregnancy
rather than discouraged from seeing and holding their stillborn baby.

A special service of Meditation and Remembrance will be held in the Weston Creek
Uniting Church Chapel at 7pm on Saturday 9th May – Mothers’ Day Eve. The service
is for those who have experienced early pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or the death of an
infant or child.

It is a service of meditation where you will have the opportunity to place flowers on
the communion table, light a candle (provided) and/or write a name on a memorial
page. The flowers, candles and memorial book will remain on the communion table
during the Mothers’ Day services when a special prayer will be offered.

All parents, children, grandparents and friends are welcome to attend and meditate
while listening to music, poems and portions of scripture.

For further details contact Rev Dr Les Hewitt on 6287 1981 or 0414 351 952.

                                  Family Day
The Annual SIDS and Kids Family Day was held on
Sunday 15 February with approximately 80 people
in attendance.
The occasion was generously sponsored by
Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets, Brumby’s Bakery at
Lyneham and Cafe2U, enabling us to offer families
a tasty brunch.
There were various activities on the day, with An-
dronicus the baby alpaca being a great hit. His pres-
ence was sponsored by The Alpaca Man.
The highlight of the day was the Team Challenge
with team “YODA” (pictured top right) winning by the
slim margin of 1 point. Members of the team re-
ceived an engraved medallion and will have their
names engraved on the perpetual trophy which is
kept at the SIDS and Kids office.
The SIDS and Kids staff team then challenged
YODA to a Tug of War, with YODA quickly emerging
as the victors!!
The day ended with the drawing of the lucky “gate”
prizes. 1st prize of dinner to the value of $120, was
very generously donated by Tosolini’s Restaurant
and Café in Canberra City. Second prize was a de-
licious hamper and third prize a feast of chocolate.
We thank all who attended, especially those who
volunteered their time, resources and or skills to
help make this event a success.

                   DONATING TO SIDS & Kids ACT
There are a number of ways in which you can make donations to SIDS and Kids
ACT. These include:

• Workplace Giving – the process of making a
regular donation through your employer’s payroll sys-
tem. It is a simple, tax effective and cost efficient way
to donate.

• Bequests – by nominating SIDS and Kids ACT as
a beneficiary in your will.

•   Regular donations by credit card or direct deposit.

Whichever way you choose, be assured that your donation is very much appreci-
ated and that it will help us continue to deliver quality education and bereavement

                        CHRISTMAS FUND RAISING
The Christmas Gift Wrapping, made possible by the generosity of the
Tuggeranong Hyperdome and the many volunteers who wrapped gifts
for long hours during December 2008, raised an amazing $7,500!!

Thanks must also go to our own Marnie Barton who did a sterling job of
managing the gift wrapping.


The beautiful Christmas lights display at Terry & Jan Hunt’s
home in Bonython was very successful again this year, raising
the wonderful amount of $4,016 for Daniel’s Memory Fund, ad-
ministered by SIDS and Kids ACT.

The fund is used to assist with funeral expenses in cases of
hardship. A huge thank you to Terry and Jan for the dollar invest-
ment and the many hundreds of hours of time they so generously
donate—all in the memory of their beloved grandson, Daniel.

                        RED NOSE DAY

             Red Nose Day Launch – save the date!!
It is our great pleasure to invite you to join us for morning tea to launch of Red Nose Day
When: Tuesday 2 June 2009 at 10.30 a.m.
Where: King O’Malley’s, 131 City Walk, Canberra City

Please join us for some fun and laughter as we celebrate the launch of both Red Nose Day
and the SIDS and Kids ACT Red Nose Day Business Nose Competition.

         Red Nose Day 2009 is a bit different in 2009!
This year the way we manage Red Nose Day will be a little different. These changes are de-
signed to make the whole process more streamlined and will not affect your ability to easily
order product for sale.

For the first time we will be running a single regional campaign across the whole of NSW and
ACT. This means that we no longer have to manage the distribution of product in the ACT Re-
gion. We will still be taking orders from within the ACT office, but these will then be sent to a
central warehouse in Sydney for picking, packing and delivery. All returns will also go back to
the central warehouse.

It is important to note that the proceeds from all sales within our region will remain in
our region to support our ongoing services. The changes are aimed at simplifying the
process only.

We hope that you will notice increased efficiency with our new system. However I’m sure that,
as with every new venture, we will have a few teething problems!

          Red Nose Day Business Nose Competition
We would like to make 2009 the year of the most successful business nose competition ever,
and hope to see building noses springing up all over Canberra and the region.

Businesses and government departments (and individuals) can purchase a business nose for
$100 or re-buy a nose they have bought in a previous year for a tax deductible donation of
$100 and hang it up on their building. All those buying and re-buying noses are entered into a
draw for some exciting prizes. This is a great way to increase awareness of Red Nose Day
throughout June as the building noses certainly stand out!

For more details on any of the above please contact Marnie on 02 6287 4255 or email: ad-

                        Membership Form
       Financial Year 1st April 2009 – 31st March 2010

□ I want to become a financial member of SIDS and Kids ACT for the
2009/2010 financial year at a cost of $11.00 incl GST.

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Safe Sleeping education sessions are usually held from 7.00 - 8.30pm on the first Wednes-
day of each month at the Grant Cameron Community Centre in Holder. These sessions
are open to expectant parents, parents, grandparents, babysit-                   ters and
anyone who cares for babies and very young children.

Issues covered include:
♥ What is SIDS?
♥ What are the risk factors?
♥ Ways to reduce the risks.
♥ Creating a safe sleeping environment.

     Safe Sleeping Sessions are free, although donations are always welcome...
                     RSVP is necessary by phoning 6287 4255

The educators also present safe sleeping sessions to health professionals, child care work-
ers and interested groups in the community. Contact Danielle or Maureen for more infor-

                   TRAIN-THE-TRAINER PROGRAM
In February SIDS and Kids ACT delivered three comprehensive educational pro-
grams aimed at health professionals working in and around the ACT.

More than 50 health professionals including nurses, midwives, paediatric case
workers and hospital staff attended the workshops. The training modules were de-
veloped by Adjunct Professor Jeanine Young from evidence based research.

Each participant received a laminated flip-chart providing information on current
safe sleeping recommendations. The charts, developed by SIDS and Kids ACT
Educators, Danielle Mackay and Maureen Scott, can be used to educate parents
and other health professionals. Subsequently, several health promotion personnel
have delivered safe sleeping education to their colleagues.

Overall the workshops were a great success and the SIDS and Kids educators are
looking forward to work closely with all the participants.

                     Support Meetings
                        If possible please let us know you will be attending
                     Phone: 6287 4255 Email:

Parent Support Group Parent Support Group         Early Pregnancy Loss          PUGGLES
         (1)                   (2)                   Support Group              Playgroup

A support group for par- A support group for par- A support group for par- A free playgroup, held
 ents who have experi-    ents who have experi-    ents who have experi-     in partnership with
 enced the sudden and     enced the sudden and      enced an early preg-   Noah’s Ark Resource
unexpected death of an unexpected death of a             nancy loss        Centre, for bereaved
infant from 20 weeks of young child up to 6 years    (up to 20 weeks of    families with children
        pregnancy                 of age                 pregnancy)            aged 0-5 years

      Held on the            Held on the           Held in the evening on  Held for 2 hours on
second Tuesday of each last Thursday of each        the third Thursday of Mondays from the sec-
 month from 7.30pm to  month from 6.30pm to       each month in the Fam- ond to the last week of
  9.00pm in the Family  8.00pm in the Family       ily Room of SIDS and     each school term
Room of SIDS and Kids Room of SIDS and Kids               Kids ACT
          ACT                   ACT
                                                                                Contact with
      Next Meeting             Next Meeting                                Jenny or Helen prior to
◊    12 May              ◊   28 May                                        attending the group is
    Meeting Dates 2009       Meeting Dates 2009       Meeting Dates 2009

◊    12 May              ◊   28 May               ◊     21 May
◊    9 June              ◊   25 June              ◊     18 June
◊    14 July             ◊   30 July              ◊     16 July
◊    11 August           ◊   27 August            ◊     20 August
◊    8 September         ◊   24 September         ◊     17 September
◊    12 October          ◊   29 October           ◊     15 October
◊    9 November          ◊   26 November          ◊     19 November
◊    8 December

                                Grandparents Support Group
We also offer a support group for grandparents of children who have died suddenly and
unexpectedly from conception to 6 years of age. Held during the day, this group is run
when we have a number of grandparents expressing an interest. If you would like to attend
such a group please contact Jenny on 6287 4255.

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                                    Please contact Helen Geltch:
                                          Phone: 6287 4255

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