Steph Cooke and Lisa Stocks sit across a metal picnic table chatting. Lisa holds her baby daughter Hallie who looks curiously at the camera.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke with Lisa Stocks from Harden and her daughter Hallie.  

New parents in the Cootamundra electorate have welcomed increased access to support services thanks to the NSW Government.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke met with local mum Lisa Stocks and her daughter Hallie, who have been accessing services through Tresillian.

The NSW Government has provided free access to Tresillian’s SleepWellBaby app for NSW families struggling to cope with the stresses of a new baby.

Ms Cooke said the measure was already having an impact on families across the Cootamundra electorate.

“The saying is it takes a village to raise a child, and at the moment when we can’t physically gather, it puts added pressure on to new parents,” Ms Cooke said.

“This service makes a huge difference to parents who otherwise may feel isolated and unsure where to turn. The NSW Government funding access to this app is a way to reach out to parents everywhere.”

New mother Lisa Stocks said the Tresillian service had been a huge help to her and she recommended parents try it for themselves. 

“The COVID pandemic has prevented me from going out to parent support groups, since a lot of this has had to be over the phone this has been a bit challenging. For me where I live I’m quite isolated as is, and it is further isolation to that,” Ms Stocks said.

“It’s excellent this app has been made available, I think all new parents should get on to it, it’s got something for everyone, particularly for new mums. The biggest help has been the one on one support from Tresillian and learning different techniques for settling my daughter.”

One day a week Tresillian provides an Outreach service to families in Cootamundra.  During COVID-19 families living in the Cootamundra area have the option to visit Tresillian in Wagga Wagga or make an appointment for a Telehealth Virtual Consultation by calling the Tresillian Parent’s Help Line on 1300 272 736.

Virtual Parenting Courses are available to parents free of charge on a range of topics including: Postnatal Depression & Anxiety, Supporting sleep in your Baby and the Circle of Security.  Online bookings can be made at www.tresillian.org.au

Parents needing advice on their baby or toddler can call:

o    The Tresillian Parent’s Help Line on 1300 272 736 (open 7am-11pm)

o    Tresillian Live Advice (online chat with a Tresillian Nurse) available at www.tresillian.org.au (Open 5pm-11pm)

The SleepwellBaby App, developed by Tresillian, is for parents with a baby aged up to 12 months. The App is a digital program delivering instant access to trusted evidence- based parenting education, advice and tools on key new parent concerns including baby sleep and settling, development, feeding and nutrition via a sophisticated digital platform. 

Close to 10,000 parents across NSW have accessed the App which can be downloaded at www.tresillian.org.au