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Masada Private Hospital

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About our Early Parenting Centre

The Masada Early Parenting Centre, previously named the Mother Baby Unit, is a long-standing centre of excellence which offers a state of the art service designed to help parents overcome the physical, emotional and social challenges that a new baby can bring. The name change is in recognition of the diversity of families in the community and to ensure all families seeking to access the service feel welcome.

The Centre offers a five night Residential Program for parents and their infants up to 24 months of age experiencing:

·Feeding difficulties

·Infant sleep disorders


·Reflux and colic

·Maternal exhaustion

·Maternal anxiety

·Adjusting to parenting

Our highly experienced and specialised multidisciplinary team provides a family-oriented program in a luxury facility consisting of 20 private suites and infant settling rooms. Personalised care is tailored to the individual needs of each family by our team of:

·Experienced nurses with qualifications in Midwifery, Psychiatry and Counselling

·Lactation consultants

·Maternal Child Health Nurses

·Mother Craft Nurses

·Clinical Psychologists

·General Practitioners



The Early Parenting Centre is designed to give families more opportunities to address the immense physical, emotional and social transitions associated with having a baby and bring about positive changes.

The Program

The Early Parenting Centre inpatient program is an intensive five night program delivered at Masada Private Hospital. During your stay, nursing staff are available to review your progress and provide support throughout the program, offering compassionate, hands-on help as required.

On arrival you and your infant will be admitted to the Early Parenting Centre under the care of an experienced General Practitioner who will be available throughout your stay. In addition Psychologists and Paediatricians are available if required on a consultancy basis. You will be cared for by a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals including specialist nurses.

Key components of the residential program include:

·Individualised Program - On admission your health and your infant’s health will be assessed. Our team will work with you to establish an individualised program to address your presenting difficulties, including an age appropriate routine for daily care for your infant. We are flexible, recognising that your program will need review and you and your partner/carer will have ongoing support from our team.

·Group education – During your stay there will be regular group sessions in which all admitted parents are expected to participate. These group programs will focus on infant development, parenthood, sleep and settling and will provide you with plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

·Partner carer participation – The importance of the family unit is recognised by the provision of a Partners and Carers Group. Partners and Carers for your infant are encouraged to attend this Group. Our team will provide you with information about this program on your admission. Partners and carers are also encouraged to be involved in education regarding parenting and settling skills. The residential parent may liaise with the staff to make appropriate arrangements.

·Sleep and settling skills - The specialist nurses at the Early Parenting Centre will teach sleep and settling skills using techniques appropriate for infants and toddlers up to 2 years of age. Responsive settling is a gentle approach to interpreting your infant’s cries/grizzles and responding to these accordingly to support them in learning the art of drifting off to sleep independently. We work in partnership with you in finding the best way for you and your infant, based on what you are comfortable with, to achieve your goals. This process may vary in length of time, as all infants are unique and individual in their needs.

For more information please feel free to contact our Early Parenting Centre on (03) 9038 1415 or visit