A premature birth is often associated with multiple traumatic experiences for both mother and baby. Mothers may experience significant loss of control, grief/loss issues and may struggle to adjust, often contributing to depression, anxiety and trauma symptoms. Premature infants also endure multiple traumas of an emotional, social and medical nature, which may leave them vulnerable to developmental complications. PremieHUGS is an 8-week playgroup program for mothers and their premature infants once they are home. The objective of the group is threefold: to provide maternal support, focus on the mother-infant relationship and potentially enhance early infant development.
For more information contact Dr Alan Gemmill on (03) 9496 4496