Call for mums to fight for baby unit

BORDER mothers have been urged to fight for the future of Mercy Health Albury’s parents and babies unit.
Nanjing Night Net

Wodonga mother-of-two Luisa Pelizzari said a good friend and former long-serving staff member had told her the centre was likely to move early next year.

Its new home is expected to be at the Wodonga hospital maternity unit.

When asked about the move, Mercy Health would only say relocation was an “option” being considered by a working group including Albury Wod-onga Health representatives.

But Mrs Pelizzari — known to many Border residents as a breakfast host with 105.7FM The River — said with confidence the relocation was inevitable.

And it was likely to move by March at the latest.

Mrs Pelizzari feared the integrity and the homely, welcoming environment of the unit would be seriously compromised by being placed in a clinical environment.

A bout of depression following the birth of her first child, Sabine, 11, led her to the unit’s doors on the recommendation of a girlfriend.

“I went there for sleep settling but I also went for postnatal depression,” she said.

“I would hope that other women who have used the service over the years — and there’s plenty of us — would speak up and say we can’t let this amazing service go by the wayside, because that is what will happen.

“It will just get swallowed up into the Albury Wodonga Health service and it will not serve the community like it does at the moment.”

But Mrs Pelizzari said nothing would happen if people did not speak up “and get the right people to listen”.

Mrs Pelizzari was partly prompted to speak out because of Postnatal Depression Awareness Week, which runs until Sunday.

She was diagnosed with the illness when Sabine was six-months-old and again after the birth of her son, Daniel, who is now six.

“I kind of knew I wasn’t coping with Sabine but I thought nobody coped with a new baby,” she said.

Going to the parents and babies unit got her sorted.

“They ask the right kind of questions and they’re just really good at referring you if you need to see your GP for medication or whatever is required.

“They just made sure everything was set in place so I’d be looked after.

“They’re essentially like having your mum there when you haven’t got your mum there.”

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