My purpose is to create a comfortable and safe space for parents to seek guidance and support in line with their values and goals in the challenging world of parenthood.
I recognise and appreciate the diversity of families, and am committed to providing inclusive services that meet the needs of each family.
- Dr Hayley Glasson
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you and your baby thrive
Welcoming a new baby into the family is a time of great joy, but it is also a steep learning curve which may come with many unforeseen challenges. When emotions are running high, common issues such as establishing breastfeeding, infant sleep and cry-fuss behaviour can be extremely difficult.
There are many myths and misconceptions regarding the ‘fourth trimester’. Parents often hear advice that is outdated, contradictory and biased. This can result in confusion, anxiety and stress for parents and their families. Knowing what is ‘normal’ infant behaviour, and where to find appropriate help and support, is essential in getting through this difficult period.
What is Neuroprotective Developmental Care (NDC)?
NDC (formerly Possums) was developed by Australian GP Dr Pamela Douglas in 2011. Originally run from a clinic in Brisbane, and now increasingly available across Australia and the world, the NDC approach is an evidence based, scientifically valid approach covering breastfeeding, sleep and cry-fuss behaviours, and represents a paradigm shift to much of the current mainstream newborn parenting advice. It is family focussed, aiming to empower parents with the extra knowledge and confidence to care for their newborn in line with their own values and goals. There is a focus on flexibility, experimentation and workability. Possums aims to de-medicalise sleep and cry-fuss concerns, and promotes responsive care-giving.
The Gestalt Breastfeeding model encourages frequent, flexible on-demand feeding. It aims to empower mothers with the knowledge and techniques to establish pain-free enjoyable breastfeeding.
The NDC Sleep Program is a flexible, evidence-based approach to infant sleep that works with the evolutionary and biological basis of sleep, rather than against it. It encourages experimentation and responsiveness.
Perinatal Mental Health
The early newborn period can be particularly challenging, and it is common and normal to have unpleasant or painful feelings. The NDC Approach utilises Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) strategies to help maintain maternal mood.
PREPARING FOR BUB CONSULTS
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A 'Preparing for Bub' consult is a 60min face-to-face appointment during the third trimester. We encourage expectant mothers to bring along their partners.
In the lead up to a baby, there can be a focus on the delivery. Often parents-to-be give little consideration into what comes after - how they will navigate the early weeks and months of parenthood. When the baby is born, parents can feel bewildered at all the conflicting advice thrown their way.
An antenatal consult allows us to explore your values and goals surrounding some of the hurdles that may come - with feeding, sleep, changing relationship dynamics and altered identity. Education regarding what is 'normal' infant behaviour, addressing expectations, and being forearmed with knowledge regarding infant care can help as parents enter what can be a very challenging period.
A 'Parent and Bub' consult is a 60min face to face appointment (booked as 30min for mum, 30min for baby) which allows a holistic, comprehensive and thorough assessment of concerns specific to the Parent/Baby pair, particularly breastfeeding, sleep, cry-fuss
behaviours, and parental mental health.
Particular concerns may include (but are not limited to):
Infant feeding issues
Maternal feeding issues
Infant weight concerns
Infant sleep concerns (note NDC is not ‘sleep training’)
Parental mental health
Relationship adjustments to parenthood
Parent and Bub consults are separate to your baby’s routine vaccinations and mum’s 6 week postnatal visit.
From an early age, Dr Hayley Glasson cared for mums and bubs of the animal variety on her family's property outside of Orange. She later developed a passion for medicine, and to that end completed a medical degree with 2.1 Honours through UNSW in 2008.
Dr Hayley fell in love with General Practice, and in particular Women and Children's Health. She completed a Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (DRANZCOG) whilst working at St George Hospital, and a Diploma of Childhood Health (DCH) through the University of Sydney. She became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of GPs (FRACGP) in 2014, having gained experience in general practices in the Northern Rivers and Sydney regions.
The Illawarra was always close to Dr Hayley's heart, having had many childhood family holidays to visit her grandparents in Kiama Downs. After making the coastal change from Sydney's Inner West in 2015, Dr Hayley initially practiced in Kiama, seeing many patients through the Antenatal Shared Care Program at Wollongong Hospital. She joined the Bulli Medical Practice team in 2020.
Dr Hayley has two younger daughters, and is loving raising them with her husband in the stunning Northern Illawarra. She introduced Possums/NDC early in her parenting journey, and is beyond excited to share the approach with other new parents.
Bulli Medical Practice & Amelie Private are privately billing services.
It is the policy of the practices that all payments are made on the day via EFTPOS.