Obstetric Social Worker and Parent Educator
With an extensive background in obstetric social work, women and children’s health and the justice sector, Genevieve has moved towards specialising in parent education and mentoring and assisting parents with the passage into parenthood for the first time, or the with the added demands of a growing family. In addition, Genevieve has her own four children who have allowed her learn first hand the challenges of raising kids today.
Genevieve has a Bachelor of Social work (BSW) at UNSW and is a certified Circle of Security Facilitator.
“I am passionate about continuing my own education and am currently studying a graduate diploma in grief and bereavement as I believe that grief is a part of all of us, no one escapes grief and we are not great as a society at dealing with it. It is often a part of birth as well where women can be grieving the birth they didn’t get to have, the living grief of loosing your ‘old self’ and many, many other forms of grief”
In the past she has worked in Mental Health, Local Government, Community Health, a role as a Social Worker at Concord Hospital, and a role at Legal Aid NSW managing The Women’s Domestic Violence Court Assistance Program.
“The information overload starts in pregnancy and by the time I am seeing parents after they have had their baby they are often anxious and overwhelmed by differing opinions about how to breastfeed, wrap, get to sleep, and connect with their babies.”
Genevieve now works as an Obstetric Social Worker and Parent Educator at the Mater Hospital, where she runs the Transition from Hospital to Home Class and is lucky enough to meet with new parents each week and talk them through some ideas that can help them with a smooth transition from hospital with their first, second or third baby.
“While I was having my four children I became passionate about helping families and mums in the community who I feel are struggling with parenting due to a number of factors including an information overload and a lack of a village. This led me to study Circle of Security Parenting – initially as a parent myself, and later as a certified Circle of Security facilitator.”