Welcoming Baby Spa Perth

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We are delighted to welcome Baby Spa Perth as a Supporter of Tiny Sparks WA.  They have very generously donated hydrotherapy and massage vouchers to be included in our care packages which are distributed to the smallest and sickest of WA's babies admitted to neonatal units.

 Chairperson Amber with Director Anita collecting the gift vouchers.

Chairperson Amber with Director Anita collecting the gift vouchers.

Anita, Director of Baby Spa Perth advises there are a range off benefits to babies, especially those born sick or preterm, once they are discharged from hospital.

HYDROTHERAPY BENEFITS 

The sensation of floating in warm water puts babies completely at ease and can promote a number of key benefits:

  • Muscular and skeletal strength is increased through the water’s gentle resistance.

  • Movement through the water has a positive effect on the digestive and circulatory systems, which can reduce meconium levels and lowers the risk of jaundice three or four days after birth.

  • Subtle water pressure on the chest can increase lung capacity by strengthening intercostal muscles and the respiratory system.

  • Regular visits can benefit the cardiovascular system.

  • Innate swimming reflexes are stimulated and co-ordination is developed as they learn to control their movements.

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MASSAGE BENEFITS FOR BABY

  • Promotion of parent-child bonding and secure attachment. This in turn facilitates their emotional and cognitive development (i.e. ability to learn)

  • Supports the stimulation of digestive and circulatory systems, reducing the discomfort of constipation and colic 

  • Relaxation - the combination of being in warm water along with massage promotes relaxation and supports the improvement of sleep patterns lead-ing to improved attention, working memory and emotional regulation in children

Lauren Catalano took her son Lenny regularly to Baby Spa Perth.  Here is what she has to say about the experience.

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Our first visit too Baby Spa Perth was the day after our second son Lenny was discharged from the NICU at King Edward. After being born at 24 weeks, I made it my mission as his mother too give him the best alternative therapies outside of the hospital once he was home to allow his body to heal and thrive.

Baby Spa Perth soon became a weekly ritual for Lenny and I, Lenny grew to love the water and instinctively relax as soon as the therapist would warm the oil between her hands. The benefits were clear after just the first visit, and then even more so after a few weeks. I have no doubt in my mind that Baby Spa Perth has contributed too Lennys amazing development and health.
THANKYOU Baby Spa Perth for your gentle and loving care that you gave too both Lenny and myself during our time at Baby Spa Perth.
I would highly recommend any mother too take their baby to Baby Spa Perth.
— Lauren Catalano

We are grateful to Anita and her team for their ongoing contribution towards our care package program.  The vouchers will provide parents with a safe place to take their baby for a relaxed bonding experience in their first few weeks after discharge.

Please consider sponsoring a care package, providing essential items and sending a personal message to a West Australian family in the neonatal unit.  They need our support!

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Social Impact

Late in 2017 we had the pleasure of working with some fabulous students from Curtin University on their project 'Just Causes'.  They were seeking out organisations who have made significant social impact for all manner of reasons.  We were honoured to be approached and can finally share their work with you.  We think it's awesome, but we might be a bit biased, see for yourself.

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Quiz Night 2018

We are really looking forward to our fourth annual Quiz Night once again being generously sponsored by the Stirling Adriatic Centre.  We would be delighted to have you along for an evening of trivia fun on Saturday May 19 at 7pm, Stirling Adriatic Centre, 78 Jones Street, Stirling.

Your attendance will help us raise much needed funds for the continuation of our programs in 2018 including Developmental Playgroup and our Neonatal Unit Care Package Program.  With approximately 4,000 babies admitted to neonatal units in WA each year, (that is about 11 babies everyday!) we need your help more than ever!

Tables of 8, or individual tickets can be purchased through Trybooking, by clicking the 'Buy Tickets' button.

You are welcome to BYO food to enjoy, but please no BYO drinks due to liquor licensing.  Drinks will be available at club prices from the bar throughout the evening.  Don't forget your gold coins to buy raffle tickets and partake in the fun side games.

We are currently seeking donations for table prizes, door prize and a raffle so we are keen to hear from any local businesses looking to get involved and help us make a difference.  Please contact Michelle on 0418 199 322 or e-mail admin@tinysparkswa.org.au to discuss.

Please share in your networks and help us make this our biggest Quiz Night yet!

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HBF Run for a Reason 2018

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Walking, running or wheeling the streets of Perth could not be more fun with friends!  For the 5th year in a row we are inviting you to join us in the 2018 HBF Run for a Reason on May 27.  Whilst you are welcome to take part in any of the events on offer, several Board members will be meeting to walk with the prams and walkers (the final wave) and you are very welcome to join them!

By joining our team you directly help the families that we support.  As a volunteer run organisation all fundraising monies are returned to the WA community through our extensive programs.  Setting up a fundraising page via Everyday Hero is a wonderful way to make a difference.  All registered fundraisers who raise in excess of $50 will receive a thank you pack containing a Tiny Sparks hat and drink bottle.

To join our team follow these instructions:

Visit their website https://www.hbfrun.com.au and click ENTER NOW.

Select I'M A PARTICIPANT and PART OF A TEAM.

Select CONTINUE.

Search for the team TINY SPARKS WA which has already been registered.

Complete all of the registration steps.

Pay the entry fee.

Click FINISH.

Hop over to Everyday Hero, link your fundraising page to our team page https://hbfrun2018.everydayhero.com/au/tiny-sparks-wa and start fundraising!

Most importantly make sure you ask your friends and family to join you on the day, or to make a donation to support your efforts.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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