BAPSS Information for General Practitioners
St Vincent’s Private Hospital is offering a multi-disciplinary, specialist inpatient service for families who require support and guidance with building skills and confidence in parenting. Our new service, the Baby and Parenting Support Service (BAPSS), is based on the latest evidence-based approach to attachment parenting as advocated by the Possums Clinic in Brisbane.
The BAPSS is delivered by trained St Vincent’s paediatric nurses in partnership with families. One-on-one education sessions are offered on topics such as sleep and settling, breastfeeding, crying, normal baby behaviour and building a secure attachment with your baby. Our expert dietician and occupational therapists will also provide sessions on mother and baby nutrition, feeding difficulties, and the importance of self-care and play.
Who can access the service?
Families with children aged from birth to 12 months are able to access the service.
How to refer?
1) The mother of the child is required to complete an Edinburgh Post Natal Depression Scale questionnaire with her GP.
The GP will return both completed forms - the EPND Assessment and the Patient Admission Health Assessment Form - to the following email address: Stgabriels@svha.org.au
The GP will also complete an initial assessment of the child before referring to a Paediatrician for further assessment. The referral to the paediatrician is to be in the child’s name.
2) The Paediatrician will assess the child and address any underlying medical issues before making the referral into the BAPSS (if applicable).
Once the referral is received by the Paediatric Unit, a staff member will make contact the family via phone within 48 hours to discuss a date for admission.
Stay in hospital
The program is delivered over three nights. An individual plan will be developed within the first 24hrs. This plan will be based on the goals set by the mother.
Mother and child will be cared for by experienced Paediatric nurses under the guidance and support of a Paediatrician.
While both parents are encouraged to be involved in the program where possible; only the baby’s primary carer is able to stay overnight.
Fees apply. It is strongly advised that the family contacts their insurer to check that their policy covers their child's admission into the Paediatric Unit.
For more information about fees, please telephone: 074690 4000 and ask to be transferred through to our Patient Accounts Department for the full cost of this service.
Listed below are links to organisations that provide help, counselling and further support:
PANDA’s National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline
1300 726 306 9am – 7.30pm Mon – Fri (AEST/AEDT)
Belmont Private Hospital in Brisbane is a private mental health service in Queensland with a dedicated service to treat perinatal mood disorders. Visit https://belmontprivate.com.au/specialties/perinatal-disorders
BAPSS Parent Information Flyer (PDF 714.4KB)