Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! I understand that babies and toddlers need their mum, so you are more than welcome to bring them.
Baby groups: If you have a boisterous toddler, and you have someone to take care of them while you attend, you may wish to choose this option so you can concentrate on the discussions. But if you have no option for child care, please bring them and you and your child will be most welcome. If you would like to bring an older child, please bring quiet toys or activities for them to do, along with any food they will need.
Toddler group: If you also have a baby under the age of two years old, please feel free to bring them along and keep them with you in the mothers group, while your toddler attends the French playgroup.
The Mama Village mothers' groups are held at the Coorparoo School of Arts and RSL Memorial Hall at 210 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo. Please enter via the ramp on the side of the building on Halstead Street.
There is a small car park behind the building off Halstead Street (where you can see the dirt patch in the rear of the white building) and after 9am there is a range of on-street parking. Please note: if you arrive before 9am, there are a number of 15 minute parking zones. I will have the gates of the car park open from 9am. There are bus stops on Cavendish Road nearby.
Costs for the various services vary, so please check the relevant services pages for information on fees. Please refer directly to the specific mothers group you are interested in joining, as fees for each mothers group type may also vary.
You may wish to book a Mama Village mothers group upfront via the website for the entire term. Otherwise, you are welcome to attend for a free trial at any time during the term, and if you wish to commit to the remainder of the term, the fees will be adjusted accordingly. Payment can be made via credit card at the time of attending the free trial. Payment plans are available on application.
Circle of Security Parenting programs must be paid in full at the time of booking (unless otherwise negotiated with Making Mama). The cost of this service is $400 per person.
Individual counselling sessions are $120 per hour.
Once the mothers' groups have commenced no refunds will be granted if you are unable to attend due to illness of yourself or child, or if you are going away. Third party services and catering is paid for by Making Mama in advance of each session.
The investment for a Mama Village mothers group is for the whole term. The full cost of a term for the Mama Village mothers' group will only be refunded with at least two weeks notice of cancellation prior to the commencement of the term. Once the mothers' groups have commenced no refunds will be granted if you are unable to attend due to illness of yourself or child, or if you are going away. Third party services and catering is paid for by Making Mama in advance of each session.
In some unforeseeable circumstances Karen O’Mara may need to cancel a Mama Village mothers’ group due to illness. If this occurs more than once in a term, you may be entitled to a credit towards a future term booking.
Each week tea and coffee will be provided, along with a sweet treat. It is the responsibility of each attendee to advise Making Mama of any food intolerances or allergies before attending if you would like morning tea to meet your dietary requirements.
You are more than welcome to bring along any food or drink that you may wish as well.
Morning tea is only provided by Making Mama for mothers. Mothers are responsible for bringing along suitable food for babies and toddlers.
Due to the nature of the flexibility around the Mama Village mothers' groups (eg mums can join at any time during each term), the numbers each week will vary. To assist mums to feel comfortable discussing personal and emotional content, I will continually assess the numbers in attendance and will put a limit on the group if deemed appropriate. It is anticipated that the maximum number of mums would be 15 in one session.
The Mama Village mothers' groups are held at the Coorparoo School of Arts and RSL Memorial Hall – 210 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo – on the corner of Halstead Street, located behind Coorparoo State School.
The hall has a ramp on the side of the building on Halstead Street for easy access with a pram. The hall has timber flooring, ceiling fans (no air con), chairs for seating.
A change table is available and there are toilets on site.
There is plenty of room for movement throughout the sessions if mums wish to move around, have prams located next to them, etc.
The Mama Village mothers' groups start with an introduction of myself, including housekeeping issues, and then an introduction of each mum. We then hold a relaxed, informal discussion on the parenting theme. All mums will have the opportunity to participate if they wish, or to simply observe if that is your preference.
Bring a water bottle for yourself. Bring a blanket/rug for your baby/toddler to lay on or sit on. Anything else you need for your child - toys, food etc.
If you are also bringing a toddler or older child to a baby mothers group, please consider what else would be needed to keep your toddler busy - toys, colouring in, activities etc. The hall can be noisy when toddlers have loud toys, so please consider bringing quieter options.
It is preferable for you to find child care for your child/ren so that you can fully focus on the content of the course. However, we understand that breastfed babies need to be with their mums, so please feel free to bring your baby! Please contact us if you have any questions about this or get really stuck finding alternative options for your child/ren.
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