“When I found out I was pregnant I was over the moon, then the Gympie floods happened,” says Teresa*, now a mum of two.
“We bought the house 6 months prior and worked out the roof didn’t seal properly which resulted in the house filling with water. By the time an insurance claim was put in, all our belongings and walls were coated with mould.”
The Lifehouse Pregnancy & Baby Help centre launched in May 2021 as a response to the practical and emotional needs of women and families experiencing distress with unplanned pregnancy, pregnancy circumstances, pregnancy loss and baby challenges.
“As my pregnancy went on, I was faced with complications leaving me with a high-risk status,” says Teresa. “At the time I lived in a caravan on my property with my husband and toddler. After fighting with insurance about our home, working full time, being a mum to a toddler and a wife, I was exhausted and not coping.
I went to hospital with suspected contractions at 20 weeks, turns out it was just stress. It was suggested I have a chat to Lifehouse.
Lifehouse opened their arms to us and have provided us with nothing but support and love. Lifehouse is a judgement-free safe space for all who just need a hand up during pregnancy and after birth.
They worked around what we needed and give what they can when they can. I wouldn’t be who I am without Lifehouse. The ladies just understand what life throws at us and offer support. I needed a village and Lifehouse is a part of my village.”
The Lifehouse Mums Program
Sometimes pregnancy and caring for a new baby can cause overwhelming stress and challenges. Lifehouse Pregnancy & Baby Help is a confidential, friendly place for women to share what’s happening, to get information and emotional and practical help.
The charity received a $14,000 Community Grant to run the Lifehouse Mums Program, which includes:
- Free quality maternity, birth and baby goods
- Weekly catch-ups with an experienced mum/personal mentor
- Thrive Classes online, on mobile or face to face. Videos and extra information on pregnancy, birth, parenting, baby care, self care, relationships, single parenting, and life lessons
- Optional counselling
- Optional birth partner
“I was pregnant with twin girls” – Cassie’s story
“I found out last year I was pregnant with twin girls. The thought of having twins at the age of 23 scared me so much,” says young mum Cassie*. “I was worried about where I would find support or even if there was any out there.
After reaching out to a few people I found Lifehouse. I met the beautiful ladies who run it. They actually came out to my house to meet me and the girls. They were very understanding that it would be hard for me to get anywhere with 3-week-old twins.
I have had so much support from Lifehouse since the pregnancy and having the girls.
I struggled financially for quite a while when the bubs came. But I was so reassured by the help of Lifehouse that me and the girls would be looked after.
No matter what it was they have helped me in so many ways including organising a beautiful cot for the girls.
I am grateful for them and everything they do for mums and mums-to-be.”
“So many difficulties to overcome” – Erica’s story
“Being mentored by a team member at Lifehouse coached me into a healthy, happy pregnancy,” says Erica*. “I felt supported and informed.
I had so many difficulties to overcome but with unbiased support, knowledge, respect and concern I was given the options, the info and consideration throughout my pregnancy.
The system in place at Lifehouse has assisted me financially, mentally, emotionally from finding medical support to helping feather the nest. Often a problem shared is a problem halved.
The doors open and you are welcomed at Lifehouse. There is no right and wrong. There are many ups and downs to do with pregnancy. It’s a relief there are such places as Lifehouse.
In my case, it was a lifesaver.”
About the Community Grants Program
Every year the Sisters of Charity Foundation provides grants of up to $15,000 to small not-for-profits across Australia, like Lifehouse Pregnancy & Baby Help, that use clever ways to fight disadvantage, loneliness, suffering and oppression.
Our grants have been used to support a wide range of people, including those facing poverty and disadvantage, people living with disabilities, at-risk youth, refugees and asylum seekers, First Nations people, those experiencing homelessness or domestic violence, elderly people, and those who have been incarcerated or affected by substance abuse and their families.
Learn more at Community Grants Program.
*Names have been changed for privacy reasons.
Explore by Topic
asylum seekers & refugees babies & children Community Care Community Grants COVID-19 disability domestic violence elderly employment assistance environment events First Nations food relief Gifts in Wills grief health care homelessness housing human trafficking legal support media mental health mentoring modern slavery news out-of-home care Providence House rural & regional scholarships substance abuse tax tips unemployment volunteering young people
How We Help
Each year we’re able to make a difference to thousands of people across the country with funds generously donated by compassionate Australians. We support initiatives that focus on benefiting the disadvantaged, marginalised and socially isolated people in our community.