He tends his flock like a shepherd.
He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart;
He gently leads those that have young. Isaiah 40:11
Wendy was 9 years old when she told her mother that she was going to be a nurse – and that’s exactly what she did as soon as she left school!
The moment Wendy started her midwifery training she knew at a deep and profound level that she had discovered her passion and purpose in life.
Working with babies!
Wendy was so drawn to babies that she went on to complete her studies in Neonatal nursing. Now specialising in newborn and infant feeding in the Albury/Wodonga area.
“Helping tiny premature babies, and babies who have difficulties at birth, and watching them grow and recover, has been enormously rewarding” Wendy Pratt
I was so drawn to babies that I went on to complete my studies in Neonatal nursing. Nursing tiny little premature babies, and babies who have difficulties at birth, and watching them grow and recover, is enormously rewarding.
I was in my late 30’s and early 40’s when I was blessed with children of my own. As far as I was concerned I was going to breeze through this motherhood thing! After all, how much more “qualified” could one be… right?
Wrong! I fell flat on my face!
This was no longer me looking after a baby and being able to go off duty at the end of the day! This was my baby, I was now the parent and I felt like I had no clue what to do! The adjustment was so profound that I developed a whole new respect for the need for information and guidance by a professional consultant during this life-changing time.
I put together all the information that seemed important and started running antenatal classes in Johannesburg, South Africa, where we were living at the time. I loved focusing on the time after the birth – from breastfeeding to bathing babies to helping parents have realistic expectations around Infant sleep. My practice flourished with mums needing support. I became a one-stop-shop where parents could learn how to prepare for the birth of their baby, seek advice on feeding, sleep issues, and even have their babies immunized.
There were mums groups, baby massage classes, and even baby gym sessions. This lead to further studies and in 2009 where I qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
In 2012 I was appointed to run the new outpatient breastfeeding clinic at Wodonga Hospital. I have been privileged to walk alongside hundreds of families as they face the task of feeding their new little babies.