Having a baby can mean extra costs as well as changes to your income and lifestyle.
Budgeting in advance can help you be better prepared for:
You usually do not get paid superannuation while you take time off work to care for a baby. This can affect your superannuation total when it comes time to retire.
Before having a baby, you may want to think about:
You can get professional financial help for your individual situation at:
You can make a pre-claim for some income support payments up to 3 months before your due date. This can save you time after your baby is born.
You can find out more about the different types of financial help available in Section 4: Getting financial support.
Your ability to get pregnant can be affected by your or your partner's:
It’s quite common that people trying to have a baby do not get pregnant straight away. There can be many causes for this.
You may want to see your doctor if:
Your doctor can recommend a range of tests to find out the reason you have not become pregnant.
It may be a challenging time for you, your partner and your relationship. It can help to talk to someone, including:
You can also get support at:
If you’ve been unsuccessful in getting pregnant, your doctor may suggest using assisted reproductive treatment. The most common type is IVF.
Dự đoán xổ sốThe NSW Government is making IVF services across NSW more affordable by offering:
Learn more about having a baby and what to expect in pregnancy with:
Dự đoán xổ sốWhat you put into your body before, during and after pregnancy can affect your baby’s health and development.
Eating a healthy diet during pregnancy will help your baby get all the nutrients they need. Some foods should be avoided when pregnant, as they can make you ill and potentially harm your baby.
Dự đoán xổ sốBeing underweight, overweight or gaining weight too quickly during pregnancy can increase the risk of health problems for you and your baby.
Dự đoán xổ sốThe can help you work out what your healthy weight gain range is during pregnancy
A healthy lifestyle can also help reduce your risk of developing a pregnancy related health problem.
You can find information and support to adopt a healthier lifestyle at:
There are some nutrients that you need more of during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about any vitamin supplements you may need.
Dự đoán xổ sốAs well as a healthy diet, your doctor may recommend taking:
Dự đoán xổ sốFor some, pregnancy can lead to dental problems like gum disease and tooth decay.
Poor dental health can affect your pregnancy and increase the risk of your child developing tooth decay.
Having good oral hygiene reduces the chance of dental problems during pregnancy. TDự đoán xổ sốhis includes:
See your dentist before or soon after you become pregnant. It's safe to have dental treatment, but tell your dentist you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
Contact your doctor or midwife immediately if you think your baby has stopped moving, or is moving differently or less often than usual
A stillbirth is when an unborn baby shows no signs of life. You can reduce the risk of stillbirth by:
It's normal to experience some anxiety and for your emotions to go up and down when expecting a baby.
For some people, these feelings can start to affect their daily life. This is known as antenatal anxiety or antenatal depression.
is available from eligible GPs and other health professionals on referral from a GP.
You can claim Medicare rebates for up to 3 counselling services if you've been pregnant in the last 12 months.
You can also get information and support at:
Dự đoán xổ sốBook in around 20 weeks and aim to finish the course by 36 weeks, or earlier if you're expecting more than one baby
Dự đoán xổ sốAntenatal classes help you and your partner know what to expect during labour and after your baby is born, including:
Dự đoán xổ sốIt’s also a chance to meet other expectant parents and share your experiences.
You can find antenatal classes through your hospital, birth centre or online. The cost of classes will depend on where you live and who is running the class.
Your pregnancy and birth care options will depend on:
You will usually have a choice of GP, midwife, obstetrician, or combination of these. When making your decision, it can help to talk to your:
will show if your baby is at risk of a health condition.
If a screening test shows a higher than normal risk, you'll be offered diagnostic testing to properly diagnose the condition. Diagnostic testing can be invasive and carries a small risk of complications.
It’s your decision whether you take any screening or diagnostic tests.
Antenatal care is the check-ups and tests you'll need during your pregnancy. It's important to attend antenatal appointments even if you’re feeling well, so that:
The provides culturally safe antenatal and postnatal care by a midwife and Aboriginal health worker. You can access this service while you're pregnant and after your baby is born.
Medicare can cover all or part of the health care costs of having a baby, including:
Dự đoán xổ sốIf your policy does not already cover pregnancy, you may have to serve waiting periods. Check with your private health insurer before, or as soon as you know, you're pregnant.
Dự đoán xổ sốIf you choose to give birth as a public patient, Medicare will cover the cost of:
If you have private health insurance, you can choose:
If you decide to give birth as a private patient, there are usually out of pocket expenses that insurance won’t cover. Talk to your private health insurer to find out how much your policy will cover.
Keeping your vaccinations up to date can help protect you and your baby against illnesses that are easily spread, including:
There are some vaccinations that you should avoid during pregnancy, including rubella and chickenpox.
Many medications are safe to take while pregnant. However, some may affect your baby’s growth and development.
During your pregnancy, it’s important to talk to your doctor:
You can call on 1800 647 848Dự đoán xổ số to talk about any concerns you have about your baby’s exposure to medications and drugs during pregnancy.
Talk to your doctor or midwife immediately if you’re having any health problems during pregnancy that concern you
Some women develop complications during pregnancy. It’s important to be aware of the symptoms that may indicate a more serious condition. Complications can include:
Call Emergency Triple Zero on 000 if you or your children are in immediate danger
Dự đoán xổ sốFamily or domestic violence can start or increase during pregnancy, including:
Call the Domestic Violence helpline on 1800 656 463 for free telephone crisis counselling and referral services. You can also visit the website for more information.
Learn more about the emergency accommodation options available if you need to leave your home.
Dự đoán xổ sốYou can also find more resources and support services in Section 8: Getting parenting, emotional and legal support.
Not everybody plans to get pregnant.
If you’re pregnant and not sure what to do, it’s important to know your options and where to get help.
You can call the NSW Pregnancy Options Helpline on 1800 131 231Dự đoán xổ số to speak to a health professional. They offer 24-hour free, confidential and unbiased information on your pregnancy options.
If you're considering adoption or foster care for your child, you can find out more at the , or call on 02 9716 3003.
The amount of time it takes to give birth will be different for each pregnancy.
It may hard to tell if labour has started. If you’re unsure, contact your doctor or midwife.
Not all births go as planned. Complications during labour can include:
Dự đoán xổ sốPremature babies may not be fully developed and can need help breathing, feeding and keeping warm.
If your baby is likely to be delivered early, you may be admitted or transferred to a hospital that has special facilities for premature babies known as a neonatal unit.
Dự đoán xổ sốCommon reasons that babies are born prematurely include when you:
Dự đoán xổ sốPregnancy usually lasts 40 weeks. Most women will go into labour within a week before or after this date.
Dự đoán xổ sốIf your labour doesn't start naturally, your midwife or doctor may suggest inducing labour.
Dự đoán xổ sốYou can learn more about at NSW Health. It's available in English and 11 other languages.
For a miscarriage before 20 weeks of pregnancy, you can apply for a recognition of early pregnancy loss certificate at the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
Dự đoán xổ sốThe birth of a baby has to be registered if the loss was after 20 weeks of pregnancy or weighing more than 400 grams at birth.
The records will show the baby as stillborn, so the death does not need to be registered.
If a baby died soon after being born, both the birth and the death has to be registered.
The loss of a baby at any time during pregnancy or after the birth can be a difficult time for parents and those close to them.
Everybody grieves differently, and there is no right or wrong way to feel.
There are organisations that support families affected by miscarriage, stillbirth or the loss of a child, including:
You can reduce or cancel any unpaid parental leave if your baby was stillborn or died after birth. This needs to be done in writing.
If leave is cancelled after it’s started:
You cannot take unpaid parental leave if the leave is cancelled before it starts. In this situation, you may be able to take:
In most cases, you’ll still be able to get either or if:
You may be able to get a one-off if:
Call on 1300 1300 52 for a free telephone counselling and support service for parents and carers
You can also call healthdirect on 1800 022 222 for 24-hour non-urgent health advice from registered nurses
After having a baby, you’ll need to:
Most new parents will also want to:
Physical recovery after birth takes time. It can take even longer to recover if you’ve had a caesarean.
It’s important to:
The on 1300 806 258 offers free telephone health coaching to help you reach your healthy lifestyle goals after pregnancy.
As well as the physical, there can be other changes after you’ve had a baby. This can include:
Dự đoán xổ sốIt’s important to get a diagnosis and treatment if you think you have postpartum depression. You can talk to your doctor, midwife, local mental health service or community health service.
It’s common to go through a period of adjustment after having a baby. Your hormones are changing, and you may feel more emotional and anxious than normal.
This is known as the baby blues. For most people, this is temporary.
If the baby blues lasts longer than 2 weeks, it can be a sign of postpartum depression. It can affect either parent.
Postpartum depression can be treated in different ways, including:
is available from eligible GPs and other health professionals on referral from a GP.
You can claim Medicare rebates for up to 3 counselling services if you've been pregnant in the last 12 months.
Dự đoán xổ sốNew parents with postpartum depression can also get help and support at:
Once your baby is born, you’ll have to complete some paperwork, including:
You may also want to:
If you had your baby in hospital, you’ll be given a form to register the birth. You can also register the birth online.
Registering the birth:
You won’t automatically get a birth certificate when you register the birth of your baby. You’ll have to buy one. You can apply for a birth certificate once the registration is complete.
You’ll need a birth certificate to:
You’ll need to provide proof of your baby’s birth to:
Dự đoán xổ sốYou can do this by filling out the newborn child declaration that's included in the parent pack you get from your hospital or midwife.
Completing the newborn child declaration form will also:
Dự đoán xổ sốIf you're applying for an income support payment or have completed a pre-claim form, your baby will be enrolled in Medicare as part of that process.
If not, you'll have to provide proof of birth to enrol your baby in Medicare.
Dự đoán xổ sốYou can do this by completing the newborn child declaration form you received in the parent pack from the hospital or midwife. This will also:
If you have private health insurance, contact your health insurance company to add your baby to your policy.
If you don’t and you earn above the family income threshold, you may be charged the Medicare Levy Surcharge at tax time.
If you're a visa holder or visa applicant, let the Department of Home Affairs know that you've had a baby.
They'll confirm whether your baby needs a visa of if they're an Australian citizen.
It’s common to think about the future when you have a baby. This can include:
Dự đoán xổ sốTalk to your health practitioner if you do not speak English as a first language or you're deaf. They can organise for a free, confidential and professional interpreter when you need to use a public health service.
Dự đoán xổ sốAll parents who live in NSW will get the . This is a bag filled with baby products and information to support the health, development and wellbeing of your baby.
Dự đoán xổ sốYou’ll receive the baby bundle when you’re discharged from hospital. If your baby was not born in a hospital, you can request a baby bundle when you register their birth.
In NSW, the free you get when your baby is born is known as the blue book. It’s also available online in English and 18 other languages.
Dự đoán xổ sốThis is your child’s main health record from when they are born until they start school. You should take the blue book with you to any health checks or medical appointments.
See your local doctor if your child is sick, injured, or if you have any concerns about their wellbeing.
You can also call healthdirect on 1800 022 222 for 24-hour non-urgent health advice from registered nurses.
It’s important for your child to attend regular health checks. This can be done by your doctor or a child and family health nurse.
In the first year, your baby’s health and development is usually checked at:
Dự đoán xổ sốChild and family health centres offer parents and carers in NSW free access to:
The Building Strong Foundations service is provided by teams of Aboriginal health workers and child and family health nurses to:
Dự đoán xổ sốTalk to your doctor or child and family health nurse if you’re concerned about your baby’s growth and development
Development refers to how your child:
Every child develops at their own rate. Not every child will reach a development milestone at the same age.
However, it’s important to be aware of key milestones and keep track of your own child’s development. There are many websites and apps to help you do this, including:
Dự đoán xổ số is a free and easy to use app that lets you keep track of your child’s vaccinations and set up calendar reminders
In your baby's first year, the NSW Immunisation Schedule recommends a range of vaccinations to protect your child from serious preventable diseases at:
Dự đoán xổ sốYou can get vaccinations at:
If your baby is not up to date on their vaccinations, talk to your doctor about developing a catch-up schedule so they can be protected as soon as possible.
Dự đoán xổ sốWhile behind on their vaccinations, the following income support payments may be affected:
Dự đoán xổ sốChildren can only be enrolled in an early childhood education and care service if they:
The is a partnership between NSW Health and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. It organises donated breastmilk for mothers of premature babies who cannot produce enough breastmilk for their baby.
When feeding your baby, you have the choice of:
Breastfeeding has many benefits, as it:
Breastfeeding is not always easy. Common issues you may experience include:
You can bottle feed your baby with:
Baby infant formula is the only safe alternative to breastmilk. It has all the nutrients your baby needs for healthy growth and development.
When using baby bottles, it’s important to know how to:
You can get breastfeeding information and support from:
It is normal for those unable to breastfeed to feel regret and a sense of loss. In this situation, it can help to talk to:
Most babies need help learning how to go to sleep. This is called settling. It can help to try different techniques to learn what works best for you and your baby.
You baby’s sleep routine will change as they reach different stages of development and can be affected by:
If your baby isn’t settling, you can get information and support at:
Sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) is a term used to describe when a baby dies suddenly and unexpectedly.
Most unexpected deaths happen at night while sleeping. This is usually from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and fatal sleep accidents.
You can reduce the risk of SUDI by removing known risk factors and creating a safe sleeping environment. This includes:
If you’re travelling with your baby in a car, you must by law use a correctly fitted and properly fastened child restraint that meets Australian and New Zealand safety standards.
Babies under 6 months need to use a rearward facing child restraint with an inbuilt harness.
You can find information about children and car and road safety at .
It’s free to travel on public transport with:
It can help to check before you travel to see which stations, stops and wharfs:
Dự đoán xổ sốServices Australia offers if you want to access their financial support, including:
If eligible, you can get help with the cost of having and raising a baby, including:
Report any changes to your or your partner's income if you’re getting an income support payment
There are different types of income support payments available to help parents and non parent carers with the cost of raising a baby.
Dự đoán xổ sốYour eligibility for each will depend on your situation. Types of payments include:
Dự đoán xổ sốYou’ll need to add your child to your private health insurance if you have not already done so. Otherwise, you may be charged the Medicare Levy Surcharge if you earn above the family income threshold.
If you or your family need to see a doctor or have tests regularly, you can end up paying a lot in medical expenses. There are several options for lowering those costs.
Medicare Safety Nets is a threshold amount for out of pocket medical expenses.
Once the threshold is reached, you automatically get higher Medicare benefits back for the cost of certain services.
Dự đoán xổ sốYou can register as a family for Medicare Safety Nets to combine your costs. This means you’re more likely to reach the threshold sooner.
You may be able to get a health care card or concession card to help lower the cost of health services and medicine.
Your eligibility will depend on your personal situation and if you get an income support payment.
Dự đoán xổ sốTypes of health care and concession cards include:
You may be able to get financial help from the government with the cost of approved early childhood education and care.
The Child Care Subsidy is paid directly to your early childhood education and care service to reduce the fees you pay.
The amount depends on:
You can still get paid the Child Care Subsidy if you’re charged for a day when your child does not attend. These are called absence days.
Dự đoán xổ sốYou can claim up to 42 absence days in a financial year. They can be for any reason and you do not need documentation. In some situations, you may be able to claim more than 42 days.
Your enrolment will be cancelled and you’ll stop getting the Child Care Subsidy if:
Dự đoán xổ sốThe child in your care will have to meet immunisation requirements to get this payment
The Additional Child Care Subsidy is an extra payment that helps some families with the cost of approved early childhood education and care.
To get this payment, you must be eligible for and claiming the Child Care Subsidy.
Dự đoán xổ sốYou will also need to meet extra criteria, depending on the type of Additional Child Care Subsidy you apply for:
Dự đoán xổ sốThere are allowances, discounts and rebates for those eligible families that help lower the cost of living, including:
Dự đoán xổ sốYou can also to check if you’re eligible for other types of rebates from the NSW Government.
Find out more about emergency accommodation options if you’re experiencing family or domestic violence, are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
You can get Rent Assistance if you pay rent and get certain income support payments, including:
You don’t need to submit a claim. You’ll automatically be assessed when you claim an eligible payment.
There are also several options for those on a low income who are looking to rent. This includes:
There can be long waiting lists, so it's important to apply as early as possible.
If you’re working while pregnant or after you’ve had your baby, there are many things to consider.
It’s important to:
You don’t have to legally tell your workplace by a certain time if you’re pregnantDự đoán xổ số, but think about letting them know earlier if you:
Dự đoán xổ sốIt's against the law for a workplace to discriminate against you if you’re pregnant, which means they cannot:
Your workplace is responsible for protecting you from any risks at work while pregnant.
Potential risks can include:
Dự đoán xổ sốA risk assessment may need to be done:
Dự đoán xổ sốIf it’s not safe for you to do your normal job while pregnant, your workplace has to offer you a safe job at the same pay rate and number of working hours as your normal job.
Dự đoán xổ sốIf there’s no safe job available, you may be able to take either paid or unpaid no safe job leave.
You can take your normal leave entitlements during pregnancy. You may also be able to get other types of leave before and after your baby is born, including:
If you take leave once your baby is born, you may be able to get Parental Leave Pay from the government.
Learn more about this and other types of income support payments in Section 4: Getting financial support.
Report any changes to your or your partner's income if you receive an income support payment
Dự đoán xổ sốIf you’ve taken time off to care for your baby, going back to work can be an adjustment for the whole family.
Finding the right balance between your work commitments and new family responsibilities may take some time.
Planning your return to work in advance with both your manager and your family can help make it easier. You’ll want to think about:
It’s against the law for your workplace to treat you less favourably because of your family responsibilities.
If you’ve been on unpaid parental leave, you have a right to return to the job you had before going on leave, even if someone is working in that job as a replacement.
Dự đoán xổ sốIf there were changes made to your job because of your pregnancy before you went on leave, you have the right to return to the job you had before the change. This includes if:
If you’re on a fixed term contract, your work doesn’t have to extend the fixed term because you’ve taken leave. If your fixed term ends while you’re on parental leave, you may not be able to return to that job.
Dự đoán xổ sốIf you're breastfeeding, you have a legal right to breastfeed or express and store breast milk at work. It may be discrimination if your work doesn’t provide suitable facilities for you to do this.
If your job has changed or no longer exists, your work needs to offer you a job that’s similar in pay and status. If this isn’t possible, you may be entitled to a redundancy. Learn more about your rights if you lose your job.
You have the right to request a flexible work arrangement if you’re a parent or are responsible for the care of a child.Dự đoán xổ số This can include:
A request for flexible work arrangements needs to be made in writing.
Your workplace will approve or refuse your request in writing within 21 days. A request for flexible work arrangements can only be refused on reasonable business grounds. Any reasons for refusing a request must be included in the response.
Dự đoán xổ sốIf you disagree with the decision, you can if your workplace has agreed to it. This agreement is usually found in an employment contract, enterprise agreement or other written agreement.
It’s against the law for your workplace to take any adverse action against you for requesting a flexible work arrangement or for contacting the Fair Work Commission.
You have the option of taking Flexible Paid Parental Leave if your baby was born on or after 1 July 2020. If this applies, you can choose to:
Dự đoán xổ sốYou'll need to notify Services Australia if you’re getting Parental Leave Pay and go back to work before the end of your paid parental leave period.
You’re considered to have returned to work if you do either paid work or more than 10 keeping in touch days.
A keeping in touch day is a day or part day that you go into work while on parental leave to stay connected to your workplace or help you transition back to work. This includes attending:
Dự đoán xổ sốIf you return to work early, you can .
You can take time off work if:
This is often called sick leave or carer’s leave.
Full and part time workers can take paid personal leave. The amount of paid leave is based on the number of hours ordinarily worked in a year.
Dự đoán xổ sốAll workers can take 2 days of unpaid personal leave on each occasion.
After returning to work after having time off, it’s common to want to learn new skills to help you in your current job.
Or you may not return to your job after having time off if:
There are courses and training programs available if you want to upskill or retrain. Some are free or offer discounts on course fees.
Dự đoán xổ sốYou may need additional support when pregnant or returning to work after taking leave to have your baby.
Most workplaces offer resources to help. This can include:
If you have an issue at work that you cannot resolve directly with your employer, you can find information and support at:
Start thinking about early childhood education and care at least 12 months before you need it, as many services have long waiting lists
Dự đoán xổ sốEarly childhood education and care is any service that cares for children before primary school. This includes day care and child care.
Dự đoán xổ sốChoosing an early childhood education and care service is an important decision. It can help your child:
Dự đoán xổ sốUnderstanding the range of early childhood education and care options can help you choose the right service for your family.
Common types of services include:
Playgroups are regular social gatherings where:
The type of early childhood education and care service you choose will depend on:
Dự đoán xổ sốThe National Quality Standard assesses all early childhood education and child care services against 7 quality areas:
Dự đoán xổ sốVisiting an early childhood education and care service will help you decide if it's right for your child. You’ll be able to see:
Most services let you drop in at any time but consider making an appointment in advance. That way you know a staff member will be available to show you around and answer your questions.
Dự đoán xổ sốYou can at CareforKids.com.au.
The cost of early childhood education and care will depend on:
You’ll need to check with each service if they:
You may be able to get financial help with the cost of early childhood education and care. You can learn more about the Child Care Subsidy and the Additional Child Care Subsidy in Section 4: Getting financial support.
Depending on the service, you may need to:
Dự đoán xổ sốYour child will also need to meet immunisation requirements.
Dự đoán xổ sốYou'll have to put your child’s name on a wait list if there are no spots available. It can help to enrol all your children at the same service, as most will give priority to siblings.
You can put your child on the wait list at more than one service at once. Consider doing this if your child needs be enrolled by a particular age or time.
Most early childhood education and care services charge a wait list fee. The exact amount will vary between services.
If you have to pay a wait list fee, make sure you know the terms and conditions, including if the fee is refundable if:
You may have to pay a bond when you enrol your child, depending on the service. You'll get the bond back when your child leaves the service, if you’ve given the proper notice and your fees are up to date.
How you apply for and enrol your child in an early childhood education and care service will depend on:
Generally, you’ll usually have to:
Once you’ve enrolled your child, you’ll have to confirm the enrolment through your Centrelink account if you’re claiming the Child Care Subsidy or Additional Child Care Subsidy.
Contact the early childhood education and care service directly to find out more about their specific enrolment process.
Dự đoán xổ sốChildren can only be enrolled in early childhood education and care if they:
Dự đoán xổ sốIf you’re unsure if your child is up to date with their vaccinations, you can from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). Your child will be on the AIR if they’re enrolled in Medicare.
You can call on 1300 1300 52 for information, help accessing services, and support and counselling to help you understand and manage your child’s diagnosis
As well as the usual parenting challenges, parents and carers who have a child with disability or additional needs will also want to consider:
A disability diagnosis can take time. Get help as early as possible if you have concerns about your child’s development.
Dự đoán xổ sốAn early diagnosis can lead to better outcomes for your child. It also means you can start to get the support and services your child needs.
It’s important to:
Dự đoán xổ sốChildren under 7 don’t need a diagnosis to get support from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
Your child is eligible for the NDIS early childhood early intervention approach if they have a:
You can directly, or you might be referred by your:
Dự đoán xổ sốYou’ll meet with an NDIS early childhood partner who can:
Dự đoán xổ sốIf your child needs longer term support, you can request NDIS access.
Dự đoán xổ sốYou may be able to get In Home Care if you have a child with disability. You also have the option of enrolling your child in any early childhood education and care service.
Dự đoán xổ sốThe In Home Care program offers flexible care provided in your home by a government approved carer.
You may be eligible if your child has a chronic illness or disability and standard early childhood education and care services are not available or suitable.
Dự đoán xổ sốThe cost of In Home Care will depend on:
You may still be able to get In Home Care if your child already gets support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NSW In Home Care Support Agency will assess if your child is eligible and match you with a service provider.
Children with disability can enrol at any early childhood education and child care service.
Dự đoán xổ sốWhen choosing a service, think about whether you want a generalised care or specialised education program.
It’s important to be clear about your child’s needs and abilities with the service as early as possible. When making your choice, think about:
Dự đoán xổ sốDepending on your situation, there are several payments you may be able to get if you care for a baby with disability or a medical condition. This includes:
You may also be eligible for other types of financial support. See Section 4: Getting financial support for more details.
Dự đoán xổ sốIf you're raising a child with disability, your doctor or midwife can put you in touch with a support group in your local area.
Dự đoán xổ sốYou can also find information and support at:
There are resources and support services available to help expectant and new parents cope with the practical and emotional challenges of having and raising a baby.
There are many government and non-government organisations that can offer parenting information, advice and support.
It’s common to feel a range of different emotions when pregnant or dealing with the challenges of having a baby, including:
Dự đoán xổ sốIt’s important to get support if those feelings don’t go away on their own.
You can find at Beyond Blue. You can also call their helpline on 1300 22 46 36Dự đoán xổ số for 24-hour support.
You can get more information and support at:
Having a baby can put pressure on your relationship with your partner and family. You can find information, resources and services at:
You can find information, advice and support for families affected by miscarriage, stillbirth or the loss of a child at:
Joining a group is a useful way to build a support network of people who are going through a similar experience. There are different types of groups, including:
These can be face to face or online groups. You can find a local group through your:
Dự đoán xổ sốYou’ll usually be assigned a mothers’ group by your hospital, antenatal class or child and family health clinic.
If you’re not assigned a group, you can find out about local support groups through the Australian Breastfeeding Association.
Dự đoán xổ sốIt’s important that new dads get support and the chance to meet other new dads.
Dự đoán xổ sốYou can find information on dads’ groups at your hospital, child and family health clinic, community centre or online.
Dự đoán xổ sốThe not-for-profit organisation Dads Group host over 70 dads’ groups Australia-wide. If there isn’t already a group in your local area, they can help you start one.
Due to COVID-19, they are currently running online groups.
Playgroups are regular social gatherings where:
A short course or program can help new parents build parenting skills, strengthen family relationships and increase confidence.
Depending on your situation, programs include:
There are also programs you may be able to access with an eligibility assessment or referral from a GP or child and family health nurse, including:
You can find information, counselling, referrals and support services if you're experiencing family or domestic violence.
Dự đoán xổ sốThere's also information on where you can get help with finding somewhere safe to stay.