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Support for parents

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Having a baby can be both exciting and overwhelming. Friends and family can offer a lot of advice, but most new parents will also need some outside support. Here are some trusted links to help you navigate the many services in Australia available to you.

How to find trusted advice

There is a lot of advice available for new parents. Often, well-meaning family and friends will tell you that what you’re feeling is normal. But you know if you need help.

If you don’t know what to do or you just don’t feel right, you should seek support. There is no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed.

Parents who often need extra support include very young parents, first-time parents, single parents, or parents whose families are far away. There are plenty of places where you can find advice, support and companionship in these circumstances.

The internet is a good place to find information. However, make sure you only follow advice that is based on evidence or expert opinion and is written by a credible organisation (like a university, government department or health institution). Advice on the internet is no substitute for advice from a healthcare professional.

Some trusted sources you can go to for advice and support include:

  • Your GP or healthcare provider.
  • Your local maternal and child health clinic: The services clinics provide vary from state to state, but they will generally offer free check-ups, specialist services and support. Your GP, library or state health department will advise you on how to find your local clinic.
  • A mothers’ group: You may be assigned to a mothers' group by your hospital, through your antenatal classes or by the maternal and child health clinic. Or you can find a local support group through the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

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Last reviewed: August 2019


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