Pregnancy Health

Planning for a Healthy Pregnancy

Factsheet on Planning for a Healthy Pregnancy including lifestyle, vitamin and mineral supplementation, medications, immunisations and blood tests and mental health.


Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond - our aim is simple, we passionately believe in providing you with the latest facts on pre-conception, postnatal, pregnancy, birth, water birth, home birth, vaginal birth after-caesarean, and breastfeeding care.


​Changes in Pregnancy

Key information from my colleague Kelly Walker - Midwife covering menstrual cycle, breast change, skin and hair, nose, teeth and gums, nutrition, weight gain and loss, nausea and constipation.


Pregnancy Week by Week
About pregnancy, and a breakdown of the trimesters


Foods to eat or avoid when pregnant

Handy guide to help make decisions about what to eat and what to avoid during pregnancy. It highlights some foods that are not recommended for pregnant women.

Food and Nutrition in Pregnancy
Pregnancy creates extra demands for certain nutrients, including iron, calcium, folate, iodine and many vitamins. Find out how of what much to eat, food safety and hygiene, and healthy eating suggestions.

Dads Guide to Pregnancy

Information for partners on reactions, emotions, 'Where do I fit in?' and more


Maternal Mental Health and Wellbeing

Information and resources to help you take care of yourself and get some extra support when you need it. After all, you are your baby’s most important asset! Caring for yourself is as important as caring for your baby. Mental Health Line  - 1300 224 636 


Alcohol & Drug Addiction Support in Pregnancy

Search the Alcohol and Drug Foundation's comprehensive list of Australian Help and Support Services or call your local hospital
 

I Can Quit

​Visit this Smoking Quitline NSW websites for resources and plans or call 'I Can Quit' on 137848

Aboriginal Pregnancy and Birthing

Birthing on Country Framework - Guiding Principles for Developing a Birthing on Country Service Model and Evaluation Framework Phase 1


Coronavirus, COVID-19 - How to support our mob and communities 

Read more here 

Local Network of Self-Care Services

Empowering Birth Journeys - Bec Fagan - Lismore 

Calmbirth - Australia’s most highly acclaimed and trusted childbirth education program. 


Pregnancy Massage - Baby Steps 2 Better Health

Massage during pregnancy can reduce neck, back and joint pain, decrease swelling in the hands and feet, alleviate calf cramps and assist in maintaining proper posture.


Pregnancy yoga, retreats, massage & acupuncture 
​“Nurture the Woman, Nurture the Community” 


Experienced Pregnancy and Newborn Practitioners

Chiropractic - Vesna Aleksic - The Health Hub - Lismore

Lotus Centre - Holistic Health and Wellbeing Centre - Lismore

Preparing for your Labour and Birth

Easier Birth with Foetal Positioning

Optimum baby positioning - use this site and videos to improve foetal position (breech, transverse, posterior) and birth. Reduce the chance of cesarean.

Placenta Information
Science and Art information about the placenta

Caring for New Mum and Baby

Australian Breastfeeding Association
National Breastfeeding Help line - 1800 686 268

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby
Supporting parents on the journey from pregnancy to preschool. Speak to a maternal child health nurse for personal advice and guidance and discover all about pregnancy, birth, being a parent and raising a child.


Safe Sleeping Tips 0 - 18 months

It’s natural to find yourself checking your sleeping newborn to make sure everything is OK. You can also take simple and effective safe sleeping steps to minimise the risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and fatal sleeping accidents.


Support for emotional health at every step

Online treatment for Perinatal depression and anxiety, online supports and mobile apps, and online support and resources for all new parents

Feeding Support


Australian Breastfeeding Association

Breastfeeding information - FAQs to most breastfeeding questions. Please remember that Information is general in nature, and if you have any specific questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call the Breastfeeding Helpline on 1800 mum 2 mum (1800 686 268) or your midwife


Mothersafe Factsheets on Breastfeeding

Information on diet and exercise, fever and pregnancy, emergency contraception, surgery, thrush and breastfeeding


Donor Milk Information - NZ

Information for parents including screening information flowchart, storage of donor milk and suggested guidelines on peer-to-peer human milk sharing.


Human Breastmilk Donor And Recipient Support Group Australia

Facebook support group - Australia-wide supporting the sharing and receiving of human breast milk.


Drinking Alcohol while Breastfeeding

Download free resource on on breastfeeding and alcohol consumption


Feedsafe Mobile App

The best advice, from Australia’s most trusted source of breastfeeding information, right in your pocket. Can I have an occasional drink while I'm breastfeeding? Should I 'pump and dump'? How does alcohol affect breastmilk? How long should I wait after having a drink, before breastfeeding?

Parenting

Raising Children

Australian parenting videos, articles and apps backed by Australian experts on pregnancy, newborns, toddlers, pre-schoolers, school-age, and teens


Parents of Gender-Diverse Children

Giving a voice to parents and those parenting transgender and gender diverse children. We know that parents who are well supported are better able to support their children; and that feeling connected, safe and included plays a vital part in creating strong and resilient families.

Podcasts

A Baby on the Way

This brilliant series by Australia Sally Cusack covers new ground and leads parents to new directions in their research as they transition to one of life's most profound experiences.

Fear Free Childbirth + Motherhood

Birth doesn’t have to be terrifying. It can be exciting and empowering. Birth doesn’t have to be painful. It can be euphoric and enjoyable. Birth doesn’t have to ruin your life and your body. It can be the best thing that ever happened to you. Birth is what you make it. Let me help you make it fabulous!


Australian Birth Stories

A podcast of stories of childbirth from Australia

Online Birth Videos

'Quit for You - Quit for Two' 

Offers you support and encouragement if you’re pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, and want to quit smoking.


'Pregnancy Pelvic Floor Plan' ​ 

Tips and exercises for looking after your pelvic floor, bladder and bowel during pregnancy and recently after having a baby.

Informative and Helpful Apps

Quit for You - Quit for Two

Offers you support and encouragement if you’re pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, and want to quit smoking.


Pregnancy Pelvic Floor Plan

Tips and exercises for looking after your pelvic floor, bladder and bowel during pregnancy and recently after having a baby.


Feedsafe

Get the right information, so you can make the best choice. Can I have an occasional drink while I'm breastfeeding? Should I 'pump and dump'? How does alcohol affect breastmilk? How long should I wait after having a drink, before breastfeeding?

24/7 Services, Mental Health and Extra Support

Head to Health

Focussing on helping finding the right digital mental health support and resources for you.


Mental Health Line NSW  or call 1800 011 511 - 24/7

​If you or someone you know needs help, the Mental Health Line offers: professional help and advice and referrals to local mental health services. 


Domestic Violence Crisis Line - or call 1800 65 64 63 - 24/7

Every person has the right to be safe and live free from violence.


Domestic Violence Hotlines

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence and need help or support,
please contact one of the support hotline numbers on this webpage.


Healthdirect Hotline  Put this in your phone now! 1800 022 222 

Call this number to speak to a registered nurse about your health concerns. The hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is an awesome resource for guidance & reassurance!

SANDS - Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Newborn Death Support
SANDS is a volunteer-based organisation providing inclusive and compassionate community where bereaved parents and their families can honour and remember their baby and connect with others who’ve had similar experiences.


​Womens Legal Services NSW - or call 1800 801 501

Women's Legal Service NSW (WLS NSW) is a community legal centre providing women across NSW with a range of free legal services.

Midwifery Guidelines and Clinical Frameworks

National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral Guidelines provide information to assist midwives to integrate evidence with experience (clinical judgment) in providing midwifery care and to assist midwives in their discussions with women regarding the suitability of different maternity care options. The Guidelines are not intended as a guide to the most appropriate place for birth. They are also not designed to be prescriptive. As such they should not be interpreted and/or used as a substitute for an individual midwife’s decision-making and judgment in situations where care has been negotiated within the context of informed decision-making by a woman.


Woman-Centred Care

Strategic directions for Australian maternity services