Looking for a great GP for your little one? Feeling overwhelmed by motherhood? Breastfeeding a nightmare? Bookmark and speed dial these new mum resources immediately for great advice and parenting support…
To find a great GP
Finding a good GP who is readily available and can offer continuity of care for your little one is essential. You need someone who is familiar with your baby’s medical history, not going to be booked out every time you try to make an appointment or worse, only practices one or two days per week. This can be a challenge if you are a new mum and move to a new area and don’t know where to start.
Medical Hack: Whitecoat Phone: 0488 894 483
Whitecoat is Australia’s most comprehensive online health care provider directory and customer review website. The website allows mums to find and compare health care providers for themselves and their families in their local area.
“Remember, call 000 for any medical emergency.”
For a free home doctor service
Babies get sick at all hours of the night and the last thing any new mum wants to do is hang around casualty for hours – especially if there are other younglings at home.
Medical Hack: Home Doctor Phone: 13 74 25 (13 SICK)
The National Home Doctor Service is Australia’s biggest network of home visiting doctors. The service has more than 800 doctors who treat patients and children on weeknights (past 6pm), weekends (from noon) and all Sunday and public holidays.
Early childhood development and baby advice
When should tummy time begin? How long should baby do it for? Is it OK for baby to sleep on her side? New mums have zillions of questions about their newborn. And there’s one great and reliable place to get all that info and more.
Medical Hack: Tresillian Phone: 1300 727 736
Tresillian assists parents with the early years of childhood by teaching them about new routines in breastfeeding, sleep, settling and nutrition. The non-for-profit organisation helps nearly 80,000 Australian families.
For personal crisis and suicide
Being a new mum presents a whole load of new learnings, challenges and obstacles. Don’t ever feel alone. Call Lifeline immediately if you need help through personal crisis or are or thinking about suicide.
Medical Hack: Lifeline Phone: 13 11 14
Anyone across Australia experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide can contact Lifeline. Lifeline is available 24/7 to provides access to crisis support, suicide prevention and mental health support services.
You feel overwhelmed & need someone to talk to
Motherhood is meant to be the most magical experience of your life, right? So what if it isn’t magical for you? What if you’re disappointed or traumatised by your birthing experience? Crying? Overwhelmed and constantly tired?
Medical Hack: PANDA (National Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Helpline) Phone: 1300 726 306
Being a parent can be very emotional and challenging, often in ways we don’t expect. Most people call PANDA to seek support for themselves. Some people call because they are finding the transition to parenting tricky while others call because they are worried they may be experiencing perinatal anxiety or depression. PANDA also receive calls from concerned partners, family, friends and health professionals. Trained counsellors provide callers with a safe confidential space to talk openly and honestly about their thoughts, feelings and experiences around pregnancy and parenthood. They explore what supports callers currently have in place and whether other support would help. Counsellors develop an action plan including referrals, ideas and strategies to help support callers.
You can call The National Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Helpline on 1300 726 306 Monday-Friday 10am – 5pm (AEST / ADST).
Breastfeeding may be as natural as your birthday suit, but that doesn’t mean it always comes easy.
Medical Hack: Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) Phone: 1800 686 268
The ABA runs the National Breastfeeding Helpline 1800 mum 2 mum. The Breastfeeding Helpline is available 7 days a week and offers support and advice to breastfeeding mums.
Old medicine disposal
Dispose of your unwanted and expired medicines so they don’t end up in the hands of your little ones – or cause more damage than good if they are used.
Medical Hack: The RUM Project Phone: 1300 650 835
The RUM Project, also known as the Return of Unwanted Medicines, is a free service provided by pharmacies across Australia. Each pharmacy has a RUM bin so you can discard expired medicines safely.
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