General resources on pregnancy and early parenthood

Find helpful information and resources on the whole pregnancy journey and entering parenthood.

Overview of pregnancy / parenthood

For Dads

What about Dads?

How to sleep safely during pregnancy

Fetal movements

Maternity vaccinations

The National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS) strongly recommends that pregnant women receive the pertussis (whooping cough) and influenza vaccine. Below are some resources with more information about the vaccines.

COVID-19 vaccination

The Australian Government, Australian Immunisation Technical Advisory Group and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists now routinely recommend COVID vaccination for pregnant women.

For the latest information and resources on COVID-19 vaccination recommendations and more, please visit the COVID-19 information page for pregnant women and parents.

The effects of smoking on your baby

Support groups

Mental health support

The pregnancy journey and becoming a parent can be an emotional rollercoaster, so make sure you take time to look after your own wellbeing. If things get tough, there is always support out there.

Here are some places to reach out to for mental health support:

To help you better understand perinatal depression and anxiety, view this video by Gidget Foundation Australia.

Support for pregnancy and baby loss

  • SANDS is a peer-to-peer service staffed by families who have experienced pregnancy and baby loss. This includes miscarriage, medical interruption of pregnancy for maternal or baby related health reasons, late miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death. Apart from excellent online resources, there is a dedicated phone line staffed 24 hours by a specially trained volunteer who has experienced pregnancy or baby loss.
  • Red Nose Grief and Loss – Supporting grieving individuals and families for over 40 years
  • Pink Elephants – Resources, information and peer-support for anyone impacted by early pregnancy loss

Monash Women’s has a strong ethos and history of caring for women and families experiencing loss, learn more.

Family violence support

Twins plus support

Other resources

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