Resources for women and families

Below is a suite of pregnancy-related resources and information that you may find helpful during your pregnancy.

EMERGENCY medical help during your pregnancy

If you are greater than 20 weeks pregnant: 
Contact relevant hospital - RPA Women and Babies Labour Ward ph.9515 8420 or Canterbury Hospital ph.9787 0000 ask for Birthing Unit

If you are less than 20 weeks pregnant:
Non-urgent: Follow-up with your GP
Urgent: Contact relevant hospital - RPAH Emergency Dept ph.9515 6111 or Canterbury Hospital Emergency Dept ph.9787 0000

First Hospital "Booking In" appointment 

Please ensure you book your first hospital "Booking In" appointment ASAP by contacting the relevant hospital. This visit should be scheduled for when you are ~ 12-14 weeks pregnant.

Healthy eating during pregnancy

external link NSW Health "Get Healthy in Pregnancy" - information and resources including free telephone counselling, information about healthy eating, physical activity and weight gain
PDF document Healthy eating when you're pregnant or breastfeeding - National Health and Medical Research Council, Department of Health and Ageing
PDF document Food safety during pregnancy - NSW Food Authority

Immunisation during pregnancy and childhood schedule

Influenza vaccination during pregnancy

Vaccination remains the best protection pregnant women and their newborn babies have against influenza. 

Despite influenza vaccination being available free to pregnant women on the National Immunisation Program, vaccination rates remain low with only 1 in 3 pregnant women receiving the influenza vaccine.  Influenza infection during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery and even death in newborns and very young babies. Pregnant women can have the vaccine at any time during pregnancy and they benefit from it all through the year. 

Three educational videos are available:  

external linkFlu vaccination and pregnancy – What pregnant women need to know​ (for pregnant women)
external linkFlu vaccination and pregnancy – Vaccinate against flu Protect your baby too​ (for pregnant women)

For further information visit: 
external link Immunise Australia Pregnant Women ​
external link NSW Health Seasonal Influenza Vaccination 2017
external link Pregnancy and influenza - NSW Health

Pertussis " Whooping Cough" vaccination during pregnancy

external link Pregnant women – Protect your newborn from whooping cough - NSW Health

Childhood Immunisation Schedule

external link National Immunisation Program Schedule

Perinatal mental health

external link beyondblue - access a variety of information for new and expectant parents, covering everything from bonding with your baby to spotting the signs of anxiety and depression.
external link Black Dog Institute - access information and resources regarding mental health 
external link Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA) - information and support regarding perinatal anxiety and depression 
external link  pdf Looking after your perinatal mental health (611 KB)

Planning a baby

PDF document Having a Baby Book - NSW Health
external link Pregnancy and Childbirth - Australian Red Cross Blood Service My Transfusion
PDF document  pdf RPA Women and Babies/Canterbury Hospital Antenatal Shared Care Program (9.76 MB)  - Patient information
PDF document pdf Pregnancy Checklist (366 KB) - A checklist of topics to consider and discuss with your GP and/or health professional during your pregancy and following birth

Postnatal contacts

Child and Family Health

All referrals/enquiries to local Early Childhood Centres is via the Central Intake Line: Ph. 9562 5400

external link SLHD Child and Family Health Nursing - Community Health 
external link Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA)

Child and Family Service Directory

PDF document Marrickville, Leichhardt and Glebe local government areas
PDF document Ashfileld, Burwood, Strathfield and City of Canada Bay local government areas

Pregnancy and alcohol

external link Women want to know: Discussing pregnancy and alcohol - Department of Health project providing assessment tools and information for women

Prenatal screening

external link Screening tests for your baby in early pregnancy (Pamphlet) : NSW Centre for Genetics Education 
PDF document
 Prenatal testing booklet:  NSW Centre for Genetics Education  
external link
 NSW Centre for Genetic Education

Smoking cessation clinics

Drug Health Services offer one-to-one counselling support clinics for individuals wishing to stop smoking.

Clinics are located at:

  • RPA – Phone: 9515 7611 (Wed and Thurs 1.00 - 4.00pm)
  • Croydon Community Health Centre – Phone: 9378 1306 (Mon 9.00am - 2.30pm)

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