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 

Women planning to deliver at RPA Women and Babies or Canterbury Hospital should ensure they book their first hospital "Booking In" appointment ASAP. This visit should be scheduled for when you are ~ 12-14 weeks pregnant.

To arrange this appointment :
RPA Women and Babies - visit RPA Women and Babies website and complete on-line booking form 
Canterbury Hospital- contact hospital directly ph.9787 0250 ph.9787 0560  

Women will also need to visit their GP for clinical assesment and to obtain relevant hospital Obstetric referral form. This form needs to be brought to their hospital visit.

This booking information is only for public patients. It does not apply to women electing to have care from a private obstetrician.

Early Pregnancy Assessment Service (EPAS)

This service aims to identify and manage ectopic pregnancies, and diagnose, treat and support lower abdominal pain/or vaginal bleeding in women < 20 weeks gestation who are haemodynamically stable. For urgent review, attend relevant hospital Emergency Department

PDF document Early Pregnancy Assessment Service (EPAS) Patient Brochure: SLHD
PDF document pdf Bleeding and pain in early pregnancy: (283 KB)  SLHD

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 

Vaccination remains the best protection pregnant women and their newborn babies have against influenza. 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 Pregnancy and influenza - NSW Health

Pertussis "whooping cough" vaccination 

Pertussis vaccination during pregnancy is the best way to protect newborns from day one with studies showing that it is more than 90 per cent effective in preventing whooping cough in infants. Antenatal pertussis vaccination is offered free to all pregnant women and is recommended to be administered in the third trimester (preferably at 28 weeks).

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 COPE - Centre for perinatal excellence - resources for women and partners regarding 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 Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA) - information and support regarding perinatal anxiety and depression 

 PDF document  pdf Looking after your perinatal mental health (611 KB)

Planning a baby

 external link Having a Baby Book - NSW Health
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
PDF document  pdf RPA Women and Babies/Canterbury Hospital GP Antenatal Shared Care Program (9.76 MB)  - information regarding this option of care
PDF document RPA Midwifery Group Practice - information regarding this option of care
PDF document When do I go home - RPA Women and Babies discharge information
PDF document Canterbury Hospital - Options of Care - information regarding various options of care 
PDF document Canterbury Hospital - Birth After Caesarean Clinic 

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

All women regardless of age should be counselled and offered the option for screening for chromosomal abnormalities. Women should be given information early in pregnancy about the purpose and implications of these tests to enable them to make informed choices about whether or not they wish to undertake the tests.

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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