Resources for women and families

There is a suite of patient resources available that women may find helpful during their pregnancy at St George or Sutherland Hospital.

Healthy eating and lifestyle

external link Alcohol and pregnancy - Department of Health
external link Food choices during pregnancy - NSW Food Authority
document pdf text Food safety during pregnancy - NSW Food Authority
external link Health and lifestyle during pregnancy - Pregnancy, birth and baby

Mental health and wellbeing

external link Pregnancy and new parents - beyondblue
Information for new and expectant parents on promoting mental health and wellbeing

external link Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia

Vaccinations and pregnancy

Influenza vaccination during pregnancy

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. The influenza vaccination is free to pregnant women on the National Immunisation Program.  Pregnant women can have the vaccine at any time during pregnancy and they benefit from it all through the year. 

Two educational videos are available for pregnant women:

external link Flu vaccination and pregnancy - What pregnant women need to know

external link Flu vaccination and pregnancy – Vaccinate against flu Protect your baby too

For further information, visit:

external link Immunise Australia Pregnant Women



NSW Health has introduced an antenatal pertussis vaccination program to offer free Boostrix vaccine to all pregnant women in the third trimester (preferably at 28 weeks).

The free whooping cough vaccine 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.

document pdf text pdf Antenatal Pertussis Vaccination: Consumer Factsheet  (503 KB)

document pdf text pdf Antenatal Pertussis Vaccination: Consumer Information (A5 pad) (757 KB)

external link Protect newborns from whooping cough (including other languages)

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