A child is born and a family is created or forever changed. All the information you gathered during your pregnancy as you planned for the birth is no longer needed as you focus on the next part of your journey. Don't panic. Billions have done this before and there is lots of assistance available. Your family, friends, neighbours and healthcare team are here to help; together we can work our way through the maze!
Links to specific information in the form of leaflets, brochures or videos I have placed below. Websites with broad information I have on the right.
RANZCOG: Information on the first few weeks following birth
Returning to sport or exercise after birth
How to introduce solid foods to babies for allergy prevention (from 4-6 months of age)
Good information is available from sites such as raising children, pregnancy, birth & baby, parentline, possums, RCH (Melbourne) and Triple P (yes, their programs start from birth!)
Making up a cot
More than one baby?
COPE is doing terrific work talking about the emotional aspects of transitioning to parenting.
ACT for parents with babies
Breastfeeding information from ABA
Information on the pelvic floor
Information on crying
My TTEEMM approach to low libido
Truth is, babies don’t need a lot of stuff! (Nor do we….)
Should I move the vase/knife block, secure the stairs and/or the TV or learn CPR? YES!
Yes, we need to talk about this!
Is it over diagnosed or under diagnosed?
I know. You can’t believe how many times you have visited the doctor since baby was born! It feels like you live at the doctors! Here are some tips for when to see the doctor and what questions we might ask.
This is my take on what to do when people keep giving you advice, most of which you did not ask for and most of which is not useful!
Having a newborn is like no other experience you will ever have. You will need help and I explore a few ideas on where to find it.