Support services – before and after birth
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services in the ACT
- ACT Health – Child and Family Nutrition – Community Dietitians
- Allied health – speech pathology, physiotherapy – available on referral.
- Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) – Mum to Mum Telephone Line Phone support is offered by trained breastfeeding volunteer counsellors 24 hours a day – 1800 686 268.
- Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) – Email Counselling
- Child and Family Centres in the ACT A ‘one-stop-shop’ support for parents and carers. Maternal and child health nurses, playgroups, physiotherapy, parenting information, counselling, nutrition – Drop-in or phone weekdays.
- Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ)
- MensLine Australia Offers emotional support for men.
- Pregnancy, Birth & Baby Helpline Telephone and internet support service providing general information about pregnancy, birthing, post-natal care and parenting in the first 12 months – 1800 882 436 (Mobile charges may apply).
- Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service A community midwifery team and Aboriginal Access Worker provide breastfeeding support – 6284 6242 or 6284 6222.
After birth, a Maternal and Child Health (MACH) Nurse will contact you to offer a home visit for you and your baby.
Support services – after birth only
- ACT Health – Early Days – Group Breastfeeding Support A drop-in service for parents with infants up to 3 months of age. No appointment is necessary.
- ACT Health – MACH Liaison This service offers phone support during business hours and arranges home visits.
- ACT Health Midcall. This service may be offered by your birth hospital.
- ACT Health – New Parent Groups This group runs for 2 hours over 5 weeks.
- Local Support Groups - Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA)
- QEII Family Centre Offers a residential program which provides assistance for complex breastfeeding difficulties. Referral by a health professional essential.
Linking with other parents
Meeting and sharing ideas with other mothers and parents who have ‘been there’ can be a way to build your support network:
- CCCares School For young people who are pregnant or have children.
- Local Support Groups – ABA
- Mums and Bubs Group – Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service
- New Parent Groups – ACT Health
- Playgroups Australia – ACT
- Rainbow Families – ACT An informal social and play group for the community of LBGTIQ (Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender, Intersex & Queer) parents with children from birth to school age.
- Single Parents – Raising Children Network
- Young Mums’ Group – Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation