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Pregnancy, birth and baby care in Australia

A mother’s health — including her age, weight and whether she smoked or drank alcohol during pregnancy — affects both the mother and her baby.

In 2017, more than 300,000 women in Australia gave birth:

How healthy a baby is at birth can affect their health and wellbeing throughout life. This is why our work on pregnancy, birth and baby health is so important.

Pregnancy, birth and baby hotline

You can call this hotline to speak to a maternal child health nurse for advice and guidance. Hours are from 7am to midnight (AEST/EADT), 7 days a week (including public holidays).

What we’re doing about pregnancy, birth and baby

Our plans, strategies and programs guide our work to improve pregnancy, birth and baby health for all Australians.

We do this in many ways, including:

Support services

Alcohol. Think Again contact

The Alcohol. Think Again website provides resources and information about the effects of alcohol on your health. There is information for parents, young people, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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Pregnancy, birth and baby hotline

You can call this hotline to speak to a maternal child health nurse for advice and guidance. Hours are from 7am to midnight (AEST/EADT), 7 days a week (including public holidays).

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Breastfeeding helpline

This helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is staffed by trained volunteer counsellors who can provide reassurance, give you knowledge about how breastfeeding works and help you to overcome common hurdles.

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