Pregnancy, baby and birth news

Read our latest news items related to pregnancy, birth and baby.


Australia’s newborn bloodspot screening programs to include new conditions

Australia's health ministers have agreed that state and territory newborn bloodspot screening programs will screen for more conditions.

Make the moment you start trying the moment to stop drinking

This Saturday, 9 September 2023, is international Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day. Every year at 9:09am on the 9th day of the 9th month, we pause to recognise how important it is being alcohol free for the 9 months of a pregnancy.

The Every Moment Matters campaign highlights the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy

On 30 November 2021, we launched the Every Moment Matters campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the risks of drinking alcohol while pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Step up for Breastfeeding – World Breastfeeding week 2022

World Breastfeeding Week reminds us that we all have a role in protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding. This year’s theme highlights the links between breastfeeding and good nutrition, food security and inequality.

Top 3 questions – Flu vaccination & pregnancy with Professor Alison McMillan

Hear from Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Professor Alison McMillan on why it’s important to get your flu vaccine when you’re pregnant.

Protect Breastfeeding – a shared responsibility – World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August 2021) reminds us that we all have a role in supporting breastfeeding. Partners, carers, families, communities, workplaces, and governments can all help infants have a healthy start in life.

Your Healthy Pregnancy

Keeping yourself and your baby healthy during pregnancy starts with 3 steps: eat well, stay active and ask for support.

Joint statement between RANZCOG and ATAGI about COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women

Joint statement between RANZCOG and ATAGI about COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women.

MumBubVax – New communication tools for health care providers

A new online communication package is available to help health care providers conduct effective conversations with expectant parents about vaccinations in pregnancy and for new babies.

MumBubVax – New website for expectant parents

A new website will help expectant parents find reliable information about vaccination in pregnancy and for babies.

Research boost for rare cancers, rare diseases and unmet medical needs

The Medical Research Future Fund is providing $35.9 million for 17 cutting-edge research projects. The projects are designed to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, improve neonatal outcomes and prevent bone loss in critically ill women.

Stillbirth Clinical Care Standard

Launch of Australia’s first standard for care of stillbirth.

Breastfeeding friendly workplace re-accreditation

The Department of Health was recently reaccredited as a breastfeeding friendly workplace (BFW). We are proud to support our staff by providing conditions and facilities for breastfeeding.
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