Pregnancy, birth and baby

It’s important that all pregnant women can find the support they need to keep themselves and their babies safe. The health of a baby at birth can affect their wellbeing throughout the rest of their lives. Find out what we’re doing to improve pregnancy, birth and baby health for all Australians.

About pregnancy, birth and baby care

Information about support for pregnancy, parents and babies in Australia.

Healthy pregnancies

What we’re doing to support healthy pregnancies and help babies grow strong.

Breastfeeding and nutrition

How we support mothers to breastfeed their baby for the best start.

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We encourage women to continue breastfeeding during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more about COVID-19 and breastfeeding.

Pregnancy, birth and baby hotline

1800 882 436

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

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby website

The Pregnancy, Birth and Baby website is a national Australian Government service that provides support and information for expecting parents and parents of children from birth to 5 years.

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Related work

Related work

Rural Health Outreach Fund

The Rural Health Outreach Fund (RHOF) supports outreach initiatives that improve access to medical specialists, general practitioners (GPs) and allied and other health providers in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia.

Newborn bloodspot screening

Healthcare providers offer bloodspot screening for all babies born in Australia. This simple test identifies babies at risk of becoming seriously ill from a rare condition. Screening aims to improve the health of these babies by allowing early intervention.

Australian Nurse–Family Partnership Program

The Australian Nurse–Family Partnership Program supports women who are pregnant with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander baby to help them become the best mum possible. Nurses make home visits to provide guidance during early pregnancy, the baby's infancy and into toddlerhood.