Information for Expecting and New Parents

Tasmanian Health Service - Northern Region

Information for Expecting and New Parents

  • 24hr TAS Parenting Line: 1300 808 178
  • 24hr Pregnancy, Birth & Baby Helpline: 1800 882 436
  • 24hr National Breastfeeding Helpline: 1800 686 268

Pregnancy and Childbirth

Websites

  • Women's & Children's Health Network, SA - Topics include 'Pregnant - what now?', 'Health problems in pregnancy', 'The birth' and 'Feeding your baby' etc
  • Pregnancy, Birth & Baby - Information includes before getting pregnant, the pregnancy, your new baby, your body after birth, getting your baby to sleep, immunisations etc

Books

  • 'Baby On Board' by Dr Howard Chilton
  • 'Up the Duff' by Caz Cooke
  • 'The Natural way to better birth and bonding' by Francesca Naish & Janette Roberts
  • 'Spiritual Midwifery' Ina May Gaskin
  • 'Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering' Dr Sarah Buckley
  • 'Birth and Breastfeeding' Dr Michele Odent

Breastfeeding

Websites

  • The Australian Breastfeeding Association - Info topics include: The Common concerns of breastfeeding, expressing, when breastfeeding does not work out, weaning, breastfeeding and work etc (includes information in other languages)
  • Lactation Consultants, Launceston General Hospital (LGH). Available for consultation whilst pregnant (with a referral) and up to two weeks after baby's birth 

Books

  • 'Breastfeeding: Getting Breastfeeding Right for You' by Renfrew, Fisher & Arms
  • 'Breastfeeding with Confidence' by Sue Cox, a Hobart Lactation Consultant
  • 'The natural way to better breastfeeding' by Francesca Naish & Janette Roberts

Parenting

Websites

  • The Raising Children Network - 'The complete Australian resource for parenting newborns to teens'
  • Includes development, behaviour and nutrition for newborns; play, learning and sleep for babies, and safety, health and communicating for toddlers.
  • Parenting SA: Parent Easy Guides - Guides include: 'About babies', 'Blended families', 'Coping skills', 'Children with a disability', 'Young Parents', 'Single Parenting' etc
  • Launch into learning - Tasmanian schools providing early learning opportunities alongside parents
  • Parenting Ideas - This site provides information for parents and grandparents on raising children and includes a blog by well - known expert, Michael Grose. Tips for helping children with anxiety, for assisting children develop resilience and confidence.
  • ABC Parenting - The Australia Broadcasting Commission in partnership with Raising Children Network have developed this site which is a source of up to date information and an archive of past relevant programs that may assist in the decision making processes in child rearing. There are pictorial fact sheets on topics such as baby bathing, breastfeeding positions and CPR for babies and infants.
  • Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne - Reliable source of fact sheets on a range of topics in pregnancy, labour, birth and child health.
  • Safe Sleep Place - Information regarding sleep behavior including links to accessing professional individualised advice.
  • Zero to Three - A US based site with information regarding behavior, emotional development and mental health.  Advice and links on sleep, play and nutrition.
  • Child and Youth Health - This is a South Australian site Child and Youth Health with a comprehensive guide to all you need to know about health in pregnancy, parenting and child health, kids' health, teen health, young adult health. 
  • Launceston Mums Network Facebook page (search LMN on Facebook)

Books

  • 'Baby Love' & 'The Mighty Toddler' by Robin Barker
  • 'No One Right Way, A Handbook for Parents' by Rhodanthe Lipsett
  • 'BabyTalk' by Dr Sally Ward
  • 'Politically Incorrect Parenting' & 'Before your kids drive you crazy, read this!' By Nigel Latta
  • 'Your Baby & Child' by Penelope Leach
  • 'Toddler Taming' & 'Beyond Toddlerdom' by Dr Christopher Green
  • 'Kid Wrangling' by Kaz Cooke
  • Walker House Parenting Centre, Newnham 1300 064 544

Specifically for Dads

Websites

Books

  • 'Cheers to Childbirth: A dad's guide to childbirth support' by Lucy Perry
  • 'The Dad Factor: How father-baby bonding helps a child for life' by Dr Richard Fletcher
  • 'Men at Birth' by David Vernon
  • 'First Time Father: Pregnancy, birth & starting out as a dad' by Tony White & Dr Graeme Russell
  • 'Man with a Pram' by Jon Farry & Stephen Mitchell
  • 'Being Dad' by Sam Holt & Troy Jones

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Disclaimer

The Launceston General Hospital does not accept any liability to any person for the information or advice (or use of such information or advice) which is provided on the Website or incorporated into it by reference. The Launceston General Hospital provides this information on the understanding that all persons accessing it take responsibility for assessing its relevance and accuracy. Women are encouraged to discuss their health needs with a health practitioner. If you have concerns about your health, you should seek advice from your health care provider.