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Useful Information & Contacts

Maternity Information

Be careful, babies can fall
Falls prevention for maternity patients
Safe Sleeping (Chinese)
Newborn Bloodspot Screening  – tests to protect your baby
Newborn Bloodspot Screening – tests to protect your baby (Chinese)
Hepatitis B Vaccination for your newborn baby
Vitamin K for newborn babies, information for parents
Vitamin K for newborn babies, information for parents (Chinese)

Patient Information

REACH – keeping you safe in hospital
Am I adequately covered for private hospital care?
Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights
10 tips for safer healthcare
Preventing a fall in hospital
Pastoral Care, for spiritual and emotional support

Helplines

Tresillian

(02) 9787 0855 or 1800 637 357 (7am – 11pm)
www.cs.nsw.gov.au/tresillian

Karitane

(02) 9794 2300 / 9794 2350 (24 hour)
1300 227 464 (24 hour) TTY (02) 9794 2300
www.swsahs.nsw.gov.au/karitane

Australian Breastfeeding Association

1800 mum2mum (24 hour 1800 686 2686)
www.breastfeeding.asn.au (info & e-counselling)

Gidget Foundation

1300 851 758        www.gidgetfoundation.com.au
The Gidget Foundation is a not for profit organisation which provides support services for families suffering emotional distress during pregnancy and early parenting.

Australian Multiple Births Association

AMBA is a not for profit organisation with the aim of providing support, resources and education to multiple birth families.  www.ambansw.org.au

Mothersafe (Advice & counselling)

(02) 9382 6539 (Monday – Friday)    1800 647 848 (Non-Metropolitan Area)
For pregnant and breastfeeding women who have been exposed to chemicals, medications, radiation or infections.

Health Direct Australia 1800 022 222

Telephone health advice line for parents and carers manned by registered nurses.

Suggested Reading

Pregnancy

  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting – A Eisenberg, H Eisenberg Murkoff & S Eisenberg Hathaway
  • Up the Duff – Kaz Cook
  • Face to Face with Childbirth – Julia Sundin
  • JuJu Sundin’s Birth Skills with Sarah Murdoch
  • The New Active Birth – Janet Balaskas
  • The Pregnant Body – Dorothy Gliksman
  • Cheers to Childbirth – Lucy Perry
  • Baby on Board – Dr Howard Chilton

Breastfeeding

  • Breastfeeding… Naturally – Australian Breastfeeding Association

Parenting

  • Baby Love – Robin Barker
  • Baby & Child – Penelope Leach
  • How to Stay Sane in Your Baby’s First Year. – Tresillian Family Care Centre
  • Transition to Parenthood – Jay Belsky
  • Mother Love – Debra Adelaide
  • So You’re Going to be a Dad – Peter Downey
  • The Complete Parenting Guide – Childrens Hospital Westmead