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"Read to my baby? Now?!"

When should you begin reading books with your baby? Maternal Child & Health Nurse Sue Doogan says the sooner the better!

Could postnatal depression be anxiety?

Could postnatal depression be anxiety?

Research Fellow at the Jean Hailes Research Unit, Dr Karen Wynter, joins Penny Johnstone on ABC Melbourne's Babytalk to discuss whether some cases of anxiety could be misdiagnosed as postnatal depression.

Expectations of motherhood

Expectations of motherhood

Adjusting to life with a new baby is enormously challenging and it can take time. Having realistic expectations of what pregnancy and motherhood involve can help women adjust to life with a new baby. This article will provide common misconceptions surrounding pregnancy and motherhood, along with some strategies that may be useful during this time. 

First time parenthood is tiring

First time parenthood is tiring

As most new mums and dads soon find out, parenthood presents a whole new level of tiredness ...

How to foster great relationships with grandparents

How to foster great relationships with grandparents

Encouraging our children to connect with their grandparents is one of the most important things we can do as parents, explains parenting expert Jane Barry.

Observing your baby

Observing your baby

In this piece Dr Bronwyn Leigh shares her tips to observe your baby to build stronger awareness. 

Power is knowledge, and support is key

Power is knowledge, and support is key

No one can prepare you for pregnancy or parenthood, however as Fiona Darling highlights, advice and support is only ever a click away.   

Questions to support new mums

Questions to support new mums

In this article for health professionals, Jean Hailes Professor Jane Fisher explains the art of finding out if a woman needs help for postnatal depression.

Seeking Evidence-Based Advice

Seeking Evidence-Based Advice

Being a celebrity does not automatically make you a health professional or a parenting expert! An increasing number of There is a growing (and quite frightening) trend of celebrities are offering health advice that is based on personal experience or opinion, but is not informed by research evidence...

Settling your baby

Settling your baby

The reality is parents will have many sleepless nights with a new baby, however it does get better!