Useful Websites & Apps
Pregnancy birth & baby
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What Were We Thinking?
Becoming a parent is one of the biggest challenges you’ll ever take on. This app provides week-by-week information on essential topics to help parents adjust well to the first six months of life with a baby.
The Wonder Weeks
The Wonder Weeks app provides parents with information about the mental development of their baby and what their baby can do after the leap of development is explained.
Immunisation information – VacciDate
Immunisation protects people against harmful infections before they come into contact with them. Immunisation uses the body’s natural defences to build resistance to specific infections and helps pregnant women and children to stay healthy by preventing serious infections. Download QLD Health Childhood Vaccination Mobile App VacciDate. For more information see the link below.
Pregnancy Protection and vaccination from preconception to birth
Maternal Child Health App – MCH App
The app is designed as a week-by-week tool to assist parents in finding information on developmental topics, and to learn about upcoming Key Age and Stage visits with yor local Maternal & Child Health Service. You can also log your baby weight, length and head circumference each week.
SIDS and KIDS safe sleeping
Babies spend a lot of their time sleeping. Some sleeping arrangements are not safe. They can increase the risk of SIDS or cause serious sleeping accidents. For more information see the link below.
Australian Breastfeeding Association
The Australian Breastfeeding Association is a community based organisation providing mothers with practical mother-to-mother support and information enabling them to establish and continue breastfeeding. ABA is Australia’s leading authority on breastfeeding, with support, education and advocacy for a breastfeeding inclusive society. For more information see the link below.
Your Baby’s Movements Matter
Movements really do matter. Are you aware of your baby’s movements during pregnancy? Do you know what to do if you notice a change in your baby’s movements that concerns you? This website is here to help! #MovementsMatterAU
Continence Foundation of Australia
When you are pregnant you get a lot of advice from people, but something few people talk about are bladder and bowel control problems in pregnancy and after the birth. This link provides information about pelvic floor exercises, good bladder and bowel habits and how to download The Pregnancy Pelvic Floor Plan smart phone app.
Important information for Rh (D) Negative Women
Your baby’s blood type is jointly inherited from you and your baby’s father. For this reason, you and your baby may have different blood types. This is normal and usually not a problem. However, in some cases, these differences can be very important. The link below explains how Rh (D) immunoglobulin, a special antibody injection, can avoid this potential harm in pregnancy.
Perinatal anxiety and depression
Pregnancy and the first year of parenthood (the perinatal period) is a special time. It is a time of great adjustment and the impact is often underestimated in our society. All expectant and new mums have their good days and bad days, their ups and downs. But when a woman's bad days start to seriously outnumber the good she may be at risk of perinatal anxiety and depression. The GIDGET Foundation is a not-for-profit support organisation for women and families suffering perinatal anxiety and depression. The good news is that perinatal anxiety and depression can be treated and parents do recover. For more information see the link below.
Your pregnancy diary
This is a helpful resource created by Johnson & Johnson in consultation with obstetricians and The Australian College of Midwives it contains a lot of helpful advice and can serve as a record of your pregnancy. One that is not only valuable for health reasons, but also as a memento to share with your child in the years to come. Each woman’s pregnancy is different and it is important to contact your obstetrician should you have any concerns. For more information regarding the pregnancy diary see the link below.
Taking care of your gums and teeth during pregnancy
Taking care of your gums and teeth during pregnancy is important for both you and your baby. Fore more information see the link below.
Vitamin K for newborn babies
Vitamin K helps blood to clot. It is essential to prevent serous bleeding. Babies do not get enough vitamin K from their mothers during pregnancy, or when they are breastfeeding. Without vitamin K, they are at risk of getting a rare disorder called Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding. For more information see the link below
Hepatitis B Immunisation
Hepatitis B is a virus that can cause either acute (short-lived illness) or chronic (long term) infection of the liver. It is recommended that your baby commences their Hepatitis B immunisation following birth. It is recommended that your baby commences this immunisation program. For more information see the link below.
Newborn Bloodspot Screening Test (NBST)
Blood testing of newborn babies to detect a number of rare disorders are undertaken between 48 and 72 hours after birth. A few drops of blood are taken from a baby’s heel and collected onto special absorbent paper. Early diagnosis means that treatment can be started quickly, before the baby becomes sick. For more information see the link below.
Pulse Oximetry – A screening test for Newborn babies
Most babies are born well and health but some babies are born with heart abnormalities. This is called Congenital Heart Disease. At Cairns private with your consent we undertake a non-invasive screening test on your baby to test for critical congenital heart disease.
More information (link pamphlet here)
Breastfeeding Solutions APP
Breastfeeding Solutions is an interactive problem solving smartphone APP with fast and reliable answers to breastfeeding questions. Breastfeeding Solutions does not track feedings or nappies, like most other breastfeeding apps. It helps mothers meet their personal breastfeeding goals by providing straightforward solutions to the most common breastfeeding problems The app covers every stage of breastfeeding, from birth to weaning.
Whenever children are passengers in a vehicle they should be seated in the most appropriate child restraint for their age and size. When fitting a child restraint it is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions as a restraint which is not fitted or used correctly significantly reduces the safety protection provided by the restraint. For more information see the link below.
Responsive Settling 0 – 12 Months
Learning how to go to sleep is a skill babies usually develop during the first year of life with help from their parent/s. Like most skills, it takes time and varies for each baby. Responsive settling is recognising that your baby needs help and sensitively responding. For more information regarding settling techniques see the link from Tresillian services below.
Raising Children Network
The Raising Children Network website is based on the philosophy that all children and families are individual and different. We provide scientifically validated information, translated into everyday language, to help parents and carers make decisions that work for them in their individual family circumstances.
Publications to download or order
Beyond Blue provides information on perinatal mental health, anxiety, depression and wellbeing to the Australian community – whatever your age and wherever you live.
To Order some of their resource go to: