A new, expanded, national 24 hour Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline will commencing on 1 July 2010. Women, their partners and families will be able to call the national Helpline on 1800 88 24 36 for advice and information about pregnancy, birth and the first 12 months of a baby’s life.
The independent charitable organisation, Royal District Nursing Service Ltd, will provide this free service, offering information and counselling on a wide range of topics relating to pregnancy, birthing and life with a new baby – including issues such as nutrition for mothers and babies, breastfeeding, relationship support and health care options.
The helpline will be able to provide information on other organisations with special areas of expertise, for example the Breastfeeding Hotline, adoption agencies, PANDA, BeyondBlue and Family Planning.
An important new component of the enhanced service is the line will also become a resource for women who experience a loss at this crucial time.
SIDS and Kids Australia, Bonnie Babes and Small Miracles and Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support (SANDS) will also provide support and advice to women, their partners and families – often by women who have had a similar experience.