Pregnancy, Birth & Babies

Best Beginnings

Best Beginnings is a home visiting service for families of new infants. It involves regular visits to your home by caring, trained professionals who provide support, advice, information, connections and practical help. The program is structured according to your needs. The aim is to improve child health and wellbeing, parent and family functioning and social support networks. Support can come from a range of professionals including nurses, teachers, social workers, and psychologists. You need to be referred to the program before birth or before your baby is 3 months old. You can continue in the program until your child is two years old.

Various Locations including Midland

Ph Midland: 08 9250 6003
Website: www.dcp.wa.gov.au/SUPPORTINGINDIVIDUALSANDFAMILIES/Pages/BestBeginnings.aspx

Community Midwifery Program

The CMP is a unique service available to Perth women experiencing a low risk pregnancy. We pride ourselves in protecting, promiting and supporting normal birth.

Various including Kalamunda Community Hospital

Ph: 08 9430 6882 Fax: 08 9430 6068
Email: admin@cmwa.net.au
Website: www.cmwa.net.au/cmp

DadSkills

Sally McKay and Cath Cook are mothers to two primary-aged children each and married to a couple of awesome men. It was through our own experiences of having the one-to-one care of a doula or independent midwife at our own births that started us on our journeys to provide one-on-one support to other couples, providing practical and emotional to support through pregnancy, birth and the early postnatal period.

Through our work as doulas, we saw that men needed supporting during pregnancy and birth, as well as women. We would see a difference in the relationship of couples where the men were confident in supporting their partners, they seemed “connected” and would work together as a team as their baby was born – and we could see the positive follow-on effects after the birth.

Working as doulas and childbirth educators, we are constantly amazed at the ability of men to support their partners well. For some this comes naturally, for others they need to be given specific tools to help them on their way. This is what has inspired us to develop DadSkills. What we know is now is being supported by current research – that Dad’s role matters.

Website: www.dadskills.com

Department of Health – Having a Baby

Providing you and your family and friends with reliable information on care before, during and after pregnancy, your new baby, the choices available to you and who to contact for support.

Web Resource

Website: www.health.wa.gov.au/havingababy/home

Health Direct Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Hotline/Online Service

A telephone and internet support service providing general information about pregnancy, birthing, post-natalcare and parenting in the first 12 months.

Web/Phone resource

24 Hours

Ph: 1800 882 436
Website: www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au

Horizon House

St John of God Horizon House provides accommodation, care and intensive support to young people aged 16 to 22 who are currently experiencing, or at serious risk of, homelessness to enable them to access education, training and employment opportunities and make the transition to independent living. Horizon House welcomes young people from all backgrounds.

In May 2012 the first Horizon House for young mothers and babies opened in Perth’s northern suburbs. The House consists of two adjacent homes providing antenatal and postnatal care with 24 hour support.

Various Locations

Monday to Friday: 10am – 3pm

Website: www.sjog.org.au/horizonhouse

Email: horizonhouse@sjog.org.au

King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH)

Emotional Health for Parents – During Pregnancy and Beyond

374 Bagot Road
Subiaco, WA 6008

Ph: 08 9340 2222
Website: www.kemh.health.wa.gov.au

Medicare Local

Mindcare (ATAPS) can provide short-term, low-cost counselling to pregnant women and mums with an infant.

Various locations

Ph: 08 9376 9200
Email: ataps@pcemml.org.au

Moort Boodjari Mia
(Formerly known as Aboriginal Maternity Group Practice)

Moort boodjari mia is a health service for Indigenous families in the north metropolitan area of Perth, Western Australia (WA). The service was previously known as Aboriginal maternity group practice, and operates from the North Metropolitan Health Service, Department of Health WA.

Midland & Mirrabooka

1/42 Victoria Street
Midland WA 6056

Alison Gibson – Coordinator 0406 880 142
Ph: 08 9278 9924
Website: www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/key-resources/programs-projects?pid=936

Motherhood Matters

This site is full of information for mums just like you! Here you can find loads of helpful information, ideas, tips and strategies to make your life easier. Connect to our community of amazing mums or book for any of our wonderful retreats and workshops.

*Note: This organisation is based in the ACT, however the community forums are available for all mothers.

Website: www.motherhoodmatters.net.au

Ngala Helpline

Provides parenting information, strategies and referral to community resources for parents regarding early parenting concerns and direction to all other Ngala services.

Ph: 08 9368 9368
Country Callers: 1800 111 546
Website: www.ngala.com.au

Pregnancy Problem House

Pregnancy Problem House specialises in crisis pregnancy solutions. We understand that finding out you are pregnant can be very stressful and confusing. We won’t judge you or tell you what to decide. There’s no hype, no politics, and we don’t make money from any of your choices. We’re here to help with FREE medical quality pregnancy tests, and, above all, our staff will explain to you every option you have if you’re really pregnant.

342 Wanneroo Rd.
Nollamara, WA 6061

Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm

Ph: 08 9344 8110
Email: pph.la@iinet.net.au
Website: www.pregnancyproblemhouse.com.au

Red Cross Multiple Birth & PND Support

This very important and rewarding in- home program assists families with multiple births and mothers who are experiencing, or are at risk of postnatal depression. We offer respite and assistance to the parents by placing a suitable volunteer into their home with the purpose of providing a helping hand.

Various Locations

Ph: 08 9225 1946
Website: www.redcross.org.au/default.aspx

St John of God Raphael Services

Raphael Services provide specialist services to mums, dads and families who suffer from anxiety, depression and other mental health issues during pregnancy and following childbirth (the perinatal period). You don’t need to have been a St John of God Health Care maternity client or have private health insurance to access Raphael Services but a GP referral is required.

Visit www.sjog.org.au for a full list of locations

Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Ph: 1800 524 484 (WA only)
Website: www.sjog.org.au/raphael

Virtual Medical Centre – Complications of Pregnancy

Information about complications that may occur during pregnancy, including Ectopic Pregnancy, Placenta praevia, Placental abruption, Placenta accreta, Preeclampsia, Gestational diabetes mellitus, Premature labour and Epilepsy.

Virtual Medical Centre is Australia’s leading source for trustworthy medical information written by health professionals. View more information about myVMC.

Please be aware that we do not give advice on your individual medical condition, if you want advice please see your treating physician.

Website: www.myvmc.com/health/complications-of-pregnancy/