R U OK? Where to get support for expecting and new mums
Posted on 09 September 2020
10 September 2020 is R U OK? Day, a day where we are reminded even more to check on the people in our lives who may be struggling.
For expecting and new mums, all the changes can be difficult to handle. With the current situation of COVID-19, a lot of expecting and new mums are even more isolated with cancellations of Mothers' Groups and classes.
If you are pregnant or just had your baby, and you need some support, here are some resources that may be able to help you.
R U OK?
If you're worried about someone in your life who may be struggling, the R U OK Day is a reminder to check up on them and start a conversation to hopefully help them.
If you're unsure where or how to start the conversation, here are some resources that may help you: https://www.ruok.org.au/how-to-ask
Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA)
There are numerous local ABA groups around Australia, where you can meet and talk with other mums or mums-to-be. With the current situation, they have moved these meetings online. Click here to find out their calendar of events.
The ABA also runs a helpline: 1800 686 268. The helpline is available 24/7.
Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia (PANDA)
PANDA has resources online for both mums and dads.
Information on how COVID-19 is impacting expecting parents, new parents and babies: https://raisingchildren.net.au/guides/coronavirus-covid-19-guide/coronavirus-and-pregnancy
Resource for expecting and new parents who are worried about the current situation: https://www.panda.org.au/info-support/managing-emotional-wellbeing-in-expecting-and-new-parents-affected-by-natural-disasters-global-crises-or-concerns-for-the-future
Informaiton for dads: https://www.panda.org.au/info-support/how-is-dad-going
PANDA also runs a helpline: 1300 726 306. The helpline is available Mon-Frid, 9am-7.30pm AEST/AEDT.
Other Support Services For Expecting and New Mums
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline: 1800 882 436