Learning about pregnancy, birth and baby

Learning about your pregnancy, birth and baby can help build your confidence and prepare you for the weeks ahead. The RBWH has resources and experienced staff available to ensure you’re supported throughout your journey.

 

Nurture Your Bump - Workshop


Unsure of what foods you need to avoid during pregnancy or if you need a pregnancy multivitamin? Our 2-hour Nurture Your Bump workshop, is run by our experienced maternity dietitian and will provide you with all the building blocks needed to grow a healthy baby. Book your workshop instantly online or call RBWH Maternity Outpatients Department on (07) 3646 7182.

GLOW (online resource)

GLOW is a free online resource, full of helpful and factual information about pregnancy, breastfeeding, birth and going home with a newborn. Access to GLOW is offered for all women having their baby at RBWH and includes the following topics:

  • your care during pregnancy
  • looking after yourself and baby, including exercise, food, vaccinations and emotional health
  • breastfeeding
  • labour and birth
  • when complications occur
  • postnatal support.

Tours

You can book a 30 minute tour of our birth facilities at your first hospital appointment. The tour with a midwife is a great opportunity for you and your support person to find out more about your birth options and to ask any questions.

Emotional support

Pregnancy, birth and early parenthood are times of great change. Most women experience various emotional reactions. It helps if you can talk about your concerns openly with your partner or close friend. There are also many organisations that offer support.

For signs of depression, there are a number of places you can go for help.

Perinatal mental health

Mental health support

Pregnancy support

Alcohol

The safest choice for your baby is to not drink any alcohol. This is advice from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.

Smoking

Stop smoking during pregnancy. Toxic chemicals are absorbed into your bloodstream and passed to your baby through the umbilical cord. If you aren’t able to stop smoking, cut down as much as you can.

Smoking while pregnant increases your risk of:

  • ectopic pregnancy
  • miscarriage
  • premature labour
  • complications during birth.

Smoking while pregnant can increase your baby’s risk of problems after birth:

  • sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • low birth weight
  • infections and other health problems
  • asthma and other breathing difficulties
  • behavioural problems.

Call Quitline 13 78 48.

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Contact us

Maternity Outpatients
Location: Ground floor, Ned Hanlon Building

Appointment enquiries
Phone: (07) 3646 7182
Email:
Open: Monday-Friday 8.00am-4.00pm

Private practice appointments
Phone: (07) 3646 3395

Refer a patient

Complete the Maternity booking in referral form and forward it to Metro North Central Patient Intake to refer your patient.