You and your baby have the right to be safe and supported during pregnancy.
Pregnancy is a time of massive change, especially for mums, and you probably have lots of questions. ASK is a safe place where you can get answers.
To give your baby a healthy start, it’s important to look after yourself physically, mentally and emotionally, by:
- eating healthy food
- avoiding alcohol and smoking
- going to your pregnancy appointments and check-ups
- having someone to talk to.
Sometimes difficult situations can make it harder to stay healthy when you’re pregnant — feeling alone, using drugs and alcohol, fighting with your partner or family, or being homeless.
You are not alone and support is available to help you make positive changes for you and your baby.
It’s ok to ASK for help. ASK is a safe place.
Whether you’re a first-time mum, or dad, a co-parent, caregiver, or you’re welcoming another child into your family, people and services are ready to support you.
Information for you
Parenting SA provides the community with free quality information on raising children.
Parenting Easy Guides
Parent Easy Guides on a wide range of parenting topics from birth to 18 years including some specially designed for Aboriginal and migrant families.
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Free, reliable, up-to-date and independent information to help you and your family grow and thrive together, including:
Services for you
Child and Family Health Service (CaFHS) supports all SA families with babies and kids 0 to 5 years. They have a focus on 0 to 3 years and can help with:
- feeding, settling, children’s milestones and development checks
- information and suggestions for parents and caregivers.
CaFHS Parent Helpline gives information and support over the phone to parents and carers of children from birth to five years.
Phone 1300 364 100
CaFHS Early Parenting Groups
Phone 1300 733 606
Early Parenting Groups in your area
Phone 8215 6700 (9.00 am to 9.00 pm)
The following services all accept self-referral:
Providing individual and group support before, during and after pregnancy and while you’re parenting. MY Health also has nurses, midwives, doctors and counsellors. MY Health is free and confidential for young people aged 12 to 25 years.
These centres offer a range of services bringing together education, health, community development activities and services for families.
Services may include:
- long day care
- occasional care
- programs to support families with children from birth to school age.
Someone to talk to
The Pregnancy SA Infoline provides a single point of contact for booking your first antenatal (before birth) appointment in metropolitan public hospitals.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. Not open public holidays.
Phone 1300 368 820
Beyond Blue gives access to information and referral to relevant services for depression and anxiety-related matters (not a counselling service). Cost of a local call.
Phone 1300 22 4636 (24-hour service)
Pregnancy, Birth and Baby supports parents, caregivers and co-parents on the journey from pregnancy to preschool. You can chat with a maternal child health nurse for suggestions and guidance with pregnancy, birth, being a parent and raising a child.
Phone 1800 882 436 (7:30 am to 12:30 midnight)