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How maternal nurse home visits help mums

Australian researchers have found a simple way to improve the mental health and wellbeing of mothers living in adversity. Mothers reported lower rates of depression, anxiety and stress after regular home visits by maternal and child health nurses.

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Paid Parental Leave scheme turns 10

It’s been ten years since Australia first introduced its federally funded Paid Parental Leave scheme offering a payment for up to 18 weeks while you care for your baby. So what has changed in a decade and how do we compare to international standards?

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Genomics: Would you test your child?

Genomic testing reviews the whole of a person’s genetic makeup. Researchers from Melbourne’s Murdoch Children’s Research Institute set out to discover if parents were offered additional genetic information about their newborn, would they accept it?

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Help for parents of stillborn babies

For most parents, pregnancy is a happy time filled with joyful anticipation, but in Australia 1,724 babies die each year. Acknowledging this trauma, leave entitlements have now been increased for parents dealing with a stillbirth or infant death.

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Managing your mental health in pregnancy

Pregnant women who experience anxiety or depression are reporting their children are three times more likely to have childhood illnesses such as colds. The research, while not intended to make parents fearful, points out the importance of seeking help.

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Supporting mothers: Bring back the tribe

New mothers still need their tribe says Professor Hannah Dahlen. Professor Dahlen believes some mothers struggle and we need to provide them with real, practical support in those first few months, not just people who want to gush over and hold the baby.

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Miscarriage: Why we should talk about it

In Australia, 103,000 families are impacted by miscarriage each year, and most miscarriages, around 98 per cent, happen within the first 12 weeks. However, a culture of silence may leave couples feeling isolated and unsupported at this difficult time.

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Gender Disappointment: A hidden shame

Gender disappointment is the disappointment in the gender of an unborn or newly born baby, beyond a preference. It’s when the expectant parent or parents have a desire for the opposite gender and they feel, not only disappointed, but robbed and angry.

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