The benefits of parents groups

While it’s an exciting and precious time in a new parent’s life to welcome a baby, it’s the “what-happens-next” part that can be so daunting. This is especially the case with first-time parents, and if you’re in this category, please remember that you’re not alone. Fortunately, in Australia it’s common to be invited to join a parents group once you’ve welcomed your baby into the world. These groups offer so much more than just meeting new mums, dads and bubs. There are mental and physical health benefits too, and it’s great for your baby’s development.

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Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)

Gestational diabetes (GDM) is one of the most common medical complications of pregnancy. Characterised by glucose intolerance of varying severity, GDM develops or is first recognised mostly in the second or third trimesters (Nankervis & Conn 2013). GDM is largely determined by genetics and by your placenta, as high as 10-15% of all women aged 15-49 develop gestational diabetes, so is important to screen all women in pregnancy. Although you cannot “cause” GDM, there are known risk factors that increase your chance of developing.

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A personal experience of infant loss

“He only lived for four short days and now our lives will never be the same.” – A journey that in a perfect world, no other families should have to go through. No journey is the same, but it is filled with the same pain, the same despair and powerlessness. So how do you keep going in this situation? How do you wake every day and face each day when the worst has happened?  Our midwife, Rachel Kunde, shares her personal experience and words of comfort.

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We are what we eat: important nutrients in pregnancy

It can be a very exciting time when you find out you are having a baby. If this is your first pregnancy, you may be busy making future plans, designing the nursery, renovating, moving into a bigger house, buying clothes, having a baby shower and… the list goes on. If this is your second or subsequent pregnancy, you are already a busy mum, juggling another child or children, work and a partner, all whilst eating on the fly. Regardless of where you are on your motherhood journey, it is important to remember that you are not only having a baby, you are building a baby. read more “We are what we eat: important nutrients in pregnancy”