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Pregnancy and post-natal care77 resources in total. To see which languages this resource is available in, click on its title.
Title: Antenatal Edinburgh Scale
Summary: The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is a set of 10 screening questions that can indicate whether you have symptoms that are common in women with depression and anxiety during pregnancy and in the year following the birth of a child. This is not intended to provide a diagnosis – only trained health professionals should do this. It is strongly recommended that you complete this set of questions with a health professional.
Title: Anxiety & depression in pregnancy & early parenthood
Summary: This factsheet is to help understand more about antenatal or postnatal anxiety and depression concerns and where to go for further information and help
Title: Apnoea of prematurity
Summary: Apnoea of prematurity is a breathing pause that can occur in premature babies.
Title: Baby's movements during pregnancy: what is normal?
Summary: This resource provides information for pregnant women on the type of movements they should expect from the foetus during pregnancy.
Title: Breastfeeding - best for baby and for mum
Summary: A translated fact sheet about breatsfeeding. It emphasises that breastfeeding gives your baby the best possible start in life, and that support from family and friends is a really important part of establishing and continuing breastfeeding. It also outlines the added advantages for babies and mother.
Title: Breastfeeding - drugs and breastfeeding
Summary: A translated fact sheet providing information about drugs taken by a breastfeeding mother that may pass into the milk through her bloodstream, usually in very small amounts. The resource can be used as a ready reference to work out which common drugs are safe to take. It covers drugs from drugs to relieve headaches, aches and pains to alcohol, amoking and illicit drugs.
Title: Breastfeeding - how do I start breastfeeding?
Summary: Information and tips on how to start breastfeeding.
Title: Breastfeeding - is my baby getting enough milk?
Summary: Information on how you can tell if your baby is getting enough milk.
Title: Breastfeeding - swollen breasts, blocked ducts, mastitis
Summary: Tranlsted information on what causes swollen breasts, blocked ducts and mastitis and how to treat the problems.
Title: Breastfeeding and childcare
Summary: Breastfeeding and childcare provides information for both parents and childcare providers, and outlines the rights of mother and baby regarding breastfeeding and childcare.
Title: Breastfeeding confidence
Summary: Don’t be concerned if breastfeeding isn’t what you expected. Like anything worth doing, it takes practice
Title: Breastfeeding welcome here
Summary: A poster from the Australian Breastfeeding Association to say that breastfeeding is welcome here.
Title: Breastfeeding when you are working or away from your baby
Summary: Information on how to feed your baby while at work or away from your baby
Title: Breastfeeding your baby
Summary: This translated 16 page booklet is for mothers who are starting to breastfeed. In it you will find information on how to get started and how to avoid common problems.
Title: Breast feeding and postnatal care
Summary: A translated booklet with information about breastfeeding and postnatal care. The contents of the booklet include the impact of feeding choice, signs of correct attachment, breastfeeding issues, taking care of you and taking care of your baby.
Title: Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)
Summary: Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) is a test that checks the pregnancy for genetic abnormalities. The pregnancy can be tested by taking a small sample of the developing placenta. CVS is a specific test
Title: Common early problems – tender or cracked nipples
Summary: Some nipple tenderness is normal at the start of feeds in the first 1–2 weeks. After these early days, incorrect attachment is the most common cause of nipple pain.
Title: Compression stocking
Summary: Translated information about venous leg ulcers and how wearing compression stockings can prevent them returning.
Title: Coping with common discomforts of pregnancy
Summary: A translated fact scheet that outlines that it is quite normal to have a few discomforts in early pregnancy. Sometimes they can become quite severe and you may need to talk to your doctor about what to do. This fact sheet includes common discomforts such as morning sickness, heartburn, cramps, vaginal trush and other discomforts.
Title: Cultural meal guide for Vietnamese gestational diabetic women
Summary: The translated cultural meal guide is specifically written for pregnant Vietnamese women with gestational diabetes. The guide not only provides day to day recipes but also important information and guidelines specifically about gestational diabetes and pregnancy.
Title: Depression during pregnancy and early parenthood
Summary: Translated information about depression in pregnancy and early parenthood, including signs and symptoms of depression, causes of depression, treatment options, coping strategies, and how to find help.
Title: Diabetes in pregnancy - gestational diabetes
Summary: This translated fact sheet explains what gestational diabetes is how it can not only develop during their pregnancy but also how it can affect the pregnancy and the woman’s future health. It outlines what causes gestational diabetes, what pregnant women need to do, and also how it can be managed.
Title: Early pregnancy - before your first pregnancy appointment
Summary: This fact sheet is for women due to attend the Women's for their antenatal care. It discusses the early pregnancy checks and tests that women should ask their local doctor about and the services at the Women's they should be aware of prior to the first appointment.
Title: Early pregnancy - how to take care of yourself
Summary: There are a number of things that you can do before you get pregnant, and in the early weeks, to encourage a healthy pregnancy. Taking care of yourself in early pregnancy is very important. Read this fact sheet for tips to show you how.
Title: Eating well for a pregnancy: tips to get enough folic acid and iodine (video)
Summary: Good nutrition during pregnancy will help to keep a developing baby and its mother healthy. The need for certain nutrients, such as iron, iodine and folic acid, is increased at this time but only a small amount of extra kilojoules is needed. It is important to choose a wide variety of foods to ensure the nutritional needs of both mother and baby are met.
Title: Epidural information
Summary: This translated information is for women having an epidural during labour at the Women's. It explains what an epidural is, why you are having one and how it is administered.
Title: Exercises before and after birth
Summary: Information for women about important exercises during pregnancy and after childbirth. Amanong many others exercises for back pain and pelvic floor
Title: Expecting a baby? Bladder and bowel control problems
Summary: A translated resource for pregnant women who may be experiencing problems with bladder and bowel control. The resource covers information such as how to know when there is a problem, likelihood of getting bladder and bowel problems, having caesarean births and information on pelvic floor muscles.
Title: Folic acid and pregnancy (video)
Summary: If you are thinking about having a baby, or could become pregnant, you need to know about folic acid. Folic acid is important to the healthy development of babies in early pregnancy.
Title: Gestational diabetes: caring for yourself and your baby
Summary: This translated booklet has been compiled to inform women and specifically pregnant women on the facts surrounding gestational diabetes, including what it is, who is at risk and why it needs to be treated. It is designed to assist in understanding the importance of managing gestational diabetes which may develop while pregnant and continue after giving birth.
Title: Having your baby at the Women's - things to bring into hospital
Summary: This translated list is for women who are coming to the Royal Women's Hospital to have their baby, outlining what to bring with them.
Title: Healthy eating for pregnancy: in pictures
Summary: Healthy eating in pregnancy means lots of fruit, vegetables and foods with calcium, protein and iron. Avoid sugary, fatty foods, and drink plenty of water.
Title: How does pregnancy begin? (video)
Summary: This is part of a series of videos about periods, pregnancy and contraception, for newly arrived migrant and refugee women in Australia. This video provides general information. Please speak to a health professional for appropriate individual advice.
Title: If you are pregnant, or think you may be, please inform a staff member BEFORE you have an X-ray
Summary: A multilingual poster that asks women who are pregnant or think they might be, to inform staff before having an x-ray.
Title: Important facts about Rubella for the whole community
Summary: This document contains information on Rubella, including Facts, Prevention and Treatment
Title: Improving care for sick and premature babies
Summary: The Newborn Intensive and Special Care (NISC) nurseries at the Women's provide the best possible care for babies. To maintain the highest level of care we are continually updating our practice by carrying out careful research studies.
Title: Improving your recovery after birth - physiotherapy advice
Summary: Some simple translated steps for after you have given birth we recommend which will improve your postnatal recovery, including immediately after birth and longer term exercises and tips.
Title: Iodine and pregnancy (video)
Summary: If you are thinking about having a baby, or could become pregnant, you need to know about iodine supplements. In Australia and New Zealand there has recently been a re-emergence of iodine deficiency. Iodine is an essential mineral that we get from the food we eat. While dairy foods and seafood are good sources of iodine, the amount of iodine in our diet depends on how much iodine is in the soil. A diet low in iodine may lead to a number of health problems. Iodine is particularly important for pregnant and breastfeeding women, the developing baby in the womb, babies and young children are at the greatest risk.
Title: Jaundice and your newborn baby
Summary: Newborn babies often appear to have a yellowish tinge to their skin. This is called jaundice. It happens when a chemical called bilirubin builds up in the baby's blood and tissues. In most babies jaundice is a normal event and not serious. It will nearly always disappear gradually within days without the need for any special treatment.
Title: Jaundice in babies
Summary: Fact sheet on jaundice, a common problem in newborn babies. Explains which babies are more likely to have jaundice and how it's treated.
Title: Jaundice in newborn babies
Summary: Jaundice in newborn babies is a yellow colouration of the skin and the whites of the eyes. Visible jaundice occurs in one third to a half of normal newborn babies. It usually does not cause problems and generally fades by the end of the first week after birth. If the jaundice appears within 24 hours of birth, or is yet present after 2 weeks, contact your doctor or local hospital.
Title: Looking after yourself and your baby
Summary: The weeks and months after your baby is born will be one of the most challenging experiences of your life. Because your role as a mother is so vital to your baby and your family, it is important that in the middle of the feeding, cleaning and nappy changes that you remember to look after yourself.
Title: Mastitis causes, prevention and treatment
Summary: Translated information about mastitis causes and treatment. It also includes ifnormation on the use of antibiotics.
Title: Mercury in fish (video)
Summary: The Australian Dietary Guidelines say that everyone should eat one or two fish meals per week for good health. The good news is that it is safe for everyone to eat 2-3 serves per week of most types of fish. shark, marlin and swordfish should only be eaten once a week by the general population because they have levels of naturally occurring mercury.
Title: Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy
Summary: A translated fact sheet about 'Morning sickness' that can occur at any time of the day. The cause is unknown although it has been linked to changes in the levels of various hormones during pregnancy. This fact sheet describes what it is, what can be done to help it, some suggestions to reduce the severity of your symptoms, and foods to try. It also includes information about hyperemesis.
Title: Nocturia - going to the toilet at night
Summary: This translated document describes what Nocturia is and its causes which include (but are not limited to) heart problems, kidney problems, and diabetes (type 1 and 2). It also covers issues with lowering intake of liquids, what a person should do and how it can be treated.
Title: Oral health during pregnancy
Summary: Taking care of your gums and teeth during pregnancy is important for you and your baby
Title: Pelvic floor muscle training for women
Summary: The document explains how to keep your pelvic floor muscles strong. The floor of the pelvis is made up of layers of muscle and other tissues. These layers stretch like a hammock from the tailbone at the back, to the pubic bone in front.
Title: Postnatal Edinburgh Scale
Summary: A screening questionnaire to check for depression during the post-natal period. For professional use.
Title: Preeclampsia explained
Summary: Preeclampsia is an illness that occurs during or immediately after pregnancy. It can affect both the mother and the baby.
Title: Pregnancy and birth services
Summary: This translated video provides information on involving health services early and fully understanding your childbirth options to give a great start to a rewarding birth experience. The video outlines the who’s who during pregnancy, birth and newborn care, and helps to understand which records and paperwork are required as well as payment options for having a baby and newborn care in Victoria.
Title: Pregnancy and diabetes
Summary: A translated NDSS fact sheet that advises women with type 1 and type 2 diabetes on the best preparation for a healthy pregnancy before falling pregnant. It advises on contraception, planning for pregnancy, being pregnant with diabetes and unplanned pregnancy. It also includes a pregnancy planning checklist.
Title: Pregnancy in Auslan (video)
Summary: An introductory video explaining how pregnancy begins, what effects your chances of getting pregnant and an overview of the female reproductive system.
Summary: The document explains what is a vaginal (or pelvic organ) prolapse is.
Title: Protect your baby from whooping cough
Summary: Vaccinate for free when pregnant. This brochure provides information about whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination in pregnancy.
Title: Rh D immunoglobulin - you and your baby
Summary: This translated booklet provides information on Rh(D) Immunoglobulin-VF (Anti-D), a human immunoglobulin preparation for intramuscular administration. The booklet includes important information for Rh (D) Negative women prevention of haemolytic disease of the newborn. It outlines what the Rh factor is, how it can effect a baby and some prevention information.
Summary: Facts about rubella, a viral infection which can cause serious damage to unborn babies. Includes information about immunisation.
Title: Rubella information (with special emphasis for women of childbearing age)
Summary: Fact sheet on rubella, an infectious disease which can harm unborn babies. Includes information on how the disease is spread, symptoms, prevention and immunisation.
Title: Sad feelings after childbirth - a 'hidden' problem
Summary: Information about postnatal depression, including how to recognise symptoms and where to get help.
Title: Shared maternity care at the Royal Women's Hospital
Summary: This fact sheet explains what Shared Maternity Care means as carried out at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, Victoria and its main benefits.
Title: Smoking and pregnancy
Summary: A guide to the effects of tobacco smoke on unborn babies, including information on how to quit smoking.
Title: Stages of pregnancy and labour
Summary: A guide to conception, pregnancy and labour. Explains how conception happens, what to do if you think you're pregnant, how the baby grows during pregnancy, what happens during labour and after the birth.
Title: Starting Solids
Summary: A guide to introducing solid foods to babies 0 to 12 months.
Title: Taking care of yourself in early pregnancy
Summary: There are a number of things that you can do before you get pregnant, and in the early weeks, to encourage a healthy pregnancy. Read this fact sheet for tips to help you in early pregnancy.
Title: Ultrasound during pregnancy
Summary: Ultrasound examinations use high frequency sound waves to look inside the body. This fact sheet is for women who may undergo this procedure during pregnancy. It provides an overview of the purpose of the procedure and how to prepare for it.
Title: Understanding gestational diabetes
Summary: This translated NDSS fact sheet provides information on gestational diabetes in women who are pregnant. It explains who is at risk, why and how to manage gestational diabetes and the importance of healthy eating and physical exercise and other pregnancy related information on gestational diabetes.
Title: Understanding gestational diabetes DVD
Summary: The DVD explains to women and their families how to manage their gestational diabetes and what to do when the baby is born. It features women who have had gestational diabetes sharing their experiences. It is intended to give viewers a better understanding of gestational diabetes as well as be a useful educational resource for health professionals working with women from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Title: Unplanned pregnancy in Easy English with a lot of illustrations
Summary: This factsheet explains what choices you have if you have an unplanned pregnancy.
Title: Using nipple shields
Summary: Information about how to use nipple shields.
Title: Vitamin D for pregnant women and new mothers
Summary: The brochure informs the community about what Vitamin D deficiency is, and the potential risks for mothers and their babies. It also explains where to get Vitamin D levels checked and how to increase levels if they are low.
Title: Warning to pregnant and breastfeeding women: seaweed soup
Summary: Information pamphlet warning women of the extremely high levels of iodine in seaweed soup, this soup is often given to pregnant and breastfeeding women from Korea, Japan and some parts of China in the belief that it increases breastmilk supply. This soup can have iodine level hundreds of times higher than the recommended daily intake. High levels of iodine intake can cause hypothyroidism in newborn babies.
Title: What is assisted reproductive technology?
Summary: This brochure provides an overview of the most common techniques involved with assisted reproductive technology (ART), including IVF, artificial insemination, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).
Title: What to bring to hospital when having a baby
Summary: A list of important items (with illusatrations) which pregnant women should bring to hospital when having a baby.
Title: When a baby has died (Multilingual brochure)
Summary: A help sheet for parents from CALD backgrounds whose babies have died through miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death; how to seek help and feelings that may be experienced
Title: When to come to hospital in labour
Summary: Provides information about what to expect at the start of labour and when to present at hospital.
Title: Whooping cough vaccine and your pregnancy
Summary: Whooping cough vaccine given to the mother when she is pregnant is the best way to stop babies from getting whooping cough. This resource addresses common questions around the use of this vaccine in pregnant women.
Title: Your fertility
Summary: Information with tips on how to get pregnant and stay healthy during pregnancy
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