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Booking In Pack

Please find in this information pack some valuable reading material which will be informative and useful throughout the coming months of your pregnancy.

Your midwife will go over this pack with you at your Booking In appointment. Please do not hesitate to ask any of the Doctors or Midwives any questions you may have.

It’s a good idea to write down questions and bring the list with you on your next antenatal visit.

Reducing the risk of stillbirth

Safer Baby – Understanding the five key areas where it is known that stillbirth can be prevented.

Your pregnancy – Still Aware

Go to sleep on your side

It is also recommended that from 28 weeks, women should sleep on their side for optimal blood flow to their baby. Please see links below for more info
Research shows that going to sleep on your side from 28 weeks of pregnancy halves your risk of stillbirth (The Royal and Australian College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, [RANZCOG], 2019)
Safe sleep in pregnancy – Still Aware

Babies movements are important

Babies often use their movements as a sign to alert us that something may not be right for them on the inside. You should start feeling your baby move between 18-22 weeks of your pregnancy, and by 28 weeks you will notice that your baby has developed its own pattern of movements. Every baby has a different pattern of waking and sleeping so it is helpful if you stay tuned in to your baby’s movements during waking hours.

Your baby’s pattern of movement will remain the same for your baby until birth – it is not true that babies move less as you get closer to your due date. You should feel the same pattern of movements for your baby right up until labour starts and during labour too.

Your midwife or doctor will ask you about your movements at each visit however if you feel there has been a change in the normal pattern (i.e. a change in the frequency or intensity) please contact Maternity Assessment Unit (MAU) or the Maternity Unit at the moment you are concerned, do not wait to report this change at your next appointment.

Still Aware

Maternity Assessment Unit

Emotional health and wellbeing

Beyond Blue

Emotion health and wellbeing: a guide for pregnant women, new mums and other carers. – Beyond Blue

Emotion health and wellbeing: a guide for new dads, partners  and other carers. – Beyond Blue

Emotional wellbeing services at South West Healthcare

Immunisations in pregnancy

Immunisations in pregnancy – Australian Government, Department of Health

COVID-19 Vaccinations in pregnancy and breastfeeding – Australian Government, Department of Health

COVID-19 vaccinations – RANZCOG

Keeping your baby safe
Product Safety – Kids equipment

Tests and medicines for newborn babies

Tests and medicines for you newborn – The Royal Women’s Hospital

Baby Hearing Screen

Newborn Screening Test

Generation Victoria – GenV

South West Healthcare is proud to support GenV, a new research project led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute that aims to help improve long-term health and wellbeing for children and parents.
When you have your baby at South West Healthcare, you will be approached by a staff member from Murdoch Children’s Research Institute to be part of a research project called Gen V.

What is GenV?
GenV is a sophisticated research project with a simple goal: a better approach to child and adult health and wellbeing in Victoria.

GenV is asking parents of newborns across the whole of Victoria to be a part of GenV by safely and securely sharing information about themselves and the health and development of their newborn.
For the first time ever, this will give us a complete picture of the health and wellbeing of a whole generation, allowing us to unlock discoveries that improve the lives of all families.
GenV is one of the world’s largest-ever birth and parent cohort studies. It will follow babies and their parents to help solve problems like asthma, food allergies, obesity and mental illness. By 2035, GenV’s vision is to have helped create a happier and healthier future for many children and parents.

Breastfeeding Support

Antenatal Classes


Page last updated: 4 August 2022

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