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Useful links

General Pregnancy References & Information Sources

Genetics

  • NSW Genetics Education. The Centre for Genetics Education provides current and relevant genetics information to individuals and family members affected by genetic conditions and the professionals who work with them. The site has a number of factsheets related to particular genetic conditions.

Medications and Exposures During Pregnancy

  • The Chemical Use in Pregnancy Service (CUPS) is a specialist service for women who use alcohol and other drugs during pregnancy. The staff of CUPS can provide information on all aspects of drug use in pregnancy to enable women to make informed choices and can help women and their families before, during and after pregnancy Contact a registered nurse during business hours through the switchboard at Sydney Hospital on (02) 9382 7111. CUPS staff can also assist you to find a service in your area.
  • Australian Epilepsy Pregnancy Registry - is a voluntary nationwide study enrolling women who are currently pregnant or who have recently given birth (with infants up to 9 months of age). The study is looking specifically at women with epilepsy taking anti-epileptic medication, women with epilepsy not taking anti-epileptic medication and women taking anti-epileptic medication for conditions other than epilepsy.
    Ph: 1800 069 722  
  • Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) is a 24 hour, confidential telephone service for people in NSW. It provides information, counselling, referral and advice to anyone concerned about their own or someone else's alcohol or other drug use.

    Ph: Sydney 02 9361 8000NSW country 1800 422 599

  • UKTIS (The UK Teratology Information Service) provides a national service on all aspects of the toxicity of drugs and chemicals in pregnancy.  Their patient leaflets detailing "Best Use of Medicines in Pregnancy" (bumps) can be found at www.medicinesinpregnancy.org
  • Motherisk is a Canadian service which provides information on medications and medical conditions in pregnancy and also medication in the breastfeeding mother.
  • MotherToBaby, a service of the non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (North American based), provides information about medications and other exposures during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.   
  • QUIT Program provides information on stopping smoking .
    Ph: 13 7848 (13 QUIT)
  • National Cannabis Prevention and Information Service provides evidence based information on cannabis and related harms.
    Cannabis Information and Helpline 1800 30 40 50.
  • National Register for Antipsychotic Medications in Pregnancy (NRAMP) is collecting information to address the gaps in knowledge surrounding women taking antipsychotic medication in pregnancy and the postpartum period (up to 12 months). Contact the NRAMP co-ordinator on (03) 9076 6591
  • Prescribing Medication in Pregnancy Database (Therapeutic Goods Administration) Australian Government. Department of Health and Aging. Information on prescribing medications in pregnancy geared towards health professionals (currently being updated)

Depression

  • beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to
    address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia. The website has a number of downloadable resources available including information related to emotional health during pregnancy and early parenthood and postnatal depression.
    Ph: 1300 22 4636
  • The Gidget Foundation is a NSW-based charitable organisation raising awareness of perinatal anxiety and depression.
  • PANDA is the national Post and Antenatal Depression Association
    Ph: 1300 726 306

Food Safety and Nutrition

Information and leaflets on safe food choices during pregnancy can be found at

Baby, Child and Family Health

  • Early Childhood Health Service and Community Health Centres are staffed by health professionals who specialise in child and family health. The staff at the hospital where you have your baby will link you to your local clinic, or you can find details in the phone book.
  • Tresillian provides positive and practical advice on caring for babies.
    24 hour parent help line 9787 0855 or Freecall 1800 637 357 (outside Sydney metropolitan area)
  • Karitane provides support on a wide range of issues concerning infants and children from birth to five (5) years of age.  Karitane Careline is a 7-day per week service with Child and Family Health Nurses providing consultation 1300 227 464
  • Family Planning NSW promote the reproductive and sexual health of the people of NSW. The website has a range of health information and fact sheets in both English and community languages.
    FPA Healthline 1300 658886
  • Young Parents. Pregnancy and Parenting for Under 24s
  • The Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick, in collaboration with the Children's Hospital at Westmead and Kaleidoscope, Hunter Children's Health Network have produced a range of factsheets which provide general health information for children on a variety of issues.
  • Poisons Information Service. Australia- wide, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 131126

Breastfeeding resources

Note:- The inclusion of these links does not imply any endorsement or support by South Eastern Sydney Local Health District or NSW Health or the State of New South Wales. See our Disclaimer for more information.