Easing into parenthood

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Support. A rocking chair awaits in the corner of the room and the crib is made up – the baby’s room is ready to be filled with memories.

The months, weeks and days leading up to the arrival of your little one can be filled with a flurry of emotions and in a whirlwind of appointments and referrals, the pressure of preparing to become a parent can be eased with local support.

Smithton District Hospital aims to lessen this stress on parents by providing support, guidance and advice every step of the way.

A variety of prenatal and postnatal services are available locally through the hospital to ease parents into parenthood or smooth the transition of a growing family.

The local hospital provides antenatal classes to parents throughout the year. Over the course of five sessions, parents will learn pain management and how to cope with labour, unexpected outcomes and coping under stress, breast feeding, parenting relationships and the bond between child and parents as well as basic first aid and postnatal care.

Classes are run three times throughout the year with the next to begin in June or July.

An obstetric and gynae care specialist visits on the first Thursday of every month, and a midwife clinic is available every Tuesday and Friday however a general practitioner referral is required to access these services.

Both antenatal and postnatal counselling is available following a referral from a health professional.

Following the birth of your baby, a midwife works closely with the child health nurse to ensure new parents receive support and in-home visits.

For more information, visit Smithton District Hospital at 74 Britton Road, Smithton or phone 6478 9520.

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