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Where do I get help?
If you are looking for some practical support or assistance with your new baby, or you find you need some help as your baby grows, get in touch with some of the organisations listed below.

These organisations have changed the lives of many mothers and babies by helping them find ways to cope with lots of basic baby care issues such as crying and feeding problems and by offering much needed support to new mums. If you feel depressed, or feel that you have nobody to talk to, it is in the best interests of you, and your baby, to ask for help.

The majority of these organisations are free and are there to help people just like you. If you feel these organisations have been helpful to you, and you can afford it, offer a donation to show your support.

Contact the organisations direct to find out more information about the services they offer or ask your midwife or GP for more information.

Karitane
Provides support and education to families with children aged from birth to five years. Services offered:

  • 24 Hour Care Line
  • Day Stay Visits
  • Residential Program
  • Lactation Consultancy
  • Sleep and settling education group for babies up to 12 weeks
  • Big Baby sleep program for babies 7 months and over
  • Toddler management and education program

Call the 24 Hour Care Line
From Sydney 02 9794 1852
Outside Sydney 1800 677 961

Tresillian Care Centres 
Offer practical help and advice to families with young children, services include:

  • 24 Hour Parents Help Line
  • Day Stay Visits
  • Residential Program (parents & baby live in)
  • Parent Education Courses

Call the 24 Hour help line
From Sydney: 02 9787 5255
Outside Sydney: 1800 637 357

Baby Health Clinics 
Ask your GP to direct you to your local Baby Health Clinic. These Centres are also listed in the White Pages though may be under different names depending which state you are in.

Australian Breastfeeding Association
The Australian Breastfeeding Association is a large community based self-help group, recognised as a leading authority on breastfeeding management. The Association provides innovative counselling and support services to the community and health sector throughout Australia. Services offered:

  • Group Meetings
  • Counselling
  • Breast Pump Hire
  • Public Seminars and Conferences

Call head office in Melbourne (03) 9885 0855 for a contact in your area.  Also visit the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

Australian College of Midwives
How can a midwife help me after the birth of my baby? After you give birth, a midwife can assist you with:

  • Caring for you and your baby
  • Postnatal exercises
  • Infant feeding and settling
  • Parent/family adjustment
  • Family planning
  • Postnatal feelings/postnatal depression 

How can I contact a midwife?
To find a midwife in your area, call, email or write to the ACMI branch in your state:  

New South Wales - NSW
The NSW Midwives Association
PO Box 62
GLEBE NSW 2037
Ph: (02) 9281 9522
Fax: (02) 9281 0335
Email: midwives@zip.com.au

Australian Capital Territory - ACT
ACMI ACT Branch
GPO Box 1918
CANBERRA CITY ACT 2601
Ph: (02) 6286 8094
Email: austmid@ozemail.com.au

Victoria - VIC
ACMI VIC Branch
1/27 Gratton Street
CARLTON VIC 3053
Ph: (03) 9804 5071
Email: austmid@ozemail.com.au

Queensland - QLD
ACMI QLD Branch
PO Box 8073
WOOLLOONGABBA QLD 4102
Ph: (03) 9804 5071
Email: austmid@ozemail.com.au

Western Australia - WA
ACMI WA Branch
PO Box 553
SUBIACO WA 6008
Ph: (03) 9804 5071
Email: austmid@ozemail.com.au

Northern Territory - NT
ACMI NT Branch
PO Box 41781
CASUARINA NT 0811
Ph: (03) 9804 5071
Email: austmid@ozemail.com.au

South Australia - SA
ACMI SA Branch
PO Box 1063
KENT TOWN SA 5071
Ph: (09) 8364 5729
Email: austmid@ozemail.com.au

NATIONAL BODY
Australian College of Midwives Inc.
1st Floor, 3 Bowen Cres
MELBOURNE VIC 3000
Ph: (03) 9804 5071
Fax: (03) 9566 1370
Email: austmid@ozemail.com.au 

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