About Pregnancy, Birth and Baby

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby is a national Australian Government service providing support and information for expecting parents and parents of children, from birth to 5 years of age.

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby provides free, non-judgemental emotional support and reassurance. The service provides guidance on children’s growth, behaviour and development and can refer parents to local services. Maternal child health nurses work with parents to ensure the health and wellbeing of their children and family.

Guidance and emotional support provided includes areas such as:

  • pregnancy planning
  • healthy pregnancy
  • newborn essentials
  • becoming a parent
  • parenting (up to 5 years)

Who is Pregnancy, Birth and Baby for?

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby is for expecting parents and parents of children from birth to 5 years of age, as well as friends and relatives.

Is there a cost to use Pregnancy, Birth and Baby?

Calls to Pregnancy, Birth and Baby are free, however charges may apply from mobiles and payphones.

How to access Pregnancy, Birth and Baby's services

Anyone across Australia can access Pregnancy, Birth and Baby via:

  • Their website
  • Phone counselling (1800 882 436), available from 7am - midnight (AEST), seven days a week
  • Video call, available from 7am - midnight (AEST), seven days a week

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Research and Evaluation

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby is produced by healthdirect. All information partner websites of healthdirect are subject to a comprehensive, clinical quality assessment to ensure only links to reliable and safe health information are provided. Each organisation and their content development processes are evaluated against the HONCode principles, including criteria such as authoritativeness and qualifications, purpose and usability, privacy, referencing, review frequency and dating, transparency and disclosure, and accessibility.

In addition to providing links to quality information on partner websites, healthdirect's in-house team of health professionals, journalists and content producers create and publish their own locally-developed content. This content is reviewed for clinical accuracy every 1-4 years, depending on subject matter, and ‘Last reviewed’ dates are clearly stated on individual pages.