Help Lines


P.A.N.D.A (perinatal anxiety and depression Australia) Helpline (Mon to Fri, 10am – 5pm AEST) Call 1300 726 306

Parentline 1300 130 052
9 am-9 pm, Monday to Friday
4 pm-9 pm, Saturday

Karitane Care Line 1300 227 464
24 hours, 7 days

Tresillian Parent Helpline
1800 637 357
24 hours, 7 days

Playgroup Australia 1800 171 882
9 am-3 pm, Monday to Friday

Alcohol and Drug Information Services (ADIS)
1800 422 599
24 hours, 7 days

Child Care Access Hotline
1800 670 305
133 677 (TTY service for people with a hearing/speech impairment)
8 am-6 pm, Monday to Friday

Family Relationship Advice Line 1800 050 321
8 am -8 pm, Monday to Friday
10 am -4 pm, Saturday

Health Direct Australia (not available in Vic or Qld)
1800 022 222
24 hours, 7 days

Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
24 hours, 7 days

Lifeline 131 114
24 hours, 7 days

Medicare Public Enquiries Line 132 011
24 hours, 7 days

Mensline Australia 1300 789 978
24 hours, 7 days
(Support and referral to specialist men’s services)

National Breastfeeding Helpline 1800 MUM 2 MUM
(or 1800 686 268)
24 hours, 7 days

National Poisons Information Centre 131 126
24 hours, 7 days

Sane Australia Mental Health
Helpline 1800 187 263
9 am-5 pm, Monday to Friday

Abuse hotline
1800 737 732
Confidential 24 hour helpline

Child Wise National Child Abuse Prevention
Helpline 1800 991 099
9 am-5 pm, Monday to Friday

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Don’t eat dates blindly!

By |April 16th, 2019|

Arghghgh I am going to pull my hair out if I see another post about pregnant women and the magical dates!

I thought it was the final straw when I heard a wonderful, pre-natal yoga teacher telling their mums to eat dates to improve their birth, but then I heard even a midwife was advising a […]

Go with the flow?

By |December 3rd, 2018|

Just “go with the flow”?

It’s common advice given to pregnant women as they face the unknowns of childbirth. “Just go with the flow.” When faced with negative horror stories, it’s a welcome and relieving instruction. But is it really helpful?

I was definitely in denial when I was pregnant about how hard childbirth can be. I’d […]

Dear Obstetrician,

By |May 25th, 2018|

Dear Obsetrician, I am a birth educator. I see the full range of women in my work, some women feel safest with midwives in a birth centre. Medical equipment can make them nervous. Some women birth at home, they feel safest there.

But many, many women choose obstetricians – this is how many women feel safest.

This […]

What does labour feel like?

By |April 26th, 2018|

Labour is like many things in life, very difficult to explain to those who have not felt it.

To further complicate the issue, it can strongly be influenced by expectations, your reaction to it, your surroundings and your carers reactions to you!

One thing is for sure, if you are tense and holding your breath, it will […]

Curious mums, hundreds of clients

By |March 10th, 2017|

Dear fellow birth educators,

I feel so happy and excited when I hear a mum being curious about antenatal education!

I often hear: “I heard of HypnoBirthing and wondered if it was worth the money”,
or, “What is the difference between Calm Birth and HypnoBirthing? ”
or, “Have you heard of Lamaze, She Births, Birth Savvy, Birth from Within, […]