Queensland mums to have their say on maternity care

01 May 2012

Queensland mums are being given the opportunity to have their voices heard on maternity care in Queensland. UQ’s Queensland Centre for Mothers & Babies is conducting a state-wide survey for mums to share their experiences – both good and bad – about having a baby in Queensland. Professor Sue Kruske… Read More


Early skin-to-skin contact

26 Apr 2012

Early skin-to-skin contact (SSC) between mother and baby reduces crying, assists with bonding, and keeps baby warm. There is also a higher chance that breastfeeding will be easier to establish, probably because early SSC supports the baby’s instinct to attach and feed well. Read More


Exercise during pregnancy

12 Apr 2012

Exercising regularly when you’re pregnant has been shown to reduce common pregnancy complaints like back pain, nausea, constipation, heartburn, and poor sleep. Women who exercise regularly during pregnancy also report faster recovery from childbirth. At least 30 minutes per day at a moderate intensity is recommended. Breaking exercise into… Read More


Exercise while breastfeeding

19 Mar 2012

Studies have shown that moderate intensity exercise does not have a negative impact on the volume or composition of breast milk. Studies have also shown that exercise is beneficial for the breastfeeding mother (in terms of improving fitness) and is safe for the infant. Read More


What can I do to increase my chance of having a VBAC?

15 Mar 2012

You are more likely to have a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) if: you have had a vaginal birth previously your baby weighs less than 4kgyou don’t have an induction (trying to start labour artificially) or augmentation (trying to artificially speed up your labour) of labouryou birth in a… Read More


What are the chances?

15 Mar 2012

  In Australia each year: 5 out of every 1000 people are injured in a car accident (0.5%)2 out of every 100 people have vomiting or diarrhoea from food poisoning (2%)30 out of every 100 people catch a cold or flu (30%)45 out of every 100 people get sunburnt… Read More


Making the decision that is right for you

27 Feb 2012

If you are concerned that the option suggested to you by your maternity care provider is not the right one for you, you can: – have an open discussion– ask for a second opinion– find another maternity care provider who will support your decision… Read More


Monitoring your baby during labour

20 Feb 2012

Studies have shown that women who have their baby’s heart rate monitored continuously during labour have increased medical intervention that is not necessarily linked to improved outcomes. Read More


What can I do to reduce my chance of tearing during birth?

13 Feb 2012

Studies have shown that women having their first vaginal birth are less likely to have a tear needing stitches if they did perineal massage during their pregnancy. Those women are also less likely to have an episiotomy (a cut made to increase the size of the opening of the… Read More


Face of Birth Movie screening

08 Feb 2012

We are excited to be partnering with Maternity Coalition to present screening of Face of Birth, a new film about families that choose to give birth at home, the midwives and health professionals who support them and a system that works against them. 7pmTuesday 13th March 2012  … Read More