Fertility to First Years – Mackay

Fertility to First Years – Mackay

A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO PREGNANCY, BIRTH AND BABIES

Every couple’s journey to parenthood is different. Some couples struggle to conceive while others accidentally fall pregnant naturally. Regardless of whether you fall into the first category or the latter (or somewhere in between), there are a number of services that can help you conceive and ensure that both you and bub are healthy throughout the pregnancy, delivery and vital first year of bub’s life.

Conception, pregnancy, labour and postnatal care can be a tricky road to navigate with plenty of bumps along the way. The good news is that there is a community full of support in Mackay. From fertility clinics to postnatal depression counsellors, from breastfeeding lactation consultants to family assistance, below are a few services that are here to help.


Your Birth Options

One of the things you need to decide on is where you will give birth and what type of prenatal care you would like. This will depend on a number of factors including your budget, whether you have private healthcare and where you feel most comfortable receiving the care you and baby will need.

In Mackay, you have the option of giving birth in the public hospital, Mackay Birth Centre or at home with the assistance of a qualified doula. In terms of prenatal and postnatal care, you can see your general practitioner, a private obstetrician/gynaecologist (ObGyn) or a qualified midwife through the public system.

Another thing you might want to consider is a photographer. Many families are choosing to capture the labour and birth experience on film and, if this is the case, you will need to choose a photographer you feel comfortable with being present during the labour and delivery.

Indigo Blue and Ta Da Photography both offer a newborn photography service which will help you capture beautiful memories that you will cherish for years to come.


Healthcare

Obviously, caring for your baby and keeping yourself in good health is so important, both during pregnancy and when your baby is born. Many providers in Mackay offer services right from fertility to the first few years of your baby’s life, and beyond, so the care you need is always at your fingertips.

Something else you may want to consider is your partner’s health. Just like women, men can suffer from postnatal depression so make sure your other half is getting the care and attention he needs. Another thing many men think about is vasectomy.

Dr Raj Selvarajan from Scalpel Free Vasectomy, offers a same day service with no scalpel, no stitches and no worries!

Visit Scalpel Free Vasectomy or call 1300 677 647 for more information.


Buying for Baby

Every baby requires the basics – food, clothes and shelter. What tools and equipment you choose to use to provide these things will depend on your situation. However, regardless of whether you choose to breastfeed or bottle feed, to co-sleep or let baby sleep in her cot from day one, you can expect the list of baby goods to be a long one!

Some of the essentials all parents will require include a car seat, a pram (and/or carrier), a nappy bag, a change table or dresser, clothing, baby blankets and swaddles, feeding equipment (bottles, formula, breast pump, etc.) and a cot (and/or bassinet).

And this is only the beginning! You will also need to consider the smaller items such as nappies, wipes, creams, towels, soap and shampoos. You might want a rocker or glider, a swing or bouncer, a few toys for stimulative play and baskets to keep all of these items organised.

Luckily, there are plenty of places in Mackay to help you with everything you need for your little one. The North Queensland Baby and Kids Market is a great place to
pick up some baby essentials. The next market is on 5th March at Mackay Showgrounds Huge Hall.

And what about your car? What do you need to know if you’re thinking about upgrading? We asked the good people at Mackay City Auto Group for their family car
checklist.

• Is the boot big enough for our pram, groceries and golf clubs?
• Does it have a 5-star ANCAP safety rating?
• Will it be big enough if we have two, three or four kids?!
• Do the doors open wide enough for easy access to rear seats?
• Is the interior easy to clean? There will be messes of all kinds.
• Is there enough anchor points for more baby seats?
• Will it look clean if I can’t wash it for weeks? Light colours are best.
• Will in fit in our garage?! You wouldn’t be the first to get this wrong.

To find the perfect car that ticks all the boxes, you can check out Mackay’s widest selection of new and used cars at Mackay City Auto Group.


Entertaining Baby

Keeping baby comfortable, content and well-fed is only one aspect of being a mum. The fun part is exploring your world with your new little bundle of joy. There are plenty of organised activities and programs designed just for new parents where you can socialise with other parents, gain advice from professionals and introduce your little one to the fascinating world of fitness, music, books and more!

Mackay City Libraries offer a range of activities for babies, including baby bounce and bedtime stories.


Useful Numbers

PERINATAL ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION SUPPORT HELPLINE
Ph: 1300 726 306
Helpline Hours: 10.00am – 5.00pm (AEST),
Monday to Friday.

DIAL A HOME DOCTOR
Ph: 13 99 99
Helpline Hours: Mon-Fri: 4.00pm – 8.00am
Saturday: After 10.00am
Sunday and Public Holidays: 24 Hours

BREASTFEEDING HELPLINE
Ph: 1800 686 268
Helpline Hours: 24 Hours


Good luck on the journey ahead and be sure to pick up your edition of PakMag every month for more family-friendly activities to enjoy as your little one grows.


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