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Support for Mothers of a New Baby

Being the parent of a new baby, even if its not your first, can be a challenging and difficult time. It can be joyful but it can also leave you feeling exhausted, lonely and stressed and worried. Things may not be going the way you thought they would.

Sometimes it can be more difficult to talk to those closest to you.

Talking to a counsellor can help.


I’m struggling and feeling overwhelmed

Being a mother to a new baby is hard, and there is a lot of pressure on to be ‘the ideal’ parent.

I’m not with my baby’s father

The reality is that being parent to a new baby is hard work, and even more so if you are doing it alone and with no support.

I might have post-natal depression

Being the parent of a new baby, even if its not your first, can be a challenging and difficult time. It can be wonderful - but it can also leave you feeling exhausted, lonely and stressed and worried.

What are my rights?

Being the parent of a new baby, even if its not your first, can be a challenging and difficult time. Maybe its not as you expected and now that your baby has arrived, you find yourself under enormous pressure to manage everything.

I’m worried about money

You may find yourself under enormous pressure to manage everything, but the additional costs associated with a new baby can be very stressful.

I’m concerned about work

​You may be worried about returning to work after maternity leave, or you may be dealing with another issue related to your work.

I’m parenting alone and find it really difficult

If you are are parenting alone and don't have family support it is important that you build a support network for yourself and look after yourself as best you can. Sometimes talking to someone and sharing how you are feeling can be a real support in itself. It might also…

Need To Talk To Someone?

If you’d like to talk to someone now, call our Helpline on 1850 622 626. The Helpline is answered by trained counsellors. Opening hours are 9.00am - 6.00pm Mon-Thurs, and 9.00am - 5.00pm Fri. The Helpline is also open from 12.00pm - 2.00pm on Saturdays.