Recommended websites for women's health
Mental health conditions during pregnancy and post birth are common but treatable. The PANDA website hosts a range of fact sheets on all perinatal mental health conditions such as postnatal anxiety and depression, prenatal anxiety and depression and post-natal psychosis. A fantastic resource are the PANDA checklists, that help you assess your current mental health. PANDA has stories from those who have recovered from mental illness in the perinatal period. The website also has on their vital helpline service – where you can chat confidentially to a real person for support.
Due to the changes to the body that occur as a result of pregnancy and birth, incontinence (such as leaking urine) can affect many women. Incontinence is usually treatable and not something that you are expected to put up with as part of the new mum package. The Continence Australia website has great information on your pelvic floor, types of incontinence, and your options for managing and treating it.
Big life transitions such as the birth of a new baby can change relationship dynamics. Relationships Australia has great tip sheets on all things relationships including families, parenting and communication. Relationships Australia also provide a counselling service.
With so much misinformation out there on parenting and babies, it’s wonderful to have a evidence based, go-to resource for all your parenting questions. Advice on helping babies to sleep, introducing solids and behaviour management are all in abundance on this website. It may not be the most high-tech website, but it has the accuracy you need.
Have a pregnancy related health question or a health issue with your child? This website is a great place to start. It provides clear information on when to seek medical assistance for health issues. Of course if in doubt, call 000!
Breastfeeding is a skill and certainly not the easiest skill to learn, especially when you are sleep deprived! Head to the Breastfeeding Association website for all your breastfeeding questions. If you are having a hard time, you can use their directory to find a qualified lactation consultant for support.
For in depth guides of a range of women’s health issues, head to Jean Hailes. The health information on this site covers health conditions across the lifespan including menopause, polycystic ovary syndrome, infertility and sexual health.
The Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE) has a host of resources for perinatal mental health including the option to subscribe to their sensible, well timed newsletter aimed at pregnant and new mums. They have advice on preparing for a baby, managing the emotions of infertility, and looking after yourself with a new baby.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology have a series of factsheets on all things pregnancy, birth and gynaecology. They have helpful explanations on medical procedures such as induction, amniocentesis and hysterectomies. The factsheets, when used in conjunction with face to face discussion with your medical professional, can make asking your questions much easier.
With the rise in women seeking labiaplasty, Women’s Health Victoria has developed the Labia Library to bust a few common myths about how normal labia look. The labia library importantly contains a photo gallery that shows you just how unique everyone’s labia are.
A very trustworthy and comprehensive website for everything pregnancy, birth, babies, breasts and gynaecology. In addition to up to date information on a wide range of women’s health topics, the Royal Women’s Hospital website also has useful videos, often containing real women and their stories and of course, practical information for patients using their services in Melbourne.