As a parent-to-be or a parent of young babes, it is important to get the very best information to make your decisions with. I'm updating these links daily for you to have a one stop shop for information.
I've fact checked it all so you don't have to x
If you need the best health and medical Information.
Commonwealth Department of Health - the comprehensive and official site. Read this first https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
This statement from The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists specifically outlines information for pregnant women. They're updating regularly https://ranzcog.edu.au/statements-guidelines/covid-19-statement
From the centre for disease control on the latest information on being pregnant, giving birth and breastfeeding https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/pregnancy-breastfeeding.html
This from a U.S public broadcaster on how to stay safe and make a game plan when you're expecting https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/03/22/817801475/pregnant-and-worried-about-coronavirus-how-to-stay-safe-and-make-a-game-plan
This advice on how to stop the spread of COVID-19 from the World Health Organisation https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
These are excellent myth busters https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters
This is a good read from Stanford Children's Hospital in the USA as it talks about responsible and practical ways to prepare your home and health with babies and toddlers
For easy, daily news updates - I go straight to The Squiz, It's a super fast email read or a nine minute podcast to start your day all news-ed up.
Here is a good one stop shop for explaining things like access to benefits
If you need emergency access to supplies
Australian Red Cross - they can help with emergency supplies of baby essentials https://www.redcross.org.au/coronavirus
If you are seeking to know more about mental health and emotional support
PANDA is an excellent mental health resource at anytime and this is a good first point of call
This from the ABC HACK programme on mental health . My favourite is #5
Meditation and COVID-19 https://www.mindful.org/how-mindfulness-can-help-you-navigate-the-coronavirus-panic/
Parents need COVID19 stress release - this features one of my all time favourite bits of advice "give yourself grace". and this one about making sure we don't feel pressured into doing ALL THE THINGS RIGHT NOW is one that speaks to me. I like to do all the things, and then stress.
Navigating being pregnant, feeling anxious and COVID19
Personally, I find meditation really helpful and I follow the work of Gabby Bernstein and choosing the next best thought . Here are her tools to help with anxiety on https://gabbybernstein.com/coronavirus-anxiety/
This is a great read from our very own Royal Children's hospital on talking to children about COVID19, and If you've got older children, this is a helpful list about how to talk through the issues surrounding COVID-19 https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/how-talk-your-child-about-coronavirus-covid-19
This is a good one for kinder kids , it's got loads of fun visuals and even some opportunities for colouring in https://www.mindheart.co/descargables
This Beyond Blue link is a good one to always refer to, COVID19 regardless. It goes through social and emotional skills to practice with your babe or toddler.
If you want some tips of meal planning and snacks in the time of isolation or Why is everyone always hungry at my house?
I'm not the best at meal planning, so this is a helpful collation of how to cook from your pantry .
And if your kids now seem to all be super hungry - some hacks from our friends in USA who have been in lockdown already.
Australian measures and restrictions - spelled out in detail
South Australia (this has great visuals)
Queensland (more great visual info here too)
This article is for informational purposes only, even if and to the extent that it features the advice of medical practitioners. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should not be relied upon for specific medical advice.