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Being a mum or dad is one of the most important roles anyone can have. There are lots of new things to learn which can be fun as well as challenging. Having a network of people and services that can help is important so you don’t feel you’re doing it all on your own.
Enjoying being with your baby and finding out all the unique things about them can really help you adjust to your new life.
Some young people decide to become parents because they feel ready for this big step. Others might get a surprise when they find out they’re pregnant. They might still be learning to become independent and make their own decisions. Some might be in a relationship and will be parenting with a partner, others may be parenting alone. Some may have finished school and left home while others may still be living with their family.
Wanting to know more?
Have a look at the Parent Easy Guide developed by ParentingSA. Parenting SA is a collaboration between the Women's and Children's Health Network and the Department of Education and Child Development, South Australia.
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Resources – South Australia
Metropolitan Youth Health (MY Health)
Young Parent Programs - Providing individual and group supportbefore, during and after pregnancy and while you’re parenting. MY Health also has nurses, midwives, doctors and counsellors
Parent Helpline: Tel 1300 364 100
24 hours a day, 7 days a week for advice on child health and parenting.
Child and Family Health Centres: Tel 1300 733 606
9am - 4:30pm, Monday to Friday to make an appointment at your local Centre.
Phone 1800 55 1800 Information on a broad range of topics for children and young people up to 25 years, including becoming a parent
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
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