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Parenting

Helpful advice and information for new parents.

A time of change, learning and adjusting

Becoming a parent is one of life’s biggest journeys – if not the biggest. And like every big journey, there’s a lot to learn, do and adjust to, particularly if you’ve never been here before. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed sometimes. Here you’ll find information and advice to help you navigate parenting – from holding a newborn to chasing a toddler.

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Your newborn life-admin checklist

New babies come with a bit of life admin. Here's your guide to ticking off all the paperwork – so you can spend more time with your precious bundle of joy.

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Getting in a routine with your newborn

Paediatrician Professor Harriet Hiscock shares some advice for adjusting to life with your little one, from feeding to sleeping to checking in with yourself.
 

Newborns 101

From changing nappies to trimming nails, here’s everything you need to know for your newborn.

 

The first six weeks of a newborn baby’s life at home

How to create a sleep schedule, breastfeeding routine and register your baby with Medicare, right here.
 

What to know about becoming a dad

We talk to a new father on what he wishes he’d known about pregnancy and birth.
 

Worrying as a new parent: What’s normal?

How to recognise if you have postnatal anxiety, how to treat postnatal anxiety, and where you can get help.

Medibank health support and services

As a Medibank member with hospital cover, you get more than just health insurance. You get extra support, when you need it most. 


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Sleep and settling support line

Our sleep and settling support line, delivered by Tresillian’s specialist nurses, is here to help eligible members with hospital cover, at no extra cost. ∓

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Mental Health Phone Support

Members with Hospital cover~ can talk with a mental health professional over the phone in relation to any mental health or emotional concern, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

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24/7 Medibank Nurse

Health concerns keeping you up at night? With hospital cover you’re supported by Medibank nurses on our 24/7 Medibank Nurse phone service. ~

Medibank has a wide range of health and wellbeing services to support eligible members who are planning on starting a family, expecting a new addition, or caring for their growing family.

Looking for more information to help with your baby?

We’ve covered some of the most common questions parents of new babies have. If you’d like to learn more about this important life stage you can visit the topics below.

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Looking for something else?

Visit our Planning, Pregnancy and Parenthood homepage to find more tools and advice to help you at every stage of your journey.

Check your cover

If you’re looking to start or extend your family it’s worth checking if your current policy includes pregnancy. Log in to My Medibank or give us a call to discuss your options on 132 331.

Help the way you want it

Contact Medibank when and how it suits you; online 24/7, in-store, by phone or through the My Medibank app.

Things you should know

~    OSHC members should call the Student Health and Support Line on 1800 887 283.

∓    The Medibank sleep support line is available to eligible members with Bronze hospital cover and above. Excludes Overseas Visitor Health Cover, Working Visa Health Cover and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). Waiting periods may apply. Some referred services may involve out of pocket costs.

#   Health Concierge is available to all eligible Medibank members who hold hospital cover. Excludes Overseas Visitor Health Cover, Working Visa Health Cover and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). Some referred services may involve out of pocket costs.

While we hope you find this information helpful, please note that it is general in nature. It is not health advice, and is not tailored to meet your individual health needs. You should always consult a trusted health professional before making decisions about your health care. While we have prepared the information carefully, we can’t guarantee that it is accurate, complete or up-to-date. And while we may mention goods or services provided by others, we aren’t specifically endorsing them and can’t accept responsibility for them. For these reasons we are unable to accept responsibility for any loss that may be sustained from acting on this information (subject to applicable consumer guarantees). 

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