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October 2014

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Royal Women’s Hospital Chief Executive Officer Sue Matthews and Health Minister David Davis with families featured in the Growing Together kit.

Info kit for new parents

Minister for Health David Davis has visited the Royal Women’s Hospital to launch Growing Together – an Australian-first kit for new parents.

‘The Growing Together kit provides new parents with well-targeted information at a time when they are open to learning and developing skills.

‘The Government has provided $1.3 million to The Women’s to develop the kit because we believe it will be a source of valuable and trusted information for all expectant and new parents.

‘Research shows that parenting information delivered by health professionals during pregnancy care has a significant impact.

‘This kit is another way for expectant and new parents to build on the good health choices we know they are already making.’

Victoria’s Growing Together parenting kit, which contains a Growing Together book, bag and smartphone app, has been designed by, and for, Victoria’s parents and health professionals with significant input from parents, midwives, obstetricians, maternal child health nurses and others.

The kit, which will be piloted with 2,000 families at The Women’s in 2015, is designed to help new parents navigate their way through the physical, emotional and mental health journey of early parenting – from conception through to baby’s first birthday.

If the trial is successful in improving the confidence and knowledge of parents, there are plans to make the kit available to new parents across Victoria.

Chief Executive Officer of The Women’s Sue Matthews said that pregnancy and parenting were opportune times to promote health literacy.

‘For some women, pregnancy is the first time that they will access the health system as adults and they are generally hungry for information that will help them to keep their family healthy,’ Dr Matthews said.

•           For more information on the parenting kit visit www.haveyoursay.thewomens.org.au.