psychological support victoria
The Antenatal & Postnatal Psychology Network is a Melbourne wide network of independently practising psychologists. APPN psychologists are trained and experienced in supporting women and couples who have experienced perinatal loss, are struggling with pregnancy decision making, and who are adjusting to conception, pregnancy and parenting after loss
community support services
RED NOSE, GRIEF & LOSS (formerly SIDS & KIDS)
Telephone: 1300 308 307
Red Nose (formerly Sids & Kids) offers services to those affected by the death of a baby or child who dies suddenly and unexpectedly regardless of the cause of death. Red Nose offers counselling (phone or face to face) as well as support groups for individuals/couples.
RED NOSE (MENS' GRIEF SUPPORT LIBRARY): www.rednosegriefandloss.com.au/support/section/C347
Telephone Support Line: 1300 072637
SANDS parent supporters are on call 24 hours a day/7 days a week. You can call the support line to speak to someone who understands miscarriage, stillbirth & neonatal death. SANDS is a national not-for-profit organisation providing peer support, information and education to bereaved parents and their families.
SANDS dedicated male Volunteer Parent Supporters understand the grief and confusion dads may be experiencing, as they too have had a baby who has died. Perhaps you are a bereaved father/grandfather who would prefer to chat to another male about your grief. Or perhaps you are a bereaved mother or grandmother, or other family member who would like support to understand the grief experience from a male perspective.
PINK ELEPHANTS SUPPORT NETWORK
Provides information and support for women through miscarriage, pregnancy loss and beyond. The group supports women through their grief, nurtures them as they heal and empower them as they move into the future. There are a number of resources available in their website including useful information about miscarriage stages, support brochures and downloadable resources.
Telephone: 02 9557 9070
The Stillbirth Foundation Australia is the only Australian charity dedicated to stillbirth research and has some wonderful online support. Whilst the Stillbirth Foundation is not a bereavement support program it is a leading research organisation striving to reduce the incidences of stillbirth.
SUPPORT FOR PREGNANCY DECISION MAKING
APDSA (ABNORMAL PREGNANCY DECISION SUPPORT AUSTRALIA)
Abnormal Pregnancy Decision Support Australia (APDSA) was developed by a team of psychologists who became aware of a gap in Australia in the support available for women and couples making decisions about their pregnancy following a diagnosis of foetal abnormality.
The website was informed by research gathered from the literature, interviews with women who have been through the experience, medical staff, and staff within community organisations. The website is intended to provide a resource containing information you might need to help you through the decision-making process, and the aftermath for those who decide to end the pregnancy.
The addition of a support forum provides a safe space for women to anonymously connect with other women who are going through the same experience.
SUPPORT FOR TWIN TO TWIN TRANSFUSION SYNDROME
Being diagnosed with Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome may be overwhelming. You will receive a lot of information about treatment options, where you are in the diagnosis of the syndrome and discuss a lot of “what ifs”. You may be wondering "Who can I turn to? Where can I find more information? I wonder if anyone else has gone through this?"
Family and friends can be a wonderful source of support during this time, but it can become tiring explaining TTTS to each person. This website is made by a group of Australian and New Zealand parents who have experienced a pregnancy affected by TTTS and whose aim is to provide assistance to those who need it. The website provides education, support and awareness.
Facebook support group
genetics services victoria
CLINICAL GENETICS SERVICE ROYAL WOMEN'S HOSPITAL
Telephone: 8345 2180
The clinical genetics service at the Women’s is a multidisciplinary team of clinical geneticists and genetic counsellors. The genetic counselling they offer provides education and support to couples and individuals who have or are at risk of genetic conditions.
GENETICS CLINIC MONASH HEALTH
Telephone: 9594 2026
The Genetics Clinic at Monash Hospital, as part of Monash Health, assists with the diagnosis, management, counselling and support of children and adults with a wide range of genetic disorders and also includes prenatal diagnosis for various genetic conditions.
MERCY PERINATAL CLINICAL GENETICS SERVICES
Telephone: 8458 4248
The Mercy Perinatal Genetics team comprise a highly skilled team of Medical Geneticists and Genetic Counsellors. Their role is to help families through the minefield of genetic screening and diagnostic testing, and to be the first ‘port of call’ when families are confronted with a diagnosis of structural or genetic abnormality in their unborn baby.
SUPPORT FOR bereaved parents of MULTIPLES
Any of the above bereavement associations will provide support but in addition here are specific organisations around multiple birth
AUSTRALIAN MULTIPLE BIRTH ASSOCIATION (AMBA)
Multiple Birth Association Bereavement Support Group (M-BABS) was formed to provide a means of communication for bereaved multiple birth families and surviving multiples and to act as a forum for sharing of information relating to the unique aspects of loss for a multiple birth family.
online pregnancy & infant loss support groups
THE PERINATAL LOSS CENTRE FACEBOOK SUPPORT GROUP
To join, register here: www.facebook.com/groups
PREGNANCY AFTER A LOSS SUPPORT (PALS)
A variety of support groups based on type of loss:
BEREAVED MUMS TRYING TO CONCEIVE & PREGNANCY AFTER LOSS SUPPORT AUSTRALIA https://www.facebook.com/groups/159293240927262
BEARS OF HOPE
An AUSTRALIAN support group for mums and dads trying to conceive their rainbow baby or who are currently pregnant, following the loss of their baby.