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COVID-19 Support

It’s been an uncertain time for so many, but none more so than expectant and new parents who often feel alone, isolated and vulnerable as they embark on their journey to parenthood. The current environment of uncertain change is however underpinned by a continuing sense of community and care, and a deep understanding in our shared humanity to connect, encourage others and ultimately prevail.

At Gidget Foundation Australia, we encourage expectant and new parents to be gentle with themselves, to show kindness to those who falter and to know that this time of isolation will enable us to ultimately appreciate our togetherness as the world opens up again. We have a range of videos, fact sheets, resources, and clinical treatment programs available to support expectant and new parents during this time.

COVID-19 SUPPORT VIDEOS

COVID-19 FACT SHEETS

TIPS FOR MANAGING COVID-19 ANXIETY AND STRESS

The challenges which COVID-19 present are contributing to increased levels of anxiety and stress for many people. It is normal that when we feel threatened, we can experience a range of thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations that might be uncomfortable. Accessing accurate information is essential to lower the amount of distress you may be feeling…

COVID-19 TELEHEALTH SERVICE – INFORMATION FOR CLIENTS

Due to COVID-19, Gidget Foundation Australia has moved all Gidget House face-to-face appointments to telehealth appointments. This measure became effective on Monday 16 March 2020 and will continue indefinitely whilst COVID-19 containment measures are in place…

STAY AT HOME ACTIVITIES – ANTENATAL AND POSTNATAL

As there may be extended time at home in the upcoming weeks with social distancing or social isolation, it is very important to still find ways to keep occupied and connected during this unusual and dynamic time. Some of these activities you can do by yourself, with your partner (or older children at home) and some you can do with your infants…

SPEAKING TO YOUNG CHILDREN ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 OUTBREAK

As a parent, it is our natural instinct to protect our children from scary news and the things that may cause them to worry about their safety, or their future. Children observe and listen to the world around them and us so intently, so it is important to manage your own worries and anxieties about COVID-19 first and foremost. They are taking it all in, especially how you are responding…

SELF-CARE FOR EXPECTANT AND NEW DADS DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

We are collectively experiencing unsettling and unprecedented global times. If you and your partner are currently expecting a baby, or in isolation with a newborn, we understand that the COVID-19 outbreak may be causing additional stress and worry…

ASSISTED REPRODUCTION – COVID-19 FACT SHEET

We are acutely aware of and understand the extra stresses now facing those undertaking or about to start their assisted reproductive journey. You wanted to either start your family or add to your family. The waiting may feel intolerable. It may feel especially difficult because it is unknown when the fertility clinics will re-open and resume IVF/ICSI treatment…

GRIEF AND LOSS IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

Life doesn’t feel ‘normal’ right now. Some of us are working from home, some are juggling family commitments and responsibilities, others are adjusting to a new baby – all without our usual support networks and communities. David Kessler, a world-renowned grief and loss expert, says we need to give this new lived experience a name. That name is grief…

GIDGET KINDNESS IDEAS #GIDGETKIND

“Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” (Maya Angelou)
Kindness is one of the things that we can control during difficult times. Often, it can feel as though there is so much happening that is out of our control, and the impact of this is deeply felt by us all. Acts of kindness benefit everyone involved: they are a form of self-care as well as a welcome remedy to the feelings of fear and anxiety that also unite us…

RE-ENGAGING AS COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS LIFT

With restrictions slowly lifting and life slowly returning to some kind of normal, we are once again met with uncertainty and more social change. It is important to think about how we will re-engage and re-integrate with our family, friends, work, and communities. Some thought and preparation now can ease anxiety and help us feel more hopeful for the future…

A SELF-CARE WORKSHEET FOR EXPECTANT AND NEW PARENTS

Now more than ever we need to put in place some self-care! With COVID-19 affecting all of us in various ways, now is a good time to re-group and continue on with some new ideas to help get you through…

HOW CAN SUPPORT PEOPLE HELP NEW AND EXPECTANT PARENTS RIGHT NOW?

With all the COVID-19 related stressors – in particular, the physical restrictions imposed on us for safety – new families and expectant parents have faced an isolating and lonely time in recent months. They have lost their village of support at a critical time in their lives. This isolation has been felt by those close to them, as well…

PARENTING IN A RURAL OR REMOTE LOCATION DURING COVID-19

Expectant and new parents in rural and remote areas of Australia have faced one of the toughest and most challenging years in their lives thus far. 1 in 5 new mums and 1 in 10 new dads will experience some form of perinatal depression and anxiety and with COVID -19 we anticipate this will increase. Hence, it is more important than ever to spread awareness of what Gidget Foundation Australia can do to support expectant and new parents. We are here to help…

TIPS FOR RETURNING TO THE WORKPLACE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

At Gidget Foundation Australia, we have heard many stories from our clients explaining how they feel about returning to the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is yet again, another change to try and manage. There have been so many changes and uncertainties in the past few months. Along with change comes increases in stress levels and anxieties…

COVID-19 AND MAINTAINING HOPE

Just when you thought life was getting a bit easier and some normality was resuming, we have been hit with more COVID outbreaks. This was expected to some degree once restrictions were lifted, but the impact on our overall wellbeing is significant…

RELATIONSHIP TIPS

It is hard to predict how much a baby can change a relationship. No-one is totally prepared for it and this seems to be the main reason for relationship dissatisfaction early on. The juggle between work and family can be very difficult. There is less quality couple time together and often intimacy has decreased…

LONELINESS DURING COVID-19

Whilst we may be seeing more of our partners and children than ever before we are hearing that there is lots of loneliness out there. Physically, we might be surrounded by our family but at some level there is another type of loneliness which is about real connection. Exposure to social media and how it portrays ‘perfect’ lives can enhance this feeling of isolation even more…

COVID-19 SUPPORT AND CONNECTION FOR SINGLE PARENTS

The experience of single or co-parenting can be isolating at the best of times, and during the current COVID-19 outbreak this can be a time of increased loneliness. Single parents, and parents who are on their own for extended periods of time, need extra support now more than ever, especially those who are currently in lockdown or areas with restrictions…

COVID-19 AND PILLARS OF RESILIENCE

The COVID-19 outbreak has changed everyone’s lives. We are all confronted with disrupted routines, a loss of social interactions and opportunities, job insecurities, and uncertainty at a level that has never been experienced before. Further, some parts of our country are in the middle of a second lock down involving the highest levels of restriction on movement and daily life…

START TALKING PROGRAM

The experience of perinatal depression and anxiety is even tougher during these uncertain global times.

While the community at large is isolating, Gidget Foundation Australia is staying more connected than ever. Being a new parent can be isolating at the best of times, during the current global health crisis, it is even more critical that we connect and support new parents.

Never has there been a more important time to be united in all that we do, to be kind to each other and to focus on taking care of ourselves and our families.

Gidget Foundation Australia’s Start Talking program provides free specialist perinatal telehealth psychological counselling services for expectant and new parents nationwide.

Services are provided by psychologists and social workers and are delivered via a video call service, similar to FaceTime or Skype.

Start Talking offers the same quality of care available through Gidget Foundation Australia’s face-to-face psychology services at Gidget House, affording quality treatment whilst COVID-19 containment measures are in place.

Support is also provided to people who have experienced a pregnancy or childbirth-related loss, such as stillbirth, miscarriage or termination, within the last 12 months.

Partners are also able to access our specialised services.

Our perinatal mental health specialists provide a minimum of 10 psychological counselling sessions free of charge within a calendar year. To access Start Talking, you will need a referral from a GP, including a mental health care plan.

Download our Frequently Asked Questions to find out more about the COVID-19 telehealth service.

For more information, or to book an appointment, send our supportive staff an email on starttalking@gidgetfoundation.org.au or call us on 1300 851 758.

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