Find health, well-being and lifestyle resources that are updated regularly. These resources cover a wide range of health topics to keep you informed and on top of your health.
New year, newborn? Planning for pregnancy
After what was no doubt a challenging year in 2020, we’re welcoming the new year with a sense of hesitant optimism, and starting to plan for a future without panic buying, curfews and toilet paper shortages.
Rehabilitation for the after-effects of COVID-19
While Victoria continues to celebrate no new cases of COVID-19 in well over a month, some of the thousands of Victorians who contracted a coronavirus infection are still experiencing the debilitating effects of what is known as ‘long COVID’.
Fevers in Children
Although at times scary, fevers in children are extremely common. A fever is your body’s way of fighting an infection, and in most cases, not dangerous or harmful in any way.
Congratulations on your pregnancy, I bet there are a lot of different questions going through your mind at the moment, and that is completely normal! What will I need to take to hospital? What will my baby need when we arrive home? How will I be feeling?
Staying sane during the silly season
Tis’ the season to be jolly…or is it? If you are pregnant during the festive bonanza that is Christmas and New Year, it can bring about a mixture of feelings.
Developing your birth plan
No one can predict how the birth of your baby will unfold. Whether this is your first, or your fifth, no two births are the same. However, giving some thought to how you would like to make decisions on the day, will help.
Preparing for a hospital birth
After that initial excitement of realising you are going to have a baby, it can be overwhelming to consider everything you need to do, to prepare for your new arrival.Epworth Maternity Midwife and Childbirth Educator, Frances Laing recently shared some of the top tips for preparing for a hospital birth, with Purebaby’s Pure Parenthood Podcast.
Most of us are probably aware of the pain associated with an ankle sprain due to the fact that these injuries can readily occur in our day-to-day lives, not just on a sporting field.
Dressing your baby
In the first year, babies grow fast. It’s a good idea to buy clothes that are comfortable and easy to pull on and off.
Breast cancer awareness
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Australian women, apart from non-melanoma skin cancer. As we mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, it’s a reminder to know what is normal for you and when to get something checked.
Becoming a grandparent
We’re not here to tell you how to be a parent. You’ve been there, done that and no doubt bought the fundraising chocolates.But now that you’re being promoted to ‘grandparent’ we are here to help. The fundamentals of love, nourishment and cuddles have not changed since your time as a new parent, we do now know more about areas including SIDS and safe sleeping. So those are the areas really worth getting some refresher tips on.
Achilles tendon injuries
Achilles injuries can often seem innocuous & sudden, but can often lead to large stints of inactivity and rehabilitation so it’s important to know the best ways to prevent and manage any injury.
Mindfulness for new parents
Living purposefully and intentionally, moment to moment can seem tricky when there’s so much going on around you, particularly when your world has changed significantly as a new parent.
Developing new treatments for dementia
Memory holds a special significance for all of us. We all have moments when we lose track of an item or a conversation or can’t recall the date of an upcoming appointment. That moment of confusion, trawling back through our mind to join the dots and those feelings of frustration when the information we need seems to be just out of reach.
Self care for parents
There’s no doubt that 2020 has thrown some curveballs at us, and for those who are having a baby or are pregnant in the midst of the pandemic, there’s an extra set of challenges.
Support for your breastfeeding journey
Like many new skills that we develop in life, breastfeeding can take time, patience and strength to learn. To support women with their breastfeeding journey, a Breastfeeding support clinic is now available at Epworth Geelong.
Preparing to give birth
Being prepared well before you go into labour can help make the situation easier, when the time comes! The last thing you want to be doing is trying to pack a bag and remember what you need, as you breathe through contractions.
Soft tissue injuries
Soft tissue injuries are the most common injury in sport. Soft tissue refers to tissues that connect, support or surround other structures and organs of the body.