Beginning the journey as a new parent

By Dr Tim Jones

General Practitioner,

Glebe Hill Family Practice


BEING a new parent can be one of the toughest experiences for a human being.

I am blessed with two beautiful boys and together they have taught me greatly about the parenting experience.

It has been illuminating beyond any lessons learned in medical training.

The thought of becoming a parent can be very daunting and it’s helpful to prepare for a new arrival in a healthy way.

Firstly, consider your supports.

All good help in the first few months of a baby’s life is invaluable.

We subsided on frozen meals we’d prepared or family and friends had donated for quite some time.

Having people to share conversation with, assist in day-to-day tasks and potentially just watch the baby while a quick nap occurs may just save your sanity.

It can be very helpful to find out the other new families in your area so resources can be pooled.

Secondly, keep the communication flowing.

There is no one right way to parent, and every baby is different.

Find people whose advice you trust and don’t be afraid to bounce ideas off them, or seek opinions from, if you’re struggling to find a way that works.

Thirdly, get some good information behind you.

While it’s true that babies “don’t come with a manual”, humans have been parenting for a long time now and there is some significant collective experience that can be drawn from.

The Raising Children Network (www.raisingchildren.net.au) is a free collaboration between many interested professionals working in child health and provides information on almost all common issues new parents can face in their children at different ages.

Finally, know where you can get help if you’re starting to struggle.

Exhaustion affects most new parents, but depression or anxiety can affect up to one in five new mothers and one in 10 new fathers here in Australia.

Seeking help early can make a huge difference not only to the wellbeing of you and your child, but also to the overall functioning of your family.

Your local child health nurse or GP is an excellent first port of call.

Caption: Dr Tim Jones, pictured above with his young children, understands the challenges faced by new parents.

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