Pregnancy and Birth

​MORE amazing news for Gong mums / mums to be, as we gain another female, experienced, woman-focused OBGYN!

  Jenny Henderson  Mon 2 December 19

Great news for Illawarra ladies, parents and parents to be! The beauty of our region is attracting some serious talent in the medical world... Here at Parents Guide Illawarra, we are passiona..

Our vulnerable Illawarra children. The kids in crisis, what can be done?

  Shannon Kendrick - Guest Author  Tue 1 October 19

As parents ourselves, we only ever want to keep our children safe, secure and happy. The vulnerability and innocence of a baby or child is one we feel compelled to protect and nurture. Yet, a..

Baby Capsule versus Baby Car Seat - get convenience, best safety features and save money!

  Angela Lowe - Authorised Capsule / Car Restraint Fitter  Thu 12 September 19

No doubt about it, baby capsules are amazing. BUT they are expensive. Read on and we can show you how to get the best baby capsule with a fab safety rating but without the mega price tag att..

Local GP Helps Women Thrive!

  Jenny Henderson  Mon 2 September 19

Finding the time for a breast check and pap test is hard. Maybe it’s the thought of sitting in an overcrowded waiting room, surrounded by sick kids that puts me off. Maybe it’s that I also hav..

Ladies, your periods after babies - what is normal and what is not?

  Guest Author - Gyneacologist Dr Tahrir Basheer  Sat 6 July 19

Ok, let's shake off the stigma of talking women's menstruation and periods IN PUBLIC! Our cycle of bleeding is the joy and wonders of being a woman. But for many it can be achingly painful an..

Choosing to go private – What to expect when you’re expecting (at Wollongong Private Hospital)

  Naomi Cotterill  Mon 13 May 19

You’re pregnant! Hooray! Seeing those two pink lines pop up is possibly the ONLY time you’ll be ecstatic to essentially be holding your own pee. All jokes aside however, finding out you’re expecti..

FUN, FREE and CHEAP things to do with the kids in the Illawarra for $10 and UNDER!

  Jenny Henderson  Tue 19 March 19

It's that time of year... Anyone else feeling just, um, a little 'financially stretched' after the summer holidays!? Soooo, here is our Parents Guide Illawarra fabbo guide of free, cost ef..

Got the right doctor for you and your baby? What to expect from your 6 week check and your doctor when you become a parent!

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 6 March 19

If your experience is anything likes ours here at Parents Guide Illawarra, us parents spend a good chunk of 'quality time' at the doctors! Finding the right doctor that you feel comfortab..

Pregnant? Check out this FREE new baby bundle you get in NSW - it's awesome!

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 28 February 19

You are pregnant? CONGRATS! We have some more lovely news for you - share this far and wide with your fellow 'up the duff' community in NSW! Courtesy of the $157M Parenting Package initiat..

Pregnancy / New Parent Special! The 4 things Midwives want you to know...

  Emma Gedge and Helen Donovan - Qualified Midwives from Nurture & Grow Midwifery Service  Tue 21 February 17

CONGRATULATIONS! You are likely reading this due to pregnancy or you've recently become a parent. It's also likely you've discovered early on that EVERYONE has an opinion on pregnancy, birthi..

Planning Your Baby's Naming Day Ceremony or Christening - all you need to consider!

  City Beach, Wollongong  Wed 23 January 19

Well, congratulations! Your beautiful bundle is here and it's time to celebrate their life in a way that is truly meaningful to you and your loved ones... At Parents Guide, we like to grill t..

The Ultimate Illawarra FUN Bucket List - which ones have you done with the kids!?

  Naomi Cotterill  Wed 12 December 18

We don’t mean to alarm anyone but the BIG holidays are almost upon us. Yep, 6 long weeks of quality time (think a solid 10-12 hours daily) spent with your kids. Now, we understand if that has you ..

Meet Dr David Greening – Illawarra Obstetrician and fertility specialist who is changing lives

  Naomi Cotterill  Wed 14 November 18

Obstetrics and gynaecology Meet Dr David Greening – Illawarra Obstetrician and fertility specialist... For those Illawarra couples and ladies struggling to conceive, we have some very good ne..

Parenting = one tough gig. An open letter to all parents... When raising kids, first place the oxygen mask over your own mouth.

  Katelyn Milevski & Jenny Henderson  Tue 13 November 18

"When raising kids: first place the oxygen mask over your own mouth" - Ed Rogers Parenting can be one tough gig. The love and sacrifice that we feel for our babies and children when i..

Dr Jodi Croft - Female Wollongong Obstetrician and Gynaecologist supporting and empowering women through pregnancy, birth and beyond

  Jenny Henderson  Tue 30 October 18

The Parents Guide team are all mums with 8 birth experiences between us. Despite our very different experiences of pregnancy, birth and parenthood, we are united on this: The importance and si..

What I love about raising kids in the Illawarra

  Kate Mayhew - Guest Author  Mon 1 April 19

I was fortunate to grow up in the beautiful town of Kiama, not that I appreciated it at the time. I couldn’t wait to leave, spread my wings and hit the big smoke. After time travelling overseas an..

How one Illawarra Mum is helping THOUSANDS of Mums in Ethiopia! We love her work...

  Kate Mayhew - Guest Author  Wed 13 March 19

How one Illawarra mums is helping thousands of mums in Ethiopia, and get this, it is when she shops online! “If the way I spend my money can have a positive impact on someone’s life, I'll..

Illawarra Kids Birthday Party Venues & Entertainment - the best of guide!

  Katelyn Milevski  Wed 26 September 18

At Parents Guide Illawarra, we are here to tell you that organising your child's birthday party - no matter how big or small - can actually be a fun, easy, exciting and budget-friendly exercise fo..

Buying and Selling homes in the changing Illawarra Real Estate Market - insider insight and advice...

  Guest Author - Wendy Ristuccia  Fri 1 March 19

Is the Illawarra property market tanking!? Is now a good time to buy and/or sell!? We asked the highly experienced Wendy Ristuccia from Ray White in Thirroul for her top tips for both buyers a..

Child Care Affordability! Discover how some parents are balancing the costs...

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 13 September 18

Affordable child care? It’s the dream! But sadly, sometimes it’s more of a fantasy than a reality… Parents Illawarra wide will be all too-familiar with the juggle that comes with tryin..

Meet Dr Kothari - The Wollongong Obstetrician/Gynaecologist changing the face of gynaecological care for women in the Illawarra

  Naomi Cotterill   Mon 3 September 18

Meet Dr Kothari... The Obstetrician/Gynaecologist changing the face of gynaecological care for women in the Illawarra... When you ask Dr Dharmesh Kothari (http://www.wollongongobgy.com...

Mums, Dads, Carers! What 'My Health Record' means for your family AND what you need to do

  Ashley Puljic  Wed 8 August 18

Firstly, what is My Health Record? My Health Record is an individual’s safe and secure digital health information, easily accessible by their doctors, specialists and hospitals. My Health..

What no-one tells you before you have a baby! Dealing with the tougher stuff...

  Briony Goodsell  Wed 5 September 18

What no-one tells you before you have a baby. Dealing with the loneliness and a sense of overwhelm... 4 key things that will help you! The Parents Guide team are all Illawarra mums and in tot..

Choosing the right newborn photographer - some lovely advice!

  Rebecca Jones - Guest Author  Thu 10 May 18

Hi there expectant Mums & Dad’s of The Illawarra Are you preparing to welcome a beautiful little bundle into your family? Perhaps your first newborn baby or even your third, if you are co..

A 'Best Of' for Beach Bums! Your Family Friendly Beach Guide - Illawarra & South Coast

  Katelyn Milevski  1 January, 2018 (updated 6 November, 2018)

One particularly humid morning during the recent start to the school holidays, my permanently early riser of a son (almost 6 years of age), begged me at 7am in the morning to take him to the beach..

Marital bliss after kids - PAH! But here are interesting ways to keep you united as a couple after kids...

  Jenny Henderson  Tue 10 October 17

Let us cut straight to the chase here... Babies and children add significant burden and strain onto a couple's relationship... Here are some large factors that may be eating away at your conte..

The secret weapon for mums (and you can find it in Wollongong!)

  Jenny Henderson  Fri 8 September 17

The 24/7 life of a mum. Whether you are expecting, have your hands full of squashy baby love, poo and nappies, are wrangling toddlers, or watching your children individuality emerge through th..

Your family’s financial future! The surprising things we NEED to take into account and often don't...

  Dylan Martin - Qualified Financial Adviser  Thu 24 August 17

As a dad of three kids (7 and under) I have walked a mile in your shoes... The sleep deprivation. The child care & after school care runs. The debt conundrum, fun crazy times and try..

Mums! How to do this 'self care' thing...

  Guest Author - Briony Goodsell  Fri 23 June 17

As a mama, it’s so easy to put yourself on the bottom of your list of priorities. We are made to feel ‘guilty’ if we think of ourselves or dare do something that is just for us, not for ..

Why pregnant ladies and mums of the Illawarra can rejoice - this is GREAT news!

  Jenny Henderson  Mon 3 July 17

Parents Guide Illawarra has some really positive news for all local women, particularly those who have recently discovered they are pregnant, or any mum who is struggling with the brutal impact of..

Motherload

  Katelyn Milevski  Fri 5 May 17

When reading articles, overhearing advice or on the receiving end of any pearler of wisdom about motherhood, my typical personal experience has always been that I get to breathe that long overdue ..

Mums on the move, why you can feel GREAT about any exercise (sod what the scales say!)

  Cindy Urquhart - Guest Author - EnVie Fitness Woonona.  Wed 7 June 17

The Magic of Movement off the Scales... Mums - feel great about the exercise you achieve! Weighing ourselves regularly has long been a primary method for evaluating the success of our ..

Amazing news for Illawarra parents with new borns and under two's!

  Jenny Henderson  Mon 5 February 18

The adjustment to being a parent is well, how can we best put it? Overwhelming: full of intense love, responsibility and joy but yet totally crazy making!? However gracefully (or not!) y..

Ingenious ways to meet and make new mum/dad friends in The Illawarra!

  Jenny Henderson  Tue 2 May 17

Ah parenthood! How can it be so full of love, yet so incredibly isolating at times? Parenting has inspired the happiest and loneliest of times for me. I had my babies before my friends ev..

Hypnobirthing Australia Childbirth Classes - Hypno what?

  Trish Delaney-Brown  Wed 5 October 16

When most people think of hypnosis they see a man on stage swinging a watch and making an audience member cluck like a chicken. What possible purpose could this serve in childbirth? Accordin..

Do you have abdominal separation? A Checklist (Video)

  Tamara O'Reilly  Fri 11 March 16

The Pilates Workshop has just released a video detailing how to find out if you have abdominal separation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuDuaEI6T5I Need some help determining if you have..

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