Support for new parents

For general information and support for expecting parents through to raising teenagers go to the raising children network website.

Support groups

Early bird groups are for mothers and partners to meet from birth up to the baby turning eight weeks old.

From nine weeks onwards there is a Territory Parent Support (TPS) group.


Early bird groups meet at Casuarina and Palmerston clinics.

From nine weeks old you can go to the following groups:

  • Territory Support Group at the Casuarina Clinic
  • Baby Birds Group at the Palmerston Clinic.

Tennant Creek

Early bird and Territory Parent Support groups are organised on demand.

Pink Palace playgroup is run regularly for non-Aboriginal mothers and babies.

Aboriginal mothers can get support and care from the Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Health Centre. The health centre hosts 'stronger families' information and support groups. Each month the group discusses a different topic about parenting and has lunch after.


Parent group sessions happen a few times a year. These go for 1.5 hours over six sessions.

In Nhulunbuy you can get parent support through the following:

Contact the Gove community health clinic.

After hours support

If you need help on the weekends or after business hours, you can contact one of the following services:

In an emergency call 000.

Useful websites

Pregnancy Birth and Baby

Australian Breastfeeding Association

Pregnancy Birth and Beyond

Better Health Channel

Nine months

Women's and Children's Health Network

Information for mothers-to-be

Newborn screening for genetic conditions fact sheet on the New South Wales Government Department of Health website.

For information about newborn screening for hearing go to the Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Committee website or the Women's and Children's Health Network website.

For information on well baby assessments go to baby assessments and clinics.

For baby capsule hire or car seat checks go to the Kid Safe NT website.

Go to the Birth website for information about your baby up to 12 months old.

Health services for new parents

Most general practitioners (GPs) provide antenatal and postnatal care. For a list of GPs near you, go to the National Health Services Directory on the NT PHN website.

Service Contact Services provided
Danila Dilba Health Service - Aboriginal medical service (08) 8942 5444 Women's clinic
Pregnancy and postnatal care
Family planning service (08) 8948 0144 Pregnancy advice and care
Postnatal care
Aboriginal Education and Language Centre (08) 8984 4174 Provides information, reconnection and health services for north-east Arnhem Aboriginal women about birthing choices and parenting.
Anglicare (08) 8985 0000 Health connector for youth and antenatal classes
Australian Breastfeeding Association 1800 686 268 (seven days a week) Support for breastfeeding mothers through social mornings for pregnant women and new parents, newsletter, library and breastfeeding literature.
Childbirth Education Association (08) 8948 3043 Childbirth preparation courses, pregnancy stretch and relaxation classes, newsletter, library and videos for members.
Community Care Centres Find a community care centre. Child health and assessment clinics, postnatal home visits, settling baby and sleep workshops, Meet Other Parents Social Group (MOPS), breastfeeding support, postnatal depression support, growing toddlers workshops.
Darwin Homebirth Group (08) 8922 5522
Monthly coffee mornings for pregnant women, new parents and midwives. Provides information about access to midwives and doctors supporting health.
YWCA Darwin (08) 8981 8323 Offers a range of programs throughout the year, including SHEIRA support group, a group supporting young pregnant women and young mothers.
Sids and Kids NT (08) 8948 5311
0448 849 234 (24 hour support)
Supporting families bereaved of children aged from conception to 18 years who have died from any cause, including miscarriage, sickness, accident and suicide.
Pregnancy Birth and Baby 1800 882 436 (24 hour support) Counselling available from 7am to midnight based on individual needs
Comprehensive fact sheets

Last updated: 17 August 2021

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