Growing Together, an Australian-first kit for new parents, was launched at the Royal Women's Hospital on Father's Day 2014 by the Minister for Health, David Davis.The kit, which contains a Growing Together book, bag and Smartphone App, has been designed by and for Victoria's parents and health professionals with significant input from parents, midwives, obstetricians, maternal child health nurses and others.
The kit, which will be piloted with 2000 families at the Women's in 2015 is designed to help and support new parents navigate their way through the physical, emotional and mental health journey of early parenting from conception through to baby's first birthday.
If the trial is successful in improving the confidence and knowledge of parents, there are plans to make the kit available to new parents across Victoria.
The kit will be evaluated by a team of researchers from Judith Lumley Centre, and led by Della Forster.
For more information on the Parenting Kit visit www.haveyoursay.thewomens.org.au