Keeping the baby

Becoming a parent can be a fantastic experience, but along with this comes commitment and responsibility.

Make sure you're 100 per cent ready before deciding to go ahead with the pregnancy and talk to your GP about how to take care of yourself while pregnant.

If you do decide to keep the baby, help and support is available for you. See your doctor, hospital ante-natal clinic or women’s health service for care and support during your pregnancy.

Local community groups for mothers and parenting information services can continue to provide you with the support you need after the birth of your baby.

If you are bringing up the baby on your own and need somewhere to live, you need to contact Centrelink (your doctor may even be able to do this for you). Centrelink will be able to give you advice about benefits that you may be entitled to.

Specific organisations exist to help single parents. You might like to check out the National Council of Single Mothers and their Children (NCSMC) website for more info - http://www.ncsmc.org.au. Alternatively, visite the Help and Advice page for more information.