CHAMP Clinic is a specialised antenatal clinic within Mater Mothers' Hospital that provides care to pregnant women with substance-use issues.
CHAMP Clinic assists pregnant women to make positive changes in regards to substance-use. CHAMP Clinic's experienced staff provide health education and support. In addition, CHAMP staff can support women with mental illness and/or psychosocial problems and will advocate for pregnant women with special needs. Women can self-refer to CHAMP Clinic.
Drinking alcohol or using drugs while pregnant, will expose an unborn baby to its effects. This may affect how the baby grows and develops during pregnancy and may continue to impact on the baby after birth. This is influenced by a number of factors such as:
Stopping alcohol and drug use in pregnancy, providing a positive home environment and nurturing a baby will help it baby grow and develop.
This includes not only includes abstaining from alcohol and drugs, but also means you:
It is important that a pregnant woman and her partner:
It is also important to see a midwife and doctor regularly throughout pregnancy and to talk to them if there are are problems stopping drinking, smoking or substance use. These clinicians will be able to provide advice and information to assist.
In preparing for a baby and parenthood, it is important surround oneself with family people who are supportive.
If you attend CHAMP Clinic at Mater you will have access to:
The CHAMP Clinic can be contacted on 07 3163 2417.
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