Discovering you’re pregnant is an exciting time for any couple. Whether it’s the first time or the fifth time, knowing you’ve created a little human is pretty incredible. To help you prepare for their impending arrival and throughout their first years, we’ve collated a list of the best local businesses to help you on your parenting journey – our updated Fertility to First Years Guide for 2021.
Townsville Paediatrics is a medical practice providing specialist care to newborns, infants, children and adolescents. Dr Siva, Dr Wamola, Dr Heyer, Dr Gautam, Dr Puvvadi and Dr Vanderkruk have global experience working as paediatricians and they are committed to providing holistic care to patients and families in Townsville and surrounds. If your GP would like you to see a paediatrician, ask them to refer you to Townsville Paediatrics where you’ll be in good hands.
A 4/18 Oxford Street, Hyde Park
P 4427 5817
Staff at Calanna Wholehealth Pharmacy are more than happy to help you stay healthy and happy during your pregnancy. They can provide recommendations for vitamins, pain relief, how to improve your fertility and more. Once your baby has arrived, they can also provide help on breastfeeding, baby products and supplies for common illnesses that mum or bub may encounter.
A Aitkenvale, Currajong, Kirwan and Deeragun
City Libraries have amazing programs to stimulate your little one’s brain development and early literacy skills. Sessions are scheduled weekly during term time.
First5Forever Baby Rhyme Time – Sing songs and rhymes, clap, move, and explore books together during the school terms. Sessions run for 50 minutes each and are designed for children from birth to 2 years.
First5Forever Toddler Time – Develop your toddler’s early literacy skills and concentration with fun songs, dance, and a story for children aged from 2 years old.
Cost: FREE. All sessions require booking at whatson. townsville.qld.gov.au
Messy Play Take Home Packs are also available.
During pregnancy, your body undergoes many changes to help care for your baby and prepare for birth. These changes give rise to new aches and pains that slow you down. NExT Osteo & Rehab, provide care to help keep you moving with the greatest possible comfort during your pregnancy. From osteopathic techniques, pregnancy massage, physical therapy and designing an exercise program uniquely for you – they can help you to remain fit and active in the safest way possible throughout your pregnancy. If you are interested in pregnancy care at NExT Osteo & Rehab, feel free to contact their friendly team to discuss things further.
A 129 Thuringowa Dr, Kirwan
P 0450 062 223
The Parent Child swimming program is a fun way to introduce your baby to the world of swimming. Classes are centred around fun activities focusing on water awareness, mobility, safety and survival. As a parent (or carer), you get to join your little one in the water.
A 20-22 Freshwater Dr, RIverside Gardens
P 4779 4647
Inflatable Kingdom is a massive indoor inflatable playground, providing hours of fun for all ages. There is a designated tiny tots’ area for children under five. Don’t forget your socks!
A 72-88 Hervey Range Road, Condon
P 4755 4422
Coastal Kids Speech Pathology supports children from birth to 18 years and their families to maximise their communication skills. They tailor each speech therapy session to the individual needs of the child. They aid with language delay, swallowing issues, speech delay, stuttering, phonological awareness, literacy and Autism. Coastal Kids Speech Pathology is also an approved provider with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and has multiple rebates available for those eligible.
A Suite 1 / 5-7 Matinez Avenue, West End
P 0427 922 378
Providing services to all of North Queensland, the Early Parenting Centre at Cairns Private Hospital has a multi-disciplinary team of experts to support parents with infants aged from six weeks to two years during a four night residential stay. The program includes 24 hour, one-to-one support and daily group education sessions, addressing concerns such as infant feeding, settling, maternal exhaustion/anxiety and adjustment to parenting.
Mindfulness, yoga and infant massage sessions are also available. Ask your doctor for a referral.
A 1 Upward St, Cairns (Cairns Private Hospital)
P 4052 5200
Private Maternity Care your way at Cairns Private Hospital provides services to all of North Queensland. Quality time and expert support before, during and after birth – with choice of obstetrician and their Know my Midwife Program.
Maternity Care Navigator offers a personal, convenient one-point-of-contact through your journey. Enjoy a delicious menu including complimentary ‘snacks as you please’ room service and even a luxury hotel stay option – where you can spend two nights at Riley Crystalbrook with midwife visits. They also have a Postnatal Drop In Clinic for up to 12 months post-birth and Lactation Clinic.
A 1 Upward St, Cairns (Cairns Private Hospital)
P 4052 5200
Mary MacKillop Childcare offers quality care and education to the youngest members of our community They provide a warm, safe nurturing environment that will allow children to grow and develop at their own pace. They respect the individuality of all children and their families and recognize that every child is unique. Children and families of all faiths and backgrounds are welcomed.
A Kirwan, Mundingburra, Rasmussen, Ingham, Mount Isa and Palm Island
Children from 6 weeks to Kindergarten are able to participate in age-appropriate programs under the watchful eye of professional and caring staff. The daily program is structured to include both indoor and outdoor play, group and individual activities, teacher-directed and child-initiated activities, plus supervised meal times and rest time for all children, according to their age and requirements.
A 154 Ross River Rd, Mundingburra
P 4722 2000
Interested in using cloth nappies for your baby? The Nappy Bucket stocks a range of Australia’s best brands of nappies as well as swimmer nappies, breast pads, reusable wipes, baby creams and more. Not only are they environmentally friendly, they’ll save you a ton of money and they come in a range of adorable designs.
P 0417 314 554
There’s a great selection of maternity wear at Elle J located in Domain Central. Offering a range of beautiful maternity wear as well as clothes and hats for babies and kids. You can look stylish all through your pregnancy – and feel super comfy too.
P 4779 8198
Just like the rest of your body, your mouth will undergo changes throughout pregnancy. These can include bleeding gums, damage to the enamel of your teeth, a dry mouth or sugar cravings which can contribute to tooth decay. Research has also shown that active gum disease before or during pregnancy may lead to premature or underweight births. A visit to your local 1300Smiles before, during and after pregnancy will help protect your teeth, gums and overall oral health.
A Thuringowa Village Shopping Centre, Kirwan
A 50 North Shore Boulevard, Burdell
A 361 Flinders Street, Townsville City
P 1300 764 537