It is intriguing to perceive another life growing inside of you, gradually developing into a person with its own unique personality and talents. With the support of caring people, parenting classes and other resources many women find the help they need to make this choice. Choosing to continue your pregnancy and to parent is very challenging but with the support of caring people, parenting classes, and other resources, many women find the help they need to make this choice.

Pregnancy is calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period. Have your pregnancy confirmed by visiting your local GP. You should begin regular antenatal or pregnancy checkups with your GP or health care professional no later than 10 weeks after your last period. Your GP or major hospital will assist you with your options regarding antenatal care. To find out about financial assistance available, i.e. Parenting payment please follow this link or go to

Pregnancy and Education

Being pregnant or having a new baby does not mean you need to give up on your education. There are childcare facilities or willing family/friends that could provide support for you. The distance Education Centre Victoria can offer full time schooling at all levels to year 12 for students who cannot otherwise engage in regular school attendance. Enquires can be made by contacting the Centre on Toll Free 1800 133 511.

Northern Bay College is very supportive of education while parenting and has good resources. Talk to them about your individual needs. Enquires can made by contacting the coordinator at Northern Bay College. Contact details are on their website. To find out more about correspondence courses contact Australian Correspondence Schools on (03) 97361882 or on internet.

Parenting is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding things in life.