Pregnancy without a partner

These days, less than half of Australian families fit the traditional model of mum, dad and a couple of kids.

There are blended families, co-parents, shared households, families with same sex parents and parents without a partner.

Deciding to parent without a partner is difficult. You face many complex decisions from conception to pregnancy care and every decision you make is challenging the ‘norm’. This can make you feel very vulnerable.  For many single parents, the road to conception can be very long.  You can reduce your disappointment and frustration by being realistic about the length of time it may take and the difficulties you may face along the way.

Your family and friend networks are very important at this time, as is contact with other single parents. If you are preparing to become a single parent, consider who might be able to provide you with support. It might even be a good idea to talk to friends and family, tell them what you are planning to do and ask them if and how they might be able to be part of your baby’s life.

There is no research evidence that says single parenting has a detrimental effect on children. Your wellbeing and happiness are the most important influences on your child.

If you are planning to parent on your own talk to Services Australia (previously called Centrelink) about what financial support is available to you.

Support is available in the community

  • Community centres/neighbourhood houses
  • General practitioners (GP)
  • Australian Breastfeeding Association
  • PANDA for post and antenatal depression
  • Maternal and Child Health Centres
  • Women’s health centres
  • The Council for Single Mothers and their Children


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