Support for Multicultural Women


Look after baby by Looking After You

The purpose of these pages is to provide a single place where women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds can find practical advice, and links to further information, about caring for their physical and emotional health during and after pregnancy.

The information provided here is the result of a joint project between Women’s Health Queensland Wide and the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) and was made possible through a grant from the Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local (now Brisbane North PHN).

The project involved gathering information from women of culturally diverse backgrounds who currently live in Brisbane, Queensland, with the aim of identifying the common and culturally specific issues that were important to them during and after pregnancy.

We would like to thank True (formerly Family Planning Queensland) and the Queensland Transcultural Mental Health Centre for their support of the project. We would also like to thank the women who participated, and the bilingual multicultural health workers from ECCQ who ran the focus groups.

Each cultural area is divided into the following sections:

Looking after your health

This section looks at the importance of eating well, and keeping up physical activity. It gives tips on how to include a good diet and simple exercise into your daily life.

Looking after your feelings and emotions

This section discusses the emotional ups and downs of pregnancy and looking after newborns. It explains the symptoms of depression during and after pregnancy (antenatal, and postnatal depression), where to find help and support, and what some mothers do to look after their emotional health.


Queensland is fortunate to have a lot of existing support services with quality information. We have put together a list of websites and services to contact for advice about mental health, relationships, pregnancy and parenting, birthing and health care choices, diet and exercise etc.

Suggestions and comments

A feedback form is provided for comments, suggestions and further questions.


Last updated: 20 January 2016

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