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The importance of Grandparents

Happy Grandparents Day. St Vincent’s Private Hospital is proud to be involved in supporting and encouraging the important role grandparents play in their grandchildren’s lives. In Australia between 2006-07, there were 14 000 grandparent families as full time carers of 18 900 grandchildren 1.This statistic does not include grandparents roles [...]

2019-02-20T22:08:43+00:00Early Parenting|

Dads are important

This Sunday is Father’s Day in Australia. Father’s day is a celebration to recognise the importance of paternal bonds. Father’s Day started in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd in Spokane Washington, USA. Her father, William Jackson Smart, was a veteran of the Civil War, and a single parent who raised [...]

2012-08-31T11:01:13+00:00Dad's Guide, Early Parenting|

Happy Feet – Research into baby footprints

St Vincent’s Private is currently taking part in a research project being run by University of Melbourne and RMIT University called ‘Happy Feet'. The research is working on developing novel footprint recognition technology to support vaccine delivery in the developing world. It is currently difficult to obtain accurate information about [...]


The swaddling of infants is a global practice and there are many different methods and techniques that parents around the world use. Research on the whole suggests that swaddling helps babies to settle and sleep better. 1,2,3,4,5. Swaddling is encouraged by midwives for your new baby, it helps lengthen the [...]

2019-02-20T22:42:05+00:00Early Parenting, Maternity|

Rooming in with your baby

Once you have delivered your baby there are many benefits to keeping him/her with you as much as possible. Rooming in with your baby is thought to improve your breast feeding success and general parenting skills. Having your baby with you more will help you to get to know your [...]