Healthy living

Drug and alcohol use during pregnancy

If you are pregnant there are lots of ways you can make sure you and your baby stay healthy.

Being open about your drug and alcohol use during pregnancy is a personal choice, but it means you and your baby will get the best possible health care.

Find out more about drug and alcohol use during pregnancy:

Where can I get help?

Women and Newborn Drug and Alcohol Service

The Women and Newborn Drug and Alcohol Service (WANDAS) is a specialist team based at King Edward Memorial Hospital that cares for pregnant women experiencing drug and alcohol issues.

The WANDAS team is made up of a number of health professionals, including:

  • doctors
  • midwives
  • social workers
  • dietitians
  • mental health professionals.

WANDAS will help you and your baby become and stay as healthy as possible during your pregnancy.

Women and Newborn Drug and Alcohol Service

  • Phone: 9340 1582 or 0414 892 753

King Edward Memorial Hospital

Social Work Department

  • Phone: 9340 2777

Psychological Medicine Department

  • Phone: 9340 1521

Drug Information Line

  • Phone: 9340 2727

Breastfeeding Centre of WA

  • Phone: 9340 1844

Australian Breastfeeding Association

  • Free call 1800 686 268 (free from a land line only)

PEPISU (Pregnancy, early parenting and illicit substance use) program

  • Provides support, information, counselling and outreach services for women
  • Phone: 9227 8122

Alcohol and Drug Support Service (formerly Alcohol and Drug Information Service – ADIS)

The Alcohol and Drug Support Service operates four 24 hour, statewide telephone support lines providing confidential counselling, information, advice and referral:

  • Alcohol and Drug Support Line
  • Meth Helpline
  • Parent and Family Drug Support Line
  • Working Away Alcohol and Drug Support Line

Contact can be made by phone, email or online Live Chat.

View the phone numbers and email addresses on the Drug and Alcohol Office website (external site).

Live Chat can be accessed at Alcohol. Think Again (external site) or Drug Aware (external site).

Next Step

  • Phone: 9219 1919

Ngala

  • Provides early parenting services for families
  • Phone: 9368 9368

Parentline

  • Phone: 132 289

healthdirect (24 hour helpline)

  • Free call 1800 022 222 (free from a land line only)

The Pregnancy, Birth and Baby helpline

  • Free call 1800 882 436 (free from a land line only)

Resource and support information used with kind permission from Anex (external site) 95 Drummond Street, Carlton, Victoria 3053.


Acknowledgements

Women and Newborn Drug and Alcohol Service Western Australia


This publication is provided for education and information purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical care. Information about a therapy, service, product or treatment does not imply endorsement and is not intended to replace advice from your healthcare professional. Readers should note that over time currency and completeness of the information may change. All users should seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional for a diagnosis and answers to their medical questions.

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