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10 customs around having a baby in Australia

  1. women in Australia usually have their babies in a hospital room or a more relaxed ‘family birth centre’ in the hospital
  2. it is perfectly normal for husbands and male partners to attend the birth
  3. midwives do most of the delivery and the doctor comes in at the end
  4. caesarean sections are quite common in Australia
  5. most Australian women use pain relief during childbirth
  6. breastfeeding is encouraged as the most healthy option in Australia
  7. you only stay in hospital for a few days after your baby is born unless you need medical care
  8. friends and family send cards and flowers to congratulate the family and give baby clothes or other presents for the baby or mum
  9. the family usually puts a notice in the births section of the paper to announce the birth publicly
  10. babies are given names within a few days of birth or before they are born

You might also like my page, 10 Australian customs when someone dies if you liked this.

3 comments on “10 customs around having a baby in Australia

  1. Anonymous
    August 11, 2013

    Also Baby Showers are quite popular in Australia. It would be useful to explain further about this event which is new for a lot of people.

    • Helene Markmann
      August 12, 2013

      Hi Anonymous,
      Thanks for the suggestion. I will address it soon (I’ll have to do some research first as I have never been to one!)

      Kind regards,


  2. Anonymous
    August 10, 2020

    As an Aussie, this is all fairly accurate, good job mate

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