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Belinda Joyce

Belinda Joyce

Belinda Joyce BNursing, GDipMidwifery, MChild,Family&CommNursing
Midwife and Maternal and Child Health Nurse (RM & RN)

She is a mother of four and author of 'Survive and Enjoy Your Baby'. Her passion is in providing safe, evidence-based advice & options to parents so they can find their own path to parenthood.

Belinda, throughout her nursing and midwifery career of 20 years, has worked with thousands of parents and newborns during childbirth education, prenatal, labour, birth, postnatal and special care nursery. As a maternal and child health nurse she performs home visits and consultations with families and children from newborn to school age as well as parent groups (mothers’ groups).

Belinda is all too familiar with the challenges and joys of parenting and the common problems, issues and questions that come with it. She loves working with families and assisting them on their journey to parenthood while also helping them to enjoy their babies and children.

Belinda has earned a Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Diploma of Midwifery, and a Master of Nursing Science in Child, Family & Community. Most of the time when she was studying she was raising her four young children.

‘Survive and Enjoy Your Baby’ is available from all good book stores and from Belinda’s blog at



Valentine’s Day is a chance to role model a loving relationship to your children

Demonstrating a loving, healthy relationship to your children is one of the best gifts you can give them. What you both role model now is what they will see as normal and how a loving relationship should work, so it… Continue Reading >

Tips For Your Baby In Hot Weather

Babies and young children are more vulnerable to the risks associated with hot weather, they can overheat and dehydrate quickly.  Babies can’t tell you how they are feeling, when they are too hot for instance, therefore they are at more… Continue Reading >

Creating Christmas Traditions with Your Baby

First Christmas: Your first Christmas with your baby is a great time to start new family traditions. Your baby won’t yet understand the significance of Christmas and won’t remember these early experiences well however they will enjoy them at the… Continue Reading >

What You Need to Know in Your Baby’s First Week of Life

During pregnancy, the focus is on the birth of your baby, which is very important but after that, you’ll have your baby to care for 24 hours a day and there is a lot to learn -you don’t really know… Continue Reading >

Burping Your Baby

Why do we burp babies and why is it so important? Babies need to be burped during and after breast and bottle feeds as they are unable to get into a position by themselves to bring their own burps up…. Continue Reading >

Tips for Bringing Your Baby Home During a Pandemic

Preparing for and giving birth during this pandemic has been stressful for many new parents. Navigating the changes to hospital policies regarding the number of support people present in labour, number of visitors as well as shorter stays after the… Continue Reading >

Why is Tummy Time so Important?

Tummy time is one of the most important activities you can do with your new baby. Tummy time is best started from birth and in the early days it may be on your chest when you are lying down. Your… Continue Reading >

When to Start Reading to Your Baby

Reading to your baby from an early age is beneficial for many reasons. In fact, it is never too early to start, some parents start even before they are born, reading to their unborn baby. It is never too late… Continue Reading >

Amazing Newborns

New parents are often amazed to learn more about their newborn baby, what they enjoy, how far they can see and the reflexes they are born with to keep them alive! The Sense of Touch Newborn’s love being touched gently… Continue Reading >

Surviving a New Baby in the Pandemic

Becoming a new parent during this pandemic has certainly added some challenges to a time that is already a steep learning curve. For many new parents they have had reduced face to face antenatal visits, childbirth education classes and other… Continue Reading >

Surviving Lockdown with a Baby or Young Child

The world has certainly changed over the past 18 months with many families going in and out of lockdown multiple times. Many parents are caring for their babies and young children while also working from home to help stop the… Continue Reading >

Button Batteries – How to Keep Your Children Safe

Did you know that button batteries are one of the most dangerous things in your home? Unfortunately, in Australia around 20 children go to hospital every week due to ingesting button batteries. These tiny shiny objects look like a shiny… Continue Reading >

Teething and Your Baby

For some babies teething seems to be an almost painless process where a parent notices a tooth and there have been no symptoms of teething prior to this. But for many babies there is some pain associated with teeth cutting… Continue Reading >

How to Play with Your Newborn Baby

Parents often ask me how they can ‘play’ with their newborn baby. Newborn babies do spend a lot of their time feeding and sleeping but it is important to spend some time playing with them as all babies learn through… Continue Reading >

The Importance of Dads

Dads are often left out of the pregnancy care and early parenting because they don’t carry the baby and because they often have to go back to work in the early weeks after the birth.  But Dads are so very… Continue Reading >

Is My Newborn Baby Putting on Enough Weight?

Weight gain: In the few days after birth, it is normal for your baby to lose up to 10% of their birth weight. Healthy babies that are feeding well will usually get back to birth weight by 2 weeks of… Continue Reading >

Newborn Baby Tired Signs & Sleep Cues

One of the most difficult things for me as a new mum was knowing when my baby was tired and when to put her down into her cot for sleep.  This was before I became a midwife or maternal and… Continue Reading >

It’s Official Your Baby is Now a Toddler!

That first year of your baby’s life goes so quickly, their fast rate of growth not to mention their development is astounding. Babies usually progress from crawling to independent walking somewhere between 11 months to 18 months of age. To… Continue Reading >

Newborn Baby Night Feeds – How to Cope

The reality is that newborn babies generally need to feed every 2-4 hours and this is all day and all night. They have small stomachs and their milk is digested quickly so they need to refill. Many babies will wake… Continue Reading >

Screen Time for Babies and Young Children

Babies and toddlers love watching screens, couple that with the fact that there are screens everywhere now and the result is often too much screen time. Many parents are concerned about the amount of screen time their baby or toddler… Continue Reading >

Top tips when having your first baby

Congratulations you’re having a baby! Having your first baby is one of the most amazing experiences you will ever have. It is also one of the most challenging times as you learn how to care for a newborn baby and… Continue Reading >

Tips for transitioning from 1 to 2 children

Congratulations you’re having a second baby! As exciting as it is to be pregnant with a new baby, you may feel a little overwhelmed about caring for both your newborn and your older child. Remembering the 24-hour care, feeding, changing… Continue Reading >

Giving New Parents a Virtual ‘Village’ To Help Raise Their Baby

Having a baby, especially your first is already a challenging time but during this COVID-19 Pandemic, many new parents are feeling alone and isolated. They are missing out on many of the usual supports such as friends, family, health professionals… Continue Reading >

How to give medication to your baby

There are times when you may need to give your baby some medication for a variety of different reasons and this can be quite challenging. If you think of it from your baby’s perspective, they have only ever tasted breastmilk… Continue Reading >

Babies, children and bushfire smoke

Smoke from the bushfires is seriously affecting air quality right across Australia at present. Even those not close to any actual fires are having periods of poor air quality and increased smoke inhalation. Babies and young children are at particular… Continue Reading >

Does my baby need to see a doctor?

So, your beautiful new baby is sick and you’re not sure if you should see the doctor or not? Afterall you’re still getting to know her but being that she is so small and precious… The bottom line is that… Continue Reading >

How To Protect Your Unborn Baby From Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

What all pregnant women need to know about CMV…   What is CMV: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus which comes from the herpes family of viruses. It is the most common infectious cause of disability in babies. 1-2 babies… Continue Reading >

Moving Your Toddler From Cot to Bed

Deciding when and how to move your toddler from their cot into a bed can be a confusing time. On one hand it is exciting to see them progress into a ‘big kid’s bed’ but on the other hand you… Continue Reading >

Forgotten Baby Syndrome Can Happen to Anyone, How To Stop It Happening To You

The phenomenon known as forgotten baby syndrome or fatal distraction, occurs when a parent unknowingly leaves their child in the car, usually because of a short-term memory overload, change in usual routine or extreme exhaustion. Every year we hear the… Continue Reading >

Why does everyone keep checking my baby’s hips?

A midwife or doctor will give your baby a full physical examination soon after birth, they will do a thorough examination of the hips to make sure that they are not stiff to examine, do not fully dislocate or click,… Continue Reading >



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