Rainbow Families

Rainbow Families

Being Prepared:

Feeling safe and being prepared for parenthood is important for LGBTQ+ people and couples. One way to achieve this is by seeking out supportive healthcare providers who are knowledgeable about LGBTQ+ issues. This includes finding LGBTQ+-friendly midwives, nurses, and doctors who can provide culturally competent care during pregnancy, birth, and beyond. Additionally, attending antenatal classes designed for LGBTQ+ parents can help build confidence and provide valuable information about the birthing process and early parenting. 

TIP: You can download a free copy of the Rainbow Families Early Years Support Guide for all things LGBTQ+ Parenting.


Building a strong support network is also essential. Joining LGBTQ+ parenting groups, both online and in-person, can provide a sense of community and connection with others who are sharing similar experiences. These groups can offer advice, emotional support, and practical tips for navigating parenthood as an LGBTQ+ individual or couple. 

TIP: Check out What’s On to connect with other rainbow parents locally.

Self-Care and Mental Health:

LGBTQ+ parents need to prioritise self-care and good mental health. Parenthood can be challenging, and it’s okay to seek support from therapists or counsellors who understand the unique stressors faced by LGBTQ+ people and couples. By taking care of their emotional well-being, LGBTQ+ parents can better navigate the ups and downs of parenthood and create a safe and loving environment for their children.

TIP: Explore our Mental Health Resource page and watch this video about what to do if you’re struggling with post-natal depression in the LGBTQ+ community.

“As new parents in an LGBTQ+ family, the arrival of our newborn has brought immense joy along with feelings of vulnerability. Our community has been our rock, providing the support and encouragement we need to navigate this new chapter with confidence and love.” – Janey.

“Within the LGBTQ+ community, connecting with other parents has been invaluable. We’ve found understanding, empathy, and shared experiences that have helped us navigate the ups and downs of parenthood with a sense of belonging and support.” – Nick.

LGBTQ+ Parenting Tips in a Nutshell:

  • Support Networks: Build a support system of friends, family, allies and LGBTQ+ parenting groups. Connecting with others who share similar experiences can be invaluable. Rainbow Families runs rainbow family catch-ups and playgroups across Australia. Find out more here. 
  • Emotional Readiness and Parenting Skills: Parenthood can bring up a range of emotions. Be prepared to handle stress and anxiety as well as the joys of parenthood. Participating in an antenatal class run by Rainbow Families is a great way to prepare for what’s ahead and meet other people just like you. Rainbow Families runs regular classes.
  • Education: As a new parent, educate yourself about LGBTQ+ issues and how to address them with your child when the time is right. You can do this by following Rainbow Families and other orgs. like Equality Australia who share regular updates on issues affecting the rainbow community. Check out this page.
  • Breast, Chest and Human Milk Feeding can sometimes be tough without some support or education: Explore the free resources on the Rainbow Families website. They also have a 24/7 Breastfeeding Education Module as well as first-hand experiences from fellow parents in the community. Scroll through the resources for parents for this invaluable information.
  • Celebrate Diversity: Embrace diversity in your family and teach your child from the very beginning to respect and celebrate differences in others. Same, same but different
  • You Are Not Alone: Remember that becoming a new parent can be scary and overwhelming – it’s a biggy. No matter how much you read, watch or listen, you may feel like you are out of your depth at times. This is so normal. The key to navigating life with this new little person is to remember that kind, supportive people are out there and sharing the load can make all the difference. You’ve got this.

For more information from Rainbow Families, click here.