Wow…Congratulations…Fantastic…OMG!!!!….a new baby!!!!!

To most new parents this is a very exciting time, but it can also be full of uncertainty and concern to ‘get things right’. Here at Priority1 we look after an ever-growing number of new Mums & Dads, and have helped guide them through and understand their new financial responsibilities as parents. To make a positive decision to not just gain the knowledge, but to actually take better control of your family’s financial future is a very empowering experience. Priority1 has the first-hand knowledge, the experience and the team to help you take that control.

In the table below we have assembled a list of some of the things you should consider. The table is broken into three headings, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise. These lists are not exhaustive by any means, but they will certainly give you the basis for discussion and further investigation.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many clients who have helped us assemble this list of external services they have found useful. Please note that whilst our clients have recommended these companies and services, Priority1 has no relationship with them and does not endorse them in any way, so we welcome your feedback and any additional recommendations!

Please also note that for those of you wishing to make a positive step towards securing your financial future, Priority1 offer a no cost/obligation free first appointment just so you can see the positive difference we can make. Simply contact our office and let the friendly team know that you are interested in advice for ‘new parents’, and you will be put through to our specialists advisors.
It’s only an hour of your time, costs nothing and with everything to gain and nothing to lose…isn’t today the best day to start securing your financial future…?

“Wow, we knew we needed to get some aspects of our finances sorted, but just didn’t realise what you (Priority1) could do for us. We are so much more organised and now know we are on the right track. Peace of mind and a bright future – just loving it! Thanks again to everyone…” – Kathy and Tom, and new baby Ella, born June 2013.

 

Healthy Wealthy Wise

Nutrition for expectant Mums

It is important to look after yourself at all times, however when you are growing a little person inside of you it is imperative to get the best nutrition you can. A well balanced diet can help improve your own overall health and wellbeing, as well as ensuring your unborn child gets the nutrients they need.

Some websites with additional information on nutrition are:

Why not try the Dieticians Association of Australia Healthy Eating Self-Assessment to see if you are on the right track. It can be found by clicking on the following link:

Centrelink

Trying to navigate your way through entitlements for Centrelink can be tricky and daunting – this is where partnering with Priority1 can help. Our advisers have helped many parents-to-be understand how to get the best result for you and your family.

Some of the Centrelink benefits available are:
(click on each benefit listed to be directed to further information)

As you will see this information can be a bit daunting, so if you need any assistance with Centrelink payments – Priority1 is here to help.

Health Insurance

Before you get pregnant is the best time to review your health insurance. However, once you are pregnant a conversation with your insurer is a MUST. All policies are different, so you will need to find out what you are and aren’t covered for, what out of pocket expenses you may be liable for, and any other “quirks” of your individual policy.

Some things your policy may contain:

  • Did you know that often Pregnancy is covered under “hospital cover”?
  • The standard wait time is usually 12months.
  • With most insurers you will need a family policy if you want to cover the baby once it is born – however an unborn child is covered under the mother’s health insurance
  • Cost! Family cover can be expensive. Make sure you research your options based on your current and future needs. There are many websites that can help with this including www.iselect.com.au

Pre and Post Natal Depression

You and your partner may experience a wide range of emotions before, during and following the birth of your baby. If you are feeling overwhelmed at any stage it is best to speak to someone with the right experience.

For help in dealing with any concerns you may have, try:

Other financial aspects to think about

Whether your family is going from 2 to 3, or 3 to 4 (or even more!), there are many financial aspects to consider.
Priority1 advisers are here to help you. Some additional issues that you may need to consider and Priority1 specialize in are:

  • Budgeting
  • Reviewing your mortgage structure
  • Review interest rates & loan repayment
  • Pause to help with cash flow
  • Saving for your child’s education & Grandparent accounts
  • How to use your superannuation monies more effectively

A conversation with us will put your mind at ease as we can help ensure that your family’s financial future is in great shape to face the challenges of parenthood now and for many years to come!

Maternity Hospitals

There are many great hospitals servicing the needs of Melbourne’s East – so make sure you find the time to visit these and book in early!

Mitcham Private Hospital

Eastern Health (Box Hill and Angliss Hospitals)

Fitness

Keeping fit is a very important, even more
important for expectant Mums. Exercise ideas for before and after the baby arrives:

Estate Planning

With a new baby on the way, now is the time to think about your estate planning. Whether you already have a Will that needs updating or have never given it any thought, we have excellent referral partners that can help you with all aspects of your estate planning.

Have you thought about:

  • Your superannuation nominations
  • Your insurance nominations
  • Your will
  • Setting up a testementary trust
  • Power of attorney

Priority1 advisers have vast experience in these matters – so call us now as we can set you on the right path.

Activities to do with bubs

Once the baby is born there are lots of activities that you can do to keep you both happy and healthy. We have listed a few that were favourites amongst the staff and clients of
Priority1:

  • Storytime at your local library – A free 20min session where parents and babies learn fun rhymes and read stories as part of a group.
  • Gymbaroo – A weekly session to assist babies with their development by encouraging movement
  • King Swim (Chirnside Park) – Sessions from water familiarisation to “skills for life”. See the website for further information
  • Mini Maestros – A fun way for babies 6 months and above to learn about music and musical instruments

Taking Care of your back – advice from an Osteopath

“A new baby in the house can be a very joyful experience. However, many new mothers and fathers find that the constant lifting and bending, associated with looking after a new child, can lead to back and neck problems.”

 

Risk Insurance

Whether you are already pregnant or planning to start your new family in the near future now is the time to be reviewing your risk insurance. Risk insurance typically covers Life, Total and Permanent Disability, Trauma and Income Protection Cover.
As the parents of a new baby, you are totally responsible for their wellbeing. The advisers at Prority1 are here to help, and can ensure that you and your family are adequately protected against life’s little (and not so little) surprises.

When it comes to risk insurance, the earlier you contact us the better!

Maternal and Child Health – Outer East

The maternal and Child Health Service is free and supports your child’s health and development from birth until school age.

Below are links to the maternal and child health centres by council area:

Nurse on Call

A phone service that provides immediate, expert health advice from a registered nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is a number worth keeping in a handy place, such as on the fridge.

  • Nurse on Call: 1300 606 024

For more information visit:

Other Staff & Client websites and companies

This is a list of websites/companies that the staff and clients of Priority1 have used in the past. Our experience of these services/venues has been positive and enjoyable – we would welcome your feedback, plus any other sites you have found which other Mum’s and Dad’s may find useful.

Please send feedback and ideas to
info@ priority1.net.au