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November 2018

Knowledge Paper: Labia Library
 Issues Paper: Early motherhood
Strategic Plan 2018-2023
Annual Reports

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I never realised they were so different: Understanding the impact of the Labia Library 

The Labia Library is an online resource developed by Women's Health Victoria (WHV) in response to increasing demand for female genital cosmetic surgery, also known as labiaplasty. In order to gain an understanding of the effectiveness of the resource in improving women's health literacy, WHV undertook a thematic analysis of 2979 free text responses to a user survey that was active on the site between 2013 and 2015 .

The vast majority of survey respondents indicated a positive perception of the resource, often experiencing a significant reduction in anxiety, and reassurance of normality associated with genital appearance.


Great expectations: how gendered expectations shape early mothering experiences: Issues Paper

Motherhood is commonly viewed by contemporary society as a time of great joy, when ‘good mothers’ effortlessly bond with their newborns and adapt to their new role with ease. However, for many women and their partners, pregnancy, birth and early parenting do not meet these expectations.

The perinatal period marks an enormous transition and upheaval in women’s lives, challenging body image, relationships, intimacy and mental health. Research shows that when a woman’s prenatal expectations regarding her pregnancy, delivery, infant, support network, and sense of self as a mother are compromised, she is more likely to experience lower levels of self-esteem and higher levels of depression, anxiety, and stress.  Structural factors such as the cost of childcare, inadequate income support, unequal pay and limited access to flexible work arrangements mean that in practice, women’s ‘choices’ about how to balance family and work are constrained. 

Mothers need more realistic, holistic and supportive responses from society, health professionals, their families and themselves. Developing and sharing more realistic expectations around early motherhood experiences, and striving to transform gender norms and structures so that women and their partners share the load more equally, can support improved outcomes for mothers and a more gender equal world for their children to grow up in.

Access the Issues Paper [PDF]


Strategic Plan 2018-2023 


Annual Reports 


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