Maternal & child health

The arrival of a new baby makes a big difference to family life. Our Maternal and Child Health service can assist with these changes. It is free and available to all families with children from birth to six years of age.

Maternal and Child Health nurses are registered nurses with additional qualifications in midwifery and maternal and child health. The nurses have the knowledge and experience to deal with all aspects of child and family health and wellbeing.

The service provides information, support, advice and referral on:

  • child health and development
  • breastfeeding
  • nutrition
  • play and learning
  • maternal/paternal health and wellbeing
  • accident and injury prevention (including safe sleeping)
  • home safety
  • immunisation
  • local support services and resources

Our nurses contact new parents after their child’s birth, approximately within one week of being home, to organise the first home visit*.

Families who move to Moonee Valley with young children are also invited to contact us on 9243 8888 to find out their closest Maternal and Child Health Centre.

*If parents have not been contacted within this time and/or have pressing questions please contact our Maternal and Child Health Support Officer on 9243 8888. Extra visits are available where particular needs are identified for an infant and family.

Key ages and stages visits

Nurses involve parents in assessing the development and wellbeing of their child using the Parents Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) screening tool. At these visits nurses discuss the health and development of the child, physical and emotional effects on the family, parent health and wellbeing and any concerns families may have.

There are 10 key ages and stages consultations that coincide with the child’s milestones from birth to 3.5 years:

  • 2 weeks
  • 4 weeks
  • 8 weeks
  • 4 months 
  • 8 months
  • 12 months
  • 18 months
  • 2 years
  • 3.5 years

Additional services

We also offer additional support for parents, including:

  • new parent groups and transition into playgroups
  • breastfeeding support clinics
  • sleep and settling telephone support
  • information sessions on a range of topics

Where families require additional support, a home visiting program by a Maternal and Child Health Nurse is available. The nurse provides families with extra support and guidance in their own home environment. To refer, contact a nurse in one of our centres.

New parent groups, playgroups

Our nurses deliver a 7 week program for new parents offering parenting information on health, wellbeing and family matters and the opportunity to make friendships with local families. Partners are also invited to attend. Your Maternal and Child Health Nurse will organise your invitation.

Near the end of the program, parents are supported to transition into community playgroups. The playgroups provide parents and caregivers with the opportunity to meet new people, gain support and exchange parenting ideas. Find out more about playgroups.

New parent group resources

Here are links to the resources for each week of the program:

Week 1: Adaptation to parenthood

Week 2: Sleep settling

Week 3: Physical Health and Recovery after Birth

Week 4: Childhood illness

Week 5: Play and development

Week 6: Infant massage

Week 7: Introduction to solids

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Maternal and Child Health services often share facilities with child care centres, kindergartens or community centres. Families have access to multiple services in one location and foster connections with the local community. Staff work collaboratively and exchange perspectives on children as they interact in a range of environments. Privacy is respected and parents are involved and informed about the conversations.

Our centres welcome all mothers who are feeding to drop in and use the waiting rooms for feeding and baby care.

Location Contact details
 Hopetoun 220 Racecourse Road, Flemington
8325 1833
 Wingate 13A Wingate Street, Ascot Vale
9376 4609
 Ascot Vale 147 Maribyrnong Road, Ascot Vale
9370 6852
 Moonee Ponds 20 Shuter Street, Moonee Ponds
9370 7396
 Aberfeldie 13 Beaver Street, Essendon
9337 9374
 Avondale Heights 2a Clarendon Street, Avondale Heights
9243 1620 or 9243 1621
 Airport West 97 McNamara Rd, Airport West
9338 2049
 Milleara Integrated Learning Development Centre 1-5 Keilor Park Drive, Keilor East
9289 1500
 Montgomery Park 47 Lawson Street, Essendon
9375 1235
 Strathmore Children's Centre 40 Loeman Street, Strathmore
9243 1206 or 9243 1207

For more information

Maternal and Child Health Line

This telephone advice service is available throughout Victoria for the cost of a local call 24 hours a day and is staffed by Maternal and Child Health nurses. Call 13 22 29.

An interpreter service is available. The service is also available to deaf callers who have access to a telephone typewriter (TTY).

Maternal and Child Health Facebook page

Our Maternal and Child Health Facebook has been created by our nurses with the aim to provide current, helpful and evidence based information. If you find a post helpful, or it is something that you are interested in, please “Like” or share the post. Please note this page does not provide urgent support or specific case advice.

Other useful support organisations

The Maternal and Child Health team recommends the following websites for more support and information:

Customer satisfaction

We are committed to providing the best possible service to families.

Sometimes despite the very best of efforts there may be an issue about service delivery that needs to be discussed. Parents are encouraged to discuss issues with your Maternal and Child Health nurse or call the Maternal and Child Health Coordinator on 9243 8864.

For further information please refer to the Maternal and Child Health Procedure for Managing Complaints (doc,25KB).

Last updated: Friday, 14 July 2017, 9:17 AM