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Maternal and child health

Maroondah Maternal and Child Health Service is a free service offering families information, advice, personal support and ten key age and stage appointments.

There are 7 Maroondah Maternal and Child Health Centres, open 9am-5pm weekdays.

When you visit a Maternal and Child Heath centre, the nurse will review your child’s health, growth and development in accordance with the Victorian Government Maternal and Child Health Framework.

The Maternal and Child Health Service offers:

  • ten Key Ages and Stages consultations for you and your child, starting with a home visit and then consultations at one of our centres at key ages and stages
  • an opportunity for you to meet other parents and access community groups in your area
  • regular programs to support your family including a food talk, baby settling talk and toddler talk
  • specialist programs that require referral from your nurse
  • support, assistance and referrals if needed
  • drop in consultation and lactation sessions

After the birth of your child and once you are home from hospital, a Maternal and Child Health nurse will contact you to arrange a home visit.

After the home visit, please call 9294 5777 to make an appointment when your child reaches the following age milestones:

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

When you visit your Maternal and Child Health centre, the nurse will review your child's health, growth and development. The nurse will also talk to you about your own health and how your experience as a parent of a new baby has been so far. 

The developmental checks for children up to six years are in accordance with the Victorian Government Maternal & Child Health Framework. 

See more about your child’s 10 Key Age and Stage visits

Our Maternal and Child Health service can provide information on:

  • Child health and development screening
  • Breastfeeding information (Lactation Consultants available)
  • First mother groups
  • Dads and bubs sessions
  • Maternal health and wellbeing
  • Parent education
  • Immunisation promotion
  • Family dynamics
  • Nutritional advice
  • Health education resources
  • Infant Settling/day stay program
  • Support groups
  • Playgroups
  • Family Planning (videos, books and pamphlets available).
  • Enter your address in My Maroondah to find your closest Maternal and Child Health Centre
  • Use our interactive map to plan the best route to one of our centres by walking, public transport, or driving.

Arrabri

Arrabri Community House,
Allambanan Drive,
Bayswater North 
9294 7520 
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Bonnie View

90 Bonnie View Road,
Croydon 
9727 5306 or 9726 6157 
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Croydon Central

9 Civic Square and the corner of Civic Square,
Croydon (enter via Civic Square) 
9294 5540 or 9294 5541  
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Ringwood

Norwood Family and Children's Centre
18 Notlen Street, 
Ringwood
9298 4530 or 9298 4531
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Ringwood East  

75 Patterson Street,
Ringwood East
9879 6583
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Ringwood North

127 Oban Road,
Ringwood North
9876 3307,  9879 0854 or 9876 7141
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Tarralla

38 Gracedale Avenue,
Ringwood East
9294 7510 or 9294 7513
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After the birth of your child and once you are home from hospital, a Maternal and Child Health nurse will contact you by telephone to arrange a home visit. 

Book an appointment

Call 9294 5777 to book an appointment at one of our centres. If you reach our answering machine, please leave a message and your call will be returned. Calls received after 2pm may not be returned until the following business day.

If your matter is urgent

  • Call 13 22 29 to speak with the 24hr State Government Maternal and Child Health Service
  • Contact your GP or 000
  • Call the Maternal & Child Health Team Leader on 9294 5736.

Maroondah City Council runs a number of services and information sessions to ensure the health of babies and ease the concerns of new parents. They are held regularly and are free for Maroondah residents with young children. They include:

  • Lactation program
  • First Food for Babies talk
  • Baby Settling Talk
  • Terrific Toddler Talk.

See Maternal & Child Health regular programs

Referrals to these specialist programs are made by your Maternal and Child Health nurse and bookings are essential.

Speak to your nurse if you would like to know more about them.

Early Parenting Program

This program provides advice on sleeping and settling techniques, feeding support, understanding your baby’s behaviour and caring for yourself during baby’s first year. Please call 9294 5736 for more information. 

Bee 4 Time

Bee 4 Time is a support group for mothers of premature babies that offers a friendly and caring environment. The group, facilitated by a Maternal and Child Health nurse, discusses the various complex issues surrounding having a premature baby and provides advice and coping strategies. Session times for this program will be updated when available.

Happy Scrappers Group

The Happy Scrappers Group is unique to Maroondah.

The group offers mothers the opportunity to discuss their birth and parenting experience in a friendly and supportive environment when the experience has been difficult, or not as expected. Scrapbooking techniques are used to create a beautiful keepsake for mother and baby to enjoy. It is facilitated by Maternal and Child Health nurses. Session times for this program will be updated when available.

Mindfulness for Mum

Mindfulness for Mum is a supportive group for mothers to discuss the many challenges of being a parent, such as maintaining personal relationships and managing self care while looking after the family. Session times for this program will be updated when available.

Your nurse is a qualified general nurse and midwife who has also completed further studies in Maternal and Child Health. The knowledge and skills of our nurses are constantly being updated. Our nurses are also there to offer friendship and support.

MCH App

Maternal and Child Health app

This free app for families offers trustworthy information and time-saving features:

  • Nora, the app’s digital assistant, can answer most common child health queries
  • reminders for upcoming MCH consultations
  • a library of information on popular health and development topics
  • click-to-call useful contacts
  • regular updates and messages.

The app is available for all Apple and Android smartphones. Download the app from the State Government's Education and training website.

25/05/2017
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