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Maternal and child health

COVID update

The Victorian Government has introduced COVID-19 restrictions, which are currently in place. These restrictions may impact some of Council’s services and facilities.


Current changes to the Maternal and Child Health Service

  • Breastfeeding program 
    Please call 9294 5777 to make a face-to-face appointment.
  • Early parenting program
    Please speak to your MCH nurse for information.
  • First Food for Babies
    We’ve developed a First Food for Babies information video
  • Baby Settling Talk
    While these face to face programs are still postponed, we’ve developed a Baby Settling information video
  • Toddler Talk sessions
    Please speak to your MCH nurse for information.
  • First time parent groups
    These groups are currently online via MS Teams. If you have not received an invitation from Maroondah Maternal and Child Health please call 9294 5777.
  • Drop in appointments
    Drop-in appointments have been postponed until further notice.

COVID safe

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Council has been following the recommendations of the Chief Health Officer, and the Australian and Victorian governments, to keep everyone safe. 

We are committed to protecting the health of you, your family and our staff we ask you to adhere to the following:

  • If you are feeling unwell or have been in contact with someone who isn't well, or who has tested positive for COVID-19, we kindly ask that you please do not attend
  • Only one carer to attend with your child
  • Check-in using the QR code at the entrance each time you attend the centre using your phone
  • Wear a face mask
  • Use the hand-sanitising station as you enter the centre
  • Please ensure social distancing is maintained at all times
  • The room will be cleaned and sanitised before and after your appointment.

Contact us about accessing our services

For more information about our services and how you can access them, please speak to your nurse or call the MCH appointment line on 9294 5777.

If the matter is not urgent, alternatively you may call 132 229 to speak with a nurse at the 24 hour Maternal and Child Health Helpline. If your matter is urgent call 000 or contact your nearest hospital or GP.

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Council has been following the recommendations of the Chief Health Officer, and the Australian and Victorian governments, to keep everyone safe.

Services will be offered inline with current restrictions. Please remember to wear your mask when attending an appointment. If you would prefer to continue with a telehealth appointment, please arrange that with your MCH nurse. 

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

Your Maternal and Child Health centre 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).

Find your closest centre

  • 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.
  • Phone our MCH line on 9294 5777 for further information. 

Arrabri

Arrabri Community House,
Allambanan Drive,
Bayswater North 
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Bonnie View

90 Bonnie View Road,
Croydon North
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Croydon Central

9 Civic Square and the corner of Civic Square,
Croydon (enter via Civic Square) 
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Eastland

Shop 1141, Level 1
Eastland shopping centre
Ringwood
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Ringwood

Norwood Family and Children's Centre
18 Notlen Street, 
Ringwood
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Ringwood East 

Moved to 15 Civic Square, Croydon. 
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Usually: 75 Patterson Street,
Ringwood East
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Ringwood North

127 Oban Road,
Ringwood North
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Tarralla

Moved to 15 Civic Square, Croydon. 
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Usually: 38 Gracedale Avenue,
Ringwood East.
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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 breastfeeding support, First Food for Babies, baby settling and more.

Some programs are postponed due to current restrictions, and others are offered in different ways. See more about 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

Our Early parenting program will be offered online. Your nurse will be in contact with you. 

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. 

Happy Scrappers Group

This program has been postponed.

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

This program has been postponed.

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.

Please call the MCH appointment line for further information on when the walks will recommence.

Parents and carers are invited to join us for a pram walk, running every Thursday (weather permitting) from 12 noon at the Croydon Maternal & Child Health Centre, 9 Civic Square, Croydon.

Come along and enjoy some fresh air, make new friends and have a chat to our Maternal and Child Health nurses as we walk a 2.5km loop along Tarralla Creek Trail. The walk takes approximately 45 minutes.

Feel free to invite friends and family who would like to meet other local parents/carers. It’s a great way to keep fit, have fun and meet new people.

After the walk, grab a cool drink in the Croydon Maternal and Child Health centre’s multipurpose room.

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.

  • Call 9294 5777 to book an appointment with a Maternal and Child Health nurse 
  • Call 132 229 to speak with a nurse at the  24 hour Maternal and Child Health Helpline
  • Call 92945736  (between 9-5 pm weekdays) to speak to the Maternal and Child Health Coordinator

 

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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