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Maternal and child health

COVID-19 update

In response to the current Victorian Government COVID-19 restrictions, we have changed how we provide our service to you

Service changes

These changes have been implemented to protect you, your family and our nurses. You will continue to have access to nurses and MCH support.

  • Appointments

    Our MCH nurses are continuing in-person appointments for all babies aged up to 4 months and any child who has missed a key ages and stages developmental assessment. Please remember to wear your mask when attending!

    All other appointments are via a video conference or phone call. Nurses will contact all clients individually to discuss the new appointment process.

    Please call your MCH nurse on 9294 5777 to make an appointment. To protect your child, your family and our staff during the current COVID-19 restrictions, we are restricting appointments to one carer and one child only in the waiting and consultation rooms. Please do not attend if  you or your child are unwell.

  • Breastfeeding program 
    These will continue, via telehealth. Please make an appointment with your MCH nurse and you can alsosee a video about the breastfeeding support program
  • Early parenting program
    These will continue, via telehealth. Please make an appointment with your MCH nurse and you can alsosee a video about the early parenting program
  • First Food for Babies
    While these face to face programs are postponed we’ve developed a First Food for Babies information video
  • Baby Settling Talk
    While these face to face programs are 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 are continuing and you will receive an invitation to participate from your MCH nurse.

Programs postponed
Drop-in appointments and pram walks have been postponed until further notice.

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 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.

COVID-19 update

Our MCH nurses are continuing in-person appointments for all babies aged up to 4 months and any child who has missed a key ages and stages developmental assessment. Please remember to wear your mask when attending!

All other appointments are via a video conference or phone call. Nurses will contact all clients individually to discuss the new appointment process.

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).

COVID-19 update

Attendance is by appointment only.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Ringwood East MCH centre is closed, and a centre in Croydon is being used. We apologise for any inconvenience. 

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.

Arrabri

Arrabri Community House,
Allambanan Drive,
Bayswater North 
9729 4017
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Bonnie View

90 Bonnie View Road,
Croydon North
9294 5777
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Croydon Central

9 Civic Square and the corner of Civic Square,
Croydon (enter via Civic Square) 
9294 5540, 9294 5541 or 9294 4447 
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Ringwood

Norwood Family and Children's Centre
18 Notlen Street, 
Ringwood
9870 7264 and 9879 8813
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Ringwood East 

Currently closed

75 Patterson Street,
Ringwood East
9879 6583
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If you have an appointment at this centre, please instead go to:

MCH Cottage
Cnr Civic Square and Mt Dandenong Road
Opposite MyCar Tyre and Auto.
Croydon

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 5777
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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

This program will continue, via a phone call or video conference. Please make an appointment with your MCH nurse.

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. We apologise for any inconvenience. 

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. We apologise for any inconvenience. 

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.

The pram walks have been postponed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience. 

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.

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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