Regular maternal and child health programs

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.

Regular programs - more information

Breastfeeding program

A support service for breastfeeding mothers of babies 0-4 months of age. 

We understand that breastfeeding mothers may need a little extra help from time to time. During the program, Maternal and Child Health nurses will provide advice on a range of issues including correct attachment techniques, stimulating milk supply, understanding your baby’s needs, and gaining confidence in handling your baby.

If you live in Maroondah, please call 9294 5777 to make an appointment to see our Lactation Consultant. These session will be held via a phone call or video conference. If you would prefer to continue with a telehealth appointment, please arrange that with your MCH nurse.

See a video about the program and how to access it

Sleep & Settling information sessions

Sleep and settling concerns are common issues affecting families with children aged from birth to school age. Recognising the importance of sleep for a child’s long-term development and for the wellbeing of families, the Victorian Government is making significant investments to provide additional support for Victorian families through the ‘More help for new Victorian mums and dads’ initiative.

Sessions are available for 0 to 3 months, 6 to 12 months, and 12 months to 2 years. There are face to face and online sessions available.

Learn about your baby’s behaviour and how to establish and develop a daily routine based on feed/play/sleep. 

Our Sleep and Settling Information Sessions cover a number of topics such as:

  • Age specific development and what to expect
  • Responsive settling strategies
  • Typical sleep patterns and routines
  • Challenging sleep problems 
  • Maternal and paternal wellbeing

Book into a session

We’ve also developed a Baby Settling information video.

INFANT program

INFANT Program - You will be joined by other parents whose babies are about the same age in a session led by a Maroondah MCH professional to cover important topics such as:

  • introduction solids
  • food refusal and fussy eating
  • tummy time
  • active play ideas
  • and the role that parent wellbeing plays in your baby's life.

Find out more and register online

First time parent groups

If you have not received an invitation from Maroondah Maternal and Child Health please call 9294 5777 to make a booking.

Supported playgroup

Please speak to our MCH nurses regarding joining this program.

Pram Walks

Join us for a pram walk! Enjoy some fresh air, make new friends and have a chat to our Maternal and Child Health team member as we walk an approximately 2km loop along Tarralla Creek Trail.

  • When: Every Monday during school terms*
  • Time: 1.30 to 2.30pm
  • Where: Meet at Croydon Maternal & Child Health (9 Civic Square, Croydon).

Feel free to invite friends and family - anyone 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 drink at a nearby café or relax under the trees near the playground.

See pram walks in our events calendar

*Please note: the walk may be cancelled due to extreme heat or wet weather and including unforeseen circumstances.

Toddler Talk

A session to teach simple strategies to improve your child’s talking skills. Learn communication skills expected for your child’s age, simple ways to help your child say more words, and strategies to help your child put words together. 

Suitable for 0-3 years old. 

Please speak to your Maternal Child Health Nurse or call EACH’s Child Development Team 9837 3900 for more details.

Contact Maroondah MCH

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.

Key contacts 

  • 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 

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 not urgent

  • Call 13 22 29 to speak with the 24hr State Government Maternal and Child Health Helpline
  • Contact your GP

If your matter is urgent

 If your matter is urgent call 000 or contact your nearest hospital or GP.