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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.

  • Breastfeeding program  - Please call 9294 5777 to make a face-to-face appointment.  If you would prefer to continue with a telehealth appointment, please arrange that with your MCH nurse.
  • First Food for Babies - Coming again soon - in the meantime we’ve developed a First Food for Babies information video
  • Sleep & Settling Information sessions - 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. See all upcoming Sleep and settling information sessions and make a booking.
    We’ve also developed a Baby Settling information video.
  • First time parent groups - If you have not received an invitation from Maroondah Maternal and Child Health please call 9294 5777.
  • Toddler Talk sessions - A session to teach simple strategies to improve your child’s talking skills. 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.
  • Supported playgroup - Please speak to our MCH nurses regarding joining this program. 

Please see our useful Maternal and Child Health information videos

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. Thes session will be held via a phone call or video conference. See a video about the program and how to access it

Learn about what you need to know when introducing solid foods to your baby. 

While the program is postponed, we've prepared a helpful video on baby's first foods

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.

Sleep and settling information sessions are returning in September.

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

2022 sessions

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Maroondah City Council's Maternal Child Health Sleep and Settling Information Sessions provide support for parents experiencing sleep and settling concerns with their babies/toddlers. Both face to face and online group sessions are available. See booking link for session dates.

Sleep & Settling Information Sessions - Newborn babies 0 to 3 months

Wednesdays - 1pm to 2:30pm

Find out more and make a booking

Sleep & Settling Information Sessions - Babies 6 to 12 months

Wednesdays - 9.30am to 11am

Find out more and make a booking

Sleep and Settling Information Sessions - Toddlers 12 months to 2 years

Wednesdays - 9:30am to 11:00am

Find out more and make a booking

See all sleep and settling sessions

We've also prepared a helpful video on settling your baby

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.

This program is postponed.

Please speak to our MCH nurses regarding joining this program.

Not currently running. Please call the MCH appointment line for further information on when the walks will recommence.

  • Where: Croydon Maternal & Child Health Centre, 9 Civic Square, Croydon.
  • When: Thursdays at 12pm

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.

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
  • Call 9294 5736  (between 9-5 pm weekdays) to speak to the Maternal and Child Health Coordinator

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
  • Call the Maternal & Child Health Team Leader on 9294 5736

If your matter is urgent

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

For information about any of these sessions, call 9294 5777.

25/05/2017
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