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Maternal and child health

COVID-19 update 

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Council has been following the recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer and Federal and State Governments,  As a result, 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
    These will continue, via a video conference or phone call. Nurses will contact all clients individually to discuss the new appointment process.
  • Breastfeeding program 
    These will continue, via a phone call or video conference.
  • Early parenting program
    These will continue, via a phone call or video conference.
  • NEW Maroondah MCH Hotline
    This is a new service providing support to parents. The hotline is available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, for parents to call and speak with a Maternal Child Health Nurse about any parenting questions they might have. Call the hotline on 9294 7515. If the nurse is already on a call, please leave a message and they will return your call as soon as possible.
  • Programs postponed
    Drop-in appointments, Toddler Talk, First Foods for Babies and Baby Settling Talk sessions and pram walks have all 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.

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

  • 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. 

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.


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.

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