Limited appointments from 11 November until Christmas
As part of a state-wide initiative, the Victorian Maternal and Child Health Service is moving to improve our processes with the introduction of a new state-wide CDIS system, and as such there may be some impact on appointments at our Maternal & Child Health Centres during this time. We appreciate your patience.
Support to young babies will be prioritised during this time with normal services commencing in the New Year.
For all enquiries and appointments call the Central Booking Office: 9747 7287
Maternal & Child Health 24 hr Helpline: 13 22 29
For more information visit Maternal and Child Health support line
Maternal and Child Health Centres
All our centres are staffed by registered Maternal and Child Health Nurses who also have additional qualifications in midwifery and maternal and child health.
How do I make contact with the Maternal and Child Health Nurse?
When you have your baby, the hospital where you gave birth will contact our Maternal and Child Health Service. We will call you to organise your first visit, which is usually a home visit. If you do not hear from us within seven days of getting home, please contact our Maternal and Child Health Service on 9747 7287.
When should I see the nurse?
There are 10 free key ages and stages visits:
- home visit
- two weeks
- four weeks
- eight weeks
- four months
- eight months
- 12 months
- 18 months
- two years
- three and a half years
What should I bring to my visits?
- spare nappy
- change of clothes for baby
- bunny rug for scales
- plastic bag to take home dirty nappy
- your child’s ‘My Health and Development record’
Your visits are more frequent when you first come home with your baby but it is important to keep attending for your regular visits when your child is older as this is vital in detecting any problems and organising appropriate follow up.
For any concerns between visits you can contact the Central Booking Office on 9747 7287 who will send a message to your nurse to contact you.
What happens at each centre visit?
- you can talk to the nurse about any concerns and how you are feeling
- your child’s health, growth and development will be reviewed and discussed
- the nurse will record details in your child’s ‘My Health and Development record’
- the nurse will refer you to other services if needed
- the nurse will discuss immunisations with you.
For more information and to book appointments, contact our Maternal and Child Health Central Booking Office on 9747 7287.
Location of Maternal and Child Health Centres
Maternal and Child Health sessions are available each fortnight at both the Melton Library and Springside Children's and Commuinity Centre from 9am to 12pm. Please book by calling: 9747 7287.
Enhanced Maternal and Child Health
This service provides additional visits at home for families that require more support.
Other support channels
Beyond Blue or 1300 22 4636 (for postnatal depression)
SIDS and Kids
24 hour grief support or 1300 308 307