Maternal & Child Health Service
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Council services are changing.
Information about Council's response to Coronavirus and the effect on services can be found here.
Council's Maternal and Child Health Service is a family-centred, primary health service that has a strong focus on promotion, prevention, early detection and intervention to improve health and developmental outcomes for young children and their families.
The service is available to all families within the municipality who have children aged from birth to school entry age. There is no cost for this service.
Who are Maternal & Child Health Nurses?
Maternal and Child Health Nurses are registered nurses and midwives who have postgraduate qualifications in child, family and community health.
They have the expertise to promote health through early detection of family health issues and problems as they arise.
They work closely with other health and support services and are able to link or refer families to other relevant health and welfare organisations for early intervention and specialist assistance.
Your child’s health and development is monitored at the following key ages:
- 2 weeks
- 4 weeks
- 8 weeks
- 4 months
- 8 months
- 12 months
- 18 months
- 2 years
- 3.5 years
Additional centre or home visits are given for families with particular needs.
For all appointments or cancellations please call our central booking line on 9932 1300 from Monday to Friday between 9am and 3pm.
Victorian Government operates a Maternal and Child Health Line which is available 24 hours, 7 days per week on 132 229 to support parents when the local service is unavailable.
What services are provided?
The service provides a wide range of information, advice and support about children's, women's and family health issues.
These include but are not limited to:
- breastfeeding and formula feeding
- nutrition through all stages
- family planning
- physical and emotional changes following childbirth
- adjusting to parenthood
- changing relationships within the family
- sleep and settling difficulties
- child and health development
- parenting strategies
- childhood illness
- child safety and injury prevention
- parent groups
- postnatal depression screening
- evening sessions at some designated centres
Confident Parents, Happy Babies
Did you know Hobsons Bay Maternal and Child Health run interactive group sessions for babies up to 12 months covering establishing a feed/play/sleep routine, understanding your babies cues and responsive settling techniques?.
See flyer below for upcoming dates: Contact MCH Central Bookings 9932 1300 to book into a session.
Confident Parents, Happy Babies flyer(PDF, 643KB)
Out of hours Maternal and Child Health Appointments
From Saturday 21st March, 2020, HBCC will be offering twice monthly Saturday morning sessions from the Newport Gardens Maternal and Child Health Centre. In addition, there are monthly evening sessions at the Altona Meadows Library. For further information or to make booking, speak with your MCH nurse or call MCH bookings on 9932 1300
Open sessions (not available during school holidays)
Currently under review for 2021. For further information, or to make a booking, speak with your MCH nurse or call MCH bookings on 9932 1300
- Tuesday: 13 Mason Street, Newport 1.30pm to 3.00pm
- Thursday: 105 Ferguson Street, Williamstown 1.30pm – 3.00pm
- 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month: 65 Powlett St, Altona Meadows 1.30pm - 3.00pm
Breastfeeding support service
This service is available by appointment only during school terms.
- Monday 1.30pm to 4pm at the Altona Early Years Hub, 103B Grieve Parade Altona (please ring 9932 1300 to book or talk to your local nurse).
Enhanced Maternal & Child Health (EMCH)
This is an outreach service which provides a more focused and intensive level of support for vulnerable families experiencing early parenting difficulties.
Baby Makes 3
A program offered to all new parents in Hobsons Bay
Baby Makes 3 is a program that promotes equal and respectful relationships between parents during transition to parenthood. It does this by increasing the capacity of first time parents to build equal and respectful relationships in response to the lifestyle and relationship changes that follow the birth of a child. The program consists of three evening sessions, each of two hours. Mums, Dads and their baby should attend. Light refreshments are provided. The sessions are provided by two group leaders - a male and a female. Parents may attend to their baby whenever they need to and facilities are provided for this. Sometimes the large group breaks into two smaller groups for further discussions. Parents who have participated in the program report it to be both interesting and worthwhile, and find the group confirms that they are not alone in the challenges they face. Topics that are covered over the three sessions include:
- becoming a parent for the first time
- expectations of both parents
- who does what? Gender roles
- healthy relationships
- meaningful equality
- dealing with conflict
Baby Makes 3 Virtual Sessions
Parents attend three consecutive weeks for each group with each session lasting two hours. All groups will be run via Zoom and a link will be sent to participants.
Group 1: Saturday mornings 9.30am to 11.30am
- Saturday February 27
- Saturday March 6
- Saturday March 13
Group 2: Wednesday evenings 6.30pm to 8.30pm
- Wednesday March 17
- Wednesday March 24
- Wednesday March 31
Group 3: Tuesday evenings 6.30pm to 8.30pm
- Tuesday April 13
- Tuesday April 20
- Tuesday April 27
Group 4: Tuesday evenings 6.30pm to 8.30pm
- Tuesday May 11
- Tuesday May 18
- Tuesday May 25
For further information please contact your local Maternal and Child Health nurse or ring 9932 1300.
103B Grieve Parade
Altona Meadows* Powlett Street
65 Powlett Street
Altona Meadows*Russell Court
10 Russell Court
Altona Meadows* Cooraminta
2 Skehan Boulevard
180 Millers Road
25 Whittaker Avenue
Newport Community Hub
13 Mason Street
51 Maddox Road
15 Truganina Ave
43 Paxton Street
105 Ferguson Street
*Denotes part-time centre.
Maternal and child health coordinators and administration can be contacted on 9932 1300.