Maternal & Child Health Service

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.

Update to Maternal and Child Health Services as of 16 August 2021:

  • face to face appointments for infants and children will proceed with social distancing restrictions and mask requirements in place. Telehealth support will be provided as required. 
  • breastfeeding support service will continue
  • parent groups will be conducted online
  • sleep and settling groups will be conducted online
  • Saturday sessions continue as centre appointments
  • open sessions cancelled.

If requiring additional appointments contact central bookings on 9932 1300 or speak to your nurse.

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
  • immunisation
  • 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
  • After hours sessions at some designated centres

Baby and Toddler Sleep Settling Program

Sleep and settling concerns are common issues affecting young families. Register for a free 90-minute in-person group session to better understand baby and infant sleep and tips and strategies to promote positive sleep patterns. Parents can sign up for a group session for ages 0 to 6 months, 6 to 12 months, and 18 months to 3 years. Email sleepsettling@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au, complete the online form, or contact MCH Central Bookings 9932 1300 to book into a session. This program is funded by the state government. 

 

Out of hours Maternal and Child Health Appointments

From Saturday 17 April 2021, HBCC will be offering twice-monthly Saturday morning sessions from the Newport Gardens Maternal and Child Health Centre. For further information or to make a booking, speak with your MCH nurse or call MCH bookings on 9932 1300.

 

Open sessions (not available during school holidays or COVID Lockdown restrictions)

For further information, speak with your MCH nurse or call MCH bookings on 9932 1300

  • Tuesday: 51 Maddox Road, Newport 1.30pm to 3pm 
  • Thursday: 105 Ferguson Street, Williamstown 1.30pm – 3pm
  • 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month: 65 Powlett St, Altona Meadows 1.30pm - 3pm

 

Breastfeeding support service

In addition to routine Maternal and Child Health appointments, breastfeeding support services in Hobsons Bay also includes:

  • Altona Early Years Hub- Monday 1pm to 4pm, 103B Grieve Parade Altona (please ring 9932 1300 to book or talk to your local nurse)
  • Russell Court MCH Centre - Wednesday 1.30pm-4pm, 10 Russell Crt, Altona Meadows (call 9932 1300 to book)
  • Australian Breastfeeding Association (call 1800 686 268)

Understanding breastfeeding video

Maternal and Child Health Nurse Jane Howard simplifies breastfeeding information for you and your baby and speaks with local mums about their experience breastfeeding and a local dad about his support role. View the video on YouTube.

Breastfeeding Welcome Here

All parents should feel safe and comfortable feeding their babies in public. The Breastfeeding Welcome Here sticker, displayed across council venues and participating businesses in Hobsons Bay, aims to make it easier for parents to find a safe and welcoming space to breastfeed their baby in public. For more information and to register your business, please visit www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/BreastfeedingWelcome.

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 Online

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. Parents and their baby should attend. The sessions are provided by two group leaders - a male and a female. 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
  • intimacy
  • dealing with conflict
  • communication

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 commencement dates

  • Tuesday 7 September 2021 (x 3 weeks)
  • Wednesday 20 October 2021 (x 3 weeks)
  • Thursday 25 November 2021  (x 3 weeks)

For further information please contact your local Maternal and Child Health nurse or ring 9932 1300 or book via the online form

 

Centre locations

Centre

Address

Altona

103B Grieve Parade

Altona Meadows* Powlett Street

65 Powlett Street

Altona Meadows*Russell Court

10 Russell Court

Altona Meadows* Cooraminta

2 Skehan Boulevard

Altona North

180 Millers Road

Laverton*

25 Whittaker Avenue

Newport Community Hub

13 Mason Street

Newport Gardens

51 Maddox Road

Seabrook*

15 Truganina Ave

South Kingsville

43 Paxton Street

Williamstown

105 Ferguson Street

*Denotes part-time centre.

Contact details

Maternal and Child Health Coordinators and administration can be contacted on 9932 1300.