This year we are celebrating the centenary of the Maternal and Child Health Service in Boroondara.
The first Baby Health Centre (as they were then known) in the City of Boroondara opened in November 1920 at the Kew Town Hall, 3 years after the service was established in Victoria. Over the last 100 years the service has made a meaningful difference to the lives of generations of residents, providing support to parents and their children.
Today, the service provides free health and developmental checks for children up to 4 years of age, as well as information and advice to new parents. A range of support groups is also offered, including for new parents and Mandarin speakers.
Claire Bayford, a new mother living in Kew, said she has found First Parent group meetings helpful for forming connections with other local parents.
Creating those friendships and networks is really valuable and it’s not something I would have been able to do without Council’s support.
Mitchell Couchman, a member of the same parents’ group, said he enjoyed hearing that everyone else is going through similar experiences. “It’s good knowing that you’re not alone,” he said.