Expecting a baby or child is an exciting time – there is a lot to think about and organise. The good news is that in the City of Boroondara, there are many support services and resources to draw on.

Before the birth

Death of a baby: Miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death (death of a newborn infant) can be a shattering event for parents, their families and their community. Find support and advice for coping with the death of a baby.

After the birth

  • Expect a call from the Maternal and Child Health Service (MCH) to organise your first visit, which is usually at your home. After the first visit, the 2-week, 4-week, 8-week and the rest of the 10 key age and stage visits, will be at a MCH centre. In addition to key age and stage visits the MCH also provides:
    • breastfeeding support
    • sleep and settling outreach
    • infant and child CPR and childhood illness classes
    • baby massage
    • Smalltalk playgroups for vulnerable families
    • Chinese and Japanese playgroups, and more.

  Learn more about the MCH service.

  • Update your free 'My Health, Learning and Development Record', better known as 'the green book'.
  • Download the Victorian Government's free MCH app.
  • If you're a first-time parent or carer you'll receive a Baby Bundle from the Victorian Government. It contains useful information, resources and products to support the health, development and wellbeing of babies.
  • Use our immunisation calculator to see when your baby is due for their vaccinations and add those dates to your calendar.

Parenting resources

Council services in Boroondara

Maternal and Child Health service

We provide free health and developmental checks for 0-6 year olds, plus advice for new parents.

Immunisation service

We run around 150 free immunisation sessions for children annually.

Kindergarten enrolment

We administer the enrolment process for 27 stand-alone, sessional kindergartens.

Activities directory for families

We maintain a searchable directory of free and low cost activity providers and facilities in our area.

Other services in Boroondara

Support and advice 

After hours

  • Maternal and Child Health Line: free advice from a qualified MCH nurse for children from birth to school age, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 13 22 29.
  • Parentline: free counselling and advice for parents and carers of children from birth to 18 years old, 8am to midnight, 7 days a week. Call 13 22 89.
  • The National Breastfeeding Helpline: breastfeeding knowledge and help with overcoming common hurdles, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1800 686 268.

Find health information

You can use the Victorian Government's Better Health Channel tool below to find quality assured, reliable, up-to-date and easy to understand health information on healthy pregnancy.*

*The Better Health Channel website is managed and authorised by the Department of Health and Human Services, State Government of Victoria, Australia. The site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.

Content on the City of Boroondara website is provided for information purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. This information is not intended to replace advice from your doctor or other registered health professional.

Need advice now?

If your situation is an emergency, you should always call 000 or go to an emergency department at a hospital.

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