Our Maternal and Child Health (MCH) service provides free health and developmental checks for children aged zero to 4 years.
We also offer information and advice to new parents on a range of maternal and child health topics.
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- Once your baby is born, the hospital notifies our MCH team.
- We then contact you to organise a visit within the first few days of arriving home.
- One of our nurses visits you at home to check your baby's health and progress. They'll also link you to the MCH centre of your choice.
- At each visit to a MCH centre, a nurse will review your child's progress and talk to you about any concerns you have about your baby or parenting issues.
To find your nearest centre, see the map below.
When you go to your MCH centre appointment, please take My Health, Learning and Development green book.
Select one of the location tiles in the map for more details and opening hours of the centres.
As directed by the Victorian Chief Health Officer, people over 12 years old must wear a face covering at a MCH appointment. For more information, visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.
Children under 2 years old should never wear a face mask due to choking and strangulation risks.
We understand that many parents are likely to be feeling anxious or concerned about their children’s health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For regular updates about COVID-19, visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.
Maternal Child Health groups and drop-in programs
- All MCH groups are currently being delivered in person. If you have any questions, please contact our MCH services team at [email protected] or call (03) 9278 4606.
- Chinese supported Playgroups are currently being delivered in person.
- Breast Feeding Drop-in Clinics are face-to-face: 1:30 pm to 3 pm on Monday afternoons at Glen Iris East MCH and Thursday afternoons at East Kew MCH (see map below for locations). No appointment required.
- You can make a booking for the day stay program. Please call (03) 9278 4606 or email [email protected]
Early parenting day stay program
Our early parenting day stay program is designed to offer extra support with early parenting, especially where there are concerns with the sleep, settling and feeding patterns of young babies.
A qualified MCH nurse and a Mothercraft nurse run this program, which takes place on alternate Wednesdays.
To find out more or book a place, visit the Early parenting day stay program page.
Get extra help
We can link you to programs if you need extra support, including:
- home visits for families experiencing early parenting difficulties
- a day stay program that helps with settling, sleeping and feeding
- lactation clinics for families that need breastfeeding support.
Joining a support group is a great way to get help and talk about your concerns.
Baby's Okay, What About You?
A free 9-week postnatal depression group that helps you cope with being a new parent. This program runs 3 times a year in conjunction with Camcare. For more information, please talk to your MCH nurse.
A group for first-time parents where you can talk about parenting issues and make new friends. To join a group, contact your local MCH centre.
Women After Gestational diabetes
A program designed specifically for women with a history of gestational diabetes. This program provides strategies to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and improve family health. For more information, visit Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, email [email protected] or ask your MCH nurse.
If you need parenting advice, call the MCH line on 13 22 29 to talk to a qualified MCH nurse. This is a 24/7 service.
This isn't an emergency number. For all emergencies call 000.
Maternal and Child Health App
You can now find accurate and reliable information about your child’s health, learning and development using the free MCH App from the Victorian State government. You can also use the app to keep track of upcoming MCH appointments and find important health contacts.
This app can be personalised and is available for Apple and Android smartphones.