Our Maternal and Child Health (MCH) service provides free health and developmental checks for children aged 0-4 years.
We also offer information and advice to new parents on a range of maternal and child health topics.
See our MCH service promise.
How it works
- Once your baby is born, the hospital notifies our Maternal and Child Health 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 subsequent visit to a MCH centre, a nurse will review your child's progress and discuss any concerns you have about your baby or parenting issues.
To find your nearest centre, see the map below.
Make an appointment
To make an appointment at any MCH centre email [email protected] or call 9278 4606 between 8.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Bring your My Health, Learning and Development Record to each MCH centre appointment.
Click on 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 the age of 12 must wear a face covering when attending a Maternal and Child Health appointment. Visit DHHS website for more information.
Children under two years should never wear a face mask due to choking and strangulation risks.
Maternal Child Health groups and programs
- All Maternal and Child Health groups will still be offered via Telehealth. If you have any questions, please contact our Maternal and Child Health services team on 9278 4606 or email [email protected].
- Chinese supported Playgroups will recommence in February 2021.
- Breast Feeding Drop-in Clinics 1.30-3.30 pm on Monday afternoons at Glen Iris East MCH and Thursday afternoons at East Kew on are face-to-face. No appointment required.
- Day Stay Program has recommenced and bookings are now being taken, please call 9278 4606.
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. Be reassured that the evidence so far suggests that babies and children under 5 almost never get seriously ill from COVID-19.
For regular updates about the coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.
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.
Join a support group
Joining a support group is a great way to get help and talk about your concerns. Groups in the City of Boroondara include:
- Baby's Okay, What About You?: a free 9-week postnatal depression group that helps you cope with being a new parent. For more information speak with your MCH nurse.
- Parents' groups: for first-time parents, where you can discuss parenting issues and make new friends. To join a group contact your local MCH centre.
Women After Gestational diabetes (WAG): 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 www.baker.edu.au/wag, email [email protected] or ask your Maternal and Child Health nurse.
If you need parenting advice, call the Maternal and Child Health line on 13 22 29 to talk to a qualified MCH nurse. This is a 24-hour service, 7 days a week.
This isn't an emergency number: for all emergencies call 000.
For additional parenting resources, see Parent information sessions and resources.
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. The app can also be used 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.