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 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
Bring your My Health, Learning and Development green book 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.
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 the coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.
Maternal Child Health groups and drop-in programs
- All Maternal and Child Health groups are currently being delivered online. If you have any questions, please contact our Maternal and Child Health services team at [email protected] or call 9278 4606.
- Chinese supported Playgroups are currently being delivered online.
- Breast Feeding Drop-in Clinics 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm on Monday afternoons at Glen Iris East MCH and Thursday afternoons at East Kew are face-to-face (see map on this page for locations). No appointment required.
- Day Stay Program bookings are being taken, please call 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 associated with the sleep, settling and feeding patterns of young babies.
A qualified Maternal and Child Health (MCH) nurse and a Mothercraft nurse run this program, which takes place on alternate Wednesdays.
Visit the Early parenting day stay program page to find out more or to book a place.
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. The next program commences Monday 8 February through to Monday 19 April 2021. For more information speak with your MCH nurse.
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 Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, 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.
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.