New and expectant parents

Parenting in Perspective sessions

Council runs a number of programs for new and expectant parents such as Understand Your Baby, Why Dads Matter and Supporting Mothers. Families are encouraged to attend programs which are free of charge but bookings are essential. 

To book, go to the Parent education page or bookings can be made by your maternal child health nurse.

Maternal and child health services

The maternal and child health service is staffed by maternal and child health nurses who provide support for families with young children in Nillumbik. All nurses have qualifications in general nursing, midwifery and maternal and child health. After the birth of your child a nurse will call to arrange to visit you and your baby in your home. After this visit, parents are invited to attend the nearest maternal and child health centre, or the centre of your choice. This is a free service.

Your child's health and development is then monitored at

  • 2 weeks and 4 weeks
  • 8 weeks and 4 months
  • 8 months and 12 months
  • 18 months and 2 years
  • 3½ years

See the list of Maternal and Child Health Centres

Contact:

Appointments: 9433 3368 Monday to Thursday

Advice and support:

  • Your maternal and child health nurse  
  • Maternal and child health line – 13 22 29 (24 hour service)

Maternal and Child Health Coordinator: 

New parents groups

This group provides an opportunity for parents with new babies to gain information and support and meet other new parents from their local area. These are held weekly for seven weeks with an evening session for partners. Groups start when the baby is two to three months old. Your maternal and child health nurse will provide you with details.

Breastfeeding support

This session is for mothers having breastfeeding difficulties and provides support by a qualified lactation consultant. Sessions are weekly on Tuesday mornings

Research Maternal and Child Health Centre
1551 Main Road, Research
To book call 9433 3368 or SMS 0427 231 301

Baby settling

Birth to five months - held fortnightly
Six to twelve months - held monthly
Ask your maternal and child health nurse for information
Bookings call 9433 3368 or SMS 0427 231 301

In-home family mentoring program

This program is for parents with children under six years who are experiencing challenges due to isolation, post natal depression, illness, disability or multiple births.

A volunteer mentor will be matched with a family to provide one-on-one support for around four hours a week for up to 12 months. Mentors can assist parents by increasing parenting confidence and connecting with other parents and community networks. Mentors also provide practical and emotional support and can help parents to get to appointments, go out for a walk or do the shopping. Families are usually referred by their maternal child health nurse or other health professionals.

Call 9433 3165 for information or you can volunteer as an in-home family mentor.

healthAbility (previously Nillumbik Health)

healthAbility promotes and supports the health and well-being of the Nillumbik community through a range of affordable health services. They provide a range of prevention, early intervention, service coordination, treatment and support services and programs.

Mamatoto Wellbeing Group

This group provides a supportive environment and opportunity to meet women dealing with the challenges of motherhood. It will support you to focus on your own well-being, develop strategies to manage stress and feel good about yourself as a mother. It is facilitated by a qualified counsellor experienced in post-natal depression and anxiety.

Fridays during school terms

Gold coin donation
For bookings call healthAbility 9430 9100

Eltham War Memorial Hall
903 Main Road, Eltham 3095

 Toy libraries

There are three toy libraries in Nillumbik where you can borrow educational toys, puzzles and games for a small annual fee

For other toy libraries visit Toy Libraries Victoria website