Maternal and child health

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.

To contact the MCH team, please scroll to the bottom of the page to complete a contact request form.

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

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.

Eltham Dads Group

Are you a father (or a father figure) in Eltham or surrounding areas? Come along to this regular group for local fathers with young children or fathers-to-be. It's a great chance to have a coffee, share experienced, meet other dads and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. 

For more information on events, visit the Dads of Eltham Facebook group or contact adam.tardif@dadsgroup.org

Breastfeeding support

These sessions are for mothers having breastfeeding difficulties and provide support by a qualified lactation consultant. Sessions are weekly on Tuesday mornings.

Eltham Maternal and Child Health Centre
905 Main Road, Eltham

Bookings essential - Please call 9433 3368

Sleep and settling

Birth to five months - run in new parent groups
Six to twelve months - held monthly
Ask your maternal and child health nurse for information
Bookings 9433 3368

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 twelve 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.

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

 

 

Contact Nillumbik MCH

Maternal and Child Health Business Support Officer - MCH@nillumbik.vic.gov.au or call 9433 3368

Advice and support

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