The Maternal and Child Health Service is designed to give parents support, advice and information about Child and Family health issues and monitor growth, health, development and behaviour in infants and young children. The service provides a comprehensive and focused approach to the promotion of physical, emotional and social health and wellbeing of families.
Our Maternal and Child Health nurses are also able to provide advice regarding immunisations.
Maternal and Child Health nurses hold qualifications in general Nursing, Midwifery, Maternal and Child Health and Community Health.
It is a free service which includes visits to a local Maternal and Child Health nurse at 10 key ages and stages in your child’s development.
List of Maternal & Child Health Services
Wyndham City provides Maternal and Child Health services from a number of centre locations across the municipality.
Don't forget your 'green book'
When your baby was born, you should have received a copy of My Health, Learning and Development – green book. This book belongs to you and your baby and is full of information about early child development, and services and support.
Always take it with you when you visit your nurse, doctor’s surgery or dentist, and get health professionals to complete entries after each visit. It should also be used to record immunisations.
Each time you see your Maternal and Child Health nurse, jot down any issues or concerns and fill out the sections on your child’s growth and development. If you keep it up to date, it will become an important family record from birth to adolescence.
If you don’t have a ‘green book’, let your nurse know.
Your first contact with the service
Our Maternal and Child Health Service will be a great source of support after your baby is born. The hospital will notify us once you have given birth and a Maternal and Child Health nurse will contact you during your first days at home to arrange an appointment. This is usually a visit in your home.
During the home visit, the nurse will give you the location of your nearest centre, information about further visits and services, and how to contact a Maternal and Child Health nurse at any time.
After hours Maternal and Child Health Services
Victorian families can obtain extra support by calling the Maternal and Child Health Line on 13 22 29. This is a 24-hour telephone service staffed by qualified maternal and child health nurses.
The telephone line provides over-the-phone information, advice and referral to all families with young children.
Maternal and Child Health App on your phone
Download the free Maternal and Child Health app to access all your child’s health and Informaiton on your mobile device.
Track your child’s growth and get reminders about upcoming Maternal and Child Health nurse appointments or immunisations.
Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Services
The Enhanced Maternal & Child Health Service is a more targeted service for families who may need some extra support, such as families with babies who were born prematurely or with a low birth weight, children with a disability or parents experiencing mental health issues.
Referrals for the enhanced service are made by your Maternal and Child Health Nurse.
Key Age and Stage Visits (KAS)
Nurses involve parents in assessing the development and wellbeing of their child using the Parents Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) screening tool. At these visits, nurses discuss the health and development of the child, physical and emotional effects on the family, parent health and wellbeing and any concerns families may have.
There are 10 key ages and stages consultations that coincide with the child’s milestones from birth to 3.5 years:
To book in or change/cancel your next Key Age and Stage visit, please call 9742 8148 or click the link below.
Please Note: Completing this form does not book in your appointment. We will take into consideration your preferred day and time when making your booking. You will receive a confirmation SMS or email once your booking is confirmed.
We understand that breastfeeding can be extremely challenging for mother’s, so our fully trained Maternal and Child Health nurses, are here to help. They are able to provide reassurance, information and support as you overcome common hurdles.
At the moment, Wyndham’s breastfeeding drop-in centre is closed due to COVID, however it has been transitioned to telephone consultations. If you would like to speak to one of our lactation consultants, who will be able to support you and answer any questions you might have, please call our Child and Family Support line on 9742 8418.
Additional Breastfeeding support:
- Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) Counselling Line – 1800 686 268
- The Victorian Maternal & Child Health Line – 13 22 29
- The hospital you gave birth at, if you’ve recently been discharged.
Sleep and Settling Program
Are you a parent looking for new ideas on settling your child?
Wyndham City Council’s Child Family Health and Well-being Team are excited to announce that they are now offering a new FREE Sleep and Settling Program
Learn about how your baby’s sleep changes over time and tips and strategies on how to settle your baby, as they grow and change.
Now that we have your interest, please click the age group and to book into one of our Sleep and Settling Sessions.
From July 2019, the Victorian Government has provided first-time parents and carers with a bundle of nursery essentials containing key parenting information and resources to support the health, development and wellbeing of their babies.
Hospitals and Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services play a vital role to present the baby bundle to eligible families. Baby bundles will be provided in hospitals at the time of birth. First-time parents who give birth interstate or overseas, but who live in Victoria, may ask their Maternal and Child Health nurse to provide them with one.
What is in the baby bundle?
The content will include:
- Four picture books by Victorian authors
- A nappy bag to hold the products
- A growsuit
- A safe sleeping bag
- Muslin wrap
- A teething toy
- A first-aid kid
- A baby sun hat
- A toothbrush
- Emergency contacts and information on safe sleeping and wrapping
- Parenting information from the Raising Children Network and Kidsafe
Who can receive the baby bundle?
You are eligible for a baby bundle if:
- You are a first-time family with a first baby is born during or after July 2019; OR;
- You are a first time foster or adoptive carer with a baby up to three months of age
A baby bundle is available for each baby: families with twins will be eligible for 2 baby bundles; triplets for 3 and so on.
Families are not eligible for a Victorian Government baby bundle if:
- Neither parent/carer lives in Victoria
- The child was born prior to July 2019.
Other Support Services
Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
All babies born in Victoria must be registered. To register your baby you need to contact the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
- Customer Service Centre: Ground floor, 595 Collins Street Melbourne (near Southern Cross Station)
- Operating Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)
- Phone: 1300 369 367
- Post: GPO Box 2182, MELBOURNE VIC 3001
- Birth Deaths Marriages website
Others Useful Contacts
- Maternal & Child Health Line – 24 Hours 13 22 29
- Poisons Information Centre 13 11 26
- Royal Children’s Hospital 9345 5522
- Child Protection Crisis Line 13 12 78
- Parent Line 13 22 89
- Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service1800 015 188
- Emergency – Police / Ambulance / Fire000
- Continence Foundation of Australia
- Health Channel
- Kidsafe Victoria
- Raising Children Network
- Royal Children’s Hospital
Family Support Services
- Drummond Street Services
- Tweddle Child & Family Health Service
- Women’s Health West
- Wyndham Child & Family Directory