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Maternal and Child Health Service

The Maternal and Child Health Service is a free service, available to all families with children from birth to school entry age.

Loddon Shire Council’s Maternal and Child Health service is staffed by registered nurses with midwifery and maternal and child health nursing qualifications. Maternal and Child Health nurses are part of a network of health and support services available to families at a local level.

The service offers families information, guidance and support on issues that include:

  • breastfeeding
  • child health and development
  • maternal/paternal emotional and physical health
  • parent-child relationships
  • home and car safety for infants
  • child accident and injury prevention
  • immunisation
  • nutrition
  • family planning
  • referrals to local support services and other health agencies.

 Phone support

The Maternal and Child Health telephone service is available on 13 22 29. This service operates 24 hours 7 days a week and is staffed by Maternal and Child Health Nurses to provide professional advice on maternal and family health. 

Counselling service for parents - Parentline Victoria 13 22 89 - 8:00am - midnight 7 days a week - counsellors explore a variety of issues that impact on parenting and relationships for children aged 0-18 years.

 Where do I attend?

The hospital where you have your baby will notify Council of the birth.  A Maternal & Child Health Nurse will contact you within a few days after discharge from hospital.

If you have not been contacted by your nurse within a week of coming home or you are having problems, please telephone the Maternal and Child Health service at Loddon Shire on 0409 166 891.

Your nurse will initially make a visit to your home and then make an appointment time for you to visit the centre.

On the birth of your baby you will receive a Child Health & Development Record book, that your nurse will use to record your child’s progress, immunisations and other important events in their development. Remember to always bring your health & development record book with you to the centre.

If you move into Loddon Shire, please contact the Maternal and Child Health service on 0409 166 891 or (03) 5437 7999 to make an appointment with the nurse in your nearest centre.

 Maternal and child health centres locations

Loddon Shire operates five (5) Maternal and Child Health Centres, you can visit your local Maternal Child Health Centre by calling (03) 5437 7999 or emailing bookings@loddon.vic.gov.au for an appointment.  Alternately, you can fill out the booking form.

Location

Address

Day

Time

Phone

Boort King Street Thursdays 9am to 4pm

0409 166 891

Dingee Bush Nursing Centre, King Street

Monday

(weeks 1 & 3)
9am to 4pm

0409 166 891

Inglewood Grant Street Tuesday 9am to 4pm

0409 166 891

(03) 5438 3192
Pyramid Hill 8-10 McKay Street

Monday

(weeks 2 & 4)
9am to 4pm

0409 166 891

Wedderburn Community Centre, Wilson Street

Wednesday

(weeks 2 & 4)
9am to 3:30pm

0409 166 891

What happens when you visit?

When you go to the centre, the nurse will review your child’s health, development and learning, discuss any parenting issues and talk to you about your own health and how the experience with your baby has been so far.

Information about the baby’s health and development is recorded in the Child Health Record.

At particular stages there will be more specific assessments, including those related to hearing and vision.

Visits are an opportunity for you to ask questions about your child, yourself or anything that you are concerned about.

Your own health and wellbeing are very important and can be discussed with the nurse at any time during your visit.

 Suggested key visits

Parents may attend the centre as often as they feel is necessary; however, visits typically occur at the maternal and child health centres for the recommended key ages and stages:

  • 2 weeks
  • 4 weeks
  • 8 weeks
  • 4 months
  • 8 months
  • 12 months
  • 18 months
  • 2 years
  • 3 ½ years

 Enhanced maternal and child health

The Enhanced Maternal & Child Health service is a free home visiting service for families living in the Loddon Shire Council who are experiencing early parenting difficulties.  Families requiring additional support with sleep/settling, parenting concerns, twins/triplets or child with a disability are offered additional visits and/or support by the Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Nurse.

Referrals for this service are made through the Maternal and Child Health Nurse at your local centre.

For further information please contact Council’s Early Years Coordinator on (03) 5437 7999.

 New parent groups

Loddon Shire Council runs new parent groups for new mothers and fathers from time to time.

This is organised by the maternal and child health nurse. The group can be a great opportunity for families to access important information on parenting as well as meet other families in their local community.

Maternal and child health check booking form

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