Maternal & Child Health Services

Changes to Maternal and Child Health service delivery due to COVID-19

Mornington Peninsula Shire is continuing to run Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Immunisation services during this COVID-19 pandemic.

We have processes and measures in place to help combat the spread of Coronavirus and keep parents/carers, babies and staff safe.

As a health care setting, we kindly ask all adult participants to wear a face mask. Face masks should not be worn by children if they are under 2 years of age.

To find out more visit: Better Health Channel - Maternal and Child Health Services

Maternal and Child Health service delivery due to COVID-19

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services are transitioning back to normal operations after the temporary prioritisation of services in metropolitan Melbourne earlier this year.

Please contact us on 5950 1099 should you require an appointment.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our healthcare workforce, including staff furloughs due to positive cases or isolation requirements. This means some of our MCH services may not be able to deliver the full range of services and consultations at times and will need to prioritise care during these periods. There are a range of alternative supports available and we encourage you to contact us on 5950 1099.

Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Maternal and Child Health Program promotes the health and wellbeing of children from birth to 6 years of age. Our qualified Maternal and Child Health practitioners provide screening, advice and support on your child’s growth, development and health needs, including:

  • Safe sleeping
  • Breastfeeding
  • Nutrition
  • Safety
  • Oral health
  • Immunisation advice
  • Vision screening

There are 10 Key Ages & Stages visits:

Home visit 8 months
 2 weeks 12 months
4 weeks 18 months
8 weeks 2 years
4 months 3½ years

First Time Parent Groups

We have resumed offering First Time Parent Groups as face to face and welcome this opportunity for connectedness with other parents. If you have not yet booked into a First Time Parent Group or a Sleep and Settling Information Session, please contact 5950 1099.

Sleep and Settling Information Sessions

Our Shire Maternal and Child Health nurses service will continue to offer parent and caregiver information sessions to provide information and guidance on: 

  • typical feed, play, sleep patterns and behaviours
  • how to prevent sleep concerns 
  • solutions and strategies to address sleep concerns
  • self-care and support for parents.

Attending a session is also a great way of meeting other parents and carers of infants/children of the same age.

The information sessions are available for the following age groups:

  • Newborn (0 to 6 months) 
  • Baby (6 to 12 months) 
  • Toddler (1 to 3 years).

During the current COVID-19 pandemic these sessions are being offered either in a face-to-face format or via Zoom, meaning they can be accessed in the comfort of your home.

To book into an information session please either speak to your Maternal and Child Health Nurse or call 5950 1099.

Breastfeeding Program

Our extra breastfeeding support has recommenced, and we are currently transitioning back to full service.

 If you need breastfeeding support, please speak with your Maternal and Child Health nurse.

How to find us: View our Maternal and Child Health Centre Locations.

Further Information and Resources

Consent form for the Victorian Maternal and Child Health Service

Maternal Child Health Line:  Call 13 22 29 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Families with children from birth to school age can speak to an MCH nurse for advice and support.

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Maternal Child Health App: The free Maternal Child Health App provides a modern digital solution and a resource families can use every day for trusted information on child and maternal health.

Time-saving features include information on popular child health and development topics; click-to-call emergency contacts; prompts for upcoming Maternal Child Health consultations and regular updates and messages.

Information on Health and Safety, Immunisations, Introducing solids, Play and Development, Sleep and Settling & Breastfeeding:

Support with care of your children or if you are experiencing Family Violence: Orange Door

Mental Health Support for families: