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Maternal and Child Health

COVID-19 UPDATE

In line with the Victorian Government direction, to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) program will continue to provide services to families. All drop-in sessions will cease until further notice.

Our service

Council's maternal and child health service is free and confidential for Latrobe City families, who have children aged from birth to six years of age.

Find a maternal and child health centre near you using the new Neighbourhood Navigator.

Phone our booking service on 5128 6128

Locations and session times 

View the Maternal and Child Health Timetable

New parents and babies

A maternal and child health nurse will contact families within a few days after mother and baby have been discharged from the hospital. 

Parents can also arrange a visit with a nurse, phone 5128 6128.

Our maternal and child health services

The Universal Maternal and Child Health service offers support and advice with:

  • Regular checks on your child's health, development and growth, through visits to a Maternal and Child Health centre
  • Women's health issues including post natal depression
  • Breastfeeding
  • Range of parenting issues including sleep and settle, diet and nutrition, toilet training, behaviour and guidance, safety, immunisation and more
  • Families working through complex needs and issues
  • Referrals to specialist services for concerns identified by the parent or the Maternal and Child Health Nurse

Enhanced Maternal and Child Health service

An additional support service for families working through complex needs and issues, and when the family needs more intensive support.

Families can access this service through a referral from the Universal Maternal and Child Health service, or other community support services.

Referral form - agency use only

How often can I attend?

You can access the support of a Maternal and Child Health Nurse as you need. 

However, there are ten key age and stage visits you are encouraged to participate in:

  • 2 weeks - home visit currently at the service due to COVID-19
  • 4 weeks
  • 8 weeks
  • 4 months
  • 8 months
  • 12 months
  • 18 months
  • 2 years
  • 3 and a half years

Feedback

We value and appreciate your feedback on our Maternal and Child Health Service.

Complete the Maternal and Child Health Survey to provide your feedback.

Breastfeeding clinic

Breastfeeding your baby is not always straight forward. Many families need extra support and care to have the best breastfeeding experience possible. 

Our breastfeeding clinic is free.

**During COVID restrictions, please phone on the day to let us know you are coming. We will give you a time slot, to help stagger attendance times.
Ph. 51286128 

We can help with all aspects of breastfeeding, including attachment concerns, sore/damaged nipples, too much or not enough milk, mastitis, thrush, and more.

Where: Traralgon Maternal and Child Health Centre,  corner of Breed and Kay Streets, Traralgon.

When: Mondays 10am to 12.30pm (excluding public holidays).

Who: A lactation consultation or MCH nurse with extra experience with breastfeeding.

What to expect: You will have an opportunity for a nurse to observe your baby feeding, listen to your story, offer suggestions, and work with you to help achieve your breastfeeding goals. 

You may be at the session for 15 minutes or an hour or more – depending on how willing your baby is to feed and how many families attend the session. 

What to bring:

  • A pram or blanket for the floor to put your baby on
  • A drink for yourself
  • Nappies, wipes, change of clothing for baby if needed 
  • Any aids you like to use
  • when feeding – eg: nipple shields, pillow etc.

Maternal and child health line – 132 229

This service is staffed by qualified Maternal and Child Health Nurses who can provide information, support and advice regarding maternal health, child health and development, and parenting issues.

Call 132 229 throughout Victoria for the cost of a local call.

This 24-hour telephone service operates in conjunction with the Maternal and Child Health Service.

MCH App

The MCH App combines trustworthy information and time-saving features, into one simple digital tool. Features include:

  • Nora, the app’s digital assistant, can answer most common child health queries
  • a library of information on popular health and development topics
  • click-to-call contacts
  • prompts for upcoming appointments
  • regular updates and messages

This free app can be personalised and is available for all Apple and Android smartphones.

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