Pregnancy and Newborns
The Maternal and Child Health Service is a primary health service, free for all Victorian families with children aged birth to school age. The Service supports families in the areas of parenting, health and development; promotes family health, wellbeing and safety; gives referrals and helps link families with local communities (DEECD, 2011). Now that you have had or are preparing for the arrival of your baby, the Maternal & Child Health nurses are one of the most important visits you can make for the health and wellbeing of your child and your family.
The Maternal and Child Health Service offers:
• Ten Key Ages and Stages consultations. At each of these consultations you are given the chance to discuss your concerns, talk about your parenting experiences and any ways to improve your child’s health, growth and development - 10 Key Ages and Stages information.
• An opportunity meet other parents in your area and access to your local community groups. Call your local MCH Nurses for New Parenting Groups on 9767 0812.
• Further support, assistance and referrals for those who need it - Call your local MCH nurse on 9767 0880 for an appointment today.
There are Maternal and Child Health centres in every local government area in the state. These centres are staffed by highly qualified Maternal and Child Health nurses supported by a range of other health professionals and specialist services. For more local information - City of Greater Dandenong MCH.
Raising Children Network
The Raising Children Network website has been created by a consortium that is made up of an extensive network of services, including the Government. The information is up to date and current. Raising Children has some great information, both written and in picture format. Here are some links to just a few articles that people have found useful.
Information on Crying Babies (picture format)
Breastfeeding - Holding Baby to feed (picture format )
For further information on Newborns and Babies, Call Maternal & Child Health on 13 22 29 or call your local nurse on 9767 0880 for an appointment today.
Visit Raising Children Network - www.raisingchildren.net.au
Better Health Channel
Victorian Government's Department of Health provide information about a wide range of topics to assist families with up to date information that has been provided by a wide range of experts and health professionals. For further information, on Newborns and Babies click on the links below:
Newborn babies communicate from birth and are learning all the time. Babies need physical contact for optimum development. Activities can help a baby's hearing, sight and physical and emotional development....(Better Health Channel, 2011). Read more
Visit Better Health Channel - www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au
Australian Breast Feeding Association
The Australian Breastfeeding Association Victorian Branch runs the Breastfeeding
Centre in Dandenong!
The first such centre, this is a place where women can hang out, learn about breastfeeding, support other breastfeeding mothers and access the range of services provided by the Australian Breastfeeding Association.
Open - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am - 4pm Babies and children very welcome! (ABA, 2011)
For supported assistance from highly trained and knowledgeable staff, contact or visit:
Australian Breastfeeding Association
Suite 3/ 71 Robinson Street
Ph: 131 450