Maternal Child health
When you visit a Maternal and Child Health centre, the nurse will review your child’s health, growth and development. The nurse will also talk to you about your own health and how your experience as a parent of a new baby has been so far.
The Maternal and Child Health Service offers 10 free Key Ages and Stages consultations. At each of these consultations you can discuss your concerns, talk about your parenting experiences and any ways to improve your child’s health, growth and development.
There are ten Key Ages and Stages consultations recommended to review your child’s health, growth and development from birth to 3 1/2 years. These include: a home visit and consultations at 2, 4 and 8 weeks, 4, 8, 12 and 18 months, 2 and 3 1/2 years of age for all children and their families. You can also access the Maternal and Child Health Service at other times by telephone.
All Maternal and Child Health consultations are free.
Information about your baby’s health and development is recorded in your child’s My Health and Development Record. At particular stages there will be more specific assessments, including those related to hearing and vision.
Most Maternal and Child Health centres offer scheduled appointments, open consultation sessions and some after-hours appointments. The Service is provided 52 weeks of the year, and is supported by the 24-hour Maternal and Child Health Line (13 22 29).
To make an appointment for a maternal child health visit please contact the central booking line number at the City of Greater Dandenong on 8571 1880.