Support Services and Parenting Programs

  • We offer a number of support services and parenting programs to support both parents as they transition into parenthood.  Speak to your Maternal and Child Health Nurse if you would like further information on any of the below programs.

A number of agencies can provide specialist advice and support for any parent experiencing difficulties in transitioning to parenthood.  If you would like further information on some of these agencies please visit our Other Support Services page.

Maribyrnong City Council considers the safety and wellbeing of the community as our top priority and is closely monitoring COVID-19. We are receiving regular updates from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and with the current public health situation in mind, Council has altered some of the below services as a precautionary measure. To keep up to date with Council’s response to COVID-19 please visit www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/COVID

To stay up to date with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) advice regarding COVID-19, visit the DHHS website.


New Parent Group

Due to COVID-19, this service is available to new parents online. To book a session, please email BookMCH@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

All new parents will be invited by their nurse to attend the six sessions of New Parent Group when their baby is aged between 4 and 12 weeks.

This six session program is designed specifically to support new parents.

For further information speak with your Maternal and Child Health Nurse or send an email to BookMCH@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

New Parent Group

 Sleep and Settling Information Sessions

Sessions for parents of eight month olds:

  • Friday 16 October, 10am
  • Friday 27 November, 10am

Sessions for parents of eight month olds:

  • Monday 5 October, 1.30pm
  • Monday 16 October, 1.30pm

These sessions will take place online and bookings are essential.

 To book, please call 9688 0501 or book via our online booking system at BookMCH@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

 
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Infant CPR/First Aid

Due to COVID-19, this service is temporarily unavailable. Please email BookMCH@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au for more information. 

Learn basic lifesaving skills and how to cope with everyday illness and injury.

This is a must for new parents that want to be prepared in the event of an illness or everyday injury.

For further information speak with your Maternal and Child Health Nurse or send an email to BookMCH@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

Infant CPR/First Aid

Starting Solid Foods

Due to COVID-19, this service is available to new parents online. To book a session, please email BookMCH@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

Designed for parents with children aged 4 to 7 months these sessions provide parents with insightful information on the safe way to transition babies to solid foods.

Participants in these sessions will be able to confidently transition baby to solid foods.

For further information speak with your Maternal and Child Health Nurse or send an email to BookMCH@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

Starting Solid Foods

Baby Makes 3

Due to COVID-19, this service is available to new parents online. To book a session, please email BookMCH@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

The Baby Makes 3 sessions provide support to both parents as they transition into parenthood.

This series is three weeks in duration with one session per week. Each session is two hours so you won't be overwhelmed with information all on the one night.

Participants leave each session with practical and useful information about being a new parent.

For further information speak with your Maternal and Child Health Nurse or send an email to BookMCH@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

Baby Makes 3

Breastfeeding Support

Due to COVID-19, this service is available to new parents via phone or video appointment. To book a session, please email BookMCH@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

If you have opted to breastfeed your new baby but have questions you would like answered, speak to your Maternal and Child Health Nurse.

We can go through all the options available to you and our Nurses can provide you with a referral to see one of our lactation consultants free of charge.

Please note that our lactation consultants are only available at our Maidstone and Yarraville centres.

For further information speak with your Maternal and Child Health Nurse or send an email to BookMCH@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

Breastfeeding Support

Download the MCH App

The free MCH app provides reliable information for families that can be used every day.

See information relevant to your child's age and development, useful contacts and a range of other useful features.

Build your child's profile and track their growth and development all in the one app.

Download the app for free from iTunesorGoogle Play.

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