The maternal and child health service is free and supports your child's health and development from birth until school age.
After your baby’s birth, the hospital will complete a birth notification form and notify Council. One of our maternal and child health nurses will contact you to offer you a home visit.
To make an appointment, call us on (03) 5422 0281. Our booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am–4pm.
Information for parents/guardians for additional support can be found on parent support page.
There are 10 free 'Key Ages and Stages' visits with a qualified maternal and child health nurse from birth to kindergarten age. Information of your visit is recorded in your child’s Health and Development Record.
Our maternal and child health centres are located in Gisborne, Kyneton, Riddells Creek, Romsey and Woodend. For more information, see centre locations and hours.
- Child health record book (My Health and Development Record)
- Two cloth nappies or bunny rugs
- Disposable bags for soiled nappies
- Clean nappies for changing.
If you need to speak to a nurse, see centre locations and hours for contact information. Call and leave a message and the nurse will return your call as soon as possible.
Help outside of business hours
If you need help outside working hours, contact the Victorian Maternal & Child Health Line on 13 22 29. This number is a 24-hour telephone service staffed by maternal and child health nurses for families and children aged from birth to six years. It is run by the Department of Human Services and is the cost of a local call throughout Victoria.
Download the Maternal and Child Health app
The Maternal and Child Health app has been created by the Victorian Government to assist parents of key ages and stages, appointments and development stages.
The free app provides can be used 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 and child health consultations and regular updates and messages.
Download the app
Council runs immunisation sessions throughout the shire, or contact your local GP.