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Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies

The Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program is a program that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies.

 

It specifically aims to reduce the burden of chronic disease and reduce health inequity by addressing maternal risk behaviours and providing support during pregnancy.

 

The program, supported by our Community Midwife and Social Worker, works with women who are pregnant until they are effectively engaged with Maternal and Child Health services after birth (for a period of approximately 4-6 weeks after birth in most cases).

 

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  What our service provides

 

The Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program provides:

  • assertive outreach to pregnant women who may be difficult to engage, or have complex needs,
  • community based support to women in the target group up until 4-6 weeks post delivery
  • Young women under 21 years of age
  • support to link women with clinical antenatal care providers and maternal and child health nurses,
  • asssitance to link women with a range of health and human service providers as required,
  • health information / education especially about the impacts of drug and alcohol use, smoking, healthy eating and exercise and breastfeeding
  • opportunities for peer support from other pregnant women

The program does not provide clinical antenatal care.

 

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Home visits

 

We offer home visits if convenient to discuss your needs and refer you to other agencies.

 

Based on demand, groups and individuals sessions will also be condcuted for pregnant women, covering various aspects of pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.

 

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Am I eligible for this service?

 

The service is available to pregnant women living in the City of Hume which includes Broadmeadows, Roxburgh Park and Craigieburn including:

 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
  • Women with drug and alcohol issues
  • Young women under 21 years of age
  • Women with physical or intellectual disabilities
  • Homeless women
  • Women with antenatal depression or at risk of postnatal depression
  • Women who are refugees or asylum seekers

 

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Do I need a referral for this service?

 

Referrals, with client consent, are accepted from hospitals, General Practitioners and local community agencies.

 

Clients may also self refer.

 

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Who do I contact for further enquiries?

 

Enquiries can be made directly to the program on 1300 234 263

 

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Where is the service located?

 

The service is centrally coordinated from our BIG Steps | Early Childhood Intervention facility located at 1 Sorrento Street, Broadmeadows

 

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Is there a cost?

 

This is a free service.

 

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What are your hours?

 

Monday - Friday 9:00am - 4:30pm excluding public holidays. Appointments after hours are available if required.

 

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Can an interpreter be arranged?

 

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