Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies

This page has information about the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies program

Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies – a Community Health Outreach Program

The Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies (HMHB) program is for pregnant women experiencing challenges which may impact the health, social and emotional wellbeing of themselves, their unborn baby or family.

We accept referrals up to 36 weeks gestation for women who need support to engage in antenatal care (pregnancy care) or access other support services as required.

The program supports women during pregnancy and until their baby is six to eight weeks old and they are linked with Maternal and Child Health Services.

Our Services

HMHB provides outreach support to vulnerable pregnant women to improve health outcomes for themselves and their babies. Our workers can visit you in your home or in the community. We can also support you at your appointments.
We provide support and advocacy for:

  • accessing pregnancy care
  • birth education
  • preparing for baby’s arrival and support accessing baby items
  • access and referral to other relevant services that mother or baby may need
  • breastfeeding and lactation support
  • early parenting education and support
  • Centrelink payments

The Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Program is not a clinical antenatal care service. The program quickly links women to existing services including child health, counselling, dental, allied health programs and other community support services. HMHB provides community-based support and promotes continuity of care.

Our Team

Our highly experienced and skilled team includes social workers, community development workers and a nurse/midwife.

Who can use this service?

Pregnant women who study, live or work in the City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey or Cardinia Shire.

How to refer

  • Pregnant women can refer themselves during their pregnancy.
  • Health professionals can refer pregnant women requiring assistance to access antenatal care or other support services as required.

Referrals can be made by contacting the Access Team:

T: (03) 8572 5631
E: iCareAccess@monashhealth.org

How much does it cost?

There is no charge for this service. Some specific material aid support may be available.

Contact us

To speak to HMHB team member please call 8558 9000

Locations

The main HMHB site is located at Springvale, but we can see clients at any Monash Health site. Please call 8588 9000 for further details.

Help contacting us

For people who need help with English or an interpreter: : TIS: 131 450

For people with hearing or speech loss: TTY: 1800 555 677

Speak and Listen: 1800 555 727

Internet relay: National Relay Service: www.relayservice.gov.au