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A mother’s love – Celebrating 100 years of MCH

12 May 2017

Chan with Emilie (left) and Nerida with Griffin (on right)

Mother’s Day will this year take on extra meaning for a group of first-time mums in Maroondah.

And it’s not what they want, but how they would like to spend the day – with family – that goes to the very heart of what it means to be a mother. While they might wish for sleep, and more sleep, all they could ever want is already bundled up in a blanket in their arms.

Chan, mum to four-month-old Emilie, will be spending her first Mother’s Day taking part in the Mother’s Day Classic, to help raise much-needed funds for research into breast cancer.

“My Aunty had breast cancer so I’m doing it for her. My cousin has put together a team of us who will walk (in the event),” she said.

Trinity, who gave birth to daughter Jaida three months ago, said it was nice to be able to experience the other side to Mother’s Day.

“It’s always been about somebody else and I’ve seen what it means to other people, so it’ll be nice this year,” Trinity said.

For Elise, mother to 10-week-old Lily, the day will be a big event spent with family.

For these mums, weekly catch-up sessions at Tarralla Maternal and Child Health Centre in Ringwood East have proved a great experience and provided a supportive space for them to share their experiences, ask questions and learn about the early days of parenting.

This year, local government celebrates 100 years of the Maternal and Child Health Service in Victoria.

The Maroondah Maternal and Child Health Service is a free service offering families information, advice and personal support in caring for their children, with seven centres located across the city.

Cr Kylie Spears said that as well as providing information on sleeping and feeding, Maternal Child Health nurses also gave vital advice and support on a child’s development to ensure children received the best start in life.

“Many parents find their maternal and child health nurse a saviour during their baby’s first few weeks, and months,” Cr Spears said.

“We know that the early years can shape a child’s life, which is why it’s so important to provide families with much-needed assistance,” she said.

A number of events are being held across the state to celebrate this centenary milestone and to honour the work of Victoria’s past and present maternal and child health nurses.

This includes the launch of a special centenary edition of All the Little Children: The Story of Victoria’s Baby Health Centres.

For more information on Maroondah’s Maternal & Child Health Service, visit our website or phone 9294 5736.

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