Maternal and child health

Maternal and Child Health nurses, who are also known as MCH nurses, are registered general nurses with postgraduate qualifications in midwifery and child health.

Our nurses will:

  • assess your child’s health, development and wellbeing
  • listen to your parenting experiences and any concerns
  • provide guidance, emotional support and education on childhood illnesses and behaviour

The service is free and confidential.

Mother's hands making heart shape around baby's foot


Maternal and Child Health nurse smiles at a baby in a pram

Your baby has regular progress check-ups with our Maternal and Child Health nurses, who are always helpful in answering any questions you have.

First-time parent group of mums, dads and children getting together

First-time parent groups are a terrific way to meet new parents like you who will have babies around the same age.

Baby awake looking out of cot

We run free sleep and settling sessions for parents and carers of newborn babies to toddlers (1—3 years old).

Sleeping baby snuggling into its mother
Your MCH nurse can help with breastfeeding or other feeding issues.
Toddlers with mums

There are trustworthy places you can phone or go online to find answers. Get help or advice for children from newborns to teenagers.

Sign outside Maternal and Child Health Centre

Locate Maternal and Child Health Centres near you.