With a significant increase in families using the service, Mansfield’s Maternal and Child Health Service has increased capacity with the addition of a new nurse Nicole Hoebergen to the team.
Nicole is an experienced Maternal and Child Health nurse from Ballarat, and recently moved to Mansfield with her husband Mark and boys Hunter and Cooper.
Nicole joins Michelle Meyer, Maternal and Child Health Coordinator and Janet Haensel, who also holds qualifications as a lactation consultant and will now be offering family visits to the Centre, telephone consultations, telehealth services and in-home visits for new babies and mothers, 5 days a week, Monday to Friday.
Senior Coordinator Community Health and Wellbeing Jenny Lovick said the Mansfield Shire Council Maternal and Child Health Service has seen a significant increase in families using the service since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the way in which services were traditionally delivered has been heavily impacted.
From July to December 2020 compared with the same period in 2019, there was a 30% increase in births, new parent groups were up by 18%, an increase in child referrals from GP’s by 73%, and new client transfers into the Mansfield Shire increased by 131%.
She said that with the addition of Nicole, the Maternal and Child Health team will be able to deliver some new much needed services to the community.
“There are plans to roll out some exciting new initiatives in 2021 including a Sleep and Settling service, two Infant Social Emotional and Behavioural Clinics, plus longer appointments and more of them, to cater for families in need.
“We look forward to continuing work with families, day care services, kindergartens and other allied services who we hold partnerships with to support families.
"Our nurses offer help and advice on breastfeeding and feeding your children; sleep and settling, ensuring your children are healthy, growing, learning and developing well; being a parent and looking after yourself,” said Jenny.
Maternal and Child Health Services are joint funded by State Government and councils, and exist under State Government legislation.
The Mansfield MCH service is only a phone call away 5775 8537 or 5775 8557 or contact the 24hr MCH Line 13 22 29.