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Mater Mothers’ Parenting Support Centre

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The Mater Mothers’ Parenting Support Centre offers parents of newborn and young babies a variety of options to address early parenting concerns.

You will have access to:

  • specialist doctors who will assess the unique needs of mother and baby and develop an individual care plan specific to your needs
  • lactation consultants to provide breastfeeding support
  • midwifery and child health nurses for feeding, sleep and settling advice
  • psychology for emotional wellbeing
  • as well as specialist allied health support in a variety of areas including:
    • physiotherapists
    • psychologists
    • social workers
    • speech therapists
    • occupational therapists
    • dietitians. 

A variety of individual and group services are offered by this unique service via telehealth or face to face consultations:

  • holistic assessment of mothers and babies by one of our highly trained doctors
  • individual lactation consultations
  • individual sleeping and settling consultations
  • parenting advice and support
  • physiotherapy to support lactation
  • psychological support
  • educational workshops
  • Circle of Security.

Who can attend?

Mothers' with babies up to six months of age born at Mater Mothers' Private Brisbane, Mater Mothers' Private Redland or Mater Mothers' Hospital can access the centre. Self-referrals are welcome.

Appointments offered

Our team may offer you a variety of options including:

  • one on one appointments
  • half and full day stay options
  • online consultation options (similar concept to Skype).

Experienced and expert healthcare professionals

The centre has exceptional and specialised professionals who are passionate about the care of babies, mothers and families. They include:

  • medical officers
  • child health nurses
  • lactation consultants

Cost

The service is free for all mothers with Medicare who had their baby at Mater Mothers' Private Brisbane, Mater Mothers' Private Redland or Mater Mothers' Hospital.

Opening hours

The centre is open from 8 am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday by appointment only (excluding public holidays).

Contact us

For more information or to make a booking, please contact the centre on 07 3163 2229 or visit matermothers.org.au/parenting-support-centre.

The centre is located on level 7 of the Salmon Building (previously the Mater Children’s Hospital building). Please see the below map.

Support after hours

If you are concerned about your health, or that of your baby, please call:

  • 000 for an emergency
  • 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)—For breastfeeding and child health support please ask for the child health nurse.
  • 1800 686 268—The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA).

Frequently asked questions

Do I require a referral?

A referral is not required to access the Mater Mothers’ Parenting Support Centre, though your general practitioner may suggest you attend the centre. An appointment is required, and can be made by phoning 07 3163 2229.

I can’t make it into the hospital. Can I still access the service?

Yes, the Mater Mothers’ Parenting Support Centre offers telehealth and online consultations to assist those families who cannot present at the centre to access support. Please speak to our friendly staff for more information at the time of booking.

Is parking available?

Parking is available within any of Mater’s car parks. Alternatively, the centre is also accessible via public transport.

What facilities are provided at the centre?

We hope to make your stay with us as comfortable as possible. Available facilities include:

•    private rooms with cots (for half and full day stays)
•    kitchen and dining facilities (tea, coffee and snacks provided)
•    complimentary Wi-Fi
•    complimentary Mater maternity and baby care products

How many other people will be in the centre when I’m there?

The centre is focussed on providing a personal and comfortable service to everyone. With this in mind, we offer day stay for a maximum of four families per day and ensure group sessions are limited in numbers.

What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring:
•    your Medicare card
•    your infant health record book
•    a change of clothes for your baby
•    any current medications
•    your baby’s favourite toy/blanket
•    a pram/stroller
•    if formula feeding, enough formula for the day

Mater acknowledges consumer consultation in the development of this patient information.
Mater Doc Num: PI-CLN-430182
Last modified 27/3/2019.
Consumers were consulted in the development of this patient information.
Last consumer engagement date: 13/9/2016
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