Support for pregnant women and women with young children

Monday, 15 May 2017
Support for pregnant women and women with young children

Are you pregnant or do you have young children? 

The Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies program provides mothers and soon to be mothers with needed assistance and guidance.

Call us now on 9028 0153 or Click here and we'll get in touch and ask for Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies

This one-on-one program provides support and education to pregnant women and women with young children who need additional help to improve their health and the health of their babies.

Being a mother is challenging for the best of us and Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies can provide support you need and answer your questions.

Sometimes women can have things they need to deal with that only another woman can understand.

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Inspiro provides a special clinic for pregnant mothers and mothers with young children.

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This service is for all residents of the Yarra Ranges and Maroondah council areas and residents in the following suburbs:

Badger Creek, Bayswater, Bayswater North, Belgrave, Belgrave Heights, Belgrave South, Boronia, Chirnside Park, Coldstream, Croydon North, Croydon, Croydon Hills, East Warburton, Emerald, Ferny Creek, Healesville, Heathmont, Hoddles Creek, Kallista, Kalorama, Kilsyth South, Kilsyth, Launching Place, Lilydale, Lysterfield, Macclesfield, Menzies Creek, Millgrove, Monbulk, Montrose, Mooroolbark, Mount Dandenong, Mount Evelyn, Narre Warren East, Olinda, Ringwood, Ringwood North, Sassafras, Selby, Seville, Seville East, Silvan, Tecoma, The Patch, Tremont, Upper Ferntree Gully, Upwey, Wandin, Wandin North, Warrandyte South, Warranwood, Warburton, Wesburn, Wonga Park, Woori Yallock, Yarra Valley, Yarra Glen, Yarra Junction and Yellingbo.

An experienced carer can make all the difference to your health and wellbeing

Our community health nurses are is available to talk to you confidentially about any women's health issue, call Inspiro now on 0408883680. Or call Inspiro direct on 9028 0153.

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The Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program is run by a team of dedicated health professionals to support women who need additional help during pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after birth.

Contact Inspiro on 9028 0153 or 0408 883 or Click here and we'll get in touch

A community based service providing support to pregnant women in the Shire of Yarra Ranges.

We can assist you with:


  • Connect you to before and after birth services, including services such as Maternal and Child Health Services, housing, food and clothing, emotional support and advice.
  • Connect you to playgroups, parenting support and breastfeeding advice.
  • Continence
  • Provide health education for your needs, which could include smoking, nutrition, drug and alcohol use and general healthy living for you and your baby.
  • Contraception
  • Pregnancy testing and pregnancy advice
  • Relationship issues
  • Sleeping
  • Mood changes

Bookings are essential

Call Inspiro on 97388801 to discuss a suitable time.


Inspiro, 17 Clarke Street, Lilydale



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About Inspiro Lilydale’s range of services

Inspiro is a not-for-profit health service that provides a nurse run clinic for mothers with babies, a free women’s health clinic and many other health services to local residents.

Inspiro provides dental, physiotherapy, counselling, occupational therapy, adult speech therapy, child speech therapy, podiatry, child & family support, dietetics & nutrition advice, diabetes education, an on-site GP & skin clinic, small loans for those in need and My Aged Care and aged care services to the Yarra Ranges community.

For information about our wide range of HEALTH SERVICES click here.

For information about ADULT SPEECH THERAPY click here.

For information about CHILDREN'S SPEECH THERAPY click here.

For information about PHYSIOTHERAPY click here.

For information about DIETETICS AND NUTRITION click here.

For information about COUNSELLING click here.

For information about OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY click here.

For information about our DENTAL CLINIC click here.

For information about our INTEREST FREE LOANS click here.

For information about our WOMENS HEALTH CLINIC click here.

For information about our wide range of GROUPS & PROGRAMS click here.

For information about MY AGED CARE & ELDERLY CARE click here.

For information about our PODIATRY CLINIC click here.

For information about DIABETES HELP AND EDUCATION clinic here.

Anna Bell - Inspiro Family Support Worker
Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, Child Youth & Family Team

Anna what kind of people do you help?
We help any pregnant women within the shire of Yarra Ranges that feel they need additional support during pregnancy, this may include; Unplanned pregnancy, financial hardship, mental illness (including a history of PND), housing issues, smoker, drug and alcohol use or history of addiction, intellectual and physical disabilities, socially isolated, limited supports, multiple pregnancy, high risk pregnancy, legal issues, domestic violence, sexual assault victims, victims of child abuse, DHS involvement past or present, young mothers, single mothers and transport difficulties.
At what stages of life do you help them? 
During pregnancy till 6-8 weeks post natal.
How are you able to help them?
Every case is unique, our support may include; transport to medical appointments, material aid (baby goods, food vouchers, toiletries, maternity clothes), one on one child birth and parenting education, child safety, emotional support, written information (books, pregnancy magazines, brochures) home visits, linkage into long and short term support and medical services  like housing, counselling, family GP, enhanced  and main stream Maternal and Child Health, parenting support services, podiatry, physio, dental, stop smoking clinic, child birth education classes,  young mums groups, playgroups, and women’s health - contraception, continence, pap smears.
What kind of problems can the people you help encounter? 
Pregnancy is a challenging time for most expectant mothers, there are a lot of stressful elements like financial difficulties, financing baby goods which may result in getting second hand items that no longer meet Australian Safety standards, being unwell, pre and post natal depression, battling addictions, limited support, history of trauma that can often cause flashbacks during pregnancy, un stable relationships, family dramas, anxiety and fear, change of medications, homelessness, health concerns (high risk pregnancies) and premature births.
Does your personal experience with your own children prepare you better to help others?
Yes I feel it makes me a more empathetic clinician, I have struggled personally with difficult pregnancies, I was a younger mother, suffered PND and breast feeding was a huge challenge so I can relate with my clients and reassure them that they are not alone, everyone has challenges.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I love how every case is unique but often the women have the same goal which is to be a great mum, I loved that my job is to help them reach that goal by providing parenting education, encouragement and linking them into long term services for on going support. I love watching the change in women sometimes they are difficult to engage, huge anxiety and fear especially of childbirth, show little interest about becoming a parent and have a hard time coming to terms with the unplanned pregnancy to visiting in the home shortly after birth to a beaming, proud and happy new mother who will say comments like “I never knew it would be like this, its so hard but so amazing, he/she was worth every worry, this is the best thing I have ever done”.
I’ve heard that Inspiro gives cots to families. Who qualifies for this service?
Anyone that is having difficulties financially or that has an unsafe cot that was given to them due to not being able to financially afford a safe one.

About Anna:

Anna is a mother of three beautiful young daughters.

Vicki Reddick - Inspiro Community Nurse
Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, Child Youth & Family Team

What kind of people do you help?
I work with the Healthy Mothers Healthy babies program ( HMHB). (with Anna Bell). We assist vulnerable pregnant women who live in the shire of Yarra ranges. These vulnerabilities may vary. Mental health, poverty, homelessness, Drug and alcohol use, social isolation, or a combination of these issues. We work on the principle that is a woman asks for assistance we will help them. I also do women’s health and Stop smoking service. I work 3 day on HMHB and 1 day on the other programs.
How are you able to help them?
For HMHB it may be transport to appointments, linking with other services, referrals, material aid in the form of baby goods or transport, emotional support- home visits, woman’s health advice on menopause, continence and contraception.
We also help with mental health, pap smears and STI information. Our stop smoking plans get help for those who need it with nicotine replacement, assistance with recognising triggers and counselling and support to help them quit.
What kind of problems can your clients encounter?
We have a very broad range of clients, from young single pregnant women to a women having there sixth child!  So as you can imagine the needs of our clients vary greatly. Often we can work with clients who have many services involved or some that are really isolated. Each case is very individual.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I enjoy the variety of experiences and different roles that my job entails - no two days are the same.  I get to meet some really interesting people and have lots of challenges with how to best help them.
Who qualifies for services like free cots?
All of our clients qualify. We attempt to see if they can source equipment themselves and this is a joyous experience for may people but can help out if this is impossible.


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