Ready Set Baby - Pregnancy Enhanced Antenatal Support Program

For more information contact Box Hill Maternity Service, Child Birth Education Co-Ordinator or Specialist Maternity Service: 9895 4641 or 9895 4655.

Ready Set Baby (RSB) is an enhanced antenatal program that aims to provide additional support and education for new mothers. The program is conducted by Eastern Health midwives and community partners and is held in local communities. The program consists of education surrounding pregnancy, labour, birth and early parenting.

The aims of the program include; providing opportunity for women to meet others who are pregnant, building healthy parent-child relationships, practical skills and coping strategies, assistance and resources for the parent role.

Program is conducted over nine consecutive weeks during the third trimester of pregnancy and into the postnatal period. Each session is two hours in length and is conducted during the day in a local community setting. Program includes a shared healthy lunch.

Eligibility Criteria
Women may be recommended the RSB enhanced antenatal program if they are engaged in an adverse psycho-social situation that may directly or indirectly impact on their capacity to respond to and act appropriately to the needs of their child.

Such situations may include women who:

  • lack adequate social support, socially isolated
  • engage in or have past substance abuse
  • experience mental illness or history of mental and/or emotional issues
  • live with a physical, cognitive or intellectual disability
  • are expecting multiple births eg: twins
  • are young, under 25 years
  • experience and/or history of family violence
  • have involvement with or risk of involvement with Child Protection
  • cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CALD) status.
  • Referral

Public Health patients who are booked in to an Eastern Health Maternity Service can be referred to the program. Referral to the enhanced antenatal program Ready Set Baby is made by Eastern Health midwives based on client assessment of educational and support service needs.

Cost
No Cost.

Our Team
Ready Set Baby is co-facilitated with Birralee Maternity Service midwives and community partner agency clinicians (Counsellors, Social Workers)

Contact

P:  Health Promotion Unit 9895 4947      F:  9895 4951 E: health.promotion@easternhealth.org.au

Car Parking

Both parking and public transport available. Volunteer transport may also be arranged if required.