ARARAT - Thirty seven babies have been born in Ararat Rural City over the past two months.
Ararat Rural City Maternal and Child Health nurses have been kept busy with 19 new babies in the city of Ararat and another 18 babies in the rural areas, mainly around the Streatham and Lake Bolac area, including two sets of twins.
This has meant plenty of travelling around the district to visit the new babies and their families.
Another new mother's group started with good attendance at each session.
Maternal and Child Health goals for 2013-14 have been set in the form of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development's template for Service Improvement Plans. Key goals in the plan include:
Increasing participation in the Universal MCH service consultations following the four month Key Ages and Stages consultation.
Improve identification, and engagement of ATSI, CALD and vulnerable children and families in the municipality and develop strategies to overcome barriers to participation.
Strengthen parent capacity to improve outcomes for their children by providing positive and safe health, development and educational opportunities for their children and implementation of MCH Program Standard 2.
Promote optimal health and development outcomes for children from birth to school age through a focus on the child, mother and family.
Visits to local secondary schools are planned to complete the year's school immunisation program.