The Cabrini Mother and Baby Centre is an integrated healthcare service designed to care for you throughout your pregnancy and into parenthood. The purpose-built centre is a peaceful and private space, welcoming expectant mums and their family members. 

The Cabrini Mother and Baby Centre brings together a group of highly skilled and experienced obstetricians, specialist paediatricians, Women’s Health physiotherapists, dietitians, lactation consultants and pregnancy massage therapist. These specialists are all based in our Mother and Baby Centre, offering you peace of mind that you can receive all the care you need in the one convenient location. Using state-of-the-art technology, the service offers a full range of high quality ultrasound examinations to women of all ages.

Contact us:  Ph: (03) 9508 6000  |  Fax: (03) 9508 6198


Our services include:

In addition to the below services, we offer a range of Allied health professionals that we can call upon to assist you if the need arises. These specialists are all based in our Mother and Baby Centre.

 

  • Dietetics

    If you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, our educators and dietitians will work with you to help you manage this condition. Our highly experienced healthcare professionals will provide education, support and advice during your pregnancy and after the birth of your baby.

    Did you know:

    • Gestational diabetes is usually diagnosed between the 24th and 28th week of pregnancy
    • It is diagnosed when there are higher than normal sugar levels in your blood
    • Three to eight per cent of pregnant women will develop gestational diabetes

    In the rare cases where gestational diabetes is not well managed, it may cause problems such as:

    • A large baby
    • The need for your baby to be looked after in special care until the baby's sugar level stabilises after delivery
    • Pregnancy loss
    • Premature delivery
     
    Your blood sugar levels should return to normal after the birth of your baby but there is an increased risk of you developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Lactation consultant

    Dr Anita Bearzatto

    Anita combines her roles as a general practitioner and lactation consultant to work with families experiencing complicated lactation (breastfeeding) issues with all aspects of maternal and child health. She is passionate about helping women work through their lactation difficulties to achieve their personal breastfeeding goals. After completing her studies at Monash University, Anita obtained a diploma in obstetrics and gynaecology. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australia College of General Practitioners. In 2007 Anita became a qualified International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and worked as a lactation consultant while living overseas. Anita is a professional member of the Australian Breastfeeding Association and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. She provides education to healthcare professionals and the community on breastfeeding issues.

  • Obstetricians

    Cabrini's highly skilled and experienced obstetricians will support you during your pregnancy, throughout your labour and birth, and provide you with important postnatal care after the birth of your baby. 

    To find out more about how can our obstetricians help you please click here

  • Psychologists

    We offer a range of medical and psychological services to young families.

  • Physiotherapists

    Physiotherapy services at Cabrini’s Mother and Baby Centre are provided by physiotherapists from Women’s and Men’s Health Physiotherapy, a part of the Cabrini Physiotherapy team.

    Women’s and Men’s Health Physiotherapy specialises exclusively in pregnancy and postnatal pelvic health and has provided childbirth education and inpatient postnatal physiotherapy at Cabrini for more than 20 years.

    Did you know?

    It is common for women who have had babies to experience continence issues at some stage in their lives. However, this can be treated.

    Pelvic floor exercises recommended by your physiotherapist during and post-pregnancy can prevent or minimise these problems. 

    Women’s Health Physiotherapists can help with bladder and bowel problems, prolapse, sexual pain, pelvic floor and abdominal muscle weakness and pelvic and lower back pain.

  • Specialist Paediatricians

    Cabrini's specialist paediatricians can address any questions or concerns you may have during your pregnancy as well as follow-up once you leave hospital with your newborn. 

    Please see below the list of our specialist paediatricians. Alternatively, please visit Find a Doctor for a full list of paediatricians. 

  • Specialist Ultrasound Service

    Using state-of-the-art technology, Women's Ultrasound Malvern offers a full range of high quality ultrasound examinations to women of all ages, including a specialist obstetrical ultrasound.  

    Services are provided by both male and female obstetrician-gynaecologists who specialise in ultrasound. We provide the following services: 

    • Specialist obstetrical ultrasound
    • Screening and diagnostic testing
    • Gynaecological ultrasound
    • Endometriosis assessment and tubal patency testing

     

  • Pregnancy Massage

    Prenatal and postnatal massage services at Cabrini’s Mother and Baby Centre are provided by Nurtured Birth. 

    Nurtured Birth, founded by Sarah Goldberg, specialises in supporting women through all stages of pregnancy. Research shows that regular prenatal massage, as well as induction massage and postnatal massage, bring a multitude of benefits to both mother and baby, including less pain, a shorter labour and fewer complications.

    Benefits of Prenatal Massage

    • Improves mood and relaxation by stimulating natural feel good hormones and decreasing stress hormones (adrenalin and cortisol)
    • Decreases aches, pains and muscular tension (back, shoulders, neck, hips, joints)
    • Promotes easier breathing and sleeping
    • Reduces swelling (oedema) in hands and feet and promotes better circulation to mother and baby
    • Helps with posture, range of movement and flexibility

    Benefits of Induction Massage

    • A gentle, non-invasive way to facilitate the onset of labour
    • Releases tension in the lower back and pelvis area to help the baby move down
    • Supports the mother to relax mentally and physically as she waits for the onset of labour
    • Builds confidence to birth

    Benefits of Postnatal Massage

    After your baby is born, and as your body changes and heals, massage will support your return to a balanced healthy emotional and physical state by: 

    • Relaxing muscular tension, stiffness and soreness associated with looking after a newborn (for example in the neck, shoulders and back)
    • Increased energy levels
    • Encourages healing of body and mind
    • Toning of muscles and overstretched skin
    • Reduces the risk of postnatal depression

    Contact Us

    To make an appointment call 0401 083 778 or email nurtured@nurturedbirth.com.au

  • Speech Pathology

    Should your baby need it, Cabrini Speech Pathology offers a specialised service for paediatric feeding. Cabrini speech pathologists are trained in assessing and managing common feeding problems in babies and children. 

    • Your baby or child may experience difficulty receiving adequate nutrition and hydration at birth and as they grow. This can be due to poor sucking, swallowing, drinking, chewing or eating.
    • Feeding problems can cause growth faltering, weight loss or difficulties gaining weight.
    • Feeding problems may seem like difficulty coordinating breathing and swallowing. Your baby may have a weak suck and swallow coordination, have poor endurance during feeding, reduced oral control, excessive gagging, or unexplained food refusal.
    • Cabrini speech pathologists can assist with breast and bottle feeding skills and transitioning to solid foods. Cabrini speech pathologists work with you and your doctor and other allied health professionals to help your child develop oral skills and reach significant developmental feeding milestones.