Personalised, child health support for you and your family

 Coast Life Families Child and Family Health aims to provide ongoing continuity of care for mothers and families. 

Our Child Health service is personalised and relationship based, allowing the Child Health Nurse to get to know you and your family. We provide support and advice in our clinic, in your home and over the phone. 

By choosing a package of care you will be supported by your own Child Health Nurse for one or two years. This includes a calendar of appointments as well as support via text whenever you need it. 

We understand that each and every family is different, with their own values and beliefs that influence how you choose to raise your child. We will be there to celebrate and support you in those choices.

Single Sessions in Clinic – 1 Hour

  • Sleep
  • Feeding
  • Weaning
  • Introducing solids
  • Weight checks

  • Development

  • Milestone assessment – 6 & 12 weeks; 4, 6, 12 & 18 months; 2 years

Coast Life Families Packages:

Provide for continuity and ongoing support for mum and baby. Payment plans available for Postnatal Support and Transition to Motherhood packages. 

Infant package

a wonderful gift idea for mum

  • 3 in clinic appointments to support feeding and discuss baby’s growth and development
  • Postnatal support for mum as she recovers from pregnancy and birth
  • Text messaging support for duration of package

Postnatal support

a wonderful way to support mum in the postnatal period and up until baby’s first birthday

  • 3 x fortnightly infant checks in clinic to support feeding and review weight gain
  • 4, 6, 9 & 12 month clinic appointments to support healthy growth and development
  • Telephone / text general advice available for 12 months

Transition to Motherhood

we know how much growth and change happens between birth and toddlerhood, let us support you through the joyful and challenging moments

  • Antenatal home visit <30 weeks to meet your Child Health Nurse
  • 3 x Postnatal home or clinic visits to support feeding and review weight gain
  • 4, 6, 9,12, 18 month & 2 year old clinic appointments to support healthy growth and development
  • Telephone / text general advice available for 2 years

Jessica Kumar

Child and Family Health Nurse

Jessica has been working as a Child Health Nurse and Lactation Consultant on the Sunshine Coast since 2012. Prior to settling on the coast Jessica has worked in paediatric hospitals in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne and with first time mums of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies in both Melbourne and Cairns. Jessica is passionate about supporting mothers and families to be the best they can be for their babies and children. Jessica believes that when a mother is heard and supported her child will thrive.

With a Masters of Child and Family Health Jessica provides family-centred support and advice for questions around feeding, settling, daily routines, development and maternal wellbeing. Jessica takes a partnerships approach to supporting families and knows that the mother, and family, are the expert in their own baby or child. “Every mother, baby, child and family is different, every family has it’s own unique strengths. It is my role to work with individual families to create a healthy environment for babies and children to grow and thrive.”

Jessica was fortunate enough to have both of her baby boys with Coast Life Midwifery so she knows the importance of continuity of care and being supported by someone who knows you and your family. Jessica is thrilled to be able to provide ongoing support for mums and families understanding the benefit of having “your own Child Health Nurse”.

“Being a mother, and having children, brings deep joy as well as complex challenges. These are best addressed by working with someone who can give you the space and support to find strategies that align with your own personal values and beliefs. There is no one parenting style that works for every mother and child.”

Jessica can attend to general health and development checks for infants and children as well as supporting families with a variety of questions or concerns around;

  • Sleep and settling
  • Feeding, including bottle feeding and weaning
  • Becoming a family
  • Introducing solids
  • Baby safety
  • Toileting
  • Transition to motherhood
  • Play and pre school learning

Jane Langford

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Jane Langford joined the Coast Life Families team at the end of last year as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. After undertaking her midwifery training early in her career, Jane quickly realised which side of midwifery she preferred and happily fell into neonates over 22 years ago. Neonatal nursing has taken Jane to tertiary centres across Australia and then led her to the United Kingdom, where she completed her Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner training in London. Twelve years on, Jane still has the pleasure of working in such a privileged role caring for babies and their families on the Sunshine Coast.

Jane’s role at Coast Life families is collaborative with Jess Kumar, our Child Health Nurse, and our service is unique in nature. We bring our skills and experience together to provide:

– 1 week, 4 week and 6 week checks in association with Coast Life Midwifery, as well as providing for external clients.

– 12 month – 2 year child health packages including ongoing growth and development checks and home visits.

– Lactation consultant appointments.

– alternative, individualised and specialised ongoing care eg. following preterm birth, surgery, medical conditions, jaundice, feeding difficulties, poor weight gain, low birth weight.

– ability to address any health concerns eg. jaundice, eczema, cow’s milk protein intolerance, constipation, unusual biometrics.

– ability to address any parental concerns eg. speech and development assessments, neurodevelopmental assessment of babies.  

– Medical/ Allied Health referrals as required.

– investigative and diagnostic capabilities eg. blood test for jaundice screens, Newborn Screen Tests, Hip ultrasounds for risk of Developmental Dysplasia Hip.

– Scheduled/ individualised vaccine programs.

– continuity, family centred care, consistent follow up, intense support as required with clients having access to our phone numbers.

Jane pride’s our service as being personal and flexible and is honoured to be able to provide this in a relaxed family friendly environment.