During your pregnancy
Changes in our maternity service due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
To assist with the management of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of patients and staff, we have made the following changes to our maternity service:
- Antenatal and postnatal appointments are now a mixture of phone and face to face reviews.
- The visiting midwifery service is now being provided by either phone and face to face appointments.
- Patients may have two visitors at any one time during designated visiting hours in the Maternity Unit and two designated birthing partners in the Birth Suite (please note: children are not permitted to be in the birthing suites at any time).
- Maternity unit visiting hours (not Birth Suite): 8am to 1pm and 3pm to 8pm each day (note: your designated visitor cannot visit if feeling unwell of diagnosed as COVID positive).
- Only virtual parent education classes are available.
- Maternity tours (see video below for a virtual tour of hospital) and hydrotherapy classes have been cancelled.
We have good safety measures and precautions in place and all procedures and screening processes are strictly followed to ensure patient and caregiver safety.
Our birthing suite and patient rooms have and will continue to undergo a rigorous cleaning and sanitation schedule.
If you have a question about our maternity services, please contact us.
We can support you during your pregnancy to help build your knowledge and confidence in what’s ahead.
Services we offer include parent education classes, maternity unit tours, booking-in clinics and telephone support through your local hospital.
Parent education classes
Note, only virtual parent education classes are offered due to COVID-19.
We offer some of the most comprehensive parent education classes in Australia - covering many aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and early parenting.
These relaxed, informal classes hosted by experienced midwives offer you a safe environment to learn, share and ask questions.
Please contact the Maternity Unit for details on the parent education program.
Telephone support on maternity questions/concerns
Any pregnant woman is welcome to contact our maternity unit with pregnancy-related concerns or questions they might have.
A registered midwife will assess your situation and refer you to the most appropriate service.
For example, they might:
- suggest you attend the hospital for a further check or to begin your labour
- recommend you present to an emergency department for specialised medical care
- advise you to liaise with your obstetrician or GP.
Please contact us if you:
- have any concerns related to your pregnancy
- think you are in labour
- are experiencing any blood loss from your vaginal area or a rupture of membranes (‘waters breaking’)
- have a severe headache and/or visual disturbances such as blurred vision
- experience intense abdominal pain
- notice reduced baby movements.
To get in contact with our maternity unit, please call 9462 4558.
To find out more about coming to the hospital for maternity care and where our services are located within the hospital, view this video.
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