COVID Clinic:Open weekdays 8.00am to 6.00pm, and weekends and public holidays 10.00am to 6.00pm. Accessible via main entrance, corner of Yelverton Drive and Centennial Place.

Parent education

Parents often need a wide range of support and guidance when it comes to preparing for the arrival of their new baby, particularly if it is their first.

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 nit 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 hope to see parents experience as much confidence and joy as they can – from your pregnancy, baby’s birth, and beyond, as you transition into parenthood. That’s why we offer comprehensive parent education services.

What to expect

We offer relaxed, informal classes hosted by experienced midwives, providing a safe environment to learn, share and ask questions. Some classes may involve other health professionals qualified to speak on a particular topic.

Information is presented on many different aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and early parenting.

Examples of parent education topics

Pregnancy

  • Planning for a baby
  • Looking after yourself
  • Preparing dads and partners
  • SIDS safe sleeping
  • Safe wrapping and swaddling

Childbirth

  • When to come to hospital and what to bring
  • The stages of labour
  • Vaginal and caesarean births
  • Relaxation and breathing awareness
  • Pain relief options 
  • The role of a support person
  • Maternity unit tour

Breastfeeding

  • Attachment and positioning techniques 
  • Following your baby’s cues such as smacking lips and sucking on hands
  • Expressing and storing breast milk
  • Breastfeeding support services 

Early parenting

  • Care of mother and baby after birth
  • Normal newborn behaviours
  • Baby sleep cycles
  • Settling your baby
  • Following your baby’s cues
  • Early brain development
  • Safety awareness for your baby
  • Parenting support services

Please note, your class may have a charge, be sure to speak with your private health fund before attending. Some funds will cover this cost for you.

Maternity unit tours 

Free maternity unit tours are available at our hospital and will help you to become familiar with all the facilities and services that are available.

For more information 

Contact us for complete details on our parent education program, or click here for details about parent education during COVID. We'll be happy to help you secure a booking for any class or maternity unit tour you are interested in.

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