After the birth of your baby

The hours, days and weeks after the birth of your baby are incredibly special. 

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions

To assist in reducing the risk of COVID-19 to our babies and to our other vulnerable patients, we are undertaking a number of precautions to help keep people within our hospitals and facilities safe from harm.

In the interests of protecting the safety of patients within our facilities, St John of God Health Care hospitals in Western Australia will only be permit visitors to enter a Western Australian St John of God Hospital if they can demonstrate they:

  • have quarantined in WA for a period of 14 days, and 
  • have had a negative COVID-19 test result within the last 3 days of that quarantine period.

If you have returned from South Australia since 7 November, we ask you do not visit our hospital until you have quarantined for 14 days.

Visitors will not be given an exemption to visit St John of God Health Care hospitals in Western Australia during their quarantine period.  

Visitors who are quarantining should not be residing with family members who are visiting the hospital.

In the absence of visiting in person, we will work closely with patients and loved ones to facilitate interaction via video communications mediums (Skype, Facetime etc.)

We ask that our patients have a maximum of two visitors at any one time during visiting hours, in line with state guidelines.

All visitors can expect to be screened on entry and cannot visit if they:

  • have travelled overseas or interstate within 14 days of the planned visit
  • have returned from South Australia since 7 November
  • have recently come into contact with a person who has a confirmed case of coronavirus
  • are feeling unwell.

This decision has been made in the best interests of you, your family, all our patients and caregivers, and to help us protect the more vulnerable in our facilities.

Thank you in advance for your support of this. 

More information

Please read our latest advice about what to do if you have an upcoming admission or want to visit someone in hospital.

If you are seeking assistance, or testing for coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit your nearest COVID-19 clinic; or contact your GP.

You can also call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

Night nursery closure

We are committed to ensuring the safety of all of our patients, visitors and caregivers.
To assist in reducing the risk of COVID-19 to maternity patients and newborns, the night nursery is now closed.
However, our midwives will continue to provide care and support to our new mums throughout the night.
This decision has been made in the best interests of you and your family.

Thank you for your understanding.

These early moments present so many new experiences for first time parents, as they do for many existing parents, with no two babies being the same.

We support you during this important time so you can make the most of it.

The first 24 hours

You and your baby will be transferred from your birthing unit to one of our postnatal (after birth) wards as soon as possible.

Postnatal wards in our hospital:

  • offer private rooms for all patients, plus some larger rooms for families who have had multiple births
  • welcome partners at all times - to stay overnight, help with the care of their new baby and enjoy unrestricted visiting time; restricted visiting hours may apply to other visitors
  • include fully-equipped rooms complete with telephone, television, ensuite bathroom, comfortable chair for breastfeeding and baby care facilities.

For the first 24 hours, your pulse, blood pressure, temperature and any blood loss will be checked on a regular basis. Your baby will also receive frequent medical observations.

Some newborn babies need extra care after birth - they might have been born prematurely or unwell. If this happens to your family, you can rest assured that your baby will be admitted to one of our neonatal units or special care nurseries. For more complex cases, they will be transferred to a hospital with a higher level of neonatal care.

During your hospital stay 

The midwives and nurses in your maternity unit will offer assistance and advice in all aspects of caring for your baby – such as bathing, cord care, feeding and settling techniques. This support will continue throughout your hospital stay and be responsive to the needs of you and your family.

Parent education classes are also available to further build your confidence on parenting topics that interest you while in hospital.

Regular medical checks of you and your baby will continue during your hospital stay – involving a team of midwifes and nurses, your obstetrician and baby’s paediatrician.

Additional services - physiotherapy, lactation consultants, newborn hearing testing, reflexology, postnatal massage, aquatherapy and professional photography may also be available.

On your return home

There are several factors that may affect the time you need to spend in hospital after the birth of your baby. Each family’s personal needs are always fully considered.

As a general rule, if you and your baby are well, you may be able to go home on or before day four after birth (if you have had a vaginal delivery) or on or before day five (if you had the baby by caesarean section). We may be able to help you return home earlier - if that’s your preference - and offer support to you and your baby through at-home visits by a midwife.

On discharge from our maternity unit, you will receive comprehensive information to help you with your next steps. This will include details of community support and parenting help contacts, plus information on your local child health centre.

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