Updates to our maternity service
In these unusual times, the safety of mums, babies, visitors and our staff remains our absolute priority. So we’ve implemented some COVID-19 changes in line with state and federal guidelines.
Some are more general in nature, like COVID-19 screening for everyone entering the hospital. Others involve going online whenever we can, and a change to who can visit you. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss any of the below.
Maternity Booking appointment
Once you lodge your e-Admission, we’ll call to make a midwife appointment and process your health fund details. Maternity booking staff can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org . Also, your midwife appointment will now be conducted by phone or zoom/skype, instead of face to face.
Childbirth education classes
In accordance with social distancing guidelines, we’ve had to cancel all face-to-face classes. The good news is there’s a range of options online.
Check the antenatal section here.
Labour and birth
Your health and safety is everything to us. To help protect you and your baby, other families and our staff, please choose two support people to be with you during labour and birth.
Before entering our hospital, they will be asked the usual screening questions, and must have no symptoms of illness or suspected infection.
Feeding your baby
We continue to encourage skin-to-skin contact at birth and breastfeeding. Pay careful attention to hand hygiene, and try not to cough or sneeze near baby. If you are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 infection, please wear a mask when feeding or expressing milk for your baby.
When you move to the maternity suites, you will have one support person who can visit you during your postnatal stay in hospital, with no limit to the time, or duration of their visit. You can also swap this support person, so long as there is only one person at a time.
Siblings of newborns are welcome to say ‘hi’ to their new brother or sister at any time and are welcome to stay for as long as you want.
Grandparents of newborns are welcome to visit between 3.00pm to 6.00pm.
Unfortunately, no one else can visit you during this COVID-19 affected period.
Visiting restrictions – special care nursery
Only parents of the baby can visit our Special Care Nursery. If you believe you have exceptional circumstances, please chat to our staff.
After birth – Postnatal and Midwifery
As mentioned above, your one nominated support person can visit you, and is welcome to stay overnight.
Is there anything else you’d like to know?
We know these restrictions can be challenging, so we ask for your understanding. If you have any questions regarding your pregnancy, your stay or any other maternity matter, we’re here for you. Please email on Maternity.Enquiries@healthscope.com.au