Every birth is unique and each journey is a personal one. Our maternity team support your choice of birthing journey and will provide the best possible care for you, your baby and family. We’ll be there for you, every step of the way.
It’s important to contact your obstetrician or the Maternity Unit without delay if you have any concerns about your baby’s movements, or you experience any of the following symptoms during your pregnancy:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Ruptured membranes
- Continuous leaking of fluid
- Premature labour prior to 37 weeks
- Unusual or severe abdominal pain
- Blurred vision
- Regular contractions.
Am I in labour?
It can sometimes be difficult to tell when labour has started, so feel free to call the Maternity Unit and talk to one of our experienced midwives, even in the middle of the night.
Should you be experiencing strong signs of labour including regular contractions less than ten minutes apart, waters breaking or blood loss, please contact the maternity ward to determine how far labour has progressed. You will be assessed and advised whether to stay home or come to hospital.
We are fully equipped and prepared for the unexpected when it comes to delivering babies. We always have a team on standby.
Before you come to hospital, please call the Maternity Unit on 02 4732 7390 so we can prepare for your arrival. Call 000 in a medical emergency.
When you arrive
Enter the hospital via the main entrance on Barber Avenue. Your partner can park in one of our carparks, then head directly to the Maternity Ward on Level 3. We’ll validate your car parking on the day your baby is born.
For security, the main entrance is locked after-hours (8:30pm Mon-Fri and 8:00pm Sat-Sun). If you arrive after this time ring the security bell and a midwife will let you in. Enter and walk past reception along the corridor to the lifts. Take the lift to the Maternity Ward (Women’s Health Unit) on level 3, turn right out of the lifts and a midwife or clerical person will meet you and escort you to the Birthing Suite. If you are in strong labour please tell the midwife before you arrive.
If you are booked for an elective caesarean section or induction, please present to reception for admission.
A planned Caesarean section is generally a straightforward, yet highly-planned surgical operation. Our obstetricians, surgical staff, and midwives have a great deal of experience performing Caesarean sections, and caring for patients afterwards.
Sometimes, mums who have planned a Caesarean may go into spontaneous labour. While this is not necessarily a risk, you should call the Birthing Suite immediately.