Birth and postnatal support
When to come in
Before coming in call and speak to a Midwife on 03 6278 5328. Your Midwife will decide if you should come into our Maternity Unit.
When you arrive at the hospital, go straight to our Maternity Unit on the 3rd Floor.
After your baby is born
After birth, your baby remains with you. ‘Rooming in’ is encouraged for all mothers and babies. This close contact will quickly enable you to learn to respond to your baby’s cues.
Your midwife will provide support and assistance to you with care and feeding of your baby. Contrary to popular opinion, mothers who have their babies with them at night do not lose sleep, in comparison with mothers whose babies are in a nursery. In fact, there may be some beneficial effects including better quality sleep. You are less likely to be disturbed by the sound of other babies in the night.
We welcome the family as a whole and as such do not restrict visiting times for fathers and other children.
Calvary Lenah Valley is an accredited Baby Friendly Hospital by the World Health Organisation and UNICEF. We aim to provide services of the highest quality to support breastfeeding mothers.
Bedside assistance is provided by our midwives and internationally qualified Lactation Consultants and we encourage mothers to attend the Breastfeeding Discussion Group.
Breastfeeding Discussion Group
Alternate Monday/Wednesdays and every Friday
To celebrate your family’s new addition, our Food Services Staff will prepare a complimentary antipasto platter, including a bottle of sparkling wine, for you and your partner. You need to order this at least 24 hours before it is required to ensure the kitchen have all the freshest ingredients available for you to enjoy.
During your hospital stay
Delivered to your hospital room
Our menu has been designed to cater to your taste and preferences. The food service staff will be happy to discuss any special dietary needs you may have.
Whilst you are within the Delivery Suite section of the Maternity Floor, meals will be provided to your partners free of charge.
Once you have been moved to a regular room on our ward, additional meals are available to your partner for a nominal price.
Snacks are available 24/7.
Infant massage benefits you and your baby, and is a great way for Dads and other family members to feel involved in baby’s care and nurturing.
The benefits of Infant Massage for you and your baby are immense. It can improve sleep patterns resulting in a more settled baby, relieves stress/pain of colic, strengthens the immune system just to name a few.
As a parent Infant Massage increases your confidence and skills in handling your baby, gives you a greater connection, deepens bonding and enhances communication providing a nurturing environment. It is important to start with skin-to-skin contact immediately following your baby’s birth, then continue with loving touch through massage.
During your hospital stay
One free infant massage session
As part of the National Hearing Test program all babies are offered the newborn hearing test during their stay at Calvary.
Monday 9am-12pm, Wednesday 1pm-1.30pm, Friday 9am-12pm
Your hospital room
If your baby is unable to be screened during these times you are welcome to come into an outpatient screening clinic at Calvary on either Monday or Friday 11am – 12pm held in the Maternity Unit.
Before or soon after you have your baby, your doctor or midwife will discuss hepatitis B immunisation with you and will ask you to make a decision about whether you want your baby immunised.
If you choose to have your baby immunised the birth dose will be given as soon as the baby is stable, preferably within 24 hours of birth and up to seven days of age. Your baby will need three more doses of the hepatitis B vaccine to be fully immunised. These will be given at two, four and six months of age in combination with your baby’s other routine childhood immunisations so your baby will not receive any additional needles.
Newborn screening tests are performed on all babies born in Australia. This is an important test to detect metabolic disorders which, unless treated early in life, may affect your child’s future development. The blood is obtained from your baby’s heel by a needle prick, and you will only be notified of results if the tests are abnormal.
Within 48 hours following the birth of your baby
Your hospital room
During your pregnancy, your doctor or midwife should ask whether you want your baby to have vitamin K by injection or by mouth, and they will arrange to provide it. Soon after birth, your baby will have a vitamin K injection or the first dose by mouth. This will be given by a doctor or midwife.
Going home from hospital
Going home with your baby is an exciting time. It is also a time of new experiences. Our midwives offer 24 hour support, 7 days a week when you need help and guidance and are only a phone call away.
After you go home from hospital, our Midwives will continue to offer support and advice to mothers who experience feeding and lactation difficulties.
All mothers have access to a dedicated session with a qualified Lactation Consultant.
24 hour phone support: Call our midwives on 03 627 5328
Self-referral to Clinic: Call 03 627 5328 to book
Cost: Free for women who have given birth at Calvary Lenah Valley
Before you leave ensure that you have been given your Birth Registration paper, Centrelink pack and Baby Personal Health record book. Centrelink papers cannot be reissued by the Hospital if you misplace them, so please ensure these documents are stored in a safe place.
The Mothers Support Package is available if you choose to go home early. We can help make the transition a little easier for you by offering a package which includes a voucher from the Hill Street Grocer and midwifery support. To find out how you could be eligible ask your midwife.
Calvary Community Care can offer a helping hand while you adjust to the changes in routine, including:
- Cooking and grocery shopping
- Cleaning and household maintenance
Our Hospital to Home Service can be provided under a government subsidised support package (if you’re eligible), delivered on a private basis, or as a combination of the two.