Pregnancy is an exciting time for you and your family. Calvary Public Hospital Bruce is committed to meeting your family’s individual needs during your pregnancy, birth and your parenting journey.
Calvary Public Hospital Bruce Maternity Unit has put in place a number of measures to keep our community safe while continuing to provide the highest level of care for women and their babies, antenatally, during birth and postnatally. the health of our patients, visitors and staff is paramount. We continue to closely monitor developments regarding COVID-19 and we are taking all advised precautions.
We understand you may have some concerns arising from the appearance of Coronavirus in Australia. Please access the link below to important Coronavirus information for pregnant women, and information about Maternity Access and Visitor arrangements that have been put in place from 24 March 2020.
Antenatal appointments: Restricted only to pregnant person where possible
Birth Suite/Birth Centre – supporting labouring women: Restricted to one nominated person for a woman labouring in the Birth Suite or Birth Centre
Maternity 3S: Are restricted to the same nominated visitor to visit the mum and the newborn baby
Special Care Nursery: Due to the vulnerability of our small babies, only parents of the newborn are welcome in the Nursery
We heard from new parents that it’s not always clear what to do when you first find out you’re having a baby and it can be tricky to find out about all the options that are available to you.
There is now a new way to access Canberra’s public maternity care.
Calvary Public Hospital Bruce, in partnership with the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, have worked together to introduce Canberra Maternity Options – a new way to learn about and access the public maternity system.
Canberra Maternity Options will commence on 30 September 2019 and will ensure that pregnant women receive the right information and care at the right place, as close to home as possible.
Under Canberra Maternity Options:
• women are asked to call 5124 9977 to arrange their first appointment with a midwife
• women are recommended to book an appointment with a GP for early pregnancy care
• women will be organised to meet a midwife at a community centre close to home to talk about pregnancy and public birthing options, complete a health and wellbeing assessment, and discuss the best options for them
• women will be supported to receive ongoing local support before, during and after pregnancy.
For more information visit www.health.act.gov.au/maternity
During this time there will be many things that you want more information about. While our midwives will answer all your questions, we have developed our Pregnancy ePack to provide you with information that you can access any time.
Having a baby at Calvary Public Hospital Bruce
The Calvary Maternity Unit is family friendly, and women are encouraged to have their partner or support person with them through their labour and birth.
Calvary offers women the choice of Midwife Led Maternity Care through the Calvary Birth Centre, or a more traditional maternity service through the Calvary Maternity Care Team.
The Maternity Unit is located on Level 3 of the Marian Building. Following a recent refurbishment, the Unit has capacity for 18 patients and is configured with 10 single rooms and 4 extremely large twin-share rooms. Each room has en-suite facilities. Rooming-in for partners/support person is also available
A new family lounge also creates a setting for families and mothers to interact and relax.
Tours of the maternity ward have been discontinued and will resume at a date yet to be determined.
Bookings and Care Options
At your initial appointment with the Community Midwife, under the Canberra Maternity Options program, the Midwife will discuss public birthing options based on your health assessment and preferences.
If Calvary becomes your maternity service, we are committed to providing you with excellent care, highly skilled staff and the best available facilities.
Our Antenatal Clinic is located on Level 3, Marian Building, Calvary Public Hospital, Bruce ACT.
For more information, visit Canberra Maternity Options.