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.
From 4 June 2020 women admitted for maternity or birthing-related care may have two support people present. Please discuss your arrangements with the midwifery and obstetrics staff during your antenatal care.
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.
Calvary Maternity Unit Tours
We regret that we have stopped our popular tours of the Calvary Birth Suite and Maternity Unit. Calvary Midwife Amanda has prepared a video of these facilities – please click the video below to join Amanda as she walks you through our birthing and inpatient facilities.
Antenatal appointments: Current arrangements do not allow a support person to accompany a woman in her antenatal appointment(s). Exceptions to this requirement must be discussed with the Antenatal Clinic in advance of the appointment and are granted around very specific criteria and needs. Please do not bring children other than in exceptional circumstances.
Birth Suite/Birth Centre – supporting labouring women: Restricted to two nominated people for a woman labouring in the Birth Suite or Birth Centre
Maternity 3S: Women are allowed to have one visitor per day. Child visits are discouraged.
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.
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.