Birth and postnatal support
When to come in
If you have any concerns related to your pregnancy or you are in labour please phone the Birth Suite and speak to a Midwife on 02 6201 6034. Your Midwife will advise you if need to come in to Birth Suite to be seen by a Midwife or Doctor.
Women attending scheduled or unplanned antenatal appointments may be accompanied by one person. Women admitted for care related to birthing may have two support persons.
Accompanying and support persons will need to complete the health and travel history check on the ACT Health Screening Process.
When you arrive at the hospital, come to our Maternity Unit which is located on the 3rd Floor of the Marian Building.
You will need to bring your Maternity Handheld Record, Medicare and health insurance card.
- Maternity Record Card
- Medicare and health insurance card
- Comfortable day clothes, night attire/dressing gown/slippers
- Underwear including maternity bras, breast pads
- 4 packets of sanitary pads
- telephone charger
- Clothes for going home
- Wrist watch or small clock
- A bag for soiled washing
Please bring an outfit for your baby to go home in, for example:
- Jacket or cardigan
- Grow suit
- Baby wraps/muslin wraps
- Cloth or disposable nappies
All personal and baby items brought to Calvary Maternity Unit should be laundered and labelled if possible. Calvary is unable to take responsibility for any lost articles.
After your baby is born
After your baby is born you will be well supported by midwives in your transition to motherhood. After birth, your baby remains with you. All well babies room-in with their mothers. This close contact will help you to learn to respond to your baby’s feeding cues. Your midwife will provide you with the support and assistance required for you to care and feed your baby.
We welcome the family and do not restrict visiting times for partners/support person and siblings except for during the rest period between 12.30 to 3pm.
Calvary Public Hospital Bruce is a Baby Friendly accredited Hospital. This means we promote and protect breastfeeding by following the WHO/UNICEF’s 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding
- Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
- Train all health care staff in the skills necessary to implement this policy.
- Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
- Place infants in skin-to-skin contact with their mothers immediately following birth for at least an hour and encourage mothers to recognise when their infants are ready to be breastfed, offering help if needed.
- Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation even if they should be separated from their infants.
- Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breast milk unless medically indicated.
- Practice rooming in – allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
- Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
- Give no artificial teats or pacifiers (also called dummies or soothers) to breastfeeding infants.
- Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.
Calvary midwife Carolyn has created an extremely helpful and informative video demonstrating breastfeeding positions and attachment. Please click here to see the video
Additional sandwiches, tea, coffee and juice are available in the patient lounge. There is also a microwave available to heat meals if required.
We do not provide meals for partners or visitors however the Café has a wide range of meals available for purchase.
As part of the National Hearing Test program all babies are offered the newborn hearing screening test either during their stay at Calvary or within the first few days after going home.
Every morning Monday to Sunday
Your hospital room
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.
48 hours following the birth of your baby
Your hospital room or at home where the Midcall midwife will take the blood sample.
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.
The Special Care Nursery (SCN) is a Level II care facility which provides care to babies who are sick or premature.
During the time your baby is in the Nursery you could expect a range of different care needs for your baby.
Our very experienced and skilled nursing/midwifery and medical staff are available to answer any questions or discuss any aspects about the care of your baby that you do not understand.
If it is anticipated that the baby will be born before 34 weeks gestation or have serious health issues after birth then your care will be transferred to the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children at Garren
Parents and siblings are welcome to visit at any time. We encourage you to phone us for anything. For example to check on your baby, or the next feed time, or just to see your baby.
Parents are encouraged to be with their baby as much as possible. Whilst friends and family are keen to meet the new baby and offer what help they can while he or she is in hospital we ask that these visitors be accompanied by a parent/guardian of the baby. Except for siblings no other children are allowed in the Nursery.
Going home from hospital
Going home with your baby is an exciting time. It is also a time of new experiences. If you have a normal birth you will go home anytime from 6–24 hours after the birth, provided you and your baby are well. If you have a caesarean you can expect your hospital stay to be 2-3 nights.
If you live in the ACT the Calvary Midcall service will provide you with home visits during the first week after the birth. In some cases your follow-up will be directly with the ACT Maternal and Child Health Service or if you live in NSW the Early Childhood Clinics.
Before you leave Hospital ensure that you have been given your Birth Registration papers, 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.
Postnatal physiotherapy classes
During your admission at Calvary, you will be visited by one of our Physiotherapists or receive an information package about the postnatal SHAPE-UP program.
Physiotherapy SHAPE-UP information session.
Come while you are still in hospital, or return after going home.
No booking necessary
Wednesday & Friday 10am – 11.15am. Closed public holidays
Physiotherapy Gymnasium, Level 2, Marian Building (off Madeleine’s Cafe lounge)
Are you experiencing incontinence or prolapse symptoms during or after pregnancy, or following gynaecological surgery?
You are invited to attend this group information session to learn about incontinence and prolapse; self management tools; pelvic floor exercises; and available options for seeking further help.
Bookings are essential. Phone 6201 6190 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Sessions are held on the fourth Monday of each month (excluding public holidays and December)
10am to 11.30am, Physiotherapy Gymnasium, Level 2 Marian Building, Calvary Public Hospital Bruce