Birthing options

Calvary offers women the choice of the Midwife Led Maternity Care through the Calvary Birth Centre, or a more traditional maternity service through the Calvary Birth Suite.


The Calvary Birth Centre

 

The Continuity of Midwifery Care Service (CMCS) at the Calvary Birth Centre is ideal for women who desire an active birth and natural pain relief, with minimal intervention and a short stay in hospital.
  • Low-risk pregnancies
  • Active birth
  • Natural pain relief
  • Minimal intervention

Facilities include:

  • Spacious birthing room
  • Large spacious bath
  • Breastfeeding chair
  • Portable cot
  • Air conditioned
  • Double bed
  • Partner encouraged to stay
  • Kitchen/family/children’s play area

Women have the opportunity to get to know their midwife as she follows them through the pregnancy, birth and the early parenting journey. Care is flexible with appointments in your home, the community or within the Birth Centre.

The CMCS Midwives support you and your family to develop confidence in your ability to grow your baby, give birth and become parents.

When you choose to have your baby at the Calvary Birth Centre, you will receive care from the same midwife throughout your pregnancy. She will be on call for your labour, birth and will provide postnatal care in your home.


Calvary Birth Suite

 

The Calvary Birth Suite offers a more traditional model of care. You will be cared for by a team of midwives and medical staff.
  • Complete antenatal care
  • Shared care with G.P.
  • Low-moderate risk pregnancies
  • Natural birth
  • Assisted birth
  • Caesarean section

Facilities include:

  • Single and shared rooms
  • Public or private patients
  • Large spacious bath
  • Breastfeeding chair
  • Portable cot
  • Air conditioned

You may choose to be admitted as a public or private patient in the public maternity unit.

If you wish to book in as a private patient you will need to choose your own specialist. We are not able to guarantee accommodation in a single room.

The birth suite has six birthing rooms all with ensuite facilities. The postnatal ward consists of 3 single rooms and the remaining is shared room accommodation.

For most women, pregnancy and birth proceeds normally. However some women may require assistance during the birthing process such as induction of labour, forceps, vacuum or caesarean section. If this occurs Calvary Hospital has all the facilities and equipment, as well as highly skilled practitioners, to manage these situations. During this time you will be fully informed and consulted of the treatment options available to you.


 

Bookings and care options

Contact the Maternity and Women’s Health Unit on 02 6201 6359 to make an appointment with a midwife and to book your parent education classes.