Maternity (Public & Private)

At North West Private Hospital we cater for all private and public obstetric patients across the north west coast of Tasmania.

Specialities & Services

 

 

 

Public Maternity

Each mother and newborn receive personalised healthcare from our team of experienced obstetricians, paediatricians, certified midwives, lactation consultants, mother craft nurses and our allied healthcare providers.

On-site services include:

  • Lactation consultants
  • Midwifery Educators
  • Department of Health Hearing screening
  • Obstetricians
  • Paediatricians
  • Partner accommodation and meals
  • Baby Friendly Hospital
  • Special Care Nursery

Lactation Consultants

Our maternity service has four qualified lactation consultants who provide mothers with advice and assistance with breastfeeding. The lactation consultants provide follow up assistance up to 28 days post-discharge.

Baby Friendly Hospital

Since March 2003, we have been accredited as a Baby Friendly Hospital by the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI). This accreditation is based on the 'Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding' joint statement published by UNICEF and WHO.

BFHI is an international project that aims to give every baby the best start in life by creating a healthcare environment where breastfeeding is the norm and practices known to promote the health and well being of all babies and their mothers are followed.

The BFHI 'Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding' are the global standard by which health services are assessed and accredited. A 'Baby Friendly' health service is one where a mother's informed choice of feeding is supported, respected and encouraged.

Special Care Nurseries

North West Private is equipped with Level 1 and Level 2 Special Care Nurseries:

  • Level 1 caters for babies that need to develop to a healthy weight prior to discharge
  • Level 2 caters for babies over 32 weeks gestation who require a high level of care

Babies who require this additional care and treatment are admitted to our Special Care Nurseries under the expert care of our paediatricians.

Our Level 2 neonatal care service is well equipped with the latest technology and medical facilities, which allows babies who require a little more care to stay at our hospital.

Parents are welcome to visit at any time.

Siblings and grandparents may visit between 2pm – 4.30pm and/or 6pm – 8pm.
 

Maternity Unit Tours

Bookings ARE essential, please call 03 6432 6031.
We welcome all/any questions you may have regarding our hospital and maternity service.

The tour includes a visit to our Delivery Suite, Post Natal Unit and our Special Care Nursery.

Admission

Admission packages are available at the North West Private Hospital and MCH antenatal clinics.

Please ensure you complete your admission package where possible immediately or at least 4 months prior to your admission date. This is important in order to confirm your hospital booking.

Public patients have no admission costs.

Phone a midwife

Do not hesitate to contact one of our midwives on 03 6432 6031 if you think you are in labour / if your membranes rupture / if you have any bleeding / if you have a decrease in baby movements / if you are experiencing regular painful contractions / if your are experiencing any of the above and/or are under 37 weeks pregnant.

Please phone ahead on 03 6432 6031 prior to arriving to the hospital and speak with the midwife. Our midwives are available 24/7 to answer any enquiries you may have regarding your pregnancy, labour and the hospital.

Contacting us prior to your arrival provides the opportunity for the midwife to assess your progress and prepare for your pending arrival to the hospital.

On Arrival

As the arrival time for maternity patients varies, please familiarise yourself with the information on what you should do at the various times throughout the day and night when arriving at the hospital.

For arrival during office hours (every day, 8am – 6:30pm):

  • Proceed directly to the Huon Ward via the main entrance and reception area
  • If further directions or information is required, enquire at reception

For arrival outside of office hours:

  • Between these times, the internal door is locked for security reasons
  • Access can be obtained by calling Huon Ward via the intercom located on the wall in the entrance foyer (inside the automatic sliding door)

For planned admissions:

  • Please ensure you arrive at the hospital at the time designated by the hospital or your doctor
  • On arrival please register at reception
  • After registration at reception, you'll be shown to your room

What to bring to Hospital

  • Hand held record
  • Medicare card
  • Cool, loose, comfortable clothing (e.g. old large t-shirt or nightie)
  • Warm socks
  • Drinks and snacks (ie., mineral water, non-acidic juices, fresh fruit, yoghurt, glucose sweets)
  • Hair bands and shower cap for long hair
  • Bathers, eg., board shorts (especially for Dads or support person)
  • Massage oil (e.g. lavender scented oil)
  • Camera
  • Music

What not to bring

MONEY/JEWELLERY/VALUABLES We recommend you leave all valuables such as jewellery and large amounts of cash at home as we cannot accept responsibility for lost or stolen property.

Accommodation

  • Public patients are admitted to a four person ward with shared ensuite facilities.
  • Single rooms are available if deemed necessary due to medical need.

Going home with your baby / Discharge

Discharge time is strictly 10am to enable us to prepare the room for incoming admissions. We are able to accommodate you in our hospital foyer should your transportation arrangement differ from our discharge time. Please ensure your transport home has been fitted with a child safety seat. Postnatal / Follow Up care with the public hospital Extended Care Midwifery Service will be arranged prior to your discharge.

Ensure you take all personal belongings, medications, flowers and discharge documents with you.

 

Private Maternity 

Welcome to North West Private Maternity Services. We understand that this is special time in your life and we do that little bit extra to make the birth of your child as wonderful as possible. We have modern facilities and the latest in medical technology providing you with a range of safe, individual birthing choices.

We can provide you with a range of information and services to help you before, during and after your pregnancy. Private and self-insured patients are welcome. The following maternity facilities and services are available at North West Private Hospital:

  • Lactation Consultants
  • Baby Friendly Hospital
  • Level 2 Neonatal Special Care Nursery
  • An experienced group of specialist Doctors and Midwives

Lactation Consultants

Our maternity service has qualified lactation consultants who provide mothers with advice and assistance with breastfeeding. The lactation consultants provide follow up assistance up to 28 days post-discharge.

Baby Friendly Hospital

Since March 2003, we have been accredited as a Baby Friendly Hospital by the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI). This accreditation is based on the 'Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding' joint statement published by UNICEF and WHO.

BFHI is an international project that aims to give every baby the best start in life by creating a healthcare environment where breastfeeding is the norm and practices known to promote the health and well being of all babies and their mothers are followed.

The BFHI 'Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding' are the global standard by which health services are assessed and accredited. A 'Baby Friendly' health service is one where a mother's informed choice of feeding is supported, respected and encouraged.

Special Care Nurseries

For babies in need of special care or medical attention, our Level 2 Neonatal Care service is well equipped with the latest technology and medical facilities.

This service is supported by paediatricians for those babies who require a little extra care.

Parents are welcome to visit at any time.

Siblings and grandparents may visit between 2pm – 4.30pm and/or 6pm – 8pm.
 

Admission

Admission packages are available through your Obstetrician or from the reception desk at North West Private Hospital.

Please ensure you complete your admission package where possible immediately or at least 4 months prior to your admission date. This is important in order to confirm your hospital booking and to confirm your health fund policy will cover your admission.

In some cases, the doctor will book you in for the next day. In these cases it’s imperative that you contact us as soon as possible 03 6432 6000 and speak to the admissions staff to confirm your personal details, health fund cover, admission time and all specifics relating to your hospital stay

Confirm Cost Coverage

Contact your health fund to confirm exactly what costs will be covered.

Phone a midwife

Do not hesitate to contact a midwife on 03 6432 6031 if you think you are in labour / if your membranes rupture / if you have any bleeding / if you have a decrease in baby movements / if you are experiencing regular painful contractions / if your are experiencing any of the above and/or are under 37 weeks pregnant.

Please phone ahead on 03 6432 6031 prior to arriving to the hospital and speak with the midwife. Our midwives are available 24/7 to answer any enquiries you may have regarding your pregnancy, labour and the hospital.

Contacting us prior to your arrival provides the opportunity for the midwife to assess your progress and prepare for your pending arrival to the hospital.

For arrival during office hours (every day, 8am – 6:30pm):

  • Proceed directly to the Huon Ward via the main entrance and reception area
  • If further directions or information is required, enquire at reception

For arrival outside of office hours:

  • Between these times, the internal door is locked for security reasons
  • Access can be obtained by calling Huon Ward via the intercom located on the wall in the entrance foyer (inside the automatic sliding door)

What to bring

  • Antenatal record
  • Medicare card
  • Health fund card

For labour:

  • Cool, loose, comfortable clothing (e.g. old large t-shirt or nightie)
  • Warm socks
  • Drinks and snacks (ie., mineral water, non-acidic juices, fresh fruit, yoghurt, glucose sweets)
  • Hair bands and shower cap for long hair
  • Bathers, eg., board shorts (for Dads or support person)
  • Camera with enough film/batteries/memory card space
  • Music

NB: Hospital Policy prevents filming of the actual birth.

For after the birth:

  • Personal toiletry items
  • Comfortable clothing for day wear
  • Night attire including dressing gown (with an easy opening for breastfeeding)
  • Slippers or other suitable footwear
  • Nursing bras and pads for breastfeeding
  • Sanitary pads (maternity and lighter flow)

For your baby:

  • Baby singlets
  • Baby gowns / clothes / growsuits
  • Hat, mittens, socks / booties
  • Nappies
  • Baby wipes
  • Bunny rugs
  • Baby bath solution
  • Bottles, teats, formula (if you are planning to artificially feed)
  • Clothing to take your baby home (eg. bonnet, warm jacket)
  • Approved child safety restraint (ensure it's correctly fitted in the car ready for discharge)

These items will not be supplied by the hospital.

What not to bring

MONEY/JEWELLERY/VALUABLES We recommend you leave all valuables such as jewellery and large amounts of cash at home as we cannot accept responsibility for lost or stolen property. We would suggest all excess payments or co-payments are paid immedicately upon arrival to the hospital relieving you of carrying cash during your stay.

Going home with your baby

You may go home with your support person once your Obstetrician is satisfied with your progress. Vaginal delivery 3 - 4 days and a Caesarian section 4 - 5 days. Those requesting to be discharged earlier will need to consult with their Obstetrician for approval. Discharge time is 10am to enable us to prepare the room for incoming admissions. Please ensure your transport home has been fitted with a child safety seat. Our midwives will provide you with a follow up appointment with your Obstetrician, your baby’s follow up appointment with the paediatrician if required. Extended Care Midwivery services are available through the public hospital on discharge and can be arranged by uour midwife prior to discharge. Any post vaginal delivery / post caesarean instructions specific to you should be discussed with your Obstetrician or midwife prior to departing the ward.

Ensure you take all personal belongings, medications, x-rays and scans, flowers and discharge documents with you.
 

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