Maternity (Private & Public)

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

Approximately 800 babies are delivered each year in our hospital.

Specialities & Services

At this special time, we offer you the very latest in birthing techniques and the best of care for you and your newborn. All this can be experienced in our relaxing non-clinical environment, which enjoys breathtaking coastal views.

Our key maternity services include:

  • Midwives Clinics
  • Know Your Midwife Scheme
  • Antenatal Classes
  • Breastfeeding Classes
  • Lactation Consultants
  • Baby Friendly Hospital
  • Special Care Nurseries (Level 1 and Level 2)
  • Extended Midwifery Service

Midwives Clinic

A Midwives Clinic is available to women during their pregnancy and is integrated with our obstetric services. Midwives work in close co-operation with obstetricians, registrars, general practitioners and other members of the healthcare team. These include anaesthetists, paediatricians, physiotherapists, social workers and support services within the community.

The provision of midwifery care promotes greater choices for women during their pregnancy. Attending the Midwives Clinic allows expectant parents to meet some of the midwives who will be caring for them during their hospital stay.

At each visit, the midwife assesses the emotional, physical and social wellbeing of the mother and the wellbeing of the baby.

During the visit, time is allowed for any questions in relation to pregnancy and parenting. If required, our midwives are able to make referrals to lactation consultants and allied health services such as physiotherapists and social workers.

Clinics Appointments

  • Appointment days are Tuesday to Friday, each week
  • By appointment only
  • Referral by an obstetrician is required
  • The first visit occurs after the hospital booking-in interview
  • To make an appointment, phone the Midwives Clinic at the hospital

Know Your Midwife Scheme

Our Midwives Clinic runs a Know Your Midwife (KYM) Scheme for public and private obstetric patients.

This scheme allows you to see a nominated midwife throughout your pregnancy for antenatal care, as well as seeing your obstetrician as necessary. Your midwife may be a midwife you request or a midwife allocated to you by the KYM Scheme co-ordinator. For continuity of care, a back-up midwife may also provide antenatal care should the nominated midwife be unavailable when you go into labour.

If you choose this option, you'll need to make an appointment when booking into the hospital to see the KYM Scheme co-ordinator and/or approach your chosen midwife personally to determine their availability as soon as possible. It's important to book into this Scheme early, as midwives working in this area have restrictions as to the number of women they can care for per month.

To make an appointment, contact the KYM Scheme co-ordinator at the hospital on Mondays only, between 7am and 3pm.

Antenatal Classes

Antenatal classes are one of the many services offered to maternity patients and their support partners.

These classes are conducted by childbirth educators/midwives and cover:

  • Issues related to pregnancy
  • Labour
  • Tour of labour ward, delivery suite and post-natal ward
  • Birth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Early parenting issues
  • A session for fathers only
  • Services available at the hospital

The classes are free to attend. Supper is provided in the evening and morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is provided during the day.

Antenatal classes are currently held:

  • Friday evenings: 7 – 9.30pm
    (twice monthly)
  • Saturdays: 9am – 5pm
  • Tuesday evenings: 7 – 9.30pm
    (a six week program that commences once every two months)

Bookings for classes are essential and attendance should be when you are between 20 and 34 weeks into your pregnancy.

For more information contact us or speak to a midwife during a Midwives Clinic appointment.

Breastfeeding Classes

Breastfeeding classes are provided for new parents by the Australian Breastfeeding Association. These classes are held in conjunction with the six week Antenatal Class in week five of the program. Education, support and preparation for breastfeeding is provided at these classes. Additional classes are also held each month. Please contact the hospital if you would like further information about when these classes are held.

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.

Extended Midwifery Service

For most women birth is a natural process, not an illness, resulting in a healthy mother and child. North West Private Hospital offers women the opportunity to return home soon after birth with support from a midwife through the extended midwifery service (EMS). The family will be visited in their own home up until the fifth day after the birth.

Benefits include:

  • Privacy
  • Less disruption to your family life
  • Less stress for younger siblings
  • The opportunity for the whole family to be involved with the new baby

Many mothers are also more restful in their own environment.

Once home, if you're concerned about yourself or your baby you can contact the Maternity Ward day or night for advice on 03 6432 6030.

If you and/or your baby become unwell while under the care of the EMS, both of you will be readmitted directly to the Maternity Ward.

New Parents Group

This group caters for both new mums and dads and includes a Dads Support Group and a midwives service for new mums. For further information, see Information Sessions & Support Groups.

Further Information

To find out what you need to do to prepare for coming to hospital, your hospital stay and discharge, please see the Maternity section of Your Hospital Stay.

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