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Before Your Stay

All the information you need
before the big day

Before Your Stay

Your Admission

During your pregnancy at any stage, if you are worried about yourself or your baby, or you think you may be in labour, please contact:

Cairns Private Birth Suite (07) 4052 5232

If you need urgent care contact both the Birth Suite and the Ambulance Service on "000".

Maternity admission

In consultation with you, your Obstetrician may advise an admission for you during your pregnancy due to problems in your pregnancy. You will be advised to either present at front reception or come directly to the birth suite or maternity ward.

Labour admission

We request that you contact the Birth Suite Midwife on (07) 4052 5232 prior to coming into the hospital. The midwives may give you some coping tips to help you stay at home longer or may advise you to come into the hospital depending on your circumstance.

The Role of the Midwife

Caesarean Section Admission

On the day before your admission you will be advised of the scheduled time for your surgery and subsequent ‘nil by mouth’ time by your doctor or the hospital.

Fasting time

This is a period of time, prior to your operation, where you will not be allowed to eat or drink. This time is determined by your Anesthetist or Obstetrician. It is imperative that fasting times be observed for your safety during your anaesthetics.

Please shower before admission.

On the day of your surgery please go to front reception when you arrive at the hospital for admission. Remember to bring any information documentation your doctor gives you.

Once your baby is born it will immediately be placed onto your chest, so that it is in direct skin-to-skin contact with the mother (or partner if circumstances require). After the birth of your baby, you will be taken to recovery, and from there you will be transferred to the Maternity Unit.

Skin- to-skin contact

Once your baby is born (whether by vaginal or caesarean birth), where possible, it will immediately be placed onto your chest, so that it is in direct skin-to-skin contact with the mother (or partner ). Uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact for at least an hour assists in the early establishment of breast feeding and promotes bonding with your baby. This contact also helps to stabilise the baby's temperature and assists in your post-operative pain management.

Typically, after the first cry, your baby will generally lie still and be relaxed for a while. It will then become more active and with open eyes put its fist into its mouth and start reaching out for the nipple. Your baby will often gaze into your face and eyes during this stage and then begin to crawl toward the breast where their mouth will gape widely, grasp the nipple and begin to suckle.

Your baby will remain with you after the birth, in order to provide important skin-to-skin contact time.