Childbirth carries with it the potential for enormous personal growth and empowerment. As such, it should be accomplished in a manner
that not only promotes safety but which also recognises and enhances the emotional and spiritual nature of birth. Our specialised team will strive to help you achieve your potential.
Support Persons in the Birthing Suite
Many women enjoy the company of a close family member or friend during their labour and birth, in addition to the company of their partner. The midwives can help you explore the role of support people during antenatal classes. If your support person is not present during your admission to the birthing suite, the midwife caring for you will notify him/her at your request.
It is important to maintain the privacy of all women in labour. Therefore, it is necessary for staff to accompany your support person into the Birthing Suite. If they need to leave the area, we ask that they keep the midwife informed of their whereabouts.
Food and drink is provided in the birthing suite for both you and your partner.
Relatives and friends are requested not to phone the birthing suite to enquire about patients. It is best to arrange for your support person to contact the people you wish to keep informed.
In the interests of privacy and confidentiality, staff cannot give details about progress of labour or about the baby.
Mobile phones can interfere with monitoring equipment but may be used in the Birthing Suite unless staff instruct otherwise. Mobile phones may also be used in patient rooms but their use in all other areas of the Unit is not permitted.
Your support person may be present in the operating theatre if you have an epidural caesarean. They will be seated at the head of the operating table at the anaesthetist’s discretion. In order to maintain a high standard of hygiene, your support person must wear full operating theatre attire. A midwife or theatre orderly will escort you while in theatre.
Where possible, your baby will remain with you after the birth, in order to provide important skin-to-skin time. Uninterrupted skin-to-skin time, between you and your baby, for at least an hour assists in the early establishment of breast feeding, promotes bonding between you and your baby, helps to stabilise the baby’s temperature and assists in your post-operative pain management.
Newborn babies are identified with two name tags which are placed on the baby immediately following his/her birth. For safety purposes, the baby’s surname is to remain the same as the mother’s during the hospital admission.
Baby Capsule / child safety restraint
Please ensure that you have a fully fitted child restraint secured in your car before taking the baby home. It is recommended that only an authorised fitting station fit any safety restraint.