In the weeks leading up to your due date, you should start to consider the admission details for your stay at our Maternity Ward.
From our Pre-admission Clinic to what you need to bring with you to the hospital, this checklist will guide you through the most important steps of the pre-admission process. And if you have any questions at any stage, our friendly staff are more than happy to help.
We encourage all expecting mothers to sign up for our Pre-admission Clinic, which should be completed around weeks 32-34 of your pregnancy. Call (07) 5430 3093 between 8am and 4pm to arrange your appointment.
This is an excellent opportunity to get to know us and our Maternity Ward. As there is an educational element to this clinic, we encourage birthing partners to come along as well.
During our clinic, we will help you prepare your paperwork for a smooth admission. We will also provide an introduction to our hospital booking system.
You will meet with one of our midwives for an antenatal assessment and review of your birth plan. If you have any questions about the final weeks of your pregnancy, the admissions process, or your birth, now is a great time to get answers.
Preparing for your stay
We’re happy that you have chosen to have your baby with us, and we are excited to welcome you to our Maternity Ward. Your health and comfort is important to us, and we encourage you to bring a few things with you to the hospital to help us ensure your birth is a memorable and positive experience.
- Your admission paperwork
- Medicare / DVA Pharmacy or Safety Net cards
- Private health insurance card
- Credit card
- Any medication you’re taking and a list of medications from your pharmacist or GP
- Any current medical reports, X-rays etc that may be relevant
- Certified copy of a Power of Attorney or Advance Health Directive (if applicable).
- Your birth plan and maternity notes
- Dressing gown
- Slippers and socks
- A nightdress or T-shirt to wear during labour
- Entertainment items to help you pass time
- Comfort items (pillows, massage oil, heat packs, etc)
- Glasses or contact lenses (note you won’t be able to wear contacts if you’re having a c-section)
- Ambiance items (music, scented oils, etc)
- Snacks for you and your birthing partner
- Mobile phone and charger
- 2 to 3 nursing bras and breast pads
- 2 packs of maxi pads
- 2 to 3 sets of loose, comfortable pyjamas (depending on how long your stay is)
- A few pairs of comfortable (and disposable if need be) underwear
- Change of clothes for you and your birthing partner
- 2 to 3 stretchsuits or onesies
- 2 to 3 pairs of socks or booties
- 2 to 3 wraps
- A going home outfit
- Baby blanket
- Jacket (if needed)
- Extra nappies and wipes
* Note that we supply singlets, bunny rugs and disposable nappies only
Please note that any electrical items you bring with you (such as hair dryers, shavers, laptop computers, etc) will need to be checked for electrical safety by the hospital’s maintenance department before you use them.
Please don’t bring large amounts of cash, or any valuables such as jewellery to the hospital. A credit card, or maximum of $50 for incidentals will be more than enough to get you through your stay.