Welcome to Newcastle Private Hospital Maternity
Newcastle Private Hospital provides the only private maternity service in Newcastle.
With private birthing suites, a 38 bed maternity ward and eight-bed Level 2 nursery, it is a truly comprehensive service supported by the region’s leading specialists and highly skilled nursing staff.
With 2,000 babies being born at the hospital each year, experience is the cornerstone of the maternity service.
New mothers and their babies are fully supported at this special time by their obstetrician and paediatrician.
An Allied health team of physiotherapists, social workers and lactation consultants will also be available to you during your stay. If required, you will also have access to a psychologist.
Education sessions are held and include information about feeding your baby, normal infant behaviour, settling your baby and understanding the physical changes you will experience after childbirth.
It is Newcastle Private Hospital’s policy to encourage breast feeding on demand and “rooming in”, in accordance with the recommendations of the World Health Organisation.
Our highly experienced midwives will assist you with all aspects of feeding and post natal care. However, we respect the right of each mother to determine how she wishes to feed her baby.
This usually occurs on day four or five for a normal delivery, and on day six for a caesarean section.
Your obstetrician will arrange an extension of stay if this is necessary for medical reasons.
We ask mothers to arrange their departure prior to 10.00am on the day of discharge as this assists with accommodation for incoming patients.
It’s normal for new mothers to feel a little anxious about taking baby home.
Remember, we’re here to help 24 hours a day. If you have any concerns when you arrive home you can always talk to one of our experienced midwives in the Post Natal Unit.
Contact the midwives by phoning the hospital on 02 4941 9300.
Before discharge we will provide you with the relevant community services available to you.
Please call the maternity ward before you come into hospital so we can prepare for your arrival.
It can be difficult to tell when labour has started but you are welcome to call the maternity ward at any time and talk to one of our experienced midwives.
Should you be experiencing strong signs of labour including regular contractions less than ten minutes apart, waters breaking or blood loss, please contact the maternity ward to determine how far labour has progressed. You will be advised whether to stay home or come to hospital for assessment.
During your pregnancy, it is important to contact your obstetrician or the maternity ward without delay if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Ruptured membranes
- Continuous leaking of fluid
- Premature labour prior to 37 weeks
- Unusual or severe abdominal pain
- Blurred vision
- Regular contractions
It is also important to contact your obstetrician if you have any concerns about your baby’s movements.
As always, in the event of a medical emergency please call 000.
Look@MyBaby allows you to privately share live video of your new baby in hospital with all your friends and family on their mobile phones and computers, wherever they are around the world. It is a Virtual Baby Visit.
Parents with babies in Special Care Nurseries can also access live video during the times they cannot be in the hospital, subject to hospital protocols. No technical knowledge required, you just send an SMS/Email one-click unique access link to the Cot Camera in hospital.
The nursery has eight special care cots for premature babies 32 weeks and over and a team of highly specialised nursing and midwifery staff with paediatric support.
Mothers are given the opportunity to be with their baby 24 hours a day and are assisted with skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding, expressing and storing breastmilk.
- Antenatal pregnancy record
- All current medication
- Cash and change
- Mobile phone and charger
- Casual wear for daytime
- Extra bag or two for transporting extra’s home
- Hair care products – hair ties, hair clips brush etc
- Music and magazines- bring music that you like listening too on your iPod
- Medicare card
- Night wear
- Notepaper and pen
- Nursing supplies – maternity bra’s if choosing to breastfeed
- Personal contact list
- Pillow – bring your own pillow into hospital with a special pillow case
- Toiletries – deodorant, shampoo, body wash etc.
- Toothpaste and toothbrush for you and your support person
- Three to four packets of maternity pads
- Baby clothes
- Car seat installed in car for travel home
Nappies and wipes are supplied.