World class maternity care

Our obstetricians and midwives ensure our families enjoy a world-class standard of care through the birth of their baby, as they become new parents and take their baby home.

I'm pregnant, where to from here?

First of all: Congratulations! You’re probably already thinking about the many decisions you’ll need to make in the near future. The first thing is to check in with your GP who’ll help with your decisions about care during pregnancy and birth.

You will also need to get a referral from your GP to an obstetrician once you have selected one.

Here are the first 4 steps you need to take:

  • Step 1

    Choose a hospital

    Our hospitals offer exceptional care to new mothers and their babies.

  • Step 2

    Find an obstetrician

    Our world-class obstetricians inspire confidence and will listen to your wishes.

  • Step 3

    Book in for classes

    Learn all you need to know about giving birth and caring for your new baby.

  • Step 4

    Meet your midwife

    Our midwives are happy to answer your questions and support you.

Our obstetricians and midwives ensure our families enjoy a world-class standard of care through the birth of their baby, as they become new parents and take their baby home.


Preparing for pregnancy

Whether you’re a first time mother or an experienced parent, you’re likely to have questions and concerns as your pregnancy progresses. We’re here to help you with them every step of the way.

Here are 5 things you can add to your to-do list to help make your pregnancy journey smooth and trouble-free.

Take care of your body

As your baby grows inside you, you need to look after yourself by adopting healthy habits. By taking part in regular physical activity and eating a balanced diet of freshly-prepared food, you’ll set yourself up to tackle the challenges your body will face in giving birth and caring for your new baby.

Enrol in maternity education classes

Our hospitals offer online education classes for you and your partner. Topics include preparing for birth, breastfeeding, bathing your baby, and baby first aid.

Get a whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination

The best time to be vaccinated against whooping cough is in the second trimester (preferably at 20 weeks). This will provide early protection for you and your baby as the antibodies pass to your baby in the womb. We advise partners and other close family members to be immunised as well.

Look after your emotional wellbeing

Pregnancy can be a stressful time. Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance if you’re struggling to cope. Talk to your obstetrician and/or ask to see one of our social workers if you need extra help.

Make a birth plan

Talk to your obstetrician about what kind of birth you would like for you and your baby. We’ll do everything we can to provide you with personalised care and make your plan a reality.

Maternity Services

Please check with your relevant hospital for their specific services.
*Not all services are available at all hospitals.
Dedicated Obstetric operating theatre
Digital TV's
Education programs & classes
Free Psychological Support
Free wi-fi
High Tea
Lactation consultants
Neonatal Paediatricians
Private Rooms
Room Service
Special care nursery
World class specialists, midwives & nurses

Your maternity questions answered

No, you don’t need to have private health insurance to give birth in a private maternity hospital. Many mothers choose to be self-funded and pay the full out-of-pocket costs.

If you’re planning to be self-funded, your estimated hospital expenses must be paid on admission. Any additional costs incurred during your stay are payable on discharge.

In a private hospital you’ll have your choice of obstetrician for your pregnancy care and they will attend the birth, as long as they’re available. Most private hospitals offer well-appointed private rooms with ensuites, room service and other services at no extra cost.

In Australia, our public hospitals offer a safe and affordable option for pregnancy care and birth. If you choose a public hospital, midwives will look after you during pregnancy and birth. Doctors are on hand to help with any complications. You may be lucky and get to stay in a private room but many rooms are shared. You’ll normally stay 1 or 2 days. If you have a Medicare card, most of the costs will be covered.

You can book your maternity stay as soon as your pregnancy is confirmed. Visit the 'Booking In' page under your chosen hospital.

For most policies, you need to have private insurance cover for 12 months before the birth of your baby, so plan ahead.

We strongly advise you to call your health insurer to find out what your plan covers regarding the costs of your prenatal care, birth and postnatal care. You should also check that your level of cover includes your baby in case they need to be admitted to the special care nursery.

Still have questions? Let us help you.