Expect exceptional care during pregnancy, labour, birth and learning to look after your baby
World class maternity care with the support and privacy you need
St Vincent’s Private Hospital Group (which includes the Mater), has a long and proud tradition in providing a family-focused approach to maternity care.
At St Vincent's we understand that having a baby is one of your most precious moments and our experienced maternity team is on hand 24/7 to support and guide you every step of the way as you bring your baby into the world.
Our midwifery team has a wealth of experience and knowledge to ensure our families enjoy a high standard of care as they approach the birth of their baby, becoming a new parent and starting life with their new baby.
Our obstetricians and midwives
Over 150 of Australia’s obstetricians practice at a St Vincent’s Private Hospital.
Our obstetricians are amongst Australia’s leading and most respected practitioners, who have all undergone a rigorous process of assessment prior to gaining admitting privileges to our hospitals.
Our integrated collaborative team of experienced and committed midwives, lactation experts, maternity social workers, physiotherapists and discharge planners all work together with a focus on complete care to support new parents and their babies.
Our maternity hospital services
Please check your relevant hospital below for their specific services. **Not all services are available at all hospitals.
- Luxury birthing suites
- Dedicated obstetric operating theatre
- Private rooms with ensuites and lounge chair that converts into a flat bed, so partners can stay overnight **
- Luxury double suites allowing couples to stay together as a family unit **
- Room service
- High tea **
- Free psychological support
- Special care nursery
- Lactation consultants
- Comprehensive education programs
- Free wifi
- Digital TVs with Foxtel **
Birthing and parenting classes
Our experienced maternity staff will support and guide you through the birth of your baby. To help prepare, we offer a range of pregnancy, birth and parenting classes.
Our group classes are informal and interactive and are run regularly by our midwives.
While St Vincent’s Private Hospitals encourage breastfeeding, in line with World Health Organisation guidelines, our midwives and lactation experts will support you in your decision to breast or bottle feed your baby and we’ll help you navigate any challenges you face.
Your maternity questions answered
Caesarean or vaginal birth?
In Australia, most babies are delivered by vaginal birth. 35% of Australian births are by caesarean section. Your obstetrician will normally recommend a caesarean if they believe there are likely to be problems or risks associated with a vaginal birth.
Sometimes an emergency caesarean is carried out because of pregnancy complications or if your labour doesn't proceed as expected.
Do I need to have private health insurance?
No, you don’t need to have private health insurance to give birth in a private 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.
Will my private health insurance cover my maternity stay?
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 if he or she is admitted to the special care nursery.
This information is of a general nature, which may not be relevant to you. Any surgery or invasive procedure carries risk. We encourage you to speak with your doctor about your condition.
Find a hospital near you offering maternity services
The outstanding facilities and compassionate atmosphere of the Mater are a testament our staff who are associated with the long-standing traditions of excellence in medical and maternity care.
We are committed to giving you and your baby the best possible care. Part of this care involves educating you and your partner about the various stages of pregnancy, birth and parenting.
Providing information and support throughout your entire pregnancy is vital for you and your family and the Mater takes great pride in being there every step of the way.
Our aim is that by attending antenatal and postnatal parenting classes you’ll feel confident and informed about pregnancy, birth and parenting.
24 Hour Maternity Education Channel
Our Maternity Education Channel has 13 informative videos on a wide range of topics including:
- Characteristics of newborns
- Safe sleeping
- Breast feeding positions
- Baby led attachment
- Real stories of new parents who’ve experienced and overcome perinatal difficulties.
This highly acclaimed and trusted program embodies the connection between the mind-body and family.
The program is suitable for first time or subsequent births. The session is taught by qualified midwives who are registered Calmbirth Educators.
Your GP can refer you to one of our obstetricians.
Our maternity unit is an environment is designed to provide mothers and their partners with a relaxed and calming atmosphere with the added reassurance of safety.
The outstanding facilities and compassionate atmosphere of St Vincent’s Toowoomba are a testament to our staff who are associated with the long-standing traditions of excellence in maternity care.
Our facilities are modern and comfortable and include 22 single ensuited rooms and six double (shared) rooms. We have facilities for partners to stay in single rooms.
Meals and snacks are ordered through room service and partner meals are also available through room service at a small additional cost.
Within the unit we have four birthing suites, including one that has recently been refurbished with a large immersion bath that can be used for pain relief, two assessment rooms and a three-bed recovery area for post-caesarean care.
We offer a range of pregnancy, birth and parenting classes.
These small group classes are informal, interactive and are run regularly by our midwives.
We also provide an on-site lactation consultation service to support mothers in their breastfeeding journey.
The Gidget Emotional Wellbeing Program is offered at St Vincent’s Dorothea Divine Maternity Unit as an integral part of antenatal and postnatal care provided by the hospital.
Your GP can refer you to one of our obstetricians.