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St Vincent's Private Hospital Maternity

Experience exceptional care during pregnancy, labour, birth and getting to know your baby with our family-focused approach at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Fitzroy.

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 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

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

St Vincent's Private Hospital Maternity Services

World class obstetricians, midwives & nurses
Special care nursery
Private rooms
Neonatal paediatricians
Education programs & classes
Room service
Family retreat program at Park Hyatt
Breastfeeding clinic
Embrace program
Free psychological support
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Free wi-fi

During your pregnancy

Whether you’re a first time mother or an experienced parent, you’re likely to have questions and concerns as your pregnancy progresses. 

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

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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.

Your maternity questions answered

Pre-labour can last for days of weeks before true labour begins, so how can you tell when it’s really about to happen? When your contractions are getting closer together, stronger and lasting longer it’s time to think about contacting the hospital.

•    For your first baby and if you’re between 38 and 42 weeks pregnant, you can wait until the contractions are 5 minutes apart, or they’re getting too painful to manage.
•    For your second or subsequent baby, contact the hospital when they’re around 7 minutes apart.

Don’t wait. Contact the midwives straight away if:
•    You have having bleeding that’s like a period, rather than just a ‘show’
•    Your baby is preterm (under 37 weeks)
•    You’ve had a complicated pregnancy
•    You previously had a caesarean
•    You’re having more than one baby
•    Your baby is presenting as a breech (bottom first)
•    You can feel pressure in your bowel with a contraction and you feel like pushing
•    You had a very rapid previous labour (2-3 hours)
•    You have group B strep and need antibiotics in labour
•    You’re really worried or not coping
•    You live some distance from the hospital, or traffic is likely to slow you down

In Australia, most babies are delivered by vaginal birth. 30% 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.

Labour is hard work and it hurts. Some women manage to cope with the pain without medical help while others are happy to consider pain relief options. For your first birth, you won’t know whether your pain threshold is high or low, so you might want to consider a range of options. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re not coping.

Non-medical pain relief methods include:
•    Staying calm and/or meditating
•    Learning breathing techniques
•    Support from a trusted partner, friend or doula
•    Listening to music
•    Hot and cold packs
•    Massage
•    A warm shower or bath
•    Staying active
•    Hypnosis
•    Acupuncture
•    Acupressure
•    Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)

Drug treatment
•    Nitrous oxide, known as ‘laughing gas’ can take the edge off your contraction pains. You hold the mask and start breathing it in as a contraction begins.
•    Pethidine is an opioid analgesic that provides strong pain relief for up to 4 hours. 
•    Epidural anaesthesia should make you completely numb from the waist down. It requires an injection into your spine. It is also used for caesarean deliveries.
All drug treatments have potential side effects which you should discuss with your obstetrician.

Your length of stay can vary according to your health and that of your baby, but women who have non-complicated births usually spend 3 to 4 nights in hospital, or 5 nights after an emergency caesarean birth. Our midwives will help you prepare for hospital discharge.
When your waters break, you’ll feel like you’ve suddenly wet yourself. This doesn’t mean you’re in labour, but contact the midwives for further instructions.

Still have questions? Let us help you.

Maternity Education & Classes

We offer a variety of education options during your stay, including breastfeeding, online classes, baby cpr & more.

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Contact Us

Please feel free to contact the St Vincent's Private Hospital Maternity Team.

59 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy, VIC 3065

Ph: (03) 9411 7634

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