Experience exceptional care during pregnancy, labour, birth and getting to know your baby with our family-focussed approach.
Our maternity staff know that having a baby is one of the most exciting times of your life and we pride ourselves on providing supportive, high quality care before, during and after the birth of your baby. We have a long and proud tradition in maternity services with a focus on comprehensive and personalised care.
Mater Maternity is an integrated team of obstetricians, midwives, maternity social workers and lactation consultants who will guide you in the planning and development of your pregnancy, delivery and care of your baby.
Prior to your stay
After your booking has been confirmed, we will be in touch with you to discuss the details of your hospital stay.
During your stay
What to expect during your stay with us, through labour and birth and caring for your baby.
Caring for your baby
We understand that having a baby is a major life event and feel privileged to be sharing this special time with you. The Mater has a long and proud tradition of providing a family-focussed approach to maternity care.Read more
Breast feeding clinic
Our specialised lactation consultants will help you establish breastfeeding and overcome any challenges. We will also show you how to swaddle, soothe, settle and bathe your baby.Read more
Special care nursery
Some newborn babies need extra care from specially trained staff. The Mater’s level 4 special care nursery (SCN) is the only one of its kind in Sydney.Read more
When you choose Mater Maternity to have your baby, you and your partner can enjoy delicious, freshly-prepared meals from our room service menu.Read more
During your stay you can access a wide range of classes including breastfeeding, postnatal physiotherapy, caring for your baby and transitioning to home.Read more
Support and services
Baby photography, car restraint fitting and baby first aid training are some of the extra services we offer our new mothers and their partners.Read more
After your stay
After your baby is born, we want to ensure you are well prepared and have everything you need before you go home.
Your obstetrician and midwifery staff will confirm when you and your baby are ready to go home. Expected discharge is day 5 for natural births and day 6 for caesarean births.Read more
Useful information and contacts
New parents can get help and advice on pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, caring for their family and more from these useful groups and helplines.Read more
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 private hospitals your pregnancy will be managed by an obstetrician whereas in public it is overseen by midwives only (unless circumstances result in needing a doctor)
At the Mater Hospital, North Sydney we offer well-appointed private rooms with ensuites, room service and other services at no extra cost.
Our public hospitals offer a safe and affordable option for pregnancy care and birth. 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. Simply follow the prompts to make your booking.
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.