Preparing for your stay
Preparing for your maternity stay
After your booking has been confirmed, we’ll be in touch with you to discuss the details of your hospital stay. If at any time you have concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Pack your bag – what to bring to hospital
For the car
- Towel in case your waters break
- Plastic bag in case of nausea or vomiting
- Heat pack
For your labour
- Antenatal card
- Water spray for your face
- Lip balm
- Pair of loose-fitting socks or slippers
- Brush, hair band or clip to keep hair off your face
- Heat pack
- Massage/aromatherapy oil
- Phone or CD with your favourite soothing music
- Staminade® or Gatorade®
- Jelly beans or jubes
- Hospital gowns are available for your use in labour, however you can bring a loose t-shirt or nightie instead if you prefer
For your partner
- Change of clothes and pyjamas
- Toiletries and personal medications
- A book
For your stay
- Credit card
- Your Medicare card
- Your health insurance card
- Your current medication
- Comfortable bed attire
- Personal toiletries, including hairdryer
- Slippers or comfortable footwear
- All medications and tablets you are taking (bring them in their original packets)
- Any repeat prescriptions
- Maternity pads
- Nursing bras
- Casual clothes, including front opening shirts
- Books and magazines
- Mobile phone and charger
- Battery-operated night lamp for soft light in your room
For your newborn baby
All you need to bring is an outfit to go home in and a cotton bunny rug or wrap (weight depending on time of year).
What Mater provides
No need to worry about these things, the Mater has you covered for:
- Sanitary pads
- Disposable undies
- Disposable nappies
- Baby night gowns
- Baby blankets
- Cotton wool
What not to bring
We strongly recommend that you don’t bring valuable items such as jewellery or large amounts of money to the hospital or store them in your room.
You are responsible for your own possessions at all times as the hospital takes every care, but regrettably cannot accept liability for any lost or damaged valuables.
Do you plan to bring a Doula?
A doula is someone you can hire privately to support you and your partner before during and after childbirth. Doulas are not medically trained so they don’t take the place of doctors or midwives but some women find having a doula present provides extra stress relief during labour.
A doula’s role is to provide emotional and informational support to help you make the right choices surrounding birth. If you decide to hire a doula, let the hospital know because your doula may need permission to attend the birthing suite.
Please feel free to contact the Mater Maternity Team.
25 Rocklands Road, North Sydney, 2060
Ph: (02) 9900 7690
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