Mater Maternity

Support and services


Support and services

Newborn photography

Beautiful newborn and family portraits are available in the comfort of your private room during your stay by our endorsed newborn photographers.

Sarah Hulme on 0499 999 388 www.harlly.com or
Kylie Dunlop on 0416 387 449 www.kyliedunlopphotography.com

Bereavement support and pregnancy after loss

Deborah de Wilde and Belinda Power, Obstetric Social workers at the Mater Hospital, facilitate 3 support groups for parents who have experienced the death of their baby.

The Bereavement Support group offers support for families who have lost a baby as a result of stillbirth or death in the newborn period. The mourning that follows the death of a baby is not about forgetting or ‘moving on’ but the difficult process of working through the feelings which accompany the death of the baby: anxiety, yearning, self-blame, loneliness, anger and resentment, envy and sadness. The group offers a place where parents can feel safe, supported and able to find their unique path through their grief.

The Pregnancy After Loss Group  is a unique antenatal support and education group for parents who have previously experienced the death of a baby. The group provides parents an opportunity to meet with others who have also experienced the death of baby and now face the joy, uncertainty and anxiety of another pregnancy.

The Parenting After Loss Group – following the birth of the babies, the group continues as a parent and baby group, a place for parents to reflect upon their journey to parenthood and to discuss the experience of getting to know and love their ‘new’ baby, while holding close their loving bond with their baby who has died.

Mater Special Care Nursery

Baby safe child restraints

Have you fitted your baby car seat/restraint properly? BabySafe Child Restraints is an Authorised child restraint fitting station. The staff are highly trained in fitting, inspecting and adjusting all types of child restraint systems, and can locate and create vehicle anchor points in all types of vehicles. They provide a fitting service each Saturday at the Mater Hospital, for details or to book, view their website.

Maternity information

Be careful, babies can fall PDF
Falls prevention for maternity patients PDF
Safe Sleeping Tips PDF – in English
Safe Sleeping PDF– in Chinese
Newborn Bloodspot Screening PDF– in English, tests to protect your baby
Newborn Bloodspot Screening PDF – in Chinese, tests to protect your baby
Hepatitis B Vaccination PDF – for your newborn baby
Vitamin K PDF – in English, for newborn babies
Vitamin K PDF – in Chinese, for newborn babies

Parent Information

REACH PDF – keeping you safe in hospital
Am I adequately covered for private hospital care? PDF
Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights PDF
10 tips for safer healthcare PDF
Preventing a fall in hospital PDF
Pastoral Care PDF – for spiritual and emotional support.