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 call and talk to one of our midwives.
Before your stay
When we have received your registration, one of our midwives will contact you with a preadmission call.
They will ask you to send:
- A list of your current medications — including dosage and times taken
- Your Request for admission form
- Your doctor’s antenatal card.
Coming to hospital
Here is a checklist to help organise things before the big day
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
- Toiletries and personal medications
- A book
For your stay
- ID photos of both parents (for baby security reasons) – e.g. a recent family photo
- Signed consent forms (ask your doctor for this form)
- Doctor’s antenatal card
- Comfortable night attire
- Dressing gown
- • Personal toiletries for bathing and showering
- Slippers or comfortable footwear
- Your current medications in their pharmacy dispensed containers in a separate plastic bag, not in your luggage
- A clearly written list of your medication, dosage and how often it is taken
- Nursing bras
- Nursing pads
- 3 packets of sanitary pads – maternity or overnight pads
- Casual clothes, including front opening shirts
- Aids you usually use such as glasses, contact lens, etc
- Books and magazines
- Pharmaceutical entitlement or concession card
- Health insurance card and verification
- Medicare card
- Pension card
- Relevant X-rays, MRI or CT scans
- Phone charger
For your newborn baby
- 1 packet of disposable nappies
- Baby wipes
- Baby bath solution of your choice
- Baby clothes (jumpsuits, singlets, bootees)
- Formula of your choice, bottles and teats (if not breastfeeding)
- Baby pacifiers (dummies) – optional
- Going home clothes
- Baby shawl/bunny rug/muslin wrap (hospital wraps available if required)
- Baby towel and face washer (hospital ones provided if required))
- A professionally-fitted Australian Standards approved baby car restraint or seat —essential for a safe journey home.
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 Toowoomba Maternity Team.
22 - 36 Scott Street, Toowoomba, 4350
Ph: (07) 4690 4000
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