On the Ward
You will be transferred to the Maternity Ward a few hours after the birth of your baby. You and your baby will room in together during your hospital stay, unless your baby needs to be cared for in our Special Care Nursery.
Our experienced and friendly clinical staff will assist you with the practical aspects of caring for your baby. How long you stay will vary according to your needs, though usually you could expect to stay three to four nights following a vaginal birth and four to five nights following a caesarean section.
Day one commences on the day of your delivery. Your length of stay will depend on your health and the health of your baby.
In our Maternity Ward all of our rooms have recently been refurbished. All of our rooms are private with their own ensuites and number also have a private courtyard. All our rooms include a plasma TV with free to air and Foxtel channels, mini fridge, Wifi Internet access and a telephone. Our rooms have been furnished to provide a superior level of comfort and luxury for you, your partner and your baby during your stay.
Mitcham Private Hospital is proud of the excellent standard of catering service that we provide each day. We appreciate that the quality and taste of the food offered at our hospital is a critical aspect of our patients experience. Our chefs are focused on creating a range of delicious menu options utilising high-quality and fresh produce.
An a la carte lunch menu is now available to maternity patients, prepared by our own onsite chef. Partner meals are also available, for a nominal charge. You have the flexibility of choosing your meal timing to suit you and your new baby.
Special consideration is taken when planning and providing your meals. If you have any special dietary requirements, please attach a note with your registration forms so we can cater for your needs.
Your partner is welcome to stay with you overnight, as we believe they should be involved in the parenting experience to give you physical and emotional support. To accommodate partners, some of the private rooms have double beds. Partners are welcome to stay overnight when an appropriate room is allocated, subject to availability.
If you and your baby are well and you wish to go home early, please discuss this with your obstetrician. Some mums choose to go home early in consultation with their doctor. If this is the case, mums can access the Early Discharge Program, which includes midwifery/lactation visits at home, arranged for a time and day that suits you.
Discharge time is 9.30 am.
Family and friends are welcome to visit the Maternity Ward during designated visiting hours and are asked to be considerate to new mothers and babies. The Ward is closed to all visitors (except partners) between 1 and 3 pm to allow new mothers complete quietness and rest. Partners may visit any time.
Professional photography services are available, please refer to your bedside booklet for further details.
The Mother Baby Unit provides assistance to families experiencing ante and post-natal difficulties. These difficulties may include ante and post-natal anxiety, depression, breastfeeding problems, maternal exhaustion and/or sleeping problems.
Mitcham Private Hospital has developed a Code of Conduct so that visitors understand that a certain level of behaviour is expected and hospital staff understand their rights in order to protect patients, staff and other visitors.
All visitors to Mitcham Private Hospital have the following obligations to other visitors, patients, doctors and hospital staff;
- Keep noise to a minimum so not to disturb others
- To comply with lawful requests by Medical Practitioners and Hospital Staff
- Not to smoke within the hospital and surrounds
- Not to consume alcohol on the premises
- Respect the property of others and not to damage or misuse the property
- Be courteous and polite
- Show consideration and respect for the dignity and privacy of other patients
- To keep children under control at all times
- Comply with visiting times
Where hospital staff believes visitors behaviour to be improper, staff may;
- Request visitors to behave in accordance with this Code of Conduct
- Request visitors to leave the hospital
- Take all reasonable and necessary action to escort offenders from the Hospital premises and to ensure that they do not return to the Hospital. Mitcham Private Hospital reserves its rights to take any action which may be necessary to prevent any disruption by any persons upon the Hospital premises. By entering upon the premises all visitors accept this Code of Conduct.