Mother Baby Unit
The Mother Baby Unit was established in 1994 to provide specialised support and care to families experiencing postnatal difficulties in the weeks and months following the arrival of a new baby, up to twelve months of age. Although located in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs the unit provides services to families from all parts of Victoria.
These difficulties may include:
- Feeding difficulties
- Infant sleeping problems
- Unsettled / irritable infants
- Reflux and colic
- Maternal exhaustion
- Adjusting to parenthood
Our unit is able to offer individual support and planning to suit your family over a four night residential stay. There is opportunity for education, rest, support and group discussions. Following discharge we will support you with telephone contact as required.
A medical Practitioner is required to complete the Pre Admission Medical Report. Please complete the Mother Baby Unit Intake Form (MR 126) and Edinburgh Post natal Depression Scale (MR 335) and forward forms to our Intake Coordinator via Mail, Fax or email :
The Mother Baby Unit is staffed by Registered Nurses, Midwives, Mothercraft Nurses and Enrolled Nurses. A General Practitioner will admit you to the unit and be available throughout your stay for consultation. In addition Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Paediatricians and Physiotherapists are available if required and appropriate, on a consultancy basis.
Infants have their own sleep room; whilst carers may have a private or shared room with access to a kitchenette/dining room. Wi-Fi and Foxtel are all available within the unit, as is access to an outdoor courtyard.
Partners and siblings are welcome to visit anytime; we encourage short visits for young children. We suggest you keep other visitors to a minimum and take the opportunity to rest.
Once we have received your paperwork you will be placed on our waitlist. Approximately one week prior to your admission you will be notified of a tentative date, this may be rescheduled, and you will be notified of any changes. The unit admits Mondays to Sunday, and is open every day of the year bar a short break over the Christmas / New Year period.
The cost of your stay will depend on the level of cover that you have with your Private Health Insurance. Our Business Office will contact you prior to your admission with your expected out of pocket expenses.
Infant Health Record
Health Insurance Details
- Casual, comfortable Day clothes
- Night attire
- Toiletries (include sun lotion in warmer months)
- Current Medications
- Clothing – enough for duration of stay
- Favourite toys, play blanket and comforter for bed if age appropriate
- Bibs and spoon
- Current medications
- Bottles, Bottle Brush, Teats, Formula and Infant cup (if required)
- Disposable Nappies
- Infant cereal (if required)
- You might like to bring your own cot sheets
- Infants four months and over may use an acceptable sleeping bag. All sleeping bags uses in the unit must not have a tog rating greater than 1.0 and should be light weight.
Mitcham Private Hospital will provide
- Towels, Linen
- Steam Steriliser and Bottle warmer
- Solids for Babies if needed
We recommend you leave all valuable personal items at home, including money and jewellery. We cannot accept responsibility for the loss or damage of any item brought into the hospital.
Frequently asked questions
A: If you or any members of your family are currently suffering from these symptoms, we request that you do not come into the unit.
At any time during your stay if you or your baby become physically unwell it is likely that you will be required to be discharged from the unit and return when you are well and a bed is available.
A: You can call your health fund and find out if you have any out of pocket costs for a 4 night stay. Let them know that it is a medical stay with no item number. Alternatively the hospital will do a fund check for you once you have been given a tentative date to come in.
A: Settling strategies can differ for each baby taking into consideration their age, habits, physical and emotional histories. We use age appropriate routines and individualise to meet infant/parent situation.
A: Your partner or other support person are strongly encouraged to spend time in the unit in order for them to also understand strategies and management of your infant.
Partners are welcome at any reasonable time, we suggest short visits for siblings, and afternoons are usually an ideal time for quick visits. We discourage other visitors from coming into the unit.
A: There is limited parking within the hospital grounds. When you arrive, if you are unable to find a car park there is 2 hour parking in the streets beside the hospital and you can bring your car on site later in the day when parking becomes available.
A: The unit follows SIDS recommendations on the safe use of sleeping bags. The unit does not sleep babies under the age of 4 months in a sleeping bag.
If you do plan to sleep your baby in a sleeping bag whilst in the unit please ensure that you have bodysuits with no legs (they can have long-sleeve arms), and that you have a light weight sleeping bag.
A: Yes. Please inform the staff prior to your admission so that the kitchen can be aware of your specific dietary requirements on arrival. If you are on a restricted diet it may be an idea to bring in some of your favourite snacks. Also your preferred milk if not soy or cow’s milk.
A: We encourage all families to go out for a regular walk (weather permitting). If you have an appointment that you don’t want to cancel whilst you are attending the program please discuss this with the staff prior to admission.
If you need to leave the hospital at any time during your stay it is your responsibility to arrange another adult (friend/family/partner) to care for the baby in the unit whilst you are gone, or to take the baby with you.