Going home

Going home with your new baby is a joyous milestone. You may find your time in Hospital is like a bubble during which the realities of the world outside are kept at bay. Know that the return home, and your new normal, is always a transition and can take time to even out.

Discharge planning is a vital component of your stay at Prince of Wales Private Hospital. The anticipated length of stay following the birth of your baby is 4 nights for a vaginal birth and 5 nights for a Caesarean birth.

Please visit Reception on Level 5 to finalise any paperwork or payments.

Discharge time is 10.00am. If you are unable to leave at this time, you may be asked to vacate the room to allow it be serviced for the next patient.

Taking your baby home, you will need:

  • Baby suit or clothing
  • Baby singlet
  • Bunny rug or wrap
  • Hat, if weather is cool
  • Properly-fitted baby car seat.

You must ensure you have a baby capsule that meets the Standards Australia guidelines (mark will be on capsule) correctly fitted to your car (as per the manufacturer’s instructions) before taking your baby home.

Australian law says that you must not use a restraint if it does not comply with the Australian Standard. Overseas restraints do not meet Australian standards unless they have this mark.

It is recommended that you seek help from an authorised fitting station to fit any safety restraint system. For further information go to: www.rta.nsw.gov.au.

BabySafe Child Restraints is an authorised and convenient mobile fitting service that can come to your home or here at Hospital. Contact 1300 44 BABY (2229) or www.babysafechildrestraints.com.au.

If you have any concerns following your discharge, you can call the Maternity Ward on (02) 9650 4465 where a midwife will be able to assist you.

Following discharge, we will refer you to Child and Family Health who will make contact about your first appointment with a Nurse. The Child and Family Health Nurse will either visit you at home or invite you to attend their clinic. They will also provide information about joining a virtual parent’s group.

For further help and support in the community please refer to the back of your baby’s Personal Health Record (blue book).

Helpful contacts

  • Healthdirect Australia – 1800 022 222
  • Karitane – 1300 CARING (1300 227 464)
  • Tresillian Family Care Centres – 1300 2 PARENT (1300 272 736)
  • Tresillian Sydney Metro area – (02) 9787 0855
  • Australian Breastfeeding Association – 1800 mum2mum (1800 686 268)
  • Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia PANDA – www.panda.org.au

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