Your stay

To protect vulnerable babies, mothers, and health care workers from the risk of COVID-19 infection, we have changed our policies in the Maternity Unit.

Partners – Will be screened before entry to the Unit.

Visitors – There are no visitors to the Maternity Unit at this time, including children and close relatives.

We know these restrictions might be disappointing or upsetting to you. However, your safety and that of our staff is our priority at this time. You can take heart knowing that our wonderful team will continue to do everything in their power to give you a comfortable, positive childbirth experience.

Babies, especially those in the Special Care Nursery, are vulnerable toinfection. We ask that mothers and partners practice regular hand hygiene tohelp reduce the risk of COVID-19 and other illnesses. Hand sanitizer is providedin the Unit at regular points.

You might be wondering what we’re doing to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in our Hospital.

Prince of Wales Private Hospital works closely with NSW Health to maintain high infection control standards. Our clinicians are well-trained in caring for people with infectious diseases, and in preventing their transmission to other patients.

In addition to a strong emphasis on hand hygiene, we have taken great care in implementing social distancing practices in the Maternity Unit e. All staff, including janitorial and food service employees, are aware they must remain at least 1.5 metres from you and your baby. Specifically, our safety policies during the pandemic (as per current guidelines) are as follows:

  • Stringent screening and temperature testing - for all staff, patients and visitors upon arrival to Hospital as a condition of entry
  • Environmental cleaning – regular and specialised cleaning of Hospital areas
  • Staff education – mandatory retraining as well as specific COVID-19 training
  • Personal Protective Equipment – use of PPE, including P2/N95 masks, in line with government recommendations of the day.

Once your baby is born, you move into a room on the Ward. Your baby stays with you unless they are being cared for in our Special Care Nursery. Your partner is also welcome to stay with you in your room. Our experienced team will assist you with caring for your baby.

Following a vaginal birth, mothers generally stay for 3 or 4 nights, however, this will be determined according to your individual needs. Following a Caesarean Section, mothers can expect to stay for 4 to 5 nights.

Your baby will be with you in your room 24 hours per day. This helps develop confidence in caring for your newborn, whilst knowing that our experienced midwives are here to offer advice and support.

Rooming-in facilitates unrestricted breastfeeding, promotes bonding, helps prevent cross-infection, and allows closer contact with partners.

Your partner is most welcome to stay with you at night to provide assistance and support. Staying overnight is a great opportunity to develop your relationship as a family.

Our rooms are designed to cater for an overnight stay and provide either a double bed or sofa bed.

We charge $95 per night for partners to stay on the Ward. This includes overnight accommodation, all meals, and access to tea and coffee making facilities. Partners who wish to dine with patients, but are not staying overnight, may purchase meals at $10 each from our new chef-designed menu.

If your partner wishes to stay overnight, please note the following:

  • Let your midwife or nurse know your partner is staying. In the event of an emergency we need to know exactly who is in the Maternity Ward
  • They must dress appropriately. Suitable night attire can be worn in the evenings but day clothing must be worn at all other times
  • They must wear footwear whilst walking around the Ward or throughout the Hospital
  • Midwives, nurses and staff may enter your room at any time during the day or night
  • Other children mat not stay overnight under any circumstances
  • Additional meals and drinks are available
  • Mobile phones may be used in your room but should not be used in the corridors.

The following is a recommended/general list of what to bring:

  • Antenatal card, Medicare card and private health fund details
  • Loose comfortable clothes and maternity bras
  • Dressing gown
  • Comfortable footwear and socks
  • Toiletries and a packet of maternity pads
  • Tissues
  • Reading material
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Favourite pillow
  • Change of clothes
  • Pyjamas or some form of sleepwear, if planning to stay
  • Toiletries
  • Swimming costume in case they are needed in the bath or shower with you
  • Camera, phone, chargers and spare memory cards
  • Clothing and a wrap to take the baby home
  • Please do not bring in valuables, jewellery or large amounts of cash.

Your partner will also need to bring a bag and a suggested list includes the following:

  • Change of clothes
  • Pyjamas or some form of sleepwear, if planning to stay
  • Toiletries
  • Swimming costume in case they are needed in the bath or shower with you
  • Camera, phone, chargers and spare memory cards
  • Covered shoes (in the event that you need to go to the Operating Theatre).

All clothing, nappies, wipes and linen is provided for your baby. You will, however, need:

  • Clothing and a wrap to take the baby home
  • Correctly fitted rear-facing car seat.

Download our What to bring to hospital checklist.

Itis strongly recommended that you DO NOT bring valuables of any description to Hospital.There is a small safe provided in each wardrobe for any personal effects thatyou may wish to lock away. The Hospital does not accept liability for anybelongings that may go missing.

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