Coming to hospital

Mater Mothers’ Private Brisbane has enjoyed a fine reputation for excellence in care and compassion for over 60 years, and we are proud of the services we offer.

We understand that coming to hospital and preparing for the birth of a new baby can make you feel excited, anxious and overjoyed. To prepare you we’ve put together some information to help get organised.

Our exceptional support and facilities

At Mater Mothers’ we provide support for you and your family in so many ways. 

  • Personalised booking in service
  • Option for online bookings
  • Access to the Mater Shared Electronic Health Record
  • Tours of the facilities
  • Birthing and baby workshops
    • Information for expectant parents
    • Healthy start to pregnancy
    • Exercise in pregnancy
    • Father’s first steps workshop
    • Multiple birth workshop
    • Caesarean birth workshop
    • Refresher workshop
    • Breastfeed support centre
  • Exceptional, caring midwives and clinical support team
  • Baby care assistants to assist with settling your baby
  • Modern surroundings
  • Private rooms with ensuite
  • Specialised day bed for your partner to stay overnight with you and your new baby
  • Personal baby bathing facilities
  • Contemporary room service menu specifically designed by Mater Chefs and Dietitians for your health and wellbeing and cooked fresh in-house daily and delivered to your bedside 
  • Patient Entertainment System
  • Complimentary premium Wi-Fi on your own device
  • Mater café and Florist
  • A fully-equipped special care nursery and neonatal intensive care unit on site for emergencies

Take a virtual tour of Mater Mothers’ Private Brisbane.

If you are concerned about yourself or your baby at any stage, please telephone the hospital on 07 3163 7000 to speak to a Birth Suite midwife. The number is available 24 hours a day.

What to bring to hospital

For you:

  • comfortable clothes for labour
  • personal toiletries for you and your partner
  • casual, comfortable daywear
  • sleepwear, dressing gown and slippers
  • underwear—seven to 10 pairs
  • nursing bras—three or four
  • nursing pads
  • three large packets of maternity or ‘super’ sanitary pads
  • tissues
  • ‘Having your baby at Mater Mothers’ Private Hospital’ booklet.

Please note: Large suitcases may need to be taken home for the duration of your stay, as storage is limited and these large items may be a hazard in an emergency situation.

For your baby:

  • small hat or beanie for use immediately after birth
  • six warm outfits
  • six singlets
  • a wrap for going home
  • large packet baby wipes.

Please note: one packet of newborn nappies will be provided to you on admission.

Optional requirements for labour

  • camera
  • favourite music on CD or iPod
  • cards, or other diversional activities
  • favourite massage and aromatherapy oils (please seek advice about safe oils to use during pregnancy and labour)
  • swimwear for your partner to wear in the shower
  • glucose sweets

Photographic equipment

Cameras may be used in the Birth Suite at the discretion of the medical and midwifery staff involved in the birth. Please respect the privacy of staff by asking their permission first. Video images are not permitted.

What not to bring

Valuables

As Mater Mothers’ Private Brisbane is unable to accept liability for losses, please bring essential items only. A lockable drawer is provided in each room. If you place anything in the drawer, please remember to lock it and keep the key with you at all times. If you need extra cash to buy a newspaper or other items, an Automatic Teller Machine is located on level 5 of the hospital, for your convenience.

Smoking and illegal drugs

Smoking is not permitted in Mater hospital buildings.

Smoking while you are breastfeeding is not recommended. If you wish to smoke, please inform your midwife or nurse. You must have someone to care for your baby while you are out of your room. The smoking area is located in the terraces outside the original Mater Mothers’ Hospital.

Taking illegal drugs is not permitted during your stay at Mater Mothers’ Private Brisbane.

Electrical equipment

Please do not bring any electrical equipment to the hospital. Any faulty equipment presents safety hazards and may interfere with life saving or monitoring equipment. Battery-operated appliances, e.g. iPods are acceptable, but must remain your responsibility.

For more details view Having your baby at Mater Mothers’ Private Brisbane

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