Going home from hospital 

Depending on how your baby is delivered, you can expect to remain in hospital for two to four days after your baby’s birth. A doctor or midwife will check the wellbeing of you and your baby before you both leave the hospital.

It is important to plan for your discharge as early as possible, after the birth of your baby, to ensure all the necessary arrangements for your post hospital care and transport home are made. Most mothers, who are medically fit, prefer to be at home as they seem to rest and recuperate more effectively in their own home environment.


The discharge time from Mater Mothers’ Hospital is 10 am each day. Please ensure that you have pre-arranged for someone to be available to pick you up at 10 am on the anticipated day of discharge and that your baby safety restraint has been fitted securely, prior to your discharge. If you perceive any problems with these discharge requirements, please inform your midwife or nurse as early as possible so that other arrangements can be made.

For the first day or two after discharge, while you continue to recover at home in familiar surroundings, a home care midwife will visit you with your GP’s support. The home care program will be discussed with you at your antenatal clinic appointment.

Baby care

There’s so much to discover about caring for your new baby, it can be a little daunting. Here, we aim to ease any concerns you may have, help you cope with the changes in your body and prepare you for your exciting new role as a parent.

Learn more about baby care

Allied healthcare and other services

While pregnancy, birth and early motherhood are special moments in a woman’s life, it also has a significant physical impact on a woman’s body and her emotional wellbeing. Mater Health and Wellness provide exceptional specialised private allied health care before, during and after pregnancy.

Mater Health and Wellness Centre

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For urgent assessment at any stage of your pregnancy, please present to your nearest emergency centre or Mater Mothers’ 24/7 Pregnancy Assessment Centre in South Brisbane.

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