We will contact you before any home visit to ask questions about you or anyone else in your home who may be unwell or have a risk of exposure to COVID-19. 

Maternity Homecare Program

Mater Mothers’ Maternity Homecare Program has been designed to provide new mothers with the opportunity to return home early.

This program allows you to begin your family life in the comfortable, familiar and private surroundings of your home while being supported and educated by specifically trained visiting midwives.

Taking part in the homecare program

You can choose to take part in this program at any time during your pregnancy or after the birth of your baby. You may also wish to discuss this option with your obstetrician.

At home

We provide homecare to you and your family through home visits or Telehealth video conference appointments. These visits are arranged by your midwife when you are discharged from the hospital. Your midwife will assess what kind of care you may need based on your length of stay in the hospital, if this is your first baby, and where you live.

We will contact you before any home visit to discuss any special instructions to access your house. It is also important to tell your midwife if you have a dog; please make sure any pets are locked away during your midwife’s visit.

At your appointment (either at home or via Telehealth) your midwife will discuss and review such things as:

  • your blood loss
  • any bladder symptoms
  • breastfeeding progress
  • your baby's urine output and bowel motions
  • sleeping and settling techniques
  • parenting skills
  • any questions and concerns you may have.

Future visits are arranged according to the needs of both you and your baby.

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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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