Coming to hospital

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 as best as possible Mater Mothers’ Private Redland has put together some information to help you get organised for your hospital visit.

If you are concerned about yourself or your baby at any stage, please telephone the hospital on 07 3163 7444 to speak to midwife. The number is available 24 hours a day.

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

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What to bring to hospital

For you:

  • comfortable clothes for labour (e.g. long shirt, night dress)
  • personal toiletries for yourself and your partner
  • casual, comfortable day wear
  • sleepwear, dressing gown and slippers
  • underwear (including seven to 10 pairs, and three to four maternity bras)
  • nursing pads
  • three large packets of maternity or “super” period pads
  • tissues
  • your "Admission Information Guide".

Optional for labour

  • camera (and film)
  • favourite music on CD (or cassette) or an MP3 player or iPod
  • cards or other games
  • 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.

For your baby:

  • two packets of newborn-size disposable nappies (no cloth nappies please)
  • one large packet of disposable nappy wipes
  • one going home outfit and blanket.

Optional for your baby

  • six warm outfits
  • six singlets.

The hospital does provide appropriate baby clothes and gowns. However, some parents prefer to supply their own clothing.

Photographic equipment

Photographic, video and sound equipment may be used in the birthing suites at the discretion of the medical and midwifery staff involved in the birth. Please respect the privacy of staff by asking permission first. Video equipment is not permitted in the operating theatres of the hospital.

What not to bring


As Mater Mothers’ Private Redland is unable to accept liability for losses, please bring essential items only. While we do not take responsibility for your personal belongings, the security office will hold any lost property that is handed in. A lockable safe is provided in each room and an Automatic Teller Machine is located on the ground floor if you need to withdraw cash.

Electrical equipment

Please do not bring any personal 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 or personal CD players are acceptable, but must remain in your care and responsibility. Hairdryers are available on request.

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

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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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