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The perfect number of people for the birth suite

04 June 2017 Blog
Going into a birth suite can be a bit daunting, and you may feel more comfortable having one or two people with you.

We always recommend you do a tour of the birth suite before you are in labour so you are a little bit familiar with it. Tours of both the maternity ward and birthing suite are available as part of your antenatal classes.

Especially if you are a first-timer, preparing to give birth can be a bit daunting.

We encourage you to have support during labour, however there is limited space available in the birth suite. If you are planning to have people with you while you deliver, please be aware:

  • If you are having a natural delivery, one or two people is the perfect number to support you.
  • For a caesarean, one support person can accompany you to theatre, however if you do need a general anaesthetic a support person cannot join you as your health and wellbeing needs to be our number one priority.

Any special clothing requirements?

Everyone is required to wear closed in, flat and non-slip footwear in the birth suite and theatre.


Children are not encouraged in the birth suite. If they do accompany you, they must be fully supervised at all times.


You are welcome to have a camera with you, but please ensure you have the permission of our caregivers before taking photos or video.

St John of God Health Care Joanne Jury
Joanne Jury - Midwife

Jo Jury is an experienced midwife at St John of God Bendigo Hospital. She has more than eight years’ experience as a midwife and has a particular interest in perinatal mental health and all aspects of midwifery care and early parenting.