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Keeping your family together

26 March 2018 Blog
Maternity
Did you know that your partner can stay with you in our private hospitals after your baby is born?

If you are in a private room, your partner is welcome to board with you at any of our private St John of God Health Care maternity hospitals.

Why is it good to keep your partner close?

Having your partner stay with you after you give birth might sound like a no-brainer for some, but it is an important option we provide to our new mums and one that isn’t often available in public hospitals.

The first few days in your baby’s life are precious and a pivotal time to establish a bond with both parents.

What accommodation is available?

When you have had a routine birth, your partner can stay with you in either a double bed or a fold-up bed.

If you give birth via caesarean, your partner is still welcome to stay, but for your health and wellbeing they must sleep on a fold-up bed.

Are there extra fees?

Boarding fees apply, but some health funds do cover boarder fees. Check with your individual health fund for more information.

Your partner must sign a boarder accommodation form for each night they are with us.

Does my partner have to stay with me?

No, your partner is welcome to come and go as they wish.

You may have other children at home who need care or if your partner is working, they may get a better night’s sleep at home. We often need to come into your room at different times during the day and night to care for you and your baby.

What else do I need to know if my partner is going to stay as a boarder?

For the comfort of all patients, we ask that when you stay with us as a boarder you:

  • Wear appropriate attire at all times.
  • Always dress in the ensuite not in the main room. This will ensure your privacy.
  • Position the fold-up bed away from doors opening into the room or the bathroom. Please ensure the bed does not stop anyone from moving around the room easily and safely.
  • Fold the bed away in the morning.
  • Take responsibility for any personal items and/or medications. Store them securely and separately in one of the lockable drawers provided.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking is not permitted on the grounds of our hospitals.
Sue Bradshaw - Midwife

Sue Bradshaw is the Midwifery Services Manager at St John of God Murdoch Hospital and has more than 30 years’ experience as a nurse and midwife. She is an accredited lactation consultant and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.