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Why we welcome partners to stay overnight on our maternity wards

17 March 2021 Blog
Our midwives say they love having dads and partners stay overnight when their baby is born. Find out why from Midwife Dianne Richards.

One of the great things about working on a private maternity ward is getting to see new families bond in their first few hours and days of being together.

Our private maternity wards enable these precious hours, days and nights to be shared not only between mum and bub but with their partner too.

We welcome partners staying in our maternity unit and taking the time to bond with and focus their attention on their new baby. It also gives both of you a chance to learn all about your new baby with support readily on hand if needed.

Partners are really handy in hospital

Not only is an extra set of hands beneficial in hospital, they can also:

  • help settle your baby, particularly at night when you need to catch all the sleep you can
  • help you stay comfortable, particularly if you have trouble moving after labour or caesarean section
  • entertain visitors who linger while you sleep
  • bring or buy extra creature-comforts for you such as clothes, magazines 
  • provide emotional support for you and your baby.

Partners benefit from being in hospital too

Becoming a new parent, whether for the first time or not, is a period of big change and spending time in hospital with their family can be a calm and relaxed way to adjust.

During their stay, partners:

  • learn their role and how they can support mum and bub
  • bond with their new baby
  • relax without having to worry about day-to-day tasks
  • take advantage of our hospitality.

If you have any questions about whether your partner can stay in hospital after you give birth – speak to your midwife.

Note: In some circumstances, partners cannot stay overnight. Please speak to your midwife before you come to hospital to check. Find out more information about boarders at our hospitals.

Melissa Mazzarino - Nurse Unit Manager of the Women’s Health Unit

Melissa is the Unit Manager of the Women’s Health Unit at St John of God Geelong Hospital.

During her 15 year career she has worked as an educator, lecturer and clinician across metropolitan and regional settings. She has a passion for quality improvement in women centred care and has been a recipient of the Irving Buzzard Midwifery Award for improving midwifery practice through clinical audit. She is currently completing her PhD investigating Pilates for improving health outcomes for pregnant women.