Joy maternity fees

We know choosing your hospital and obstetrician is a big decision. We hope this information assists you in your decision-making process.

Thank you for your interest in maternity care at St John of God Bendigo Hospital. Joy is a lower cost maternity care package which offers a private hospital experience under the care of an obstetrician. We hope this information assists you in your decision making process.

One hospital, two choices

Trying to understand the difference between our private obstetrician care and the lower cost Joy package? Let us make it a little easier:

Joy package costs for Medicare card holders with private health insurance

Description Out of pocket (what you pay) 
Initial appointment Bulk billed
Antenatal appointments (usually nine appointments throughout the pregnancy) Bulk billed
28 weeks payments (ante-natal care)
Ultrasounds and pathology (as per individual providers of your choice) See additional costs below
Birth and postnatal hospital costs Billed to your health fund
Labour and birth obstetrician costs Billed to your health fund
Anaesthetic costs - epidural/spinal/emergency (as required) Max $500
Paediatrician costs (as required) Max $200
Postnatal appointment Bulk billed
Total estimate $990 
  • Please contact your health fund to confirm your obstetrics cover.
  • Private health insurance excess may be applicable. Please check with your health fund.

Additional costs

There will be additional costs associated with your pregnancy in addition to the fees listed above. Please allow at least $1,000 for ultrasounds, pharmacy and referrals to other specialists if required. If required, ICU bed fees or other fees for a higher level of care are not included. Please ask the service provider when booking these additional services about any fees you may incur.

To book call the Joy team on 03 5434 3421.