Our maternity options

At St John of God Berwick Hospital, we offer two models of private maternity care - your choice of private obstetrician and Joy.

Not all pregnancies are the same, that’s why we offer maternity options tailored to support you, your baby and your family.

We understand that many parents would like to welcome their baby with the premium obstetric care, safety, comfort and luxuries a private hospital offers, but cost can sometimes stand in the way. That’s why we’ve developed a lower cost maternity care package called Joy which offers a private hospital experience under the care of an obstetrician.

Your choice of private obstetrician

When you choose your own private obstetrician, you get to develop a ongoing relationship with one expert who provides a dedicated maternity care experience throughout pregnancy, labour and postnatally at their private consulting rooms.

Your obstetrician will attend the birth and care for you during your stay at St John of God Berwick Hospital. They will understand your birthing preferences and be the medical lead for your baby’s birth into the world.

During your pregnancy, typically you see your chosen obstetrician:

  • monthly, until approximately 28 weeks
  • every two weeks, until 36 weeks; and then
  • weekly, until the birth of your baby.

Your private health insurance will fund the majority of your costs. Out-of-pocket costs will depend on your obstetrician. You can contact obstetricians' rooms for an outline of their costs.

Next steps:

Ask your GP for a referral to a specific obstetrician.


When you choose Joy maternity care you are cared for by a team of obstetricians, midwives, nurses and other clinicians rather than one single obstetrician.

During your pregnancy you will see a midwife and an obstetrician on duty at the Joy antenatal clinic. When you give birth and in hospital you will be cared for by the obstetrician on duty and our midwives, who you may have already met at the Joy antenatal clinic. This team care approach enables us to keep our fees as low as possible for you.

Our $1,500* low-cost Joy maternity package offers expecting parents all the perks of a private maternity care experience, including a private room where your partner can stay with you at no extra cost and a longer hospital stay, but with reduced out of pocket costs. Call 03 8784 5800 to learn more or book.

The Joy of knowing what's included

St John of God Berwick Hospital Joy maternity package dad with baby

The one-off fee of $1,500* includes:

  • your antenatal appointments at the Joy clinic with the on-duty obstetrician and midwife
  • bulk billed blood tests
  • vaginal or caesarean births
  • a three-night private hospital stay including bedding for your partner
  • post birth support - with midwives, lactation consultant and physiotherapy
  • a midwife follow up appointment three weeks after birth to discuss how you are going at home.

*Please view this PDF for detailed pricing and terms and conditions.

St John of God Berwick Hospital Joy maternity package baby girl

Am I eligible for Joy?

You may be eligible for Joy if you:

  1. are pregnant
  2. have private health insurance with obstetric cover with Medicare
  3. would like to experience a shared care approach with midwives and obstetricians working together.

Not all pregnancies are the same and you may require or want an extra level of care. Medium to high-risk pregnancies including twins, need an additional level of care and need to be managed by a dedicated consultant obstetrician. Please contact us to find out more about eligibility requirements. 

Next steps:

Ask your GP for a referral to any of our obstetricians to access the Joy clinic.

You can also take a maternity tour or call our Joy midwives for more information on 03 8784 5800

Interested in Berwick private maternity services?

Thinking of starting and expanding your family? Or have you just found out you are pregnant? To find our more about our maternity services please contact our maternity ward: