During your pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a wonderful and exciting time but it can also be an emotional time which might present some doubts and questions - especially for first-time parents.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions

Visitors

As a part of our coronavirus (COVID-19) management plans and advice from authorities, we are undertaking a number of precautions to help keep people within our hospitals and facilities safe from harm.

We ask that our patients have only one designated visitor for the duration of their stay, and that no other visitors, access our hospital during this time. 

If you are the designated visitor and you are feeling at all unwell, please reconsider your visit to help protect the more vulnerable in our facilities.

This decision has been made in the best interests of you, your family, all our patients and caregivers. 

 Thank you in advance for your support of this.

Maternity tours and parent education

Maternity tours and in person parent education classes have been cancelled to minimise visitors and large gatherings at our hospitals to help keep our patients safe.

New maternity education hub for parents to be

St John of God Geelong Hospital is pleased to launch and offer maternity patients access to a new digital online learning hub, Nourish.

The social distancing restrictions in place during COVID-19 have seen the cancellation of antenatal classes and other educational sessions.
Nourish is the online solution, home to all the accurate and reliable education patients will need, while keeping them and their baby safe.

Beyond COVID-19, Nourish will allow the hospital to continue to provide convenient, consistent and credible antenatal and postpartum support to its patients.

If you have a question about our maternity services, please contact us.

Please read our latest advice about what to do if you have an upcoming admission or want to visit someone in hospital before coming to our hospital.

We support you during your pregnancy to help build your knowledge and confidence in what is ahead.

Services we offer include parent education classes, maternity unit tours, booking-in clinics and telephone support.

Parent education classes

Our parent education classes cover many aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and early parenting. These relaxed, informal classes hosted by experienced midwives offer you a safe environment to learn, share and ask questions. 

Please contact us for more details on our parent education program.

Booking-in process 

Your obstetrician will forward your hospital registration papers to us once they are complete. We will then contact you with details on any further booking-in requirements.

Telephone support on maternity questions/concerns

Registered patients are welcome to contact our maternity unit with pregnancy-related concerns or questions they might have.

A registered midwife will assess your situation and refer you to the most appropriate service.

For example, they might:

  • invite you in to the maternity unit for a further check or to begin your labour
  • recommend you present to an emergency department for specialised medical care
  • advise you to liaise with your obstetrician or GP.

Please contact us if you:

  • have any concerns related to your pregnancy
  • think you are in labour
  • are experiencing any blood loss from your vaginal area or a rupture of membranes (‘waters breaking’)
  • have a severe headache and/or visual disturbances such as blurred vision
  • experience intense abdominal pain
  • notice reduced baby movements. 

Complete our enquiry form below to find out more about our maternity services.