During your pregnancy
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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.
What to expect
Once you have selected your obstetric care provider they will provide you with information on how to complete your booking with us. After you have booked to birth at the hospital we will then send you a pack with all the information that you, your partner and your new baby will need. We will be in contact with you prior to your birth to ensure you have everything you need before you arrive.
Parent education classes are available to parents who are booked to have their baby at St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital. Bookings can be made once you have completed your online admission on the My Admission page.
We recommend attending one of our antenatal classes or breastfeeding workshops from around 28 weeks gestation. These not only prepare you for your new journey as a parent but help familiarise you with our facilities and the people that will assist you during your birth and stay.
Online resources and mobile phone app
Throughout your pregnancy you will have access to a range of maternity blogs on our website and our maternity app Eve that offers a range of support such as articles, videos, a contraction timer and a moderated forum.
Join our online community by following our Instagram page which provides a snapshot of life in the Family Birthing Unit. Here, you can learn from our obstetricians and midwives via short videos and photos and hear from other mothers and families just like you.
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.
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