Our maternity services

Our maternity services, offered through our Family Birthing Unit, provide exceptional care and peace of mind for birth, baby and beyond.

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 two visitors at a time. 

If you are planning on visiting 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

Our maternity tours and parent education classes have returned and we are taking bookings. 

Make a booking enquiry and learn more about our tours and classes on our 'Parent education' page.

Please note: we are maintaining our precautionary measures to help keep our patients safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

More information

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

If you are seeking assistance, or testing for coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit your nearest COVID-19 clinic; or contact your GP.

You can also call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

What to expect when you choose St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital

Our hospital, nestled on the banks of the Swan River and boasting some of the best views in Perth, provides a home away from home during your maternity stay.

With plenty of space for your partner to stay with you, we welcome you into our maternity ward to enjoy our exceptional hospitality so you can focus on your new baby.

Spacious, welcoming facilities

Our maternity ward includes birthing suites fitted with the latest technology, a special care nursery if your baby needs a little extra care as well as spacious rooms.

All rooms on our welcoming maternity ward feature views extending across the Swan River or overlooking our landscaped gardens.

Your room includes space and bedding for your partner, an ensuite bathroom, mini-fridge, baby bath, breastfeeding chair, television and tea and coffee-making facilities.

Book a maternity tour to see why mums-to-be choose our hospital.

Welcoming your partner to stay

Our private rooms feature double beds or fold out beds so your partner can stay with you after the birth of your baby. Your recovery needs determine whether your partner needs to stay in a separate bed.

We love welcoming your partner to stay with you as it allows your baby to create lasting bonds with you as well as your partner in the first hours and days after birth.

Experienced clinicians

Our obstetricians know you will receive exceptional care and hospitality during your stay with us, that is why they choose to provide their maternity care at St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital.

Our team of experienced midwives, trained in lactation support, are available at the hospital or over phone if you need care, advice or to answer your questions.

Maternity tours

Our free maternity tours provide you with the opportunity to see our facilities and meet some of the midwives who provide exceptional maternity care for you and your baby throughout pregnancy, birth and the early stages of parenthood.⁠

Details 

When: Every Saturday afternoon starting at 12:30pm
Cost: Free
Meeting location: Hospital main reception off Thirlmere Road

Fill in your details below and a maternity caregiver will contact you to confirm your place on a upcoming tour. Tours will be confirmed a week in advance.

Please note: We are currently minimising visitors and large gatherings at our hospitals to help keep our patients safe. Tours can only accommodate two people per party and participates can expected to be health screened prior to the tour.

In the meantime, to see a virtual tour of our Family Birthing Unit, follow these steps:

1. Head to our Instagram page
2. Under highlights up the top, click on ‘Ward Tour’ and enjoy an online tour

Parent education

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.

Our classes are run as two separate workshops, part A and part B, and you can choose to either attend one or both.

The classes follow a fortnightly rotation on Saturdays (9am to 12pm) and Tuesdays (5pm to 8pm) and cover the following topics: 

Part A: Labour and birth class

  • What to expect over the last weeks of the pregnancy
  • What is labour/how to know that you are in labour
  • The different stages of labour
  • What is the process of care when admitted to the FBU in labour
  • The importance of active labour
  • Pain relief, both natural and medical options
  • The role of the support person
  • What to bring to the hospital/hospital bag 
  • Induction of labour
  • Elective and non-elective C section

Part B: The postnatal time period (also includes a 10-minute maternity tour)

  • Recovery post birth
  • Routine hospital care for mum and baby – what to expect during your hospital stay
  • Length of stay
  • Pain relief post birth
  • Consent to care for baby: Immunisations, vitamin K, hearing screening test, newborn screening test
  • Creating a safe sleeping and home environment for a newborn
  • Bathing, nappy changing, dressing and swaddling your newborn – interactive activity stations using dolls, mental health, emotions, communication, and wellbeing of new parents
  • Taking baby home and community support
  • Child health nurse

Virtual workshop:

If you can’t make our face-to-face classes, we also run a monthly parenting class via Zoom on Saturdays from 9.00am to 12.30pm which condenses part A and part B:

  • 9.00am to 10.30am: Labour and birth
  • 10.40am to 11.20am: Elective and non-elective C section
  • 11.30am to 12.30pm: Postnatal

To find out available dates and book into a class, please call our Ward Clerk on (08) 9370 9420. 

Join our online community 

A hospital is more than just a building. Our Instagram page provides a snapshot of life in the Family Birthing Unit. 

Hear from our Obstetricians and Midwives via short videos and photos. Learn from other mothers and families just like you.

For more information

Download and print a copy of our Family Birthing Unit information brochure. 

Get in touch:
One of our caregivers will contact you during business hours.