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

We ask that our patients have a two visitors at a time.

Women may have two birthing partners in the birth suite, who can accompany the mother and baby to the maternity ward. Normal visitor restrictions apply thereafter.

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 classes

Maternity ward tours and face to face parent education classes have been cancelled to minimise visitors and large gatherings at our hospitals to help keep our patients safe. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Online alternatives

Maternity tours

You can take a virtual tour of the Birth Suite and Ward.

Parent education 

We are pleased to provide online alternatives for our mums-to-be. Antenatal classes are provided by our online platform, Webex, which is  a safe, stable online platform used to deliver all online programs. 

Classes are recorded from the hospital with our St Mary maternity ward midwives, and cover signs of labour, progress of labour, birth (vaginal and CS) and the immediate postnatal period. 

Two breastfeeding classes are also held per month.

Classes are free, and all booked in patients will receive an email one to two months prior to their estimated due date, with the links to each class and instructions on how join. 

Antenatal information

Our antenatal information can to help prepare you for labour, birth and early parenthood. View our range of resources exclusively for our maternity patients to help support your pregnancy journey and beyond.

More information

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.

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

 Group of pregnant mums at a parent education evening 

We are here to support you and provide the information you need to know about what to expect in the weeks and months ahead when you are planning a pregnancy or in the early stage of pregnancy.

Our services during your pregnancy include maternity ward tours, parent education classes and a simple on My Admission booking process.

Murdoch parent education classes

Our parent education classes give you all the information you need at whatever stage of your pregnancy. Our classes include:

  • Preparation for parenthood - ideal if you are planning a pregnancy or are in the early stages of pregnancy
  • Preparation for childbirth - a four-week course to prepare you for your new baby, we recommend this class for first-time parents
  • Fast-track program - an alternative to the four-week course, hosted as a one-day workshop
  • Refresher class - a short refresher class if you already have children
  • Breastfeeding and settling class - a dedicated class, ideal if you are concerned about breastfeeding.

All classes can be booked online through My Admission.

Booking your hospital admission

If you have chosen to give birth at St John of God Murdoch Hospital, you are able to book your hospital admission online through My Admission

Through My Admission you can provide all relevant medical history as well as your hospital stay preferences and book and pay for your parent education classes.

Telephone support for maternity questions or concerns

When you choose to give birth at St John of God Murdoch Hospital, you can call our maternity unit and speak to a midwife who can answer any pregnancy-related questions or concerns you may have.

We ask you to call us if you:

  • have any concerns about your pregnancy
  • think you are in labour
  • experience any blood loss from your vaginal area or your waters break
  • have a severe headache or blurred vision
  • experience intense abdominal pain
  • noticed any reduced baby movements.

Tel: (08) 9438 9700.

Want to find out more?

Our dedicated maternity caregivers will contact you during regular working hours.