Armidale Hospital features an 11-bed maternity unit, with two labour wards and two special care nursery beds.
Models of care offered
Aboriginal Mothers and Babies Team (AMIHS) antenatal/postnatal service. This does not provide care in labour and at birth
Public hospital clinic care
Specialist Medical Care
Public hospital midwives clinic
Private obstetrician (limited)
GP obstetrician – antenatal and care in labour and at birth
The Midwives Clinic
The midwives clinic within the maternity services, also offers an alternative model of midwifery care where women are seen by different midwives from the maternity service and can thus get to know staff that they may also see in the labour ward or during an antenatal or postnatal stay.
Both the midwives clinic and the group practice require a GP referral to access the service, although the option for self-referral is there for some situations.
Aboriginal Mothers and Babies Team
This is a culturally appropriate service for Aboriginal families that provides individualised antenatal care (not labour and birth) with a midwife as well as cultural support and education with Aboriginal health workers. The team work closely with the Armidale maternity unit and the New Directions team who provide home visiting services by Child and Family Health Nurses and Aboriginal health workers.
Special care nursery
Armidale is equipped to care for babies born after 34 weeks. If babies threaten to be, or are born before this, women will be transferred to a larger hospital, usually John Hunter Hospital.
Parenting education classes
Midwives conduct parent education classes and include a tour of the labour ward.
Classes run over six weeks every Tuesday night. Intensive weekend classes run throughout the year.
Classes are held at Freda Mott (on the corner of Barney Street and O'Dell Street.)
Contact Armidale Maternity Services
Maternity unit 6776 9642