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Maternity services at Inverell Hospital

Congratulations on your pregnancy and welcome to the Inverell Hospital Birthing Service.

The Inverell as part of the Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) Service welcomes you and your family to our service.

We are committed to providing you and your family a quality service experience as you journey through pregnancy, birth and beginning parenthood.

HNELHD remains committed to Closing the Gap for Aboriginal members of the community. We welcome Aboriginal people from all communities.

We acknowledge and embrace the diversity of modern family structures. We welcome families from all cultural backgrounds and are committed to providing culturally appropriate and sensitive care.

Our focus for maternity care is to ensure that it is collaborative, where the woman and her family remain at the centre of the care experience and are actively involved in all decisions about the pregnancy, birth and after your baby is born. All decision making is based on relationships of mutual respect and trust.

Our Maternity team in Inverell, including our local GP Obstetricians will provide pregnancy and labour care to all women with uncomplicated pregnancies who have their babies after 37 weeks pregnant. If you pregnancy is complicated or you need to have your baby early we will discuss with you the need to transfer to a larger District or John Hunter Hospital.

Please click here to learn more about your Rights and Responsibilities as a patient, carer or community member of the Hunter New England Local Health District.

Download the NSW Health Having a Baby Book here

Inverell Maternity Telephone Numbers:
 
​Maternity Unit ​02 67219532
​Birth & Parenting programs (Parenting Education Service) ​02 67219532
​Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Service  0439493039 or 02 67219594

Pregnancy Care at Inverell

Now that you are pregnant

Now that you are pregnant

Your care begins with your General Practitioner (GP), by confirming your pregnancy, taking a comprehensive health and medical history, ordering your blood tests and an obstetric ultrasound.

Care for your pregnancy in Inverell will be undertaken by one of two GP Obstetricians and they will give you a referral letter to contact the maternity unit for a booking in appointment at the hospital.

Copies of your blood test results and scan reports will also be sent through to the hospital. The Booking-in visit will be attended by a midwife at the hospital. You will need to make a booking-in appointment with the hospital midwives for between 12-14 weeks gestation. Where you have your pregnancy care will depend on your general health and your previous birth experience. You will then have the option to have an antenatal visit with the midwives at the hospital at 28 weeks and 36 weeks gestation.

The midwife will also discuss the importance of healthy eating and physical activity during this visit. You will be offered a referral to the Get Healthy in Pregnancy service. The Service is open to anyone aged 16 years and over. You will be able to talk with a qualified dietitian or exercise physiologist over the phone in the privacy of your own home. For Aboriginal women or women carrying an Aboriginal baby you may be able to speak with the Get Healthy Aboriginal Liaison Officer (ALO), for your first phone call or one of your coaching calls. The ALO will talk to you about your needs and your access to services in the community before referring you to either a dietitian or an exercise physiologist for the remainder of your phone calls.

Click on the image below for more information or to refer yourself to the service.

https://www.gethealthynsw.com.au/program/get-healthy-in-pregnancy/

Options of care during pregnancy

Options of care during pregnancy

GP Obstetrician

This model of care is provided by General Practitioners with an Advanced Diploma in Obstetrics in consultation with Consultant Obstetricians as needed, from the referral sites of Armidale, Tamworth or JHH, according to your individual health and pregnancy needs. You will also need to come to the maternity unit for a Booking-in visit. Your baby will be born at Inverell Hospital unless certain pregnancy complications arise. Your GP Obstetrician will be available and generally present for your birth. The care during labour will be provided by the midwives at the Hospital.

Women requiring Specialist Obstetric Care

Specialist Obstetricians are best able to care for women who have pregnancies complicated by:

  • A previous pregnancy requiring specialist care and/or hospitalisation
  • A pregnancy that is not progressing normally
  • A multiple pregnancy, e.g. twins
  • Diabetes and/or other conditions

For women requiring Specialist Obstetric care will be referred to either the Maitland Hospital or to John Hunter Hospital.

AMHIS (Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Service)

Inverell Maternity Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Service (AMIHS) in partnership with GP Obstetricians and Armajun Aboriginal Medical Centre provide care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and/or women whose baby will be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. The AMIHS service aims to provide culturally appropriate support and education during pregnancy, after birth and for children up to early school years. This service includes antenatal care, child and family health care, immunisation, child health checks, support service referrals and health education. You may contact the staff at AMIHS directly, or talk to your GP or the staff at the Armajun Medical Service.

Please contact Angela (midwife):  ph no 0439 493 039 OR (02) 67219185, if you:

  • think you are pregnant or have a positive pregnancy test
  • have children between 0-5 years

Summary of options of care

Options of care​SuitabilityWho will provide your antenatal carWhere you will have your antenatal careWho will provide care during labour
and birth

GP practice;

Booking in visit at Inverell Maternity Unit

​Women with
uncomplicated
pregnancy
GP Obstetrician of your choice; Antenatal Clinic midwife at
Booking-in.
GP Practice and Antenatal Clinic

Midwife from Inverell Maternity Unit

​Shared Care AMIHS Service/Armajun medical service/GP ObstetricianAboriginal and
Torres Strait Island
women or women having an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island baby
GP of your choice; AMIHS
midwives and Aboriginal
Health Care Workers; Armajun Medical Service
Home / GP practice/Armajun medical serviceMidwife from Inverell Maternity Unit
Shared Care with GP and Consultant Obstetrician​Women with complicated pregnancyGP of your choice; Antenatal Clinic
midwife at Booking-in and Consultant at Referral Hospital (Armidale, Tamworth or JHH)
​GP practice;
Specialist clinic at referral hospital (Armidale, Tamworth, JHH)
Midwife and medical staff from Birth Suite
of decided place of birth.

​Women requiring specialist or higher level care will be referred to the High Risk Clinic at either the Maitland Hospital or the John Hunter Hospital.

Pregnancy support service

Pregnancy support services

Early Pregnancy Assessment Service

This service is available for women with early pregnancy abdominal pain, bleeding or severe vomiting (up to 18 weeks) through the Emergency Department, your GP or GP Obstetrician.

Health Care Interpreter Services:

The Multicultural Health Unit provides professional health care interpreters for all women from CALD backgrounds. Health Care Interpreters assist women to communicate with their health professional during antenatal visits, classes, labour, postnatal period and other health-related occasions. If you need the assistance of a health care interpreter please let staff know and they will book one for your appointment. These services are via telephone.

Aboriginal Liaison Officers

The Inverell Hospital Aboriginal Liaison Officer is available to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

If you or your family require assistance in accessing hospital services, please ask one of our staff members to contact the Aboriginal Liaison Officer for you.

Care and Support for women with drug and alcohol problems

Some women may still be using alcohol or taking drugs during pregnancy. It is known that this can be very harmful to the unborn child. A number of skilled, non-judgmental and empathetic staff can provide a range of support. This will greatly improve the chances of having a healthy baby. Services include the Drug and Alcohol Team and Social Work team through the Inverell Community Health Service.

Providing practical assistance and counselling:  Social Work

Social workers are part of the health care team looking after you and your family while you are in hospital. In some situations, the social worker will routinely come to see you during your stay or at the time of your antenatal appointment. You may also wish to contact them yourself. This service is confidential and free.

Social Workers can offer counselling to individuals and families in all areas, including:

  • Women or families experiencing difficulties during the pregnancy, such as family breakdown or financial difficulties
  • Women or families considering adoption
  • Information about community support services

If you wish to contact a social worker, you can contact the Social Work Department directly on (02) 67219600 or ask your midwife, doctor or other hospital staff involved in your care to contact a social worker for you.

Promoting Healthy Eating: Dietitians

Both you and your baby need extra nutrients during all stages of pregnancy and breastfeeding. Eating a nutritious diet during pregnancy promotes healthy growth and development for your baby, prepares you for breastfeeding and is important for your own wellbeing. It is important to remember that even though you are eating for two, there is no need to eat twice as much.

A dietitian can assess your diet and suggest any changes that you may need to make. This is particularly important for women who are under- or over-weight, suffer from anaemia or a malabsorption illness such as Crohn’s or Coeliac disease, follow a vegetarian diet, or are diabetic.

Your GP Obstetrician or a midwife can arrange a referral to the dietician at the Antenatal Clinic.

Get Healthy in Pregnancy

The Get Healthy in Pregnancy Service is a FREE telephone health coaching service available to anyone aged 16 years and over. You will be able to talk with a qualified dietitian or exercise physiologist over the phone in the privacy of your own home.

Your health coach could help you to:

  • Eat healthily
  • Get active
  • Gain or maintain a healthy amount of weight during your pregnancy
  • Not drink alcohol during your pregnancy
  • Return to your pre-pregnancy weight.

For Aboriginal women or women carrying an Aboriginal baby you may be able to speak with the Get Healthy Aboriginal Liaison Officer, for your first phone call or one of your coaching calls. The ALO will talk to you about your needs and your access to services in the community before referring you to either a dietitian or an exercise physiologist for the remainder of your phone calls.

Discuss referral to the service with your midwife at your booking-in visit or you can click the image below for more information and to refer yourself to the service.

This service can be accessed online or discuss referral with the midwife at your booking in visit.

https://www.gethealthynsw.com.au/program/get-healthy-in-pregnancy/

Helping women to move well: Physiotherapy

A physiotherapist is available to give you advice or treatment on the discomforts that may arise during your pregnancy or after your baby is born. These may include back pain, pelvic pain, pelvic floor weakness, incontinence or abdominal muscle weakness.
If you wish to see a physiotherapist, contact them directly by phoning 0267219505 or ask your caregiver to contact them for you.

Inverell Birth suite

Inverell Birth Suite

The Inverell Hospital Birth Suite is located within the maternity unit.                                                                                                                           428726

When you arrive at Inverell Hospital, go straight to the maternity unit. You will be met by a midwife taken to an available room.

Travelling to have your baby in hospital

  • Contact the midwife in the Birthing Service for advice.
  • Have your support person drive safely, and use your seat belt with lap belt positioned below your baby.  Have old towels available to catch leaks if they occur, and an old ice-cream bucket in case of nausea or vomiting.
  • In NSW, an ambulance ride can be very expensive; it is strongly suggested that you join an ambulance fund for your family emergency situations, if you are not already covered by private health insurance (this may be done through any major private health fund office or online).
  • Bring your antenatal record. Your antenatal record provides us with your history and plan of management for labour and birth. Please carry it at all times, and present it to the midwife on your arrival.

A plan for going home after birth

For most women, pregnancy and birth is a healthy experience. Going home is dependent on both mother and baby being well, baby has established feeding, and mother is confident going home with adequate family support. A physical examination of mother and baby will be done before you leave. All the necessary documents and supportive information will also be provided. Whilst women can go home at any point, when they are feeling confident and well enough to do so. Most women who have had a vaginal birth go home after 2-3 days and those women who have had a caesarean section 4-5 days. Your time in hospital will depend upon your and your new baby’s needs.

Husband/ partner/ support persons in labour and birth

We welcome people who will support and encourage you throughout labour and birth. There is room for a maximum of two support people at any one time in the Birth Suite. Your partner is welcome to stay with you during labour, however the maternity unit does not accommodate partners outside of that time, unless major complications have occurred for you or your baby.

Doulas

It is the woman’s choice who supports her during pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period. A doula is a layperson, identified by the woman, who provides continuous support during the antenatal period, childbirth and the postnatal period. The doula attends as an employee of the woman. Under normal circumstances each woman is able to have two support people with her in delivery suite. A doula is to be considered one of the two support people.

Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) is open to the use of doulas at birth, and maternity services will facilitate a productive, receptive environment for doulas to support women. However, HNELHD clearly states that it does not accept responsibility and is not accountable for any actions or advice given to labouring women by doulas.

Visitors

In general, it is not encouraged to have visitors in the Birth Suite, except for the support people chosen by the woman. This is to protect your privacy and the privacy of other women in the unit. Please be aware that there is no waiting room for visitors in the Birth Suite.

Enquiries while in Birth Suite

To protect your privacy and confidentiality, information is not given to people enquiring about you without your consent. We will take messages for you to contact the enquirers at a convenient time.

Video recording and photography

We respect your wish to film labour and birth. However, all staff have the right to refuse to be identified on film or refuse filming during specific procedures. Please inform your midwife of your intention to film and take photographs. If your baby is born in the Obstetric Operating Suite, only still photographs may be taken.

Children

There are no childcare facilities at Inverell Hospital. If you wish to have your children present for labour and birth, we request you have one adult, other than your main support person to care and supervise. However, the limit of two additional people at a time will also need to be considered.

Mobile phones

We ask that all mobile phones are turned to silent mode in the Birth Suite and ward environments.

Keeping baby with you following birth

Your baby will remain with you following birth. Skin-to-skin is encouraged for a minimum of 1 hour after the birth or until the first breastfeed. Skin to skin contact stimulates the mothers’ production of the oxytocin hormone, which decreases bleeding, promotes bonding and breastfeeding. It allows the baby to smell, touch and know mum as well as stay warm. When the baby shows signs of readiness, he/she will be able to breastfeed.

It is strongly suggested that during this important time the baby stays with mum, rather than being handed around to other family members. The father of the baby has an important role in protecting the new mother and baby.

After your baby has fed, he / she will be weighed and measured. With your consent, Vitamin K (Konakion) and Hepatitis B vaccine injections will be given at this time.

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Two arm-bands with the baby’s correct identification details will be placed on the baby’s arm and leg – the midwife will ask you to check these details to ensure they are accurate. The identifying number on the mother’s armbands are the same as the baby’s, so it is important that you make sure the identifying numbers correspond.

The armbands are routinely checked by the midwives. Should the armbands fall off, please tell the midwife as soon as you can so that new armbands can be provided.

If medical treatment is required for your baby they will be taken to the Nursery adjacent to the Birth Suite. As soon as possible, you will be able to visit and care for your baby.

What happens to the placenta (afterbirth)?

After the birth of your baby, the placenta will be disposed of in accordance with NSW Health Guidelines.

On some occasions the placenta may be sent to the Pathology Department, for extra information. This may happen if you gave birth to twins, or if you or your baby has a serious medical or obstetric condition.

If you would like to take your placenta home please talk to your midwife.

Stem cell collection and storage

If you are interested in the collection of stem cells from your baby’s cord blood for possible future use, you need to organise this with one of the private companies several weeks before coming to hospital to birth your baby. You will need to organise the collection, equipment, courier service and storage with the private company.

Pregnancy Information

When should you contact the hospital

When you should contact the Inverell hospital

Please phone Inverell Hospital Birth Suite 02 67219532 immediately for advice if any of these occur:

  • Your baby stops moving or there is an obvious reduction in your baby’s movements at any time during your pregnancy
  • Trauma to the abdomen, assault, serious fall or car accident
  • Vaginal bleeding at any time
  • Sharp pains in the abdomen with or without vaginal bleeding
  • Your waters break or if you have a constant clear watery vaginal discharge
  • Fever or chills, temperature over 37.8 degrees
  • Severe nausea and persistent vomiting
  • Recurring and persistent headaches
  • Blurred vision or spots before your eyes
  • Pain or burning on passing urine
  • Contractions at any time before 37 weeks
  • Sudden swelling of the face, hands or feet
  • Persistently itchy skin, especially hands and feet
  • Labour has started and you feel it is time to come to hospital
  • Booked Caesarean birth and labour commences

Antenatal clinic general information

Antenatal clinic general information

The first Booking-in antenatal visit

All women will have their visits with one of the GP Obstetricians at their rooms. This is a comprehensive visit where your previous medical history, family medical history, and your general well-being will be discussed. This is to determine ways we can provide you with appropriate care and support throughout your pregnancy and to ensure your pregnancy care meets your needs.

All women will also have a Booking in visit with a midwife at the Inverell Maternity Unit. The midwife will also discuss your previous medical history, family medical history, and your general well-being.

You can expect your Booking in appointment to take about one and a half hours. Please arrive at the maternity unit at least 10 minutes prior to your appointment time, this will allow time to complete your paperwork before you see the midwife. A client registration form will need to be completed this includes details of Medicare card, any health insurance, next of kin, etc and will be reconfirmed on your admission. Your partner or support person is always welcome at your visits, but due to the length and personal nature of your booking in visit, we ask that you attend this appointment alone where possible.

Specialty obstetric care

Women with broader issues that may affect their well-being during the pregnancy, including women with physical or intellectual disability, or concerns with substance use may require specialist care outside of Inverell. Sites where women would be referred to include Armidale. Tamworth or JHH depending on the nature of the concern. In those locations there are also specialist clinics for women with conditions such as diabetes or heart problems and other conditions that may impact on the pregnancy or the baby’s well-being.

These services have access to staff with expertise in social support, mental wellbeing, counselling, diet, physiotherapy, peer support, and a variety of medical specialties.

If you need support from specialist services, it will be arranged by the GP Obstetrician providing your pregnancy care.

Waiting times

If you are required to attend an Antenatal Clinic at one of the referral centres they can often be very busy. While every effort will be made to keep appointment times, the clinics may sometimes run late. This is a consideration particularly when you need to travel for your appointment. We ask for your patience during these times and staff at the clinical you attend, will endeavour to keep you well informed.

Ultrasound and pathology results

Routine antenatal care involves blood and urine tests, and ultrasounds examinations. These test results are made available to you at your next antenatal visit appointment. All abnormal results that require follow up will be communicated to you by your care provider.

Students at Inverell Hospital

The Inverell hospital, provides important training opportunities for a wide range of health care professionals. Students are always under the direct supervision of an experienced practitioner. You will be asked permission before a student observes or participates in your care and you have the right to say no. Your wishes will be respected at all times and this will not affect your care.

Our future midwives, the midwifery students are available to share your pregnancy journey with you, and can provide a familiar face throughout your pregnancy, birth and postnatal experience. Speak to your midwife if you would like to be part of this special program.

Overseas Visitors or those who don’t have a Medicare card

Inverell is a public health care facility. All patients must have a Medicare card. Women not eligible for Medicare benefits will be asked to pay a fee at each visit; this may be reimbursed later by their own Health Insurance Fund.

General information for Maternity Inpatients

What to bring to hospital when having your baby

Please bring all you need for yourself and your baby for one day in 1-2 small overnight bags, as space is limited in the hospital.

For the mother

  • Antenatal Record
  • You are encouraged to wear your own clothes during labour and birth. A comfortable cotton nightshirt or long T-shirt or sarongs are suitable (you may need more than one if you wish to be covered while in the shower or bath)
  • Comfortable underwear
  • Sanitary adhesive pads
  • Maternity bras or “crop top,” breast (nursing) pads (disposable or cloth, not plastic lined)
  • Comfortable clothing, suitable when breastfeeding: T-shirts, shorts/trousers or leggings for day wear, pyjamas, nightshirts,
    dressing gown
  • Non slip footwear
  • Toiletries, tissues, etc
  • Massage oil
  • Your favourite food and drink to keep up your energy levels, preferably these should be nonperishable; special foods that require cooling or heating must be carried and stored following Safe Food Handling Guidelines
  • Phone or iPod, with selection of music, relaxation and/or affirmations for different stages of labour; some speakers available, but you may bring your own, labelled (all optional but may be helpful)
  • Mobile phone
  • Camera or smart phone (still photos only)
  • Note pad/ book and pen
  • Please leave all valuables at home – there is nowhere to secure them safely in the hospital

For the Support person

  • Wear ‘closed’ shoes for WH&S safety in the Birthing Service
  • Change of clothes/board shorts if assisting mother in shower or bath
  • Jacket or warm clothing for cool air conditioning
  • Snacks and drinks (following Safe Food Handling Guidelines)
  • Toothbrush & paste

For baby

Inverell Hospital supplies some basic baby clothes, cloth nappies and bunny rugs to use whilst you are in hospital. Or you may choose to bring in your own.

  • At least three singlets
  • At least three sets of clothing (every day clothes, not good ones!)
  • At least three bunny rugs/baby wraps (suggest brushed cotton if cold weather, fine cotton or muslin type if warm weather)
  • One packet of cotton buds (for ‘cord’ care)
  • Optional: bath solution or baby soap, baby lotion or wipes (just water for baby is fine)
  • Disposable nappies will be supplied during your hospital stay
  • If you are formula feeding your baby, bring a tin of your choice of infant formula. Sterile bottles and teats will be provided only while you are in hospital
  • An approved baby restraint as required by law should be fitted to your car; it is strongly suggested that you do this when you are about 34-36 weeks pregnant. If you need help with this, check the Transport NSW website for fitting stations located near you.

Mother and Baby Care Boards

Near each bed you will notice a Mother and Baby Care Board. We use420610 these boards in all ward areas across the hospital to communicate the daily and anticipated plan for care between the woman, the family and carer and healthcare team.

Ward staff will update the board each shift, and you or your family or carer can write comments and questions on it at any time. If you have any questions regarding your care board, please ask one of our staff members. For your safety, we want to work together to plan your care and know what is important to you.

PLEASE INFORM US WHEN YOU LEAVE THE WARD

We need to check if there is anything we should do for you before you go, and confirm what time you plan to return.

REACH: Recognise, Engage, Act, Call, Help

If you or a family member becomes concerned about your condition while in hospital:

  • Have you spoken to your midwife or doctor?
  • Have your concerns been answered?
  • Are you still concerned?

If so, ask your midwife for a ‘Clinical Review’, or you can dial 0407252967 to call an emergency response.

A REACH poster will be displayed beside your bed with this information.

Clinical handover

At Inverell Hospital we aim to provide excellent healthcare for every woman, every time. An important part of this commitment is staff performing a clinical handover at the bedside every shift.

At the handover, the midwife who has been caring for you provides information regarding your care and reason for your admission to the midwife who will be looking after you during the next shift.

The staff will involve you in this process, which will allow you to participate in the planning of your care and ensure that the information that is exchanged is accurate. You will also have an opportunity at this time to ask any questions regarding your care.

Hand Hygiene

To help prevent infection the following rules are for all visitors:

  • Gel hands on entering unit
  • Gel hands on entering patient’s rooms
  • Gel hands on exit from patient’s room
  • Inform staff if you are unwell

Providing a safe environment for clients and staff

Creating a safe environment for patients, visitors to our hospital and our staff is our priority. Any behaviour which compromises the safety of mothers and babies will not be tolerated. Any behaviour which disrupts the ability of our staff to fulfil their duty of care will also not be tolerated.

Should any person display such behaviour they may be asked to leave.

Security

The hospital has a lock down period between 9pm and 7am. During these hours, entrance and exit to inverell Hospital is through the main entrance only.

Belongings and Valuables

To minimise the chance of misplacing your belongings it is helpful if your items are marked with an identifying label, especially valuables such as glasses and phone chargers.

We do our best to ensure all private items are returned to you if misplaced but we cannot take responsibility for lost items. Valuable items are best left at home for safekeeping. There is no secure environment on the wards to store valuable items

Car Parking

Car parking is available at Inverell Hospital.

Visiting Hours

Inverell has an open visiting policy. We acknowledge that new mothers need rest and so we encourage a rest period on the wards between 1pm and 3pm each day. During this period there are no visitors or phone calls.

Visiting hours from 8pm-9pm are partners only and all other visitors will be asked to leave the unit after 8pm.

Although all of our rooms are single rooms, we ask that you are mindful of this quiet period for your family member and for other women and babies on the ward.

We also request that visitors are up-to-date with the whooping cough vaccination when visiting new babies, and if feeling unwell with colds and flu-like illness, please avoid visiting new mothers and babies.

Mealtimes

Meal times are approximately:

  • Breakfast - 8am
  • Lunch - 12pm
  • Dinner - 5pm

A small kitchen is located on each ward with tea, coffee making facilities, ice machine, refrigerator, toaster and microwave. These items are available for your convenience.

Please be mindful of safe food handling practices at all times.

Smoke Free Health Service

Inverell Hospital is a smoke-free health services.  Smoking is not permitted in the hospital or on hospital grounds.  The midwife caring for you will assist you with smoking cessation support if required.

Televisions

Televisions are available for your use at each ward bed at no cost.  The television service includes all major television channels.

Other Services Available:

Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care

Hospital Chaplains and Pastoral Carers are available to all patients and visitors. Please ask one of our friendly staff to contact the service if required.

Places to eat

There is a Kiosk on the hospital grounds open from 9am to 2.30pm.  Monday to Friday. Other places to eat are within the Town Centre.

Accommodation for Families

There is no accommodation for partners or families on the hospital grounds. There are nearby Motels, Hotels and Caravan Parks available.

Normal pregnancy timeline

Preparing for parenting

Update for Parenting Education Programs 01.09.21

All programs are now held online until further notice and are available to all pregnant women and their families across Hunter New England. For new bookings please contact our office on 40164595 or email us HNELHD-JHHParentingeducation@health.nsw.gov.au

Click here to find out more about the online programs and to make a booking

The Parenting Education service

Inverell Parenting Education Service

“Knowledge reduces fear and promotes confidence”

Learning about your pregnancy and growing baby, preparing for labour and the birth of your baby, preparing for the joys and challenges of becoming a parent are all very important parts of your antenatal care and planning.

The Inverell Hospital Parenting Education Service offers an antenatal education program to support you and your partner with your physical, mental and emotional preparation for your pregnancy, birth, early parenting and feeding your baby.

The sessions are relaxed and informative, giving you and your support person the opportunity to meet other families and discuss ideas, thoughts and choices for birthing and parenting.

Schedule of Online  Sessions

Online programs are available to all families birthing through a Hunter New England service.

Click here to see available dates and times

After baby arrives

Postnatal unit

Postnatal Unit Inverell

During your stay on the postnatal ward, you will be supported by midwives who will assist you to develop the skills to care for your baby. There are educational films available at the hospital as well as inpatient education sessions on the ward such a baby bathing demonstration. These are all great opportunities to gain confidence as new parents.

When you first arrive to the ward after the birth of your baby, the midwife caring for you will discuss a plan of care for your stay including discharge planning.

Accommodation options

Within hours of birth, it is possible for you and your baby to go home if you are both well and your baby has fed. If you choose or need to stay in hospital, your care will be provided in the hospital’s maternity unit. For most women, pregnancy and birth is a healthy experience, which does not necessitate a long stay in hospital. The Maternity unit at Inverell Hospital has all single rooms with shared bathrooms. Other family members are unable to stay overnight with the mother and baby.

Rooming-in

It is important not to separate mothers from their babies, so mothers keep their baby at the bedside with them, 24 hours a day. The midwives will assist and provide support with all aspects of baby’s care.  Please ask for assistance if required. There is also a Mother and Baby Care Board near each bed which is a very useful way to request support. We also ask that this board is used to communicate with the staff if you are leaving the ward for any reason. We request that you write your mobile phone number and the approximate time of your return to the ward.

Feeding your baby

The midwives caring for you are able to give assistance, support and advice with breastfeeding. If additional help is required, the midwife caring for you will make arrangements for you to meet the lactation consultant midwife.

If you are artificially feeding your baby, you will need to bring a tin of your choice of infant formula with you, to use in hospital.
Support for breastfeeding your baby when you go home:

  • The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) provides breastfeeding support in the community. 24-hour phone number: 1800 6862686 (1800 MUM 2 MUM); while membership supports this valuable organisation, non-members can still receive support
  • Child and Family Health Nurse provides long-term ongoing feeding and parenting support. You will be linked to this free service before discharge from our maternity service.
  • Look for the pregnancy birth and baby (1800882436) poster in your maternity unit room for a useful contact number

Physiotherapy after your birth

A physiotherapist may see you for individual advice and exercise instruction following the birth of your baby, while in hospital or as an outpatient. For further information discuss with a midwife or your GP.

Routine screening for your baby

Routine screening as outlined in the NSW Health Having a Baby Book will be done in the early postnatal days.

Your GP Obstetrician will examine your baby’s hips to check for any hip problems.

You will be offered a screening test for hearing for your baby soon after birth. About one to two babies out of every 1000 will have a significant hearing loss. This screening program is called the NSW State-wide Infant Screening Hearing program (SWISH), and is available in the postnatal ward or at your local Early Childhood and Family Centre if you go home early.

Newborn Bloodspot Screening will be done around day 3-4 by your midwife.

Transport for going home

Please plan for your transport home. You will need an approved baby restraint fitted to your car. Ideally this should be in place around 34-36 weeks pregnant. The Transport NSW website can help you locate a fitting station near you.

Discharging Home

Discuss with your midwife your needs for discharge. Ensure that you arrange on the previous evening for someone to collect you.

Postnatal timeline

Time after
birth of
baby
Care for babyCare for
mother
​Birth dayVitamin K (Konakion)
Immunisation - Hepatitis B
Newborn baby check
  • By midwife or doctor
​Consent required
​Birth day - day 2

Newborn baby check

  • By midwife or doctor
  • May be an outpatient appointment
Consent required
1-5 daysHearing check
  • By State-wide Infant Hearing Screening Service
    (SWISH)
​Consent required
1-5 daysHip check
  • By paediatrician or GP Obstetrician
  • May be an outpatient appointment
Consent required
3-4 daysNewborn bloodspot screen
  • National screening for all babies for many treatable medical disorders
  • Heel prick by midwife or pathology technician
Signed consent required
Approx 2 weeksHome visit by Child and Family Health Nurse (C&FHN)
  • Free NSW program for all families provides ongoing feeding and parenting support, including emotional as well as routine baby checks
  • Link made to C&FHN service before discharge from the maternity service
 
​2 weeks (if needed)​Visit your GP
  • Baby check
​Mother might discuss contraception or other issues
6 weeksVisit your GP
  • Baby check
  • Immunisation for baby
  • ​Postnatal check
  • PAP smear if required
  • Contraception discussion

Keeping you and your baby safe while in hospital

Keeping you and your baby safe while in hospital

Sometimes mothers to be and new mothers can fall while in hospital and cause injury particularly if they are tired, or if they have recently had an anaesthetic (including an epidural), pain medication or heavy bleeding or if the mum to be or new mum has other medical conditions such as low blood pressure, epilepsy or diabetes.

We request that you:

  • Use your call bell if you require assistance
  • Wear safe footwear at all times
  • Take your time when moving about
  • Use a shower chair when showering
  • Use a light as required during the night time.

It’s important also to keep your baby safe from falling. We ask you to ensure that your baby:

  • Is placed on their back to sleep and placed in their own cot placed next to your bed
  • Is never left unattended on an adult bed or other surface from which they can fall
  • Is always in their own cot while being transported. Walking around with your baby in your arms is not encouraged.

We Do Not Encourage Sleeping With Your Baby As Babies Can Fall Or Have Sleep Accidents

Please ensure that visitors are aware of these important factors to keep your baby safe.

We recognise that babies like to feel safe in their mum’s arms, but sometimes tired mums can fall asleep with their babies and babies can then easily fall from their mums’ hold. We ask that you avoid all of these situations that place your baby at risk of falls.

REMEMBER the safe sleeping SIDS prevention = Baby on back, in own bed, feet at end of cot, smoke free environment, no hats or bonnets, and breastfeed your baby.

See more at https://rednose.com.au/section/safe-sleeping

After birth care

After birth care

Contraception

It is possible to fall pregnant immediately after giving birth even if you are breastfeeding.

If you do not desire to fall pregnant then consider using barrier contraception (condoms). You may resume sexual activity as soon as you feel comfortable. You may need to wait longer if you had a vaginal birth requiring stitches, or a caesarean birth.

If you are breastfeeding then it is important not to start the combined oral contraceptive pill as it may affect your milk supply. Your options will include progesterone-only pills (the mini pill), a progesterone implant or progesterone injection given every third month.

Ask your GP for more information at your six-week appointment.

Feeling unwell

If you are feeling unwell please contact your GP or local Maternity Service.

General signs of infection include:

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Discharge that may have an unpleasant odour
  • Temperature
  • Area may be hot to touch

If you are breastfeeding and find painful areas that are red and lumpy you may have blocked milk ducts or be developing mastitis (infection of the milk ducts).

In this case you should to see your GP as soon as possible, however keep breastfeeding/expressing for until your appointment time as it may help to relieve the blockage.

Postnatal follow up with your GP

We recommend that you and your baby visit your local GP within six weeks after birth.

A full complete postnatal review should be attended at this appointment which may include:

  • Your baby should have a complete routine head-to-toe check up
  • Discuss contraception with you GP
  • Have a plan when your next pap smear is due
  • Discuss current medications and follow-up scripts required
  • Have perineal suturing reviewed or Caesarean wound check
  • Discuss any discomforts that you may be experiencing including incontinence
  • Discuss your emotional well being
  • Blood tests (as required)
  • Breast check
  • Blood pressure
  • Pap smear
  • Perineal stitches or caesarean section wound
  • Discuss any incontinence you may be experiencing
  • Emotional well being