When you should contact the hospital
When you should contact Maitland hospital
- 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 clinical general information
The first Booking-in antenatal visit
Booking-in to hospital (admission procedures)
Specialty Obstetric Care
Ultrasound and Pathology Results
Students at Maitland Hospital
Overseas Visitors or those who don’t have a Medicare card
Some women will require admission to hospital during their pregnancy for their health or the health of their unborn baby.
We aim to make your stay as comfortable as possible in the Maternity unit. Our team of midwives will care for you throughout your stay. Our team of staff doctors will visit you daily and develop a plan of care for you. If you are under the care of a private obstetrician, he/she will visit you on the ward.
The circumstances that have led you to be admitted in your pregnancy may cause you some stress, especially if you are facing a long stay due to difficulties in your pregnancy or you have been transferred to us from another hospital. Please discuss these issues with your midwife. We have additional staff who may offer you support to meet your needs.
Located on the wall at each bedside is a patient care board. This is a useful communication tool that you, your family and your care providers can use to ask questions, share the days plan or write down reminders.
The Maternity ward is made up of a mixture of single and double rooms. Our ward is a combination of antenatal and postnatal women and their babies. However, we are still striving to have your stay as peaceful and comfortable as possible, so you will not hear any audible call bells in our ward (Unless in the case of an emergency).
We encourage expectant mothers to have a rest period between 1pm and 3pm every day. You may like to communicate this to your friends and family.
General information for Maternity Inpatients
General information for maternity inpatients
What to bring to hospital when having your baby
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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)
- Extra sarong or long scarf to hold heat pack in place as a comfort aid during labour
- 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,
- 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
- MP3 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
- If you are choosing to feed or supplement feeds with formula during your stay in hospital, please bring a tin of your choice of newborn infant formula, and also at least 2 bottles, teats, & a bottle brush for your use. We no longer provide bottles, teats or formula for well babies.
- One packet of cotton buds (for ‘cord’ care)
- Cloth nappies will be supplied during your hospital stay
- 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.
- 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)
Mother and Baby Care Boards
PLEASE INFORM US WHEN YOU LEAVE THE WARD
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 (02) 40872075 to call an emergency response.
A REACH poster will be displayed beside your bed with this information.
At Maitland 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.
To help prevent infection the following rules are for all visitors for the Maitland Hospital:
- 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.
The hospital has a lock down period between 8pm and 6am. Security cameras are located in most areas throughout the hospital and grounds.
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 is available at Maitland Hospital for a set fee. Free street car parking is also available in surrounding area.
Maitland Hospital 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.
The majority of our beds are a mix of single rooms and two-bed rooms, so when visiting 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.
Smoke Free Health Service
The Maitland Hospital is a smoke-free health service. 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 are available for your use at each ward bed at no cost. The television service includes all major television channels.
Other Services Available
Pharmacy is available and located on Lower ground floor.
Normal pregnancy timeline
Normal pregnancy timeline