WOMEN’S HEALTH AND MATERNITY
Our Midwifery Unit is comprised of an 8 bed Antenatal / Postnatal Ward, a 3 bed Birth Suite, a 2 bed Midwifery Assessment Unit and a 4 bed Special Care Nursery.
We provide quality women centred maternity and neonatal care for women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and the immediate post birth period. This care is provided by experienced Doctors, Midwives and Nurses in the Unit.
We also provide a Domiciliary and Lactation Home Visiting postnatal service staffed by highly experienced Midwives and Lactation Consultants.
Welcome to Our MBPH Maternity Unit
When should you present to hospital?
It is important to contact the Midwifery Unit for advice on 5022 3480 before you come in if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Reduction in the baby’s movements
- Sudden gush of fluid or a continual leakage of fluid from your vagina (ruptured membranes)
- Bleeding from the vagina, no matter how small the amount
- Regular painful contractions or abdominal cramping
- Premature labour (regular contractions at less than 37 weeks gestation)
- Persistent nausea and / or vomiting
- Constant itching
- Sudden swelling of hands, feet or face, visual disturbances, persistent headache, nausea
- Burning sensation on urination / urinary problems of any kind
- Increased vaginal discharge that is itchy / irritating
- You are concerned, anxious or uncertain of what is happening
What should you bring with you?
Antenatal record / Victorian Maternity Record
- Your completed birth preferences/plan (in your handheld VMR- orange book)
- Clothes for labour – old t-shirt, warm socks, old knickers and tracksuit for afterwards
- Own pillow (labelled) if desired
- Heat wheat pack
- Spray water bottle (non-aerosol) for cooling
- Stress balls
- Snacks including juices, fruit bars and jelly beans or lollies.
- Thongs or slippers
- Lip balm for dry lips
- Camera/phone/music devise
- Diffuser oils
- Bathers/shorts for shower and bath
- Enclosed shoes needed in case you need to go to theatre as a support person
- Coins for vending machine
- Personal toiletries (soap, creams, lip balm, deodorant, hairbrush, tooth brush and paste)
- Front-opening or loose-fitting nighties or tops for breastfeeding
- Maternity pads
- Comfortable clothes
- Night attire (dressing gown, slippers)
- Underwear – several pairs needed after the birth
- Nursing bra, nursing pads
- Thongs or slippers (Footwear MUST be worn around the ward at all times)
- Bag for laundry
- Singlets x4
- Jumpsuits x4
- Baby wipes
- Newborn nappies for while in hospital
- If formula feeding, please bring bottles, formula and sterilizing equipment.
- Infant car restraint fitted in your car (for day of discharge)
How long can you expect to stay?
For a normal birth your stay will be 24-48 hours if no complications.
For a Caesarean birth your stay will be 48-72 hours if no complications.
We encourage early discharge (>4 hours after the birth) for anyone who has had a normal birth with no complications.
The MBPH Childbirth Education Team is excited that our ‘Childbirth and Learning to Breastfeed and Caring for Your Baby’ classes are in a face-to-face format at Mildura Base Public Hospital.
Cost of Childbirth Classes:
There is no cost to accessing these sessions
What is included in these classes?
- Open discussion and opportunity for questions
- The process of labour and what to expect
- When to contact the hospital
- Managing your labour including an introduction to active birth
- Caesarean Section
- The role of the support person
- Physiotherapist presentation
- Birth Suite Tour
- And MUCH more.
How to join the classes
If you would like to participate, please notify us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for enrolments in:
- Childbirth Education Classes, and/or
- Learning to Breastfeed and Caring for Your Baby Class
Please include your name, estimated due date and best contact number
Please call Midwifery on 5022 3480 for any queries. In the meantime, we offer the link to the Royal Women's Hospital (Melbourne) antenatal education – please remember, the phone numbers on this link are not for MBPH.
WHERE TO ENTER THE HOSPITAL (ALL PERSONS)
6am – 10pm: Main front entrance for screening
10pm – 6am: Birth Suite side entrance
(Maternity patients only, all other patients to ED)