Having your baby with us

Accommodation

All of our maternity rooms are private with ensuite bathrooms. All rooms have a television, refrigerator, telephone and access to wireless internet. Most of our rooms have a double bed and partners are encouraged to stay overnight. Partners who stay have the opportunity to support, learn and help with the new baby. We provide a private environment for you to bond with your baby with support during your transition to parenthood.

Our 10 brand new private maternity rooms will be open in September 2016. These new purpose built rooms will be spacious, modern and private. All rooms will have a double bed, dining table and ensuite with baby bath. Each room will have a lovely outlook with natural light, television, telephone and access to wireless internet.

Catering

The Bays has a reputation for serving great food.

The Bays chefs work closely with our dietitian to create healthy, nutritious meals which are made fresh onsite. Our patients are served three, well-balanced meals every day and our maternity patients also have access to a room service A’La Carte menu which is available 11.00am – 7.00pm daily. The room service menu consists of delicious A’La Carte restaurant quality choices which are made to order and delivered at a time that suits you. We understand that caring for a new baby does not always fit in with set meal times.

A gourmet self-serve pantry is located in the maternity unit for parents to access 24-hours. It is stocked daily with nutritious food, snacks and refreshments. We offer a choice of wine or beer to accompany meals.

Meals for your partner can be ordered and purchased for a small fee and are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Coutryard Café located on the ground floor of the hospital is open during business hours and Saturday mornings for visitors.

Please advise us of any special dietary requirements you have at the time of booking.

Birthing suites

Our private birthing suites are safe and relaxed environments for your baby’s birth. Each suite has access to an ensuite and full-sized bath. For peace of mind, we have sophisticated medical equipment on hand and operating theatre facilities, anaesthetists and paediatricians available on call 24-hours a day.

Our midwives will discuss our facilities, the options available to you and provide you with advice and support for you to make your own birthing choices.

Our birthing suites are currently undergoing a staged refurbishment. The staging of this program ensures the works will not impact on our maternity service during this time. The complete refurbishment of our 3 birthing suites will be completed by late 2016. The new birthing suites will be ultra modern, spacious, private and comfortable. They will feature the latest technology and equipment and each will contain a new private ensuite with its own full-sized bath.

Special care nursery

Your baby will stay with you from birth unless they require extra monitoring in our special care nursery. Our special care nursery cares for babies who are premature, unwell or have more complex care needs. It is a state-of-the-art medical facility providing the very best care for our littlest patients. Our team of midwives and paediatricians work together to care for babies in our nursery. Many of our paediatricians are located on-site and we always have a paediatrician available on-call 24-hours a day.

Our brand new special care nursery will open in September 2016. The new unit is state-of-the-art with 4 cots and an emergency treatment room. It is located withing the maternity unit.

Your stay

Your stay in hospital will normally be four nights (five nights if you have an unplanned or emergency caesarean section). During your stay we offer you education and support with:

  • feeding your baby
  • parenting skills including nappy changing, bathing, swaddling, settling
  • taking your baby home, and
  • community resources available