Having your baby with us

Accommodation

Our new maternity unit opened in 2017. All of our maternity rooms are private, modern and spacious. Each room has a private ensuite bathroom with a baby bath. All rooms have a television, refrigerator, dining table, daybed, telephone and complimentary access to wireless internet. Most of our rooms have double beds 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.

Catering

The Bays has a great reputation for serving delicious, fresh food. Our 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. 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.

Meals for your partner can be ordered and purchased for a small fee and are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A gourmet self-serve pantry is located in the maternity unit for our new mothers to access 24-hours. It is stocked daily with nutritious food, snacks and refreshments. The Coutryard Café is located on the ground floor of the hospital and 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 three fully refurbished birthing suites are very spacious and provide a private, relaxed environment for your baby’s birth. Each suite has a private ensuite with a shower and full-sized bath. For peace of mind and safety, our suites feature the latest technology and we have sophisticated medical equipment on hand. Our operating theatre facilities, anaesthetists and paediatricians are available on call 24-hours a day.

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

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. Our new nursery is a state of the art medical facility providing the very best care for our littlest patients. We have the latest technology and equipment available with four cots and an emergency treatment room. The nursery is located within the maternity unit, so you are close by should your baby require care in the nursery during your stay.

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.

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