Maternity

What we can Provide

Jessie McPherson Private Hospital provides women with access to state-of-the-art care and facilities for both mother and baby.

We also provide you with access to highly skilled obstetricians who have provided excellent care to women at Jessie McPherson Private Hospital for many years. The onsite facilities and access to emergency care available here is why these obstetricians choose Jessie McPherson Private Hospital.

For a full list of Obstetricians click below or visit our Specialist Directory on the Doctors section on this website.

  • a newly renovated maternity unit
  • antenatal /post-natal care
  • 24/7 onsite anesthetists
  • 24/7 theatre
  • JMPH Special Care Nursery
  • fetal monitoring
  • maternal fetal medicine unit
  • neonatal intensive care unit
  • adult critical care unit
  • education area
  • patients’ lounge

Our Maternity Unit

Jessie McPherson Private Maternity Unit has a long and proud history of caring for women with both high and low risk pregnancies. Our co-location allows us to work in partnership with Monash Medical Centre and offer you a diverse range of specialist care and facilities not found in other private hospitals.

We can provide the highest level of safe and effective care to pregnant women who are pre-term (before 34 weeks) term and post term. You will not find this high level of service available at many other private hospitals.

Our knowledgeable and committed specialist obstetricians, paediatricians and midwives are onsite 24hrs a day which allow us to provide an exceptionally high level of care to women at any time of the day or night. They are dedicated to ensuring your first days as a parent are supported and focused on your individual needs and any parenting education that you may require.

You and your baby’s safety is our priority

Whilst we anticipate the smooth and safe arrival of your baby, you can be comforted by the knowledge that we can provide specialised high level care to both mothers and babies 24hrs/day. We have the support of onsite anaesthetists, neonatal intensive care, an adult intensive care, and our own special care nursery. Safety is our priority which is why we ensure you have access to these services at any time of the day or night.

You won’t find that level of support anywhere else!

If you are worried

During you pregnancy if you are worried about yourself or your baby or you think you may be in labour please contact the Pregnancy Assessment Unit on 9594 5032 if you are above 20 weeks gestation.

If you are under 20 weeks gestation please contact your obstetrician, GP or the hospital emergency department if you require urgent attention.

Ensuring you have the best breastfeeding experience possible

At Jessie McPherson Private, we support mothers and babies through their breastfeeding journey. Our Breastfeeding Support Service provides care and support to make sure you have the best breastfeeding experience possible. Click here to learn more.

Additional Information

Maternity Unit Tours

MATERNITY UNIT TOURS
During the Maternity Unit tour, one of our friendly staff members will guide you around the hospital and ward and answer any questions you may have. This is your opportunity to find out as much as possible about the facilities, services and level of care that we can provide you during your stay with us.

Our tours are held on:

  • Saturday starting at 3.30pm
  • Sunday starting at 3.30pm
  • Wednesday starting at 6.00pm

Please arrive 5 minutes early  as the tours will start on time.

**Bookings are essential for all tours. You can make an online booking of our tours via the calendar below.

Classes

The Childbirth and Early Parenting Program aims to give parents knowledge and confidence in the birthing process and in parenting.

A wide range of workshops are available, facilitated by our experienced midwives and physiotherapists. Tours are included as a part of all full day classes.

Bookings for these classes can be made by emailing birthandparenting@monashhealth.org or calling 9594 3913 (our online booking system will be available soon).

Classes are capped at 10 couples per class.

It is recommended that you book into attend between 28-34 weeks however this is flexible and you may book in to attend at any-time during your pregnancy.

If you have any questions regarding the booking of antenatal classes please contact us by emailing birthandparenting@monashhealth.org or call the hospital booking office on 9594 3913.


Early pregnancy class

Our early pregnancy Physiotherapy classes are run on alternate Friday afternoons between 2-4pm. Topics covered include preventing problems such as back and pelvic pain, poor bladder control; and what exercises are safe and beneficial in pregnancy.

This interactive class for women only will cover all of these topics and more.

This class is conducted by a Physiotherapist on alternate Friday afternoons between 2-4pm.

  • How to cope with physical and psychological changes of pregnancy
  • How to exercise safely during pregnancy
  • Healthy eating during pregnancy

Caesarean Section Births

Planning for a caesarean birth or just found out you need to have a caesarean?

This class will prepare you for a caesarean birth at Jessie McPherson Private hospital.

The class will include recognising the signs of labour, preparing for theatre, the caesarean procedure birth of your baby and skin to skin/breastfeeding in recovery.  The class also focuses on physical and emotional recovery post birth and caring for your baby at home.


Multiple Birth Classes 

Our multiple birth class is tailored for women and their partners who are expecting twins or triplets.  This class will help prepare you for vaginal birth, assisted birth, caesarean section and pre-term births at Jessie McPherson Private Hospital.

The class will include information about Breastfeeding and early parenting including physical and emotional recovery and caring for your babies at home.

This class includes a tour of the Maternity and Special care nursery units.


BreastFeeding Workshop 

Although breastfeeding is natural, it doesn’t always come easily and is a learned art. Our classes aim to provide expectant parents with the knowledge and confidence to successfully breastfeed.

Our breastfeeding class is run by a midwife and is designed to help prepare expectant parents for the days, weeks and months following the birth of your baby. This class is tailored for women who are 36 weeks pregnant. During this class we will focus on breastfeeding within the first hour following birth, through to maintaining your supply for your growing baby.

Topics covered in each class include:

  • Establishing breastfeeding and the first feed
  • The importance of skin-to-skin contact in the first hours and beyond
  • Positioning and attachment
  • Discussion of what is ‘normal’ for a breastfed baby including breast milk supply
  • Antenatal expressing

Classes generally run for two and a half hours and tea and coffee will be provided

Can my partner attend as well?

You are more than welcome to bring a partner or support person with you. Jessie McPherson acknowledges that partners and family members are an integral sources of support for women following the birth of their first or subsequent babies. If your support person is on the same page as you are this will greatly assist you on your breastfeeding journey.

Becoming a Jessie McPherson Private Hospital patient

Maternity bookings at Jessie McPherson Private Hospital can only be made through your Obstetrician. Please view our specialist directory to find one of our highly skilled obstetricians who will care for you and your baby at Jessie McPherson Private Hospital. Your Obstetrician will then contact us to advise us of your booking.

Click here for a full list of Obstetricians who choose Jessie McPherson Private Hospital.

If you have general enquiries about having your baby at  Jessie McPherson Private Hospital, you are very welcome to contact us or please come and participate in one of our Maternity Tours.

COSTS

It is important that you are aware of any fees that may be associated with your stay before you come to hospital.

Private Health Insurance

If you are planning on using your private health insurance cover, between 32-34 weeks, we will provide you with information regarding any expenses which are not covered by your private health insurance. We encourage you to contact your private health fund prior to this date though to ensure that your level of cover is tailored to your needs and that you are aware of any potential costs.

You will need to also confirm with your private health fund that they will provide cover for your baby to be cared for in the Special Care Nursery if that higher level of care should be required.

Self Insured

If you are not using private health insurance and are funding your own stay, we are very happy to provide your care. We will provide you with an estimate of the associated costs by approximately 20 weeks. The payment of these fees will be requested prior to your admission.

If this is an option for you, it will be necessary for you to contact our Maternity Bookings office prior to your hospital admission to discuss this further.

Costs for your obstetrician, anaesthetist and paediatrician are contracted between yourself and the practitioner. Please discuss costs with the individual specialists.

Overseas Health Cover

If you are visiting from overseas and have overseas health cover we are very happy to provide your care. We are able to provide you with an estimate of the associated costs by approximately 20 weeks. These fees will be required prior to your admission.

If this is an option for you, it will be necessary for you to contact our Maternity Bookings office prior to your hospital admission to discuss this further.

Admission Information

Once we have received your booking from your obstetrician, we will email you to confirm your booking and provide further information to you.

What To Bring

WHAT TO BRING
For the mother:

  • light nightwear, dressing gown and slippers
  • 8-10 pairs of underwear
  • casual clothes for day wear (including footwear)
  • 4 packets of maternity sanitary napkins
  • toiletries, tissues and a small amount of money
  • any medications that you take regularly
  • details of your private health insurance and Medicare card.

For the baby:

  • singlets
  • grow suits size 000-0000.
  • mittens and a bunny rug
  • extra packet of newborn size disposable nappies. We will supply you with 18 nappies on admission but please bring extra nappies for your baby
  • baby wipes if you choose to use them
  • labelled baby clothing
  • towels are supplied.
  • If you are planning to formula feed, please bring an unopened tin of formula of your choice. Feeding equipment will be available for your use in the hospital.

For taking baby home:

  • baby outfit and 2-3 nappies

For use in the delivery suite, you may consider bringing the following:

  • massage oil
  • camera
  • music of your choice
  • partners may need bathers for use in the shower/bath
  • snacks for your partner
Breastfeeding Support Service

Our Breastfeeding Support Service provides care and support to make sure you have the best breastfeeding experience possible.

Our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants offer individual breastfeeding support and advice for mothers in the lead-up to birth, and in the important first few months of breastfeeding.

The Breastfeeding Support Service offers breastfeeding support to Jessie McPherson Private patients. This includes current and former patients, up to six weeks post-natal. We also support mothers whose babies are in our Special Care Nursery.

Support is currently available on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, excluding public holidays. Please call 9594 5160 to confirm.

Our breastfeeding support includes:

  • Help with common breastfeeding issues
  • Help developing a feeding plan
  • Support expressing and storing breastmilk
  • Assessing breast milk supply
  • Breast pump hire and support

We can also refer you to community services for ongoing support of you and your baby.

What should I do for my appointment?

We recommend that you:

  • Call 9594 5160 to book an appointment.
  • If you need to cancel please call or text 0435 652 881.
  • Try not to feed your baby 1-2 hours before your appointment, so we can observe a feed during your visit.

We recommend that you bring:

  • Your Child Health Record book (green book)
  • Some nappies and spare clothes for your baby
  • Any other items needed for the care and feeding of your baby
  • Expressed breast milk in a cooler bag (if your baby is having expressed breast milk instead of or in addition to breastfeeding)
  • Infant formula in a cooler bag (if your baby is having formula)

Please note:

  • Due to limited space this service is for mothers and newborns only.
  • A visit usually takes between one and three hours.
Receiving visitors

Maternity visiting hours: 10am – 8pm

We know that the presence of friends and family members during this time is very important for the well-being of both you and your baby so we have extended our visiting hours.

Quiet Time: 3pm – 5pm

We also understand how important rest and bonding time is so if you would like assistance with tailoring specific visiting times for you whilst you are in hospital we are very happy to help.

 

Unwell Visitors

To help prevent the spread of infection it is very important that people do not visit the hospital if they have an infectious illness such as chicken pox, a coldsore, flu, parvovirus (slapped cheek), a stomach upset, bad cough or cold. These infections can be easily spread and some are particularly dangerous to pregnant women and newborn babies. Unfortunately, if the brothers and sisters of your newborn baby have any of these infections they must not visit you while you are in hospital.

Going home

Going home with a new baby is an exciting moment. Planning for this point is an important component of your care. It involves discussions with your clinical team, as well as your family and support people to ensure you are fully prepared to go home.

The midwives will assist you in organising this and arranging the necessary support you may require when going home. They will ensure you are linked with the relevant Maternal and Child community supports in your area.

Expected time of discharge is at 9.00 am.

Transporting your new baby home 

You must have an approved and correctly fitted child restraint for children under six months old. It is illegal and dangerous for your baby to travel without correct restraint. You must understand how to operate and adjust your baby car restraint before your baby leaves. It is a good idea to practice this prior to the expected date of your baby’s birth.

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