Welcome to Norwest Private MaternityMaternity is located within the Women’s Health Unit situated in a secure separate wing of the hospital.
We offer excellent, professional obstetric and midwifery care to mothers and babies in our 43 bed Maternity Unit and 24-hour Well Baby Nursery.
There are 37 private rooms, some with double beds and three, two-bed shared rooms.
All rooms include ensuite facilities, flat screen TVs, telephones, personal safes for valuables and small refrigerators.
A Patient Information Handbook is available in each room to provide information about the hospital’s services.
Our Maternity Unit is staffed by very experienced Midwives and Mothercraft Nurses, working alongside a team of Obstetricians and Paediatricians, who are all committed to providing mothers and babies with individualised, evidence-based care and family involvement.
Frequently asked questions are answered below.
For further information please call (02) 8882 8882.
Our Maternity Unit is located on the second floor of the hospital. Guided tours of the Unit are conducted on Thursday evenings at 7.00pm and on Saturday mornings at 11.00am.
These tours are free of charge and no booking is necessary. Please meet at the main reception desk five minutes prior, to register your details.
There are seven spacious, modern birth suites, each with an ensuite bathroom and television. A range of active birth accessories such as beanbags, mirrors, birth stool etc. are available, as well as the use of modern birthing beds which can be adjusted to provide individual comfort.
The Well Baby Nursery is staffed 24 hours a day by experienced Midwives, Lactation Consultants and Mothercraft Nurses to manage feeding and baby care situations.
Norwest Private Hospital has a Level 2 Special Care Nursery that can provide specialised care for premature and sick infants from 33 weeks gestation.
If a higher level of care is required, then transfer to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will be arranged.
Our Early Childhood Clinic runs full time from Monday to Friday and is staffed by trained Early Childhood Nurses who are also Lactation Consultants with many years of experience.
The Early Childhood Clinic is available for babies and young children from birth to five years who were born at Norwest Private Hospital.
Appointments are necessary and a fee is charged.
At your first appointment with your chosen Obstetrician, you will be given either a Norwest Private admission booklet or an e-Admission form.
You can choose to fill out the manual form and send it in to the hospital (either by mail or in person) or complete your registration and health history on-line.
Please allow one to two weeks for your paperwork to be processed. Once your registration is processed, the Bookings Clerk will call you to book a pre-admission consultation with one of our Midwives.
This appointment usually takes about 40 minutes.
Please ensure that the following details are included with your registration:
- Contact details
- Due date
- Health fund details
Pre-admission consultation is to record your antenatal history and to prepare for your hospital stay.
We understand that you may have queries about the birth of your baby, so this is an ideal opportunity to ask any questions.
You will receive a maternity information pack which outlines general information about our maternity unit, classes that are offered and a list of frequently asked questions.
When attending the pre-admission consultation, please bring:
- Health fund membership details. Please contact your fund directly to confirm your level of cover and any excess or co-payments.
- Non-refundable booking fee of $60 is required. This is payable at main reception on arrival for appointment.
- Antenatal classes may be booked during your appointment. Payment of fee is required at time of booking.
Norwest Private Hospital has negotiated agreements with all major health funds, minimising out of pocket expenses for members.
It is important to consider how your current health insurance cover may change with the arrival of your baby.
If you are covered by singles health insurance, you are advised to consider a transfer to family cover at least three months before your expected date of delivery.
The majority of health funds do not automatically cover your baby if there is a problem requiring neonatal care, unless family cover has been in place for a minimum of three months.
If you elect to remain on singles cover and your baby is unwell and requires admission to our Special Care Nursery, you will be required to settle the baby’s account on discharge from the hospital. If you are expecting a multiple birth, family health insurance is highly advisable. Singles health insurance will only cover one baby during your hospital stay.
Please contact your health fund as soon as possible to confirm your level of cover.
If you are not insured and would like to have your baby at Norwest Private Hospital, please contact us on 02 8882 8807 to discuss fees.
An estimate of costs and any out of pocket excess or co-payments associated with your hospital stay will be sent to you following your Pre-admission Consultation.
We have 20 double beds and a number of folding beds, which means we can accommodate most partners, if requested.
Double beds are allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis.
It is expected that if partners spend the night, your baby will room-in with you for the night.
This encourages bonding and helps with parenting skills. Staff will be able to provide support and settling strategies if needed.
Please note that if you are to undergo a caesarean section, you will be allocated a single bed on admission.
Meals for partners can be arranged through reception at a nominal cost.
Maternity visiting hours are 3.00pm to 4.30pm and 6.30pm to 8.00pm daily. Your partner and your children may visit at any time except during rest period. Please discourage any visitor, including family members, to visit if they are unwell.
12.00pm to 3.00pm each day has been designated as the mother and baby rest period. For the comfort of yourself and other mothers in the Unit, please ask your friends and relatives, not to visit or telephone during this time.
After Hours Access
Security at Norwest Private Hospital is a major focus. The main hospital doors will automatically lock at 9.00pm each night. Access after this time is through the Emergency Department Reception area. Doors re-open at 5.30am.
For birth suite patients arriving after hours, please drive to the car park in front of the hospital’s main entrance and gain access to the hospital through the Emergency Department.
Planning for going home is a vital component of your stay. The anticipated length of stay following the birth of your baby is four nights for a vaginal birth and five nights for a caesarean section birth, providing there are no complications. Discharge time is 9.00am.Please ensure that you have a fully fitted child restraint secured in your car before taking your baby home. It is recommended that only an authorised fitting station fit any child safety restraint. Your nearest fitting station can be found by phoning the hospital or your local Road Traffic Authority office.
A range of six week, evening and Saturday prenatal classes, are available that cover labour and birth preparation as well as preparation for the early parenting period is offered.
Our prenatal classes provide comprehensive information on a range of subjects for first-time parents.
Labour and birth preparation topics range from when to come to hospital, pain relief options, self-help measures for first and second stage labour, obstetric procedures and if additional assistance is required.
Our early parenting topics cover an array of information on what to expect when you go home with your newborn, safe infant sleeping and how to reduce the risk of SIDS, postnatal mood changes and community support for parents.
A tour of the Maternity unit is also conducted as part of the program.
Our prenatal program is very focused on the needs of our clients. Hence, clients will have an opportunity to cover other information if they desire over the duration of the course.
Our classes are facilitated by experienced Midwives and are usually conducted every night of the week (Monday through to Friday) and run for six weeks. Clients have the option of attending a two or two and half hour session for six weeks.
Some evenings even start at 5pm for those expectant couples wanting an earlier session; otherwise session starting times vary from 6.00pm to 7.30pm.
Alternatively, clients may like to attend our Saturday sessions which are condensed over three consecutive Saturdays. These sessions commence at 9.30am and run for 4.5 hours. Our 6 week evening and Saturday programs are designed for first time parents.
Classes are subject to availability. It is essential that clients book into these classes as early as possible since they are extremely popular. Bookings can be made at the Pre-admission Consultation.
Antenatal classes cost $370 for both the six week course and three week Saturday series. Payment is required at the time of booking.
Classes may be covered as part of your health fund package, so please enquire during your Pre-admission Consultation.
his is a one-off 2 hour session which focuses on tips for successful breastfeeding and aims to provide greater confidence when breastfeeding. Classes are facilitated by fully qualified Lactation Consultants and are usually run during the week and on some Saturdays.
This is a one off two and a half hour evening class for first time Dads to be and is facilitated by a male facilitator.
The class covers information on the emotional and physical changes that women may experience in pregnancy, how the baby may impact on a couple’s relationship and coping with changes, tips on communicating with your partner and where men can get help in the community.
This is a unique opportunity for expectant Dads to talk in an all-male environment about the changes relating to impending fatherhood.
Expectant Dads usually book into this class when they attend the six week or Saturday pre-natal classes. Sessions are offered every four to six weeks.
The refresher class is designed for second time parents who would like a refresher on key topics such as when to come to hospital, stages of labour, pain relief options and also includes a tour of our Maternity Unit.
The refresher class is very focused on the needs of the couples attending the class and therefore other topics can also be covered if clients express this to the facilitator.
The refresher class is a one off, three hour program which is usually conducted in the evening. Refresher classes may be booked during the Pre-admission Consultation.
Our postnatal education program consists of a series of videos and discussion groups. Educational DVDs and videos are available at any time. Postnatal exercise sessions are conducted by our physiotherapists three times each week.