Postnatal Ward

Mother and baby

Our Services

The Postnatal Ward offers a family friendly environment for mothers and babies that may require a longer stay in hospital. Care is provided by a multidisciplinary team that includes Midwives, Nurses, Lactation Consultants, Doctors and Neonatal Specialists. Physiotherapists, Social Workers, Dieticians, Aboriginal Liaison Workers, Chaplains and Pastoral Care may also be involved in providing care. All members of the Health Care team have a commitment to providing women and newborns with the best care possible.

Mothers and babies are supported to stay together as our commitment to the Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI). The hospital encourages a family member or support person to stay overnight if the woman is in a single room. Under no circumstances are children permitted to stay on the ward overnight.

Visiting Hours

Visiting hours at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children are 0600 to 2100 daily.

Mothers and babies are encouraged to have a rest period after lunch each day. Visiting during this time should be limited to partners or one support person only.

Visitors are asked to be considerate of the needs of all mothers and newborns on the ward. It is important that all children visiting the area are supervised by a responsible adult at all times.

Handover

There are 3 shift changes in a 24 hour period, during which time staff will handover care to the next shift. Clinical bedside handover occurs at the mothers’ bedside at around 7am - 7.30am, 1.30pm - 2pm and 9pm - 9.30pm daily and takes around 5 -10 mins to complete. Handover encourages discussions between midwives and women regarding their care. Women are encouraged to participate in the handover process and contribute to their plan of care whilst an inpatient at the hospital.

Discharge

The day of expected discharge will be discussed with women on admission to the ward and updated daily according to health care needs. Discharges occur at around 10am daily. Women are encouraged to discuss any difficulties with discharge times with the Clinical Midwife Consultant (CMC) so that alternate arrangements can be made. It is important that transport arrangements have been made prior to this time. Women are encouraged to have the baby car seat/capsule fitted and checked by Kidsafe prior to the birth. Bookings can be made by phoning (02) 6290 2244.

Midcall

Once discharged from hospital women are offered follow up care from midwives from the hospital based Midcall service. Midcall is a midwifery program that is offered to women in the first few days following birth. Midcall midwives provide individualised postnatal care, feeding and parenting support in the home environment.

 The Midcall service is available 7 days a week from 8.30am - 5pm for women who live in the ACT and the Queanbeyan City area. Women may receive between 1-3 home visits in total from the Midcall service depending on their needs.

Women are given a summary of their pregnancy, birth and postnatal care and a copy is sent to the GP. A discharge summary is also provided to the ACT Maternal and Child Health service (MACH) and women should expect a phone call from them sometime in the next 1-2 weeks to arrange a home visit with the MACH nurse.

http://health.act.gov.au/our-services/women-youth-and-children/child-health-checks

Will I be supported at home?

Once discharged from hospital women are offered follow up care from midwives from the hospital based Midcall service. Midcall is a midwifery program that is offered to women in the first few days following birth. Midcall midwives provide individualised postnatal care, feeding and parenting support in the home environment.

 The Midcall service is available 7 days a week from 8.30am - 5pm for women who live in the ACT and the Queanbeyan City area. Women may receive between 1-3 home visits in total from the Midcall service depending on their needs.

It is important to start planning by getting supports in place long before the baby is born.

Families may consider:

  • Booking leave for partners and support persons for when the baby is due.

  • Having an approved baby car seat fitted in the family car.

  • Joining a support group or developing their own.

  • Cooking meals and having a supply of frozen meals available in the freezer.