Care after birth
Length of stay:
A typical length of stay is four nights. Some women requiring an emergency caesarean section may require an extra night.
Rooming in allows mothers and babies to remain together. This helps you to build confidence in caring for your baby with the support of our midwives. Rooming in helps to establish successful breast feeding and promotes bonding between new babies and their parents. Your partner is welcome to stay and will enjoy an exceptional food and beverage menu (charges apply).
There are no set visiting hours on our maternity unit. We ask that you talk to your family and friends to determine the best time for you to receive visitors. Please remember how tired you will be while you are in hospital, and that the arrival of your new baby can be an overwhelming experience.
It is a good idea to have one person responsible for managing when people come to see you and your baby. We ask that you limit the number of visitors at any one time to two or three people. If any of your visitors is unwell, please ask them to delay their visit.
Please also be aware of other new families within the unit who may be trying to rest.
Return home sooner
We all know there’s no place like home and our Return Home Sooner package is designed for mothers who want to be home as soon as possible after the birth of their baby. Should you choose to return home sooner, you are eligible to receive a range of support services. This option will depend on your condition and that of your baby following a consultation with your doctor.
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At Cabrini we actively promote breastfeeding and our breastfeeding policy is based on the World Health Organization’s 10 steps to successful breastfeeding.
Our breastfeeding clinic provides support, education and assistance to up to three Cabrini mothers and babies up to 6 weeks of age at a time, operating as an outpatient service.
The breastfeeding clinic, located in Maternity 2 South is staffed by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
The clinic is available by appointment only 2-3 days per week. Please phone 9508 1259 for bookings.
If further support is required after attending the breastfeeding clinic, an appointment may be made with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant/ General Practitioner through the Cabrini Mother and Baby Centre by calling 9508 6000
Newborn screening test
This testing is funded by the Department of Health and is offered to all newborns within the first 48-72 hours of life. The test involves collecting a small amount of blood from your baby, by gently pricking their heal and squeezing the blood drops onto a specially designed card.
Currently in Victoria about 25 different conditions are tested for, these are rare but serious medical conditions which, if left undiagnosed and unmanaged, can affect normal development. More than 99% of babies will have a normal result and if your baby's result is normal you will not be contacted.
If your baby has a positive test result, a health professional will contact you by telephone and you will be referred on to a specialist service who will answer all your questions and arrange for further testing.
Inpatient Physiotherapy Services (5 days per week)
- Post Natal Consultation: A one on one individualised consultation is available for every new mother during the first three days of your inpatient stay. This consultation focuses on physical recovery from pregnancy, labour and birth and early detection of physical problems.
- Post Natal Treatment: If required, Women’s Health Physiotherapists can provide individual treatment for specific concerns. This may include management of pelvic, back, neck and perineal pain, breast conditions, bladder, bowel, pelvic floor and abdominal muscle problems.
- Information regarding our outpatient Mums & Bubs Postnatal Exercise Program, held at the Cabrini Allied Health Centre is also given to all new mothers. Download our brochure
Special care nursery
Sometimes babies need extra attention following their arrival and this may be obvious prior to birth, for example if your baby is premature, or this may become apparent after birth.
Settle your family into your own environment with the support of our midwifery team and your choice of home support package. This service provides midwifery support at home to ensure a smooth transition from the hospital.