Labour and birth
On this page
When you go into labour, please phone your midwife, maternity unit or birthing suite at any time. We will ask you:
- when your baby is due
- timing and strength of your contractions
- whether your membranes have ruptured (waters broken).
Please put a pad on if you suspect your membranes have broken so the midwife can check it. It should be clear or slightly pinkish.
What you will need to bring into hospital
- If you have a supply of expressed breast milk, take it home on discharge.
- Your partners need to bring what they may require including all snacks (we don’t provide their meals).
- If you have medications that you need to bring, please let your midwife know on arrival.
- Do not bring large amounts of money or valuables. You are responsible for their safekeeping.
- You may be asked to complete a valuables disclaimer when you present to the hospital.
What to bring for you
- Loose and lightweight clothing for labour
- Comfortable day clothes and footwear
- Comfortable sleepwear
- Nursing bras and pads
- Sanitary pads
- Medicare Card and Private Health Insurance Card
- Handheld record (orange folder)
- Energy-rich foods (bananas, grapes, barley sugar, cheese, yoghurt)
- Tea, coffee if required between meals
- Massage oil with no added scents
- Watch or clock
- Music in CD or iDOC form for labour
- Battery charged 'tea light' candles are permitted only
- Camera and mobile phone - (Don’t use in areas where they might interfere with electronic equipment. Mobile phone use should be restricted in double rooms and turned off overnight).
- Maternity information booklet
What to bring for your baby
- 4 - 6 grow suits, either size 0000 or 000
- 4 - 6 singlets
- 4 - 6 lightweight wraps
- Nappies, pack of 32, newborn size
- 2 lightweight blankets
- Hat for discharge
- Nappy changing gear - face washers, baby wipes, cotton balls
- Cloth nappies or hand towels for 'spill' cloth
- Tin of formula if artificially feeding
What you will need for your baby at home
You will need:
- a safe sleep environment for baby (cot or bassinet).
- approved rear-facing car seat
- sterilising equipment, bottles, caps and teats (if you are formula feeding your baby)
You may also like to purchase a baby bath, baby rocker or play mat.
- When buying second-hand equipment make sure they are safe for baby.
- Car seats, prams and highchairs must have the recommended 5-point harness
- Visit the Australian standards website for more information.