After birth—maternity homecare program
A home visiting service for women and their newborn babies
Mater's Maternity Homecare Program allows you to begin your family life in the comfortable, familiar and private surroundings of your home while being supported and educated by specifically trained visiting midwives.
This program is available to women who go home within 72 hours following a vaginal birth, or within 96 hours following a caesarean birth.
You can choose to take part in the program at any time during your pregnancy or after the birth of your baby. If you would like to participate in the Maternity Homecare Program, please read this information and then talk to a Mater midwife.
Taking part in the program
The homecare program is only available in a designated geographical area of Brisbane. Your midwife will be able to advise whether you live within the homecare area.
If you do live in the homecare area and wish to participate, we will require the address you will be going home to, as well as the telephone number and any special instructions.
Our midwives need to know about parking difficulties, security gates, broken roads or no street signs. It is also important to tell the midwife if you own a dog—please note that your dog will need to be locked away on the day the midwife visits.
It is important that you have help at home if taking part in the homecare program. You will also be given a contact number for emergencies.
The day after you and your baby leave the hospital, a Mater midwife will come to visit you. Although an exact time cannot be confirmed, the midwife will visit you between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm.
It is important that you and your baby stay at home until the midwife has visited. During their visit, the midwife will assess you and your baby and discuss the following with you:
- your blood loss
- any bladder symptoms
- breastfeeding progress
- your baby's urine output and bowel motions
- sleeping and settling techniques
- parenting skills
- any concerns or questions you may have.
All babies require a routine blood test (Newborn Screening Test) for specific metabolic disorders when they are aged between 48 and 72 hours old. The midwife can perform this test in your home and will explain more about this test and the procedure at the time.
Future visits are arranged according to the needs of both you and your baby.
Mater Mothers' Hospital now offers follow up contact to all women who birthed their baby at Mater.
If you live within the homecare area but stay in hospital longer than the criteria specified for homecare, a midwife will contact you by phone to arrange a visit after day seven.
If you live outside the homecare area you will be contacted by phone after day seven.
Mater's Maternity Homecare office is open Monday to Friday between 8 am and 4 pm. Contact them on 07 3163 8901.
After hours (emergency only) 07 3163 7000.
Mater acknowledges consumer consultation in the development of this patient information.
Mater Doc Num: HOSP-002-03113
Last modified 23/10/2015.