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After birth—information for partners staying overnight

Your partner has been admitted to a private room. You are welcome to sleep on the day bed provided to stay overnight and provide support and assistance to your partner and your new baby.

Please note the following if you intend to stay overnight

  • please notify the midwife or nurse caring for your partner of your intention to stay. In the event of an emergency, we need to know exactly how many people are on each floor.
  • for the courtesy of others, you must remain appropriately dressed at all times. As you are in a hospital, midwives and nurses may enter your room at any time during the day or night.
  • other children or additional support are not permitted to stay overnight, under any circumstances.
  • you may have meals with your partner. These are available for an additional charge. You may also purchase food and drinks from the cafés or vending machines located throughout Mater campuses. 
  • there are drawers under the bed for storing linen and pillows during the day.
  • mobile phones may be used in your room or in the foyer near the lifts. Mobile phones should not be used in the corridors as this may be disruptive to other women.
  • it is a safety and security requirement that all partners wear an identification armband for the duration of the mother and baby’s admission. Please refer to the Mater Mothers’ Hospitals brochure: Your Baby’s Safety and Security for further information.
  • most importantly, remember that staying overnight is an opportunity for you to assist your partner by helping her with your new baby.

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Mater acknowledges consumer consultation in the development of this patient information.
Mater Doc Num: PI-CLN-430079
Last modified 24/4/2020.
Consumers were consulted in the development of this patient information.
Last consumer engagement date: 01/4/2020
For further translated health information, you can visit healthtranslations.vic.gov.au/ supported by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services that offers a range of patient information in multiple languages.
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