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After birth—Length of stay in hospital

Mater Mothers’ Hospital aims to provide you with exceptional care while you are pregnant, during labour and birth, and in the postnatal period. If your pregnancy is straightforward, you will be admitted to hospital shortly before the birth of your baby. The number of days you stay in hospital after the birth will be determined by the type of birth you have. While there may be some variations depending on the well-being of you and your baby, in general you can expect to go home within 24 hours if you have a vaginal birth and after 2 days if you have a complicated vaginal birth or a caesarean section. Your midwife will advise you of your expected day and time of discharge, but please consider these timeframes when arranging for your transportation home to be organised and ready.

When you are discharged within these timeframes, have Medicare eligibility and live within our catchment area, you will be visited by our skilled and experienced Homecare midwives. They will provide the expert midwifery care, breastfeeding and parenting support and education that you can expect from the exceptional team at Mater Mothers’ Hospitals. Afterwards they will organise ongoing community support and referrals for you, if required.

Receiving individualised postnatal care in the privacy of your own home gives you many benefits such as:

  • the opportunity to have your partner and family readily available
  • fewer interruptions that are necessary in hospitals, (meaning more sleep), which include  cleaning and bin emptying, meal deliveries, staff completing frequent rounding and baby location checks
  • you and your baby will not be disturbed by other patients, their babies and visitors
  • you get to sleep in your own larger, more comfortable bed
  • a greater opportunity for you to have community follow up and involvement right from the immediate postnatal period,
  • reduced risk of cross infection and;
  • reduced risk of not moving around and therefore reduced risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis which is  serious complication that can occur when you do not mobilise as much as you would normally.

Useful contacts

When at home, if you are concerned for your health, or that of your baby, when the Homecare midwives are unavailable, and after you have been discharged from their program:

  • call 000 for an emergency.
  • 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) – for breastfeeding and child health advice please ask for the child health nurse
  • 1800 686 268 – THE Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) for breastfeeding advice
  • Your own GP
  • Your local Child Health Nurse – visit Children’s Health Queensland to find your nearest centre 
  • Mater Mothers’ Parenting Support Centre – 07 3163 BABY (2229) or visit our parent support centre for early parenting advice about breastfeeding, feeding, sleeping, settling and emotional health and well-being.
Mater acknowledges consumer consultation in the development of this patient information.
Mater Doc Num: PI-CLN-430188
Last modified 18/1/2017.
Consumers were consulted in the development of this patient information.
Last consumer engagement date: 16/11/2016
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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