Caring For Your Baby
We understand that having a baby is a major life event and feel privileged to be sharing this special time with you. The Mater has a long and proud tradition in the provision of a family focused approach to maternity care.
Your Midwife is there to offer advice on feeding, caring for your newborn and postnatal care, as well as supporting you and your individual needs.
Our specially qualified Lactation Team are also available during your hospital stay to offer professional advice and help you establish breastfeeding. There is no charge for this service.
We encourage you to have your baby with you in your room 24 hours a day. This helps you develop confidence in caring for your baby, knowing that our experienced midwives are there to offer advice and assistance.
There are many advantages of rooming-in:
- it facilitates unrestricted breastfeeding
- promotes mother and baby bonding
- helps prevent cross-infection
- allows you and your baby to have closer contact with the father and other family members
- you quickly learn about you new baby, his/her patterns of behaviour and feeding.
Your midwife will provide support and assistance with night time feeds, if you wish. It is not always necessary to change the nappy, as minimal disturbance to your baby will help him to settle after a feed. Contrary to popular opinion, mothers who have babies with them at night do not lose sleep, in comparison with mothers whose babies are in a nursery.
If you choose to place your baby in the nursery at night, your baby is brought to you for breastfeeds.
A Paediatrician has a very important role to play in the safety of your baby and will provide routine examinations at the request of your Obstetrician.
Whilst in the hospital your newborn baby will have access to a Paediatrician 24 hours a day for any unforseen emergencies or problems. The first few days for a newborn are not only an important time to adapt to life but it is also a time when your baby may require medical help.
Hand Hygiene is important
In the interests of hygiene and safety for your baby, hand washing prior to handling baby is essential for both you and your visitors. Visitors should refrain from visiting if they are unwell. Children should not be brought to the Maternity Floor if they have contagious conditions such as chicken pox.
Postnatal classes are conducted during your stay, including breastfeeding, early parenting, postnatal exercise classes as well as baby bathing demonstrations. Specific class details will be provided in your room. Read more
24 Hour Maternity Education Channel
Our Maternity Education Channel has 13 informative videos on a wide range of topics including:
- Breastfeeding Twins
- Back in Focus – taking care of your back
- Hello Dad – infant communication
- Keeping baby safe
- Settling your baby
- You’re parents now
- Behind the Mask—real stories of new parents who’ve experienced and overcome perinatal depression and anxiety, along with insights from experts and health professionals.
Full details will be available in your room.