The Mater

Preparing For Your Stay

For the Car

  • Towel in case of ruptured membranes
  • Plastic bag in case of nausea or vomiting
  • Hot pack

For labour

  • Antenatal card
  • Water spray for the face
  • Lip balm
  • Pair of loose-fitting socks / slippers
  • Brush, hair band/clip to keep hair off your face
  • Hot pack (gel type)
  • Massage/aromatherapy oil
  • iPod/iPhone or CD with your favourite soothing music
  • Staminade / Gatorade
  • Camera and/or video
  • Hospital gowns are available for your use in labour or bring loose t-shirts or nightie
  • Sanitary pads and disposable pants are also provided by the hospital.
  • Snacks for your partner
  • Jelly beans / jubes

For your stay at the Mater

  • Comfortable bed attire
  • Personal toiletries, including hairdryer
  • Slippers or comfortable footwear
  • All medications and tablets you are taking (bring them in their original containers/packets)
  • Any repeat prescriptions
  • Maternity pads (3 packets)
  • Nursing bras
  • Nursing pads
  • Casual clothes, including front opening shirts
  • A small amount of cash for magazines, newspapers and gift shop purchases
  • Books and magazines
  • Phone charger

For your newborn baby

The hospital provides the following for your baby during your stay:

  • Disposable nappies
  • Baby night gowns
  • Baby blankets
  • Towels
  • Cotton wool

All you will need to bring for your baby is an outfit to go home in and cotton bunny rug/wrap (weight depending on time of year).

A correctly fitted Australian Standards Approved Car Restraint/Seat for your newborn baby is also essential for a safe journey home.

What not to bring

We strongly recommend that valuable items; jewellery or large amounts of money should not be brought to the Mater or kept in patients’ rooms.

At all times patients are required to be responsible for their own possessions as the Mater takes every care, but regrettably cannot accept liability for any valuables brought into the hospital.