Gladstone Hospital offers quality maternity service to all patients, both public and private. We deliver around 600 babies each year.
Our maternity unit has:
- Three birth suites
- 14 bed antenatal/postnatal ward (including 2 single rooms which may be available if you have private health cover)
- Neonatal Nursery
Maternity care options:
- sharing your care between GP and hospital
- midwifery group practice
- total hospital care or
- private care with an obstetrician or a midwife
Antenatal midwives clinics are offered five days week (Monday to Friday).
If you require obstetric appointments during your pregnancy these are available on Thursdays.
If you have diabetes (Gestational, type 1 or type 2) you will be attend our multi-disciplinary clinic which is offered on Tuesday. At this clinic you will see an obstetrician, diabetes educator, dietician and midwife.
We offer an antenatal education program every second Saturday of the month from 9.00am – 3.00pm at the Gladstone Hospital antenatal clinic.
The classes are designed for women who are around 30 weeks pregnant. Topics include:
- how to look after yourself during pregnancy
- signs of labour and when to come to hospital
- breastfeeding hints and tips
- tour of the maternity ward
To book in for antenatal classes, speak to your midwife or book through the antenatal clinic by phoning 4976 3207.
When to come to hospital
Please present yourself to the maternity unit immediately if:
- your waters have broken
- you have bleeding from the vagina
- you are having regular pains or contractions 5-10 minutes apart
- you have severe abdominal pain
- there are any changes in your baby’s movements. For example, if the movements are less frequent, more than usual or if you have any other concerns around your baby’s movements.
Phone the maternity unit before coming in, if you have time.
We encourage mothers to rest between 1.00pm and 4.00pm daily. Please respect the needs of other patients and keep noise to a minimum between these times.
Photographs and video
You are encouraged to bring a camera for those special memories. If you do however wish to photograph/video the birth please speak with your midwife/doctor caring for you.
While we aim to make this a positive experience for you, please understand your midwife/doctor may not wish to be included in images of your birth.