Health Services

Maternity

Your doctor or midwife will tell you when you will need to come to hospital to give birth. Call our 24/7 hotline on (07) 3810 1242 to speak with a midwife about your questions or concerns.

How should I prepare for going into labour?

What to bring for mum

  • Your Pregnancy Health Record
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Toiletries and tissues
  • Maternity bras
  • Massage oil, barley sugar, glucose drinks or music for labour
  • Current medications
  • Maternity sanitary pads.

What to bring for baby

  • 24 newborn size nappies
  • Newborn clothes including singlets, jumpsuits or warm outfits
  • Small cotton blankets
  • Baby wipes or cotton wool
  • Face washers.

Birth partners should also prepare a bag.

Support during labour

It can be helpful to have a partner, family or friend providing emotional and physical support during labour. The hospital allows two support people with you during labour that can help you by:

  • supporting your decisions, such as the pain relief methods that you choose
  • explaining to the doctor or midwife what you need – and the other way round – which can help you feel much more in control of the situation
  • cut the umbilical cord – talk to your midwife about this.
What will happen when I arrive at the hospital?

On your arrival

Go to Birth Suite located on level 5 of Ipswich Hospital. It’s important that you bring your Pregnancy Health Record book.

A midwife will assess your health and discuss your birthing preferences before taking you into one of the birthing rooms for your labour. To start with, the midwife will:

  • check the baby’s position by feeling your stomach
  • check your temperature, pulse and blood pressure
  • listen to the baby’s heart rate
  • time your contractions
  • put an identification band on your wrist.

Birthing rooms

Birthing rooms have fit balls, mats, heat packs and seating for your support person.

How can I get emotional support?

Women experience different emotions during pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. It helps if you can talk about your concerns openly with your partner, close friend and GP. There are also many organisations that offer support.

For signs of depression, there are a number of places you can go for help, including a visit to your doctor.

Perinatal mental health

Mental health support

Pregnancy support