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Mother Baby Unit

The Mother Baby Unit offers inpatient and day programs for families who experience difficulties and adjustment following the arrival of a new baby.

The unit has 6 beds and can accommodate mothers in the antenatal and postnatal period with their babies and can also provide overnight accommodation for fathers at an additional cost.

The Mother Baby Unit offers an inpatient program for babies below 12 months old with sleep and settling difficulties, and also for mothers who are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety or adjustment in the weeks and months after childbirth.

All mothers and babies admitted to the Mother and Baby Unit will be provided with a private room and babies are offered a separate sleep room with video monitoring if needed to help support mother and baby with sleep and settling. Each room is equipped with a safe for any personal belongings.Families will have access to tea and coffee making facilities, a kitchen with dining area, as well as hospital Wi-Fi.

For admission to the Mother and Baby Unit private health cover is recommended and a referral from your specialist or GP is required. Once the referral is received, the referred person will be added to our waiting list. Mothers/carers will be notified of availability and provided with a planned admission date and time.

The sleep and settling program is a three night program, which provides assessment, education and support strategies for babies with unsettled behaviour or sleeping difficulties.

Every baby is assessed by a Paediatrician who in consultation with the nursing staff, will provide an individual care plan.

Once you receive a referral from your GP, download, complete and send the ‘Intake Booking’ form available in attachments below to northparkbookings@healthscope.com.au or alternatively fax it to 9467 4142.

Please advise our staff when discussing your admission, if your child has been unwell in the past few weeks.

Mothers who experience symptoms of depression, anxiety or adjustment or other postpartum difficulties are admitted under the care of a Psychiatrist.

This program is based on a recovery model and participation in individual, group therapy and ward programs are encouraged.

We have a range of specialists including psychiatrists, paediatricians, psychologists, nurse therapists, art therapists, social workers.

Once you receive a referral from your GP, please call 03 9468 0850 to organise admission.

For parent

  • Health fund/Medicare cards
  • Current Medications
  • Nighties/dressing gown/slippers
  • Comfortable casual clothing and footwear
  • Your own toiletries
  • Tissues
  • Enough money for incidentals

For baby

  • Child health care record (green book)
  • Current medications
  • Bottle teats, bottlebrush, formula, feeding cup and spoon
  • Pram
  • Disposable nappies
  • Nappy change lotion, bath lotion or pure soap (if desired)
  • Dummy (optional)
  • Clothes for entire length of stay
  • Baby wraps
  • Toys (babies must use their own toys and cannot share)
  • Any specific food items (if desired)

Please do not bring valuables into the hospital as we cannot be held responsible for any items or belongings that are damaged or go missing.

Our visiting hours are from 2 – 8pm. Other arrangements can be made with staff. Partners are welcome to stay overnight at an additional cost.

New Mothers Support Program

Northpark Private Hospital’s New Mothers Support Program is a 10 week Day Rehabilitation program specifically designed for women who experience emotional distress/disorders associated with childbirth, adjustment and other child-related difficulties.

This program offers strategies and skills to assist new mothers to deal with these emotional difficulties as well as equip them with the necessary skills to help support their infant’s health and wellbeing.

These include:

  • Managing depression and anxiety
  • Stress management and relaxation
  • Improving communication skills
  • Problem-solving and time management
  • Mother and infant relationship enhancement
  • Improving self-esteem
  • Exploring and enhancing support networks; and
  • Setting realistic expectations and goals.

This closed program runs throughout the year on Thursdays from 10.00 to 3.00pm, and is ideally suited for mothers of babies between birth to one year of age. Mothers are welcome and encouraged to bring their child with them. Mothers of children aged one to five years of age may attend the program alone.

For more information or to refer please contact Day Program Intake on 03 9468 0177 or dayprogram.intake@healthscope.com.au

Private health cover is recommended and a referral from your specialist or GP is required.

For mothers experiencing depression or anxiety after the birth of their baby, we can arrange an urgent outpatient appointment with one of our Psychiatrists.

You will require a referral from your GP prior to making your appointment.

The referral can be sent to us via:

Email: northpark.referrals@healthscope.com.au
Telephone: 03 9468 0110
Fax: 9468 0120

Download information:

  • Intake booking form
  • Patient information brochure
  • Leaving hospital brochure Leaving hospital brochure
  • New mothers support group
  • New mothers art therapy group
  • New mothers inpatient services
  • New mothers support program

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