Preparing for your stay

Labour and post delivery

In consultation with your obstetrician, our experienced registered midwives are dedicated to assisting you with the labour of your choice.

Our midwives will provide you and your family with personalised care, advice and support, discussing with you the various choices and facilities available during delivery. We encourage your partner and/or a support person to participate, with our staff providing guidance and personalised care.

Mothers and babies usually stay a few hours in the birthing suites following the birth before being transferred to a room. Your baby will remain with you at all times, unless transfer to the special care nursery is required.

One support person may be present in the operating room during a caesarean section in accordance with the following requirements:

  • Must receive prior instruction re Rights and Responsibilities
  • Must be 18 years or over and must comply with any instructions given by the senior operating room scrub nurse

Where a general anaesthetic is given, a support person is permitted in the operating room after the anaesthetic has been administered and with the approval of the obstetrician, anaesthetist and operating room staff. 


Pain relief

We offer a variety of effective ways to relieve pain in labour. These can include simple breathing techniques, analgesia or epidural or as sophisticated as patient controlled epidural analgesia (PCEA), a type of regional block like the epidural but with the major advantage of allowing you, the patient, to control your own dosing of medication.

These pain relief options should be discussed with your midwife, obstetrician and anaesthetist.

Filming and videography

We ask that you and/or your support person follow the attending midwife’s instructions relating to the use of cameras (including video) at all times.

In the labour ward, still cameras may be used and video cameras may only be used prior to or just following the birth.

For safety reasons, support persons may not use video cameras or digital video capture in the Birthing Room or Operating Room (OR) under any circumstances. Still cameras only may be used in the OR. 


Your body undergoes considerable changes during pregnancy and childbirth. Your pelvic floor muscles, abdominal muscles, posture and body awareness can all be affected pre and postnatally.

Burnside Hospital maternity service provides an ‘in room’ physio service, in which a qualified physiotherapist will provide a postnatal review and check your progress and physical recovery following delivery. The physio will also provide advice and exercises that will help in your recovery. 

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