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.

Birthing Suite

Four large delivery suites feature a calming environment, while being equipped with the latest medical technology.  With access to a leafy courtyard, each has an ensuite with shower, free Wi-Fi and our multifunctional birthing beds are fully adjustable to suit your delivery preferences. We can also supply yoga balls if preferred.

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.


Caesarean Section

Caesarean sections are conducted in the Burnside Hospital perioperative suite on level 1.

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

  • receives prior instruction regarding 'Rights and Responsibilities'
  • Is 18 years or over
  • comply with any instructions given by the specialists or theatre team

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. 


Wireless Monitoring

See the below video for more information on our wireless monitoring device that allows patients in the early stages of labour to walk freely through the ward, hospital grounds or the heritage-listed Attunga Gardens:



For that extra measure of safety, a fully equipped operating suite is located on level one and available 24 hours, seven days a week, as well as an accredited Special Care Nursery is equipped to meet the needs of babies requiring specialised care such as oxygen therapy or intravenous therapy.

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. Referrals can be initiated either by your treating obstetrician or the Clinical Manager of the Maternity Service. A qualified physiotherapist can provide a postnatal review and check your progress and physical recovery following delivery. The physio is also able to provide advice and exercises that will help in your recovery. 

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