Sunnybank Maternity - here for you and your baby.
Our maternity team look forward to welcoming you on one of the most special occasions in life – meeting your baby for the very first time. Our nursing staff, health professionals and private specialists will support and encourage you as you transition into your new, or extended, role as a parent. No two patients or births are the same and we are committed to offering you individualised, holistic care to reach the best possible outcome for both mother and child. Thank you for considering Maternity at Sunnybank Private. We look forward to joining you on this journey.
- Conveniently located on the ground floor with access to beautifully landscaped gardens
- Comfort & Privacy
- Large private room with Ensuite
- Birthing suites with bath
- Flat screen televisions
- Foxtel and Wireless Internet
- Interpreter services available
- Special Care Nursery for sick or premature babies from 32 weeks gestation
- Consultant Pediatricians
- Antenatal Classes
- Early Bird Physiotherapy Class
- Individualized tailored Postnatal Physiotherapy
- Healthy Hearing Screening for baby
- Midwifery Home Visiting Service after discharge (for the local catchment)
- Partners are welcome to stay overnight.
- Partner meals
- Lactation consultant referrals
- Skin to skin
- Anti-D Clinic for Rh negative mothers
- Preadmission clinic for cesarean section
- Experienced and caring team of midwives and clinical staff
Come and meet the team of midwives and clinical staff for an introductory tour of the Maternity Ward. Weekend tours of the ward are available every Saturday and Sunday at 3.30pm (bookings are essential). Please contact (07) 3344 9308
Electronic Patient registration
Once your pregnancy is confirmed and you have booked with an Obstetrician, please fill out our online registration form.
Please ensure it is completed as soon as possible, and no later than 20 weeks into your pregnancy.
Please have the following information ready when registering your admission
- Hospital: Sunnybank Private Hospital
- Doctor (Obstetrician)
- Admission reason: Confinement (delivery of baby)
- Expected date of delivery
- Name and contact details of your next-of-kin
- Name and contact details of your GP
- Health History and a list of current medications
- Medicare Card
- Pension Card (if applicable)
- Health Care Card (if applicable)
- Safety Net or Concession Card (if applicable)
- Private Health Insurance Membership Card (if applicable)
If you have any concerns or need assistance with completing your online admission forms, please contact (07) 3344 9308 between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday, or alternatively, please come and see us at the maternity ward.
We encourage you to restrict your visitor numbers and the length of time they stay, as adequate rest is essential for new and expecting mothers. Visiting by partners is not restricted, but general visiting is strictly 10.30am to 12.30pm and 4.00pm to 8.00pm daily.
From 12.30pm to 4.00pm there is a strict rest period. Family and friends please be considerate and respect our mothers rest period. Partners can visit at any time.
If you are unwell and experiencing any of the following symptoms, please do not visit our patients in hospital
- Cough & Sore throat
- Fever & chills
- Nausea & vomiting
When you arrive at the hospital, please go straight to the maternity unit. If you are in strong labour, your partner is welcome to park at the front entrance to the hospital. If necessary, your partner should summon assistance and escort you to the maternity unit. Please remove the vehicle as soon as possible to avoid obstructing emergency vehicles.
If you arrive for admission during the night (from 9.00pm to 6.00am) you will find the doors locked for security purposes. Please summon a Midwife by pressing the external night call button at the front entrance of the hospital.
What to bring to Hospital for labour and delivery
- Camera (as well as batteries and chargers)
- IPad / Laptop if desired
- Favorite music
- Comfortable clothing
- Sleepwear (for after the birth)
- Dad’s shower wear (for labour)
- Covered footwear for partner/support person
- Lip balm
- Magazines / books
- Oil / lotion for massage
- Preferred snacks
What to bring to Hospital for after the birth of your baby
- Sleepwear/dressing gown
- Comfortable casual clothing (if desired)
- Four packs of maternity/sanitary pads
- Maternity bras and underwear
- Two boxes of nursing pads
- Hair dryers / hair straighteners etc.
- Health Fund Card
- Medicare Card
*Note: if fathers are staying please ensure you bring appropriate sleepwear and toiletries
What to bring to Hospital for your baby
- Any clothes you may wish to dress your baby in
- Beanie (optional)
- Baby blanket and clothes (for taking baby home)
- Formula (if you intend to bottle-feed)
- Infant car restraint for the day of discharge
Please note: Nappies, baby clothing, bunny rugs and feeding equipment are provided during your stay
What NOT to bring
- Large sums of money (additional to payment for out of pocket or Gap expenses)
- Other valuables
- Hot water bottles, wheat packs and hot packs
- Sterilizing equipment and baby bottles
Sunnybank Private Hospital does not accept any responsibility or liability for loss of any items, valuables, amounts of money, or credit cards brought into the hospital. If it is required, please arrange with the main reception or nurse to have any valuable items placed into safe custody.
If you think your labour has commenced, please telephone the Maternity Unit so that we can prepare for your arrival. It is very important to contact the Maternity Unit without delay if any of the following occur:
- Ruptured membranes or continuous leaking of fluid
- Vaginal bleeding
- Regular contractions
- Premature labour (prior to 37 weeks)
- Unusual or severe abdominal pain
- Dizziness or blurred vision
- Persistent headaches
- Any trauma such as assault, a car accident or a fall
- Any concerns about baby’s movement (especially if less than 10-12 per day)
Please contact us if you have any worries or concerns on (07) 3344 9309 or (07) 3344 9308. For any other health issues unrelated to your pregnancy please contact your general practitioner.
In the event of a medical emergency call 000.
The Healthscope Hospital Group has contracts with all major health funds, minimising out-of-pocket expenses for members. Provided you have health fund coverage, other than basic health insurance, you will be covered for the accommodation and birth of your baby. Please note that you may receive bills for other charges incurred whilst you are in hospital that are not covered by your private health fund eg. Pathology, Specialist fees etc.
Check these things now
Make sure your health insurance covers both you and the baby. If you only have single cover, you will need to upgrade to family cover well in advance of your confinement. You will receive a letter from the hospital two months prior to your due date confirming your booking and requesting payment of the hospital excess prior to admission.
If you are uninsured, please contact the hospital for an estimate of expenses. The full amount will be required two months prior to your due date.
Payment of your account
We request that your account is finalised at front reception prior to discharge.
This practical class is suitable from 12 weeks gestation. This class is conducted by our women’s health specialist physiotherapist. Classes are 2 hours in duration and include these topics:
- Back care
- Postural changes
- Pelvic floor and core exercise
- Fitness and Safe exercise in pregnancy
- Relaxation and breath awareness
- Common physical discomforts of pregnancy and how to relieve them
This is a “ladies only” practical session. Please wear appropriate clothing such as shorts and a loose fitting shirt.
When: Weeknights between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Bookings are essential
This series of classes are held over a four week period are designed for women and their partners who are expecting their first baby and are also recommended if there has been a significant gap between this pregnancy and your previous child. We recommend you attend these classes from 28 weeks.
These classes are conducted by experienced midwives and will include:
- A tour of the hospital
- Changes to your body during pregnancy
- When to contact the hospital
- Stages of labour
- Birth options
- Positions for labour
- Normal birth physiology
- Caesarean section
- Unexpected outcomes
- Postnatal period
- Caring for your baby
When: Weeknights between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. It is important that you book these classes as early as possible. Bookings are essential by phoning the ward (07)3344 9308
Sunnybank Private Hospital is committed to providing a safe environment for patients, visitors and staff.
An identification bracelet will be applied to your wrist on admission. This information will include your name, date of birth, unit record number and sex. The identification bracelet will be red if you have informed us of allergies to drugs or foods.
Your baby will have two identification bracelets applied to both wrists. This information will include your surname, date and time of birth, sex and unit record number.
Your baby’s ID bracelet will be applied in the birth suites or the operating theatre prior to transferring to the ward or nursery. All babies will have the surname of the mother whilst you are in hospital.
On admission, your partner will also be given an identification bracelet with your details. Identification bracelets must remain on both mother and baby during your hospitalisation. Your ID bracelet and your baby’s ID bracelets will be checked by your midwife each shift.
Additionally if your baby is separated from you for any reason, it is the joint responsibility of the midwife and mother to check the identification bracelets on return to the room. Identification bracelets are checked and removed at time of discharge.
We encourage you to keep your baby in your room with you as this promotes:
- Enhanced bonding
- Opportunities for learning practical parenting skills
- Establishment of lactation
- Increased confidence
- Decreased risk of cross infection
After a normal delivery - most mothers and babies will be ready to go home in approximately three to five days.After a caesarean section - most mothers and babies will be ready to go home in approximately five to seven days
Relatives and friends are requested not to phone the birthing suite to enquire about patients. In the interest of patient privacy, staff cannot give details about progress of labour or about the baby. It is best to arrange for your support person to contact the people you wish to keep informed.Mobile phones may not be used in the birthing suites or special care nursery as they may interfere with monitoring equipment.
If your partner would like to dine with you during your stay, they may order a meal for a nominal fee. Please see our ward clerk for a menu and payment voucher.We have overnight chairs available if your partner wishes to sleep at the hospital. There is an associated cost per night, which is charged to your account. Conditions apply.It is expected that if partners spend the night, your baby will room in with you for the nights. This encourages bonding and helps you with parenting skills. Staff will be able to provide support and settling strategies if needed. This will help prepare your new family for the many challenges that you may experience following discharge. If partners do stay, it would be appreciated that suitable night attire be worn e.g. pyjamas.We do not recommend that partners stay every night. Caring for a new baby can be exhausting and sleep deprivation is very common. Partners need to be well rested to cope with the challenges and provide support when you go home. Children are not permitted to stay overnight.Please see our ward clerk for a payment voucher and a menu before 4.00pm on the day of stay.
On day two or three after your baby’s birth, your baby will have a routine neonatal screening test to detect metabolic disorders. This involves a few drops of blood from your baby’s heel. You will be contacted if the results are abnormal. Written consent for the test will be obtained on admission to hospital.
Hearing screening is offered to all babies born at Sunnybank Private Hospital.Healthy hearing screening is fully funded by Queensland Health and you will not be charged for this service.
Our maternity unit is a secure area accessed by swipe card activation for staff and doctors.The doors are opened for visiting hours only. There is an intercom available at the door for partner access outside these hours. Please be advised that the front doors are locked from 9.00pm to 6.00am. We understand sometimes there is conflict within families and you may wish to exclude some visitors. Please notify your midwife so we may assist you with your wishes and privacy.We ask that you keep the door to your room closed and do not leave your baby unattended in your room.
Discharge time is 10.00am. Please arrange your transport home prior to your day of discharge.
Birth Registration is completed online.
“The Parent Pack” will be given to you after the birth of your baby. This contains – “Claim Parental Leave Pay, Family Assistance and register for Medicare” forms and information. It is the parent’s responsibility to complete and submit these forms.
All families at Sunnybank Private Hospital are entitled to receive a visit at home from a Midwife, during the first two weeks after you leave hospital. You are also entitled to a second Midwifery home visit or a phone call, to support you in your transition to parenting, during your first month at home.
At our visit we will provide a postnatal assessment to Mum and a New Born assessment of your Baby. We will also offer you information and support, which we hope will help you in your transition to your new parenting role. There is no out of pocket cost for the family it is fully funded by Medicare Local.
If you live outside of our service area then don't worry as we can organise a referral for you so that you are still provided with this support.
Dr Stephen ElgeyObstetrician & Gynaecologist
Dr Stephen Elgey graduated from the University of Queensland and grew up around Brisbane. In his spare time, he enjoys running marathons and spending time with his young family. Stephen provides a broad range of services including fertility management, pregnancy care, gynaecological conditions, menopause and contraception options. He specialises in minimally invasive surgical techniques, helping patients get back to optimum health as quickly as possible. If you are preparing to become a mother, trying to conceive or facing fertility issues or recurrent miscarriage, you'll find Stephen approachable and positive. Importantly, he ensures you are fully informed about your options at all times, so you can take an active role in your health care. He works closely with GP’s, other specialists and City Fertility to ensure his patients achieve the highest level of care.
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