Sunnybank Maternity - here for you and your baby.
Sunnybank Private Hospital has been delivering end-to-end maternity services for many years including childbirth education, early bird physiotherapy, antenatal, intrapartum and post-natal care classes. We offer a highly regarded, end-to-end maternity service and with our new look and touch of luxury, we believe we are the number one choice for families.
We’ve refurbished, repainted and created a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for new mums, partners and family. We look forward to welcoming you on one of the most important special occasions in life – meeting your baby for the very first time.
Our new rooms, with access to beautiful landscaped gardens and seating for family and friends, now have full size single beds for partners, specially selected breastfeeding chairs, dining table and chairs, private ensuite, refrigerator and ample cupboard space.
We’ve introduced a range of complimentary luxury items as we believe all new mums deserve some pampering such as high teas, foot and hand massages and beauty products.
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.
Refurbished rooms and complimentary luxury services for mums!
- Free Parking so you can enjoy more time with visiting family and friends
- Conveniently located on the ground floor with access to beautifully landscaped gardens and seating for family and friends.
- Our refurbished rooms include:
- Fold out single bed for partners (welcome to stay overnight – fee applies
- Private ensuite
- Dining table and chairs
- Flat screen television
- Foxtel and Wireless Internet
- Lockable drawer to secure any valuables
- Ample cupboard space
- Comfort and privacy
- High Tea (up to six friends and family- one per stay)
- Beauty Products
- Express hand and food massage (2 afternoons per week)
- In room snack selections
- Birthing suites include Bluetooth speakers, natural oil diffusers, and salt lamps to create a calming atmosphere
- Interpreter services available
- Our classes include:
- antenatal classes
- early bird physiotherapy
- individualised tailored postnatal physiotherapy
- CPR and First Aid for babies
- Special Care Nursery for sick or premature babies from 32 weeks gestation
- Consultant Paediatricians
- Healthy hearing screening for baby
- Midwifery home visiting service after discharge (for local catchment)
- Partner meals (free of charge)
- Lactation consultant referrals
- Skin to skin
- Anti-D clinic for Rh negative mothers
- Preadmission clinic for caesarean section
- Special photography rates by professional Newborn Photographer
- Experienced and caring team of midwives and staff
Youare welcome to tour our new look maternity ward and talk to our clinical staffand midwives about any questions you might have about having your baby atSunnybank Private.
Tours are available every Saturday and Sunday at 3:30pm (bookings are essential). Please contact (07) 3344 9308 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Parking is free at Sunnybank Private. 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
- Complimentary slippers are stored in your cupboard
- 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 your doctor has advised you to have an elective Caesarean Section, you will be required to attend the pre-admission clinic before the 36th week of your pregnancy. The pre-admission clinic is held each Wednesday between 8.00am and 3.00pm. Please contact the Maternity Unit to make an appointment.
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.
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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
Do you know how to help your little one in an emergency situation? CPR Kids’ Baby & Child CPR and First Aid classes are now available at our hospital.
Learn the skills to help keep your child safe, and how to act confidently in an emergency situation.
Classes are $99 including GST and will be held on the following dates and start at 9.00am and finish at midday.
- 8th December
2019 CPR Dates are:
- Saturday 23rd March
- Saturday 6th July
- Saturday 28th September
- Saturday 14th December
Bookings are essential. To make a booking for a CPR Class please see details below:
online - www.cprkids.com.au/booking
email - email@example.com
phone - 1300 543 727
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.
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 free of charge. Please ask for a menu from our Ward clerk and order before 4.00pm. We have overnight Ottomans which fold out to a large single bed if your partner wishes to sleep at the hospital. There is an associated cost per night, which is charged to your account. Conditions apply. Partners are asked to arrive before 9.00pm and if staying with your overnight as access is restricted after this time. This is to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.
It is expected that if partners spend the night, your baby will room in with you for the night. 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, we ask that they bring suitable night attire i.e. 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 support when you get home. Children are not permitted to stay overnight.
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 lock any external doors (if you have one) and 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.
When you are discharged from hospital you will receive your baby’s “Personal Health Record” book. This will include details of your baby’s birth and immunisation.
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.
It is Law that every baby is secured during motor vehicle transport. We recommend an approved baby restraint. For further information, contact the Road Safety Division, Department of Transport in your state.
New mums who live within the catchment area of Sunnybank Private, will receive a visit at home from one of our midwives during the first two weeks after you leave hospital. You may also receive a second visit or 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 newborn 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 expense however for those who live outside our catchment area, we will happily organise a referral for you so that you are still provided with ongoing support if required.
Dr Jennie ConnellObstetrician & Gynaecologist
She graduated in Medicine from the University of Queensland in 2003 and chose specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology to allow her to follow her love of helping to achieve best health outcomes for women.
Jennie has particular interests in all-risk obstetrics, normal pregnancy, complex pregnancy and maternity care, pregnancy ultrasound, research and teaching.
For planning the healthiest of pregnancies, Jennie offers individualised pre-conception health counseling, early pregnancy care and ongoing pregnancy care.
For women outside pregnancy, Jennie offers comprehensive care of menstrual and menopausal disorders, HPV/Pap smear abnormalities, and vaginal surgery.
Jennie is pleased to offer specialist care in the South Brisbane region through Sunnybank Centre for Women.
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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Dr Sharon Xian LiObstetrician, Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist
Dr Sharon Li is a specialist Obstetrician, Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist who compassionately meets the unique gynaecological needs of women in Brisbane and surrounding areas. She also focuses on female reproductive health, with particular expertise in infertility and IVF treatments.
As a female Obstetrician, Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist, Dr Li is especially attentive to the unique needs and concerns of women. Dr Sharon Li provides full care in a friendly, private and interactive environment. She offers superior gynaecological solutions, innovative surgical techniques and non-surgical therapies. Dr Li is supported by an experienced and compassionate team who are ready and willing to assist.
Dr Sharon Li’s Gynaecologist and Obstetrics services are coordinated from her private practice in Sunnybank Private Medical Centre.
Dr Sharon Li prides herself on welcoming each and every patient into a warm and friendly environment. She strives to build a strong relationship with patients and their families, and in many cases she has seen women throughout multiple pregnancies and births.
As a woman and experienced specialist in her field, Dr Li understands the female body and the pressures that come with being a woman. Driven by her passion to help women embark on their journey for an improved quality of life, Dr Li offers a relaxed and caring service, which meets all of her patients’ individual needs.
Dr Li can be contacted on:
Phone: (07) 3219 6868.
Fax: (07) 3219 6869
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