Maternity Services

Bass Coast Health’s Maternity Service offers continuity of care during the ante-natal, birth and post-natal period. The midwives provide quality care for women who have a low risk pregnancy and work in collaboration with visiting General Practitioner Obstetricians.

During your stay, the midwives will provide information and support on how to look after yourself and your baby. The midwives provide domiciliary care (home visits) following your discharge from hospital.

Your doctor or midwife can arrange a referral if you wish.

Your length of stay is dependent on the type of birth you have, whether you have had a baby before and any complications that may arise.  
As a general rule:

  • First baby vaginal birth 72 hours
  • First baby caesarean birth 96 hours
  • Second baby or subsequent baby vaginal birth 48 hours
  • Second baby caesarean section 96 hours

Earlier discharge is available.

Bass Coast Health is able to offer a wide range of pain relief choices including epidurals and has the capability to perform caesarean section births.

Pregnancy Care

Once you are pregnant you will need to book in with a General Practitioner Obstetrician who will share care with the hospital midwives.  You will have some pregnancy care visits with the General Practitioner Obstetrician and some with the midwives during your pregnancy.

Birthing Suites

The midwifery unit offers three modern birthing suites and four ward beds.

Support of labour

You may like to choose support people to stay with you during labour and birth. We suggest you plan to have no more than three people present. Children are welcome, but an adult is required to accompany them.


Partners and support person and other children are welcome anytime. Visitors other than immediate family are restricted to 2:00pm to 8:00pm.  Rest time is between 12:00pm to 2:00pm.

Women who require urgent referral to tertiary centre for specialised or ongoing care are transferred through liaison with the Paediatric Infant Perinatal Emergency Retrieval (PIPER) service.

Contact Details

t: (03) 5671 3201