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Labour and Birth

Maternity services are offered at two of our South West Healthcare campuses, Warrnambool and Camperdown. Warrnambool has approximately 700 births per year and Camperdown 35.

At SWH the Midwives on the Maternity Ward will provide care for you during the labour and post-natal period, until you are discharged home.

Maternity Ward

The Maternity Ward is the hospital ward that women go to when they are in labour and ready to have their baby. It is also where women with women’s health issues, pregnancy related complications, gynaecological problems, and women post-surgery will be looked after.

The Maternity Ward at Warrnambool is located on level 2 of the Warrnambool Base Hospital. It comprises of 12 beds and 4 birthing suites.

Women are supported by both midwives and doctors who provide care surrounding all aspects of pregnancy, labour and postnatal care for women and babies. Our service also includes access to a lactation consultant to support you in your breastfeeding journey. The unit consists of single rooms and double rooms; there is a visitor’s sitting room, a pantry to help yourself to tea/ coffee, a feeding room to store your milk or make bottles up and a nursery that has facilities for bathing your baby.

A midwife will be assigned to your care at all times. All questions are important, so please use the call bell system so your midwife can come and help you.

The time you spend in hospital will depend on the type of birth you have had and your health. It is usually 2 nights for a normal vaginal birth and 3 nights for a Caesarean. This can change if there are complications or further time is thought to be beneficial.

You will have your baby with you at your bedside during the day and night, this will help you to get to know your baby.

To ensure the health and safety of our community, we are not currently conducting tours of maternity services at South West Healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are not in labour, but have concerns for you or your baby during your pregnancy SWH have a Maternity Assessment Unit (MAU) for urgent advice and care. Outside of MAU operating hours you contact the Maternity Ward for all your concerns.


Page last updated: 29 July 2022

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