During your pregnancy at any stage, if you are worried about yourself or your baby, or you think you may be in labour, please contact:
Westmead Private Birth Suite (02) 8837 9187
If you need urgent care contact both the Birth Suite and the Ambulance Service on "000".
In consultation with you, your Obstetrician may advise an admission for you during your pregnancy due to problems in your pregnancy. You will be advised to either present at front reception or come directly to the birth suite or maternity ward.
Every pregnancy is different, and there's wide variation in the length of labour. For first-time parents, labour often takes between ten and 20 hours. For some women, though, it lasts much longer, while for others it's over much sooner. Generally labour progresses more quickly for women who've already given birth vaginally.
We request that you contact the Birth Suite Midwife on 02 8837 9187 prior to coming into the hospital. The midwives may give you some coping tips to help you stay at home longer or may advise you to come into the hospital depending on your circumstance.
Induction of labour admission
Induction of labour is the process of starting labour artificially, rather than waiting for labour to commence naturally. Prior to making the decision about induction talk to your Obstetrician about the advantages and disadvantages and find out why they think your labour should be induced and how the procedure is done. It's your choice whether to have your labour induced or not.
Before starting the induction your doctor will assess your cervix by an internal examination. Based on the examination your doctor will recommend one or a combination of the following methods of induction:
- Prostaglandin gel
- Cervical ripening balloon catheter
- Artificially breaking the waters
- Oxytocin drip
Caesarean section admission
On the day before your admission you will be advised of the scheduled time for your surgery and subsequent ‘nil by mouth’ time by your doctor or the hospital.
This is a period of time, prior to your operation, where you will not be allowed to eat or drink. This time is determined by your Anaesthetist or Obstetrician. It is imperative that fasting times be observed for your safety during your anaesthetic.
Please shower before admission.
On the day of your surgery please go to front reception when you arrive at the hospital for admission. Remember to bring your "doctors card" with you.