Maternity services

  
 
 
 
Booking into Epworth Freemasons
 

​Simply ask your general practitioner to refer you to an Epworth accredited obstetrician. View a list of Epworth Freemasons accredited obstetricians. Your chosen obstetrician will do the rest.

 
 

By booking into Epworth Freemasons you have access to all of our maternity services and facilities, as well as the wider services of Epworth HealthCare.

 

There is no booking fee. We recommend you contact your health fund to determine your insurance entitlements. 

 

For more information regarding the booking process, please phone our booking office on 03 9418 8300 during 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday. We would love to hear from you.

 
 
 

A comprehensive education program

 

To assist you and your family in preparing for the birth of your new baby, Epworth Freemasons offers a comprehensive childbirth education program. Our experienced midwives provide comprehensive workshops and information sessions. Some of the topics include: Pregnancy, Labour and birth, Breastfeeding, Early parenting, baby settling, Multiple births, grandparents, refresher and hospital tours. Classes are facilitated in the maternity unit on level2, 320 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne. To book a childbirth education class or for more information, call 03 9418 8314 before 20 weeks of pregnancy to avoid disappointment.


For mothers experiencing difficulties with breastfeeding, the hospital has a complimentary breast feeding clinic, managed by qualified lactation consultants. For appointments, please call 03 9418 8310. 

 
 
 

Breastfeeding Clinic

 

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During your admission, a lactation consultant will assist with breastfeeding your new baby. Epworth Freemasons offers a breastfeeding clinic for mothers to receive advice and help from the hospital’s many internationally qualified lactation consultants. Our Lactation Consultants cover all types of breastfeeding issues including positioning and attachment, over or under supply, mastitis, understanding baby cues and assistance with twins. View our breastfeeding information sheet​


This service is complimentary, however bookings are required as places are limited. To book an appointment, or to discuss feeding concerns, phone our maternity liaison midwife on 03 9418 8310.

 
 
 
 

Physiotherapy

 

To assist you with your recovery after your baby has been born, Epworth Freemasons offers an in-room physiotherapy consultation for each patient. For more information call Fitwise Physiotherapy  03 9486 0512 or go to www.fitwise.com.au.

 

Please note the physiotherapist attends Park Hyatt Melbourne on Tuesday, Thursday  and Saturday.

 
 

Newborn screening test

 

All newborns are tested within the first 48-72 hours of birth. In Victoria, about 25 different conditions are tested for. If your baby has a positive result, further testing may be required. 

 

Infant massage

Infant massage classes are held weekly and cost $20 per family. The rhythmic movements of massage help to regulate and improve sleeping patterns, ease discomfort and encourage healthy growth and development. Classes are held each Thursday at 10am in the Parentcraft Room on the maternity ward. Bookings are not required.  For general enquiries contact QiRythm 0417 035 497 or visit http://qirhythm.com.au/ for more information.

 

Qi Rhythm practitioners also massage in the convenience of your hospital room. Speak to your midwife if you are interested in this service. 

 

Hourly rounding​

 

Our dedicated nursing staff will support you during your postnatal stay and provide very good care. They will visit you each hour to monitor your progress, provide medications and assist with the care of your baby.

 

Rooming in

 

Rooming in allows mothers and babies to stay together. Your baby will stay with you in the comfort of your room unless an admission to the Special Care Nursery is required. Rooming in helps establish a routine and promotes bonding between new babies and parents.

 
 

Baby portraiture

 

The team at Podkins are available to photograph your new baby in hospital on Tuesdays and Fridays. Home sittings are also available. Phone 0417 547 948 to make an appointment.

 

Discharge

 

Relax at Park Hyatt Melbourne in exquisite luxury accommodation after your birth, through our maternity hotel program.

 

If you have a vaginal delivery or an uncomplicated elective caesarean section, you will be discharged on day five. If you have an emergency or complicated caesarean section delivery, you will be discharged on day six.


 

Early discharge voucher

 

Vouchers are available if you would like to return home earlier than your expected length of stay. This includes a $200 Coles/Myer voucher. Please speak to your nurse to see if you would like to discharge early.

 

Patient identification

 

On admission, you will receive an identification band. This will include your name and date of birth and placed on your wrist/leg. Please make sure the information on the band is correct. If you have an allergy, you will also need to wear a red band. Please wear your wristband at all times. Partners staying overnight will also be given a wristband to wear


 

Visiting hours​

 

Friends and family are welcome to visit at anytime that suits you throughout the day however please be mindful that you make time for your own recovery and time to bond with your baby. Please be considerate of other patients and families who may be recovering and remind your guests that visitors are required to leave the hospital premises by 8pm (this excludes partners).


 

Where to find us

 

Epworth Freemasons Maternity is located at:


Level 2, 320 Victoria Parade
East Melbourne 


Level 1, 166 Clarendon Street
East Melbourne


Epworth Freemasons Maternity includes six rooms at Park Hyatt Melbourne. 


Parking


Undercover parking is available onsite at Victoria Parade. Discounted rates apply for partners. Please ask maternity reception on admission about discounted rates. 




Further information


Download Epworth Maternity Brochure​


For further information, please contact: 


 

Epworth Post Natal Ward 

Phone: 03 9418 8304​​​​


Associate Director Maternity Services

Jennifer Francis 

Phone 0419251475


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For a booking:


Ask your general practitioner to refer you to an Epworth accredited obstetrician.


For more information call:


03 9418 8300