Maternity questions

Some of the most common questions parents have about their admission at Epworth Freemasons Maternity are listed below.


Have more questions?


Epworth Post Natal Ward

Phone: 03 9418 8304


How do I book into Epworth Freemasons when I find out I am pregnant?

Congratulations on your pregnancy.

Ask your doctor for a referral to an Epworth Freemasons accredited Obstetrician.


If you would like help in choosing an Obstetrician, go to the choosing an obstetrician section on our website and click on the Epworth Freemasons accredited Obstetricians list.

How do I book a tour of the hospital?

We love meeting all our expectant parents and to help with any questions and/or concerns you may have about your stay with us.

Simply book online or call 03 9418 8300 to make a booking. Tours are conducted 6pm on Wednesdays and 12.30pm on Fridays by a midwife. 


How much will the hospital stay cost?

This will depend on whether or not you have health insurance and the level of cover you have.


Contact your private health care insurer and check that you have obstetrics cover. Ask your insurer what other out of pocket expenses there will be. Every insurer is different, and the cost to you will also depend on the type of cover you have. It is also a very good idea to check that you have family cover (or cover that extends to your newborn baby) so that your baby is also covered if it needed to go, for example, to the special care nursery.


There are also other costs associated with having a baby, such as your Obstetrician, Ultrasound, Pathology, Paediatrician and Anaesthetist. Although you may not require all of these services, they are separate costs that you will also need to check with your private health insurer and other service providers.


If you don’t have private health insurance, phone 03 9418 8300 for further information regarding the cost of your maternity admission at Epworth Freemasons.


There is no booking fee. There is also no extra cost if you would like to be transferred to Park Hyatt Melbourne during your stay. Your partner’s meals and any mini bar purchases are the only additional costs.

How do I book into Childbirth and Parenting Classes?

The Childbirth Education form is included in your welcome pack. Please return the form within four weeks to avoid disappointment. 


Childbirth Education classes cost $165 per couple

Refresher class cost $100 per couple

Breastfeeding (partners are welcome) 



If you are insured with BUPA, NIB or Medibank, no charges apply for Childbirth Education classes. 

To discuss your options, phone 03 9418 8314 or email

What do I bring to hospital?

To prepare for your upcoming maternity admission, It is recommended to pack the following items:

  • Your blood group card (if you have one)

  • Medications you are taking

Please bring two smaller suitcases if possible.​

In your suitcase for mother:

  • Leisure Wear

  • Night attire (3 - 4) preferaly made from cotton or natural fibers

  • Dressing gown

  • Footwear (i.e.:suppliers/thongs)

  • Underwear - high waist, firm and supportive

  • Maternity bras

  • Soap

  • Personal toiletries

  • Nursing pads (1 box)

  • Maternity sanitary pads (3 packets)

  • Eye patches/ear plugs

  • Tissues

  • Medications

For baby:

  • Baby outfits (6)

  • Cotton singlets (6)

  • Baby wraps (6)

  • Mittens and booties (2 each)

  • Baby bath solution or baby soap

  • Baby wipes or Cotton Wool

Please note that disposable nappies are supplied

For twins – double baby requirements 

Please ensure all personal items and bags are clearly marked with your surname.

How many nights do I have to stay in hospital?

Although every birth is different, the length of stay is four nights (going home on day five) for a natural birth or a planned caesarean section.

If you have had an emergency or a more complicated caesarean section you will stay for an extra day and go home on day six.


Self insured patients

Length of stay for a natural birth is three nights (going home on day four). If you have a Caesarean section, length of stay is four nights (going home on day five).


Early discharge vouchers are available should you decide to return home earlier. Please speak to your midwife or nurse in charge to discuss this option.

When to come into hospital

If there are strong signs of labour such as your waters breaking, regular contractions or blood loss, please call Birth Suite so we can prepare for your admission and inform your Obstetrician. If you are preterm, pregnant with twins, or have other high-risk conditions, contact the hosptial immedicatelyif you think you might be going into labour. 

Alternatively, if you are not sure or you are worried, please call the hospital anytime. Birth Suite phone number: 03 9418 8302

What should I expect if I am having an elective Caesarean?

You may be in the operating theatre for an hour or more. A midwife will stay and look after you and your baby in the recovery area.​

Skin to skin contact with your baby will be encouraged after your birth and the midwife will assist with breastfeeding. If baby needs to be monitored, they may be admitted to the Special Care Nursery. 

You will return to your allocated room on the Post Natal ward where your midwife will care for you and you will be offered pain relief. You will need to stay in a single bed for at least 24 hours. Partners are welcome to stay as there is a fold out couch in your room.

Can I organise a double bed in advance?

If you are interested in a double bed, please inform your midwife on the day of admission. We will do our best to accommodate your request. Please note that there is a fee for rooms with double beds and that nightly charge includes your partner’s breakfast. This is a non-rebatable item from your health insurance provider.​

Are there tests for newborns?

Your verbal permission will be required for any tests or medicines that are to be given to your baby. 

Vitamin K is needed to help the blood clot and to prevent bleeding.Babies do not get enough Vitamin K from their mothers during pregnancy or from breast milk. 

The Hepatitus B virus can lead to liver problems and liver cancers. Vitamin B will be offered as a vaccine. To be fully faccinated, your baby will need further doses up tp the age of four. The recommendation in Australia is that all babies are immunised soon after birth. 

Newborn Screen Test
A screening test is offered for all newborn babies. A midwife will prick the babys heel to produce a small amount of blood. Small spots of blood are taken and put on a piece of card. If the resutls are normal, you will not be contacted.

Hearing Screen
Hearing loss is detected by a hearing screen. The test is non invasive and can be completed in the comfort of your hospital room.  The results are instant and will be given to you after the test is completed, 

What should I expect during my hospital admisison?

Time in hosptial should be used to rest, recover and enjoy your newborn baby. Ask as many questions as you can, including bathing, changing nappies, dressing your baby, settling techniques and exercises. Help your body to recover by eating and drinking well. Food Services will ensure your meals are delivered to your room. If you need pain relief, ask your midwife and use ice packs. You can also attend a settling class, baby massage class and breastfeeding class.  

Your Obstetrician will visit you and friends and family are welcome.

For a booking:

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

For more information call:

03 9418 8300