Maternity facilities



Epworth Freemasons has world class facilities and rooms. These include:

 

  • 9 fully equipped delivery suites
  • 38 luxurious private single post natal suites
  • 10 cot special care nursery.

 

Each private suite has modern and spacious decor and is fully equipped with its own ensuite, mini fridge, microwave, coffee/tea making facilities, television, telephone and wi-fi connection. Meal service with an a-la-carte menu is also available.

 

To accommodate partners several private suites have double size beds, allowing you and your partner the opportunity to relax and enjoy a few private moments with the new addition to your family. A limited number of foldaway beds are available and partners are encouraged to stay overnight​.

 

The nurses' station is only a short distance away should you require any assistance or advice, at anytime, day and night.



Tours


View a virtual tour of our facilities, including delivery suites, special care nursery, and postnatal rooms. Tours of the facilities are also available by appointment. Book your tour online or call 03 9418 8300 to reserve your place.



Birthing suites


mat-room.jpgOur modern birthing suites are host to the latest technology, which is blended discreetly into the decor of the rooms creating a harmonious, safe and personal environment. For that extra measure of safety, a fully equipped operating theatre is nearby to deal with any complications as well as a special care nursery.


Our maternity staff are committed to providing you with informed choices in childbirth.


Our expert team of midwives will provide you and your family with personalised care, advice and support, discussing with you the various choices and facilities available.


Meals may be ordered from the catering service for your partner or support people while you are in labour. Mothers and babies usually stay a few hours in the birthing suites following the birth before being transferred to one of our post natal facilities. The baby remains with the parents at all times, unless transfer to the special care nursery is required.



Special care nursery


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Premature and sick babies are cared for in the Special Care Nursery (SCN). Epworth Freemasons has a 10 bed high dependency level 2 unit and babies are admitted from 32 weeks gestation.


Babies admitted to the nursery receive specialised care and are kept under observation 24 hours a day. They are screened for a variety of health issues and treated accordingly.  Special Care Nursery staff encourage parents to participate in all aspects of baby care including feeding, bathing and dressing.  


Paediatricians visit the nursery daily and monitor the progress of each baby individually. They provide ongoing support to parents and provide recommendations. Paediatricians are on-call after hours and are available in case of emergencies. 


Visiting hours


Visiting hours for parents are unrestricted. We encourage parents to be present as much as possible as babies can hear your voice and feel your touch.


Two visitors are permitted into the nursery, per baby at any given time. 

All visitors must wash and sanitise their hands before entering the nursery. Visitors with flu like symptoms are restricted into the nursery as babies are vulnerable to infection.



Various levels of care: 


High flow

High flow oxygen/air is a form of respiratory support in babies where their breathing is spontaneous. 


Phototherapy

These are special blue lights which are placed over babies who are jaundice. To protect their eyes we place special eye pads or glasses. Phototherapy is used for neonatal jaundice. (Yellow discolouration of the skin.)


CPAP

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Non invasive respiratory support for babies.


Skin to Skin Contact

Skin to Skin Contact is a method of holding your baby that involves placing your baby on your chest. This method promotes bonding, feeding and helps your baby to self regulate. Nursery staff are available to assist. 

Nasogastric Tube Feeding

Your baby may require tube to be fed via a nasogastric tube whilst learning to suck and swallow. Parents are welcome to assist with this and nursery staff will direct you.


Isolette

If your baby requires oxygen or phototherapy your baby will be put in a heated isolette. It has small windows for your hands so you can touch your baby.


Oral Sucrose

Giving newborn babies sucrose by mouth is a safe way to reduce or minimise discomfort.


If you have questions or concerns about your baby, please contact us at any time. 


Special Care Nursery Phone: 03 9418 8016


Useful links:

Raising Children Network

Australian Multiple Birth Association

Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia

Australian Breastfeeding Association


Epworth Freemasons at Park Hyatt Melbourne


At Epworth Freemasons we are committed to creating an environment that will support and help you bond with your baby. 


We believe that our boutique Hospital in the Hotel Program  at the nearby Park Hyatt Hotel, is an extension of that care. 


Because each birth and situation is different, this program is not available to everyone. There are strict medical criteria that needs to be met before you can be eligible for transfer to the Park Hyatt. Our maternity unit team will discuss your suitability following the birth of your baby and we encourage you to discuss your options with your obstetrician.


Read more about the Hospital in the Hotel Program.​


Pathology​


Melbourne Pathology is located on level 1 Suite 111. Hours are 8.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday and can be contacted on 03 9419 0074.


Pharmacy


Slade Pharmacy is located on the ground floor for your convenience. Trading hours are Monday to Friday 8.00am to 6.00pm. A small range of flowers, gifts and baby clothing are available. Phone 03 9200 5900.

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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