Maternity Services

Maternity Services on the Mid North Coast are offered through Port Macquarie Base Hospital, Kempsey District Hospital, Macksville District Hospital, Coffs Harbour Health Campus.  As well as Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Service (AMIHS).

For further information for your pregnancy, labour, birth and caring for your baby please refer to the resources below:

Having a Baby

Having a Baby is for all women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. It also provides valuable information for partners and families, helping you understand and participate in this significant phase of your lives. Having a Baby has a strong focus on healthy pregnancies and normal birth. However, it also provides information and advice when things do not go to plan. Most importantly, this resource explains the options for pregnancy and birth care in NSW and promotes informed choices for pregnant women.

raisingchildren.net.au

raisingchildren.net.au provides free, reliable, up-to-date and independent information to help your family grow and thrive together. They are funded by the Australian Government, reviewed by experts and non-commercial, so you know you can trust this source.

The pregnancy and birth section provides valuable information for pregnancy and preparing for labour and birth. We have the answers to hundreds of parenting questions, where and when you need them.

Strong Women strong Babies pregnancy diary
Food safety during pregnancy
Fetal Movements
Still Aware
Quit Smoking
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Whooping Cough
Protect against the Flu
Mothersafe: medications in pregnancy and breastfeeding
Newborn bloodspot screening
Pregnancy Screening for Group B Streptococcus (GBS)
Hepatitis B Vaccination
Vitamin K for newborn Babies
Pregnancy beyond 41 weeks
Safe sleeping for your baby
State Wide Hearing Screening (SWIS-H)
Breast feeding your baby
Self-Care
Mental Health
Safer Baby
Safe Sleeping - Mum
Keeping You and the Family Safe

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault:

Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia 24/7 1800 424 017

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Women’s Refuges

Sexual Health, diseases, contraception, abortion

 

COVID-19 Related resources for Pregnant Women and New Parents

The situation with the COVID 19 Pandemic is constantly changing and to keep you, your baby and our staff safe we have implemented the following changes to our visitor policy across all Mid North Coast Local Health District Facilities: MNCLHD Visitor Update.

For further community information please visit the NSW Health Coronavirus information page.

Below is a list of online links for pregnant women and their families’ access reliable information about the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus and Pregnancy information from Healthdirect
Coronavirus Advice from Red Nose (SIDS)
Coronavirus information from PANDA
Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak: Beyond Blue
Breastfeeding advice and COVID19
Coronavirus information From Raising Children Network
Affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) - Services Australia
Coronavirus Information from the Australian Department of Health
Supporting children through disasters: Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

 

Services available at these locations

Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour Health Campus
345 Pacific Highway
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
Phone 02 6656 7214

Coffs Maternity Unit provides care for pregnancy, labour and birth, special care nursery and post birth care including home maternity care.

Referrals
The Pregnancy Care Service can be contacted on 6656 5300 during business hours for appointments and bookings. Women can self-refer to this service from 14 weeks or may be referred by a GP for pregnancy care.

For women experiencing early pregnancy complications the Early Pregnancy Assessment Service (EPAS) is available to provide care for women up to 20 weeks’ gestation. Women can self-refer to this service or present to the emergency department if the situation is urgent.

Clinic
Pregnancy Care open Monday to Saturday with evening clinics till 7.00pm on Monday and Thursday.
Please phone 6656 5300 for an appointment.

Kempsey

Kempsey
119 River Street
Kempsey
Phone 02 6562 6155 or Maternity direct 6562 0300

Inpatient maternity services including antenatal, postnatal and delivery from 36 completed weeks including LUSCS and epidural.

Referral
Referral is required – if women wish to have a baby with us they must book in before 14 weeks gestation with a referral from their Doctor. Phone to make an appointment

Antenatal Clinics
Wednesday and Thursday
Booking in via Phone.

Parent Education
Classes ceased at present.

Labour and Birth
Continuing to provide labour and birth.  

Alternative contact numbers for the Maternity unit:
Phone 6562 0221
Phone 6562 0223

Macksville

Macksville Health Campus
Maternity Unit
Boundary Street
Macksville
Phone 02 6568 0656 or 02 6568 0631

Hours
Macksville Maternity Unit is open 24 hours a day seven days a week.
Macksville Pregnancy Care Service by appointment only.

Referral
Referral is helpful for the Pregnancy Care Service but not essential.

Our Maternity Services Provide:

  • Low risk birthing
  • Postnatal and antenatal inpatient unit
  • Outpatient Services for pregnancy concerns greater than 20 weeks’ gestation, postnatal issues, neonatal issues, SWISH hearing screening, breastfeeding problems (lactation Consultant available Monday to Friday)
  • Tertiary referral and transfer as needed
  • Midwives available 24 hours a day and access to VMO GP/Obstetricians on an on call basis
  • Antenatal Classes (are on hold for the moment)
  • Positioning classes (are on hold for the moment)
  • Referral to child and family health on discharge.

Our Pregnancy Care Services Provide:

  • Routine antenatal care from any gestation with consultations with a midwife and GP/OBS if needed
  • Booking for birthing locally or in Coffs Harbour
  • Shared care with local GPs and Coffs Pregnancy Care Service
  • Vaccination service for pregnancy such as boostrix and fluvax and Anti D as presently recommended in the schedule for pregnancy
  • Referrals to allied health services such as social work, physiotherapy, support services
  • Pathology services available within the facility.
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie Base Hospital
Wrights Road
Port Macquarie NSW 24500
Phone 02 5524 2000
Maternity 02 5524 2400

Outpatient Clinics:
Port Macquarie provides antenatal care to all pregnant women please contact the service for clinic times and bookings.

Early Pregnancy Assessment Service
8.30 – 12.30 Monday – Friday.  No referral is required for this service.

Early Discharge Program and Mother Craft Extended Care Programme
The service is offered 6 days a week for women that discharge before 48 hours or may need some extra care particularly breast feeding or babies that may have been admitted to the Special Care Nursery.

Inpatients
The Maternity Unit has 15 antenatal, postnatal and 4 gynaecological beds, 3 birthing rooms, assessment room and 8 special care nursery beds.