Maternity Services

Ashford Hospital is committed to providing excellence in maternity care before, during and after the birth of your child. We recognise that each of our expectant mothers have different needs and expectations. Every birth is unique and each journey a personal one.

Our maternity team will work with you to understand your goals and provide the best possible care for you, your baby and your family. We will support you throughout the process, every step of the way.

We are dedicated to providing you with a personalised experience in a nurturing environment while offering a full range of services to support you through pregnancy, birth and into motherhood.

Our caring and highly skilled team of health professionals, including Midwives, Obstetricians and Paediatricians, will work together to ensure that you have a safe and memorable experience.

Our maternity service includes:

  • The largest number of private Obstetricians to choose from in South Australia
  • Dedicated Paediatricians with consulting rooms located on-site
  • The highest level of private critical care and neonatal care available for mother and baby in South Australia
  • Medical staff rostered on-site 24/7
  • Antenatal classes and postnatal support
  • Free Wi-Fi internet access
  • Professional baby photography service
  • Accommodation voucher for eligible mothers to Peppers Waymouth Hotel Adelaide

Have your baby at Ashford Hospital

Ashford Hospital hosts regular Preparing for Pregnancy information seminars.

The seminars include:

  • Presentation from a specialist Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
  • Presentation from the Maternity Services Manager
  • Advice related to becoming pregnant and what to expect in the months ahead
  • Tour of the Maternity Unit, Labour Suites and Special Care Nursery

Register for a Seminar

2018 Dates:

Thursday, 9 August 2018
Thursday, 25 October 2018

Time: 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start and finishes by 7.30pm

Venue: Ashford Hospital, 55 Anzac Highway, Ashford

To register for a seminar please click here

Tours of the Ashford Hospital maternity ward are available. If you wish to receive more information or to attend a tour of the unit, please contact our Maternity Services Manager on 08 8375 5218.

Ashford Hospital is equipped with six Labour Suites fitted with state of the art technology, including K2 fetal monitoring systems which enable your Obstetrician to keep updated as labour progresses. The Labour Suites offer a variety of resources including a bath, birthing balls, mats and stools.

We want to ensure your stay at Ashford Hospital is as comfortable as possible. The maternity ward has 20 private rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms. Each room is equipped with an electric bed, television, radio, telephone, access to Wi-Fi and a call bell for assistance. The rooms also include a lounge chair that converts to a sofa bed for your partner to sleep.

Please note - Large arrangements of flowers or gifts cannot be accommodated in the maternity ward rooms.

Ashford Hospital maternity unit facilities include a Level 5 Nursery, which is able to provide intensive support for newborns and those babies born prematurely. The Nursery is the highest level of private neonatal care available in South Australia. The hospital has the additional reassurance of on-site medical cover and an adult Critical Care Unit in the case of an emergency. The Nursery is staffed 24 hours per day with restricted access limited to authorised persons and approved visitors.

Your Stay

If you wish to have your baby at Ashford Hospital, simply ask your General Practitioner to refer you to an Ashford Hospital accredited Obstetrician.

After you have been reviewed by your Obstetrician, we ask that the online admission form be filled out as soon as possible. The online admission forms can be accessed via eAdmissions.

Private Health Insurance

If you have private health insurance, we suggest you contact your private health fund to confirm that your admission is covered and if there are any co-payments that may apply to this admission.

Please remember to notify the hospital if your private health fund details change.

Check with your private health fund at least three months prior to your due date whether you need to add your baby to your cover prior to the expected date of birth.

Ashford Hospital is prepared to support you and your birthing choice, and will be here for you along the way.

Being a parent is a rewarding experience, but it can also be a challenging time if your baby isn’t settling or feeding well. Prior to your admission, you may like to review some of the resources available for new parents.

The South Australian Government website, “Parenting and Child Health” includes a number of guides for parents with newborns or babies aged up to twelve month old.

There are two booklets that we particularly recommend, available to download below.

Settling Your Baby

Breastfeeding Your Baby

The signs of labour are different for each mother and it can be difficult to tell when labour has started. You are welcome to call Ashford Hospital on 08 8375 5237 at any time and talk to one of our experienced Midwives. This phone call is important as it assists us to prepare for your arrival.

Your Obstetrician may recommend that you attend Ashford Hospital for an assessment at any time after 20 weeks gestation. During this visit you will be assessed by a Midwife, which may include Cardio-Tocography (CTG) monitoring.

For any other health issues unrelated to your pregnancy please contact your General Practitioner.

When you arrive please enter the hospital via the main entrance located on Marleston Avenue, Ashford. Please proceed to the reception desk to notify staff who will organise your admission. You will then be directed to the maternity area, West Torrens Ward, located on the second floor.

Parking is available in the multi-story car park adjacent to the hospital.

Where to Next?

Once your baby is born, you will move into a private room on the ward. Your baby will stay with you unless they are being cared for in our Nursery. Your partner is also welcome to stay with you in your room. Our experienced team will assist you with caring for your baby.

During your stay, you will also have full access to all of our services and amenities including a kitchenette and lounge room for parents and their visitors to spend time in.

Breakfast is buffet style, served in the kitchenette between 7.00am and 10.00am, for your convenience.

Partners are welcome to enjoy breakfast and also order lunch and dinner from our kitchen.

Following a vaginal birth, mothers can expect to stay for three to four nights however this will be determined according to your individual needs. Following a caesarean section, mothers can expect to stay for four to five nights.

For Mothers:

  • Antenatal pregnancy record
  • All current medications
  • Comfortable day and night attire – loose fitting and front opening tops are helpful when breastfeeding
  • Nursing supplies – sanitary napkins, breastpads and maternity bras
  • Toiletries – deodorant, shampoo, body wash, toothpaste and toothbrush

For Baby:

  • Baby wet wipes
  • Nappies for newborns and nappy cream
  • Sleep suits in a range of sizes
  • Baby blanket for going home
  • Baby clothes for going home
  • Car seat installed in car for travel home

Your partner is welcome to stay overnight to provide assistance and support.

Our rooms are designed to cater for an overnight stay and provide a lounge chair that converts to a sofa bed.

Partners are welcome to enjoy our buffet breakfast and order lunch and dinner from our kitchen.

If your partner wishes to stay overnight please note the following:

  • Suitable night attire can be worn in the evenings but day clothing must be worn at all other times
  • Remember to wear footwear whilst walking around the ward or throughout the hospital
  • Please remember that you are in a hospital and a Midwife or staff member may enter your room at any time during the day or night
  • Other children are not permitted to stay overnight

Staying overnight is a great opportunity for you and your partner to develop your relationship as a family.

At Ashford Hospital, we take the safety and security of your baby seriously. Your baby will have two identification bands on after birth. These bands will be checked frequently and contain the following details:

  • Baby’s name
  • Date of baby’s birth
  • Gender
  • Baby’s hospital identifier number

The mother and partner will also be required to wear identification bands.

Cot Safety and Safe Infant Sleeping

We recommend that you adhere to the following guidelines for cot safety and safe infant sleeping:

  • Always have the cot lying flat
  • Place your baby on their back to sleep with feet to the end of the cot
  • Place your baby in the cot when you and your baby are sleeping
  • Leave your baby’s head uncovered
  • Do not place toys, including soft toys in the cot
  • Avoid the use of a bumper, quilt and pillows
  • Keep baby in a smoke free environment
  • When walking around the ward, please ensure that your baby is placed in the cot

For further information regarding safe sleeping and infant wrapping follow the links below:

SIDS and Kids / Red Nose


Staff Identification and Infant Safety

All hospital staff will wear photo identification, whilst on hospital grounds.

Our policy states that parents should:

  • Never leave your baby / child in your room alone
  • Do not hand your child over to anyone that you do not know
  • Request to see staff identification if you do not know the staff member
  • Keep your baby’s bassinet / cot away from the door leading out of your room

™Kidsafe is a trademark of Kidsafe, Incorporated

We understand that there are many things you need to learn about your new baby and the Midwives at Ashford Hospital are here to help you. Our Midwives advocate breastfeeding. If you choose to breastfeed we have dedicated Lactation Consultants available to support the establishment of breastfeeding.

Our Newborn Support service is also available for you when you leave hospital. This service is available:

  • Tuesdays by appointment
  • Fridays you can “drop in” between 10.00am and 2.00pm

If you would like to make an appointment, or if you require further information regarding this service, please call 08 8375 5218.

Discharge is by 10.00am, please ensure you have your child restraint installed correctly prior to this time.

It is normal for new mothers to feel anxious about taking a new baby home. Ashford Hospital holds regular Parents & Babies Information Sessions that you are welcome to attend following your discharge from hospital. Further information regarding these sessions is included in Maternity Education and Parenting Classes below.

There are many community supports available to help you with your transition. You may find the following links helpful:

Child and Youth Health
Beyond Blue
Breastfeeding Association

Child Restraints

It is the law in Australia that all children are restrained according to height and age when travelling by car. The restraint should meet the Australian and New Zealand Standards.

Further information regarding Child Restraint is available at the following link: Red Cross - Child Restraint Guidelines

To celebrate the birth of your baby, Ashford Hospital is pleased to offer eligible mothers an accommodation voucher for Peppers Waymouth Hotel Adelaide, enabling you to spoil yourself at a time that is best for you.

The voucher entitles you to an overnight stay in a Guest Room including a full buffet breakfast for two people. Valid any day for up to 12 months from date of issue.

As each circumstance is unique, please speak to your Midwife to find out if you are eligible.

This offer is subject to availability and restricted over special event dates.

Peppers Waymouth Hotel Adelaide

Positioned in the heart of the Adelaide CBD, Peppers Waymouth Hotel encompasses charm, personalised service and sophistication, in a unique city location. Designed with European flair, and located close to the inner city bars and stylish dining district.

Leaving no detail untouched, the rooms all feature marble bathrooms with deluxe fittings and floor to ceiling windows which are perfect for admiring the lights of the Adelaide City skyline. Peppers Waymouth Hotel is your luxury hotel on the doorstep to Adelaide.

Maternity Education and Parenting Classes

Ashford Hospital offers education programs to assist you during the pregnancy, birth and aftercare of your baby. All sessions are held at Ashford Hospital. Programs 1, 2 and 3 are free to attend.

Please click here to view the latest timetable.

Program 1 is designed to assist you to achieve optimal health during your pregnancy. This seminar is held on Saturday mornings 9.00am to 12.00pm.

It is recommended this program be attended between 12 and 20 weeks gestation. A Physiotherapist, Dietician and Midwife present this three hour seminar, addressing:

  • Back care, pelvic floor awareness and general fitness
  • Parental adjustment, introduction to breastfeeding, baby equipment and safety guidelines
  • Maintaining good nutrition to support optimal health

Program 2 will provide you with an overview of what to expect during labour, birth and your hospital stay and will provide you with some tips for the aftercare of your baby.

It is recommended this program be completed between 28 and 32 weeks gestation. The sessions can be attended as one full day seminar, or over two separate evening sessions.

Program 2 includes:

  • Active labour and birth
  • Pain relief options
  • Feeding options
  • Routine screening tests performed while in hospital
  • The role of the support person
  • Caesarean birth
  • Basic baby needs


  1. One full day Saturday: 9.00am to 4.00pm OR
  2. Three evening sessions: 7.00pm to 9.30pm

This one hour program specifically covers topics that will support successful breastfeeding.

It is recommended expectant mothers attend this program between 36 and 38 weeks gestation.

This program will address:

  • Positioning
  • Attachment
  • Parental adjustment

Join other “Dads to be” to discuss early parenting, the role of fathers and what to expect with your newborn baby. This is a two hour session to be undertaken when your partner is around 32 to 37 weeks gestation.

Topics include:

  • Benefits of being an involved father
  • Child development
  • Breastfeeding information
  • Settling techniques
  • Infant behaviours
  • Signs of illness

First time fathers may feel nervous but a little planning goes a long way into preparing you for this amazing role. There is a $30.00 fee per Dad, fees are payable on the day. Please present to the reception desk located at the hospital main entrance.

If you are interested in connecting with other new Dads you may also like to access the following resource:

Dads Online

Parent & Babies Information Sessions (Morning Teas)

We encourage new parents and their babies to attend our regular information sessions.

These sessions are hosted by a Midwife and include guest speakers covering a range of interesting topics. The sessions are a great opportunity to build relationships and have questions answered in a relaxed environment.

The sessions are held on Wednesdays between 10.30am and 12.30pm at Ashford Hospital. Morning Tea is provided and bookings are not required.


Day: Wednesdays
Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm
Location: The Warehouse, Marleston Ave, Ashford (opposite Ashford Hospital main entrance)

Wednesday, 18 July 2018
Caring for Baby’s Feet
Speaker – Podiatrist

Wednesday, 1 August 2018
Healthy Diet Habits for New Parents
Speaker - Ashford Dietitian

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Wednesday, 29 August 2018
Medication Safety for New Parents and Babies
Speaker - Pharmacist

Wednesday, 12 September 2018
Touch and Movement Techniques for Early Childhood Development
Speaker - Child Space SA

Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Babies development from a chiropractic perspective
Speaker - Chiropractor

Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Infant Restraints
Speaker - Restraint Fitter

Wednesday, 24 October 2018
Safe Sleeping
Speaker - SIDS and Kids SA
A great session to update Grandparents on changes in caring for baby

Wednesday, 7 November 2018
Sleep and Settling
Speaker - Sleep Psychologist

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Photography hints and tips
Speaker – Photographer from Dphotographics

Wednesday, 5 December 2018
Christmas Party
Bring along a small plate to share and your babies best Christmas outfit

Bookings for Programs 1-4 are essential and classes book quickly, please complete our online bookings form and we will confirm your booking via phone or email.

Our Obstetricians

Dr Tracey Bradbury

Attunga Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Suite 4, 120 Kensington Road
Toorak Gardens SA 5065

Phone 08 8364 3642

Dr Karen Chandler

Attunga Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Suite 4, 120 Kensington Road
Toorak Gardens SA 5065

Phone 08 8364 3642

Dr Simona Fischer

Adelaide Obstetrics & Fertility
38 King William Road
Goodwood SA 5034

Phone 08 8272 7755
Fax 08 8219 0003

Dr Carl Lam

Ashford Specialist Centre
Suite 21, 57-59 Anzac Highway
Ashford SA 5035

Phone 08 8297 9885
Fax 08 82973885

Dr Stephen Lane

Adelaide Obstetrics & Fertility
38 King William Road
Goodwood SA 5034

Phone 08 8272 7755
Fax 08 8219 0003

Dr Linda McKendrick

Ashford Medical Centre
Suite 3, 19 Alexander Avenue
Ashford SA 5035

Phone 08 8371 2244
Fax 08 8371 4022

Dr Alison Munt

Adelaide Obstetrics & Fertility
38 King William Road
Goodwood SA 5034

Phone 08 8272 7755
Fax 08 8219 0003

Dr Mandy Nichols

Ashford Specialist Centre
Suite 23, 57-59 Anzac Highway
Ashford SA 5035

Phone 08 8297 1855
Fax 08 8293 2145

Dr Anneliese Perkins

Ashford Medical Centre
Suite 3, 19 Alexander Avenue
Ashford SA 5035

Phone 08 7123 6466
Fax 08 7123 6467

Dr Anthia Rallis

Women’s Health Specialists
Level 2, 77 King William Road
North Adelaide SA 5006

Phone 08 8239 2811
Fax 08 8239 2727

Dr Darren Roberts

64 Kensington Road
Rose Park SA 5067

Phone 08 8331 8411
Fax 08 8331 8499

Dr Christopher Sexton

64 Kensington Road
Rose Park SA 5067

Phone 08 8331 8411
Fax 08 83318499

Dr Ray Yoong

Ashford Medical Centre
Suite 3, 19 Alexander Avenue
Ashford SA 5035

Phone 08 8371 2244
Fax 08 8371 4022

Dr Asha Short

Women's Health Specialists
Level 2, 77 King William Road
North Adelaide, SA 5006

Phone 08 8239 2811
Fax 08 8239 2727


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