Last updated 23 September 2022

The safety and well-being of our babies, mothers, families, doctors and staff is always our highest priority.

Maternity Patients

  • Our preference is for all patients to be vaccinated, however will continue to provide a service to all patients regardless of their vaccination status

Partner / support person

  • Our preference is for the partner / support person to be vaccinated
  • An unvaccinated partner / support person will not be permitted enter the nursery

Visitors

  • In addition to your partner/ support person, you may have ONE other vaccinated adult visitor between 2.00pm – 7.00pm and siblings are able to attend between 3.00pm - 4.30pm. We encourage you to keep in touch with your loved ones via phone and other digital platforms, our teams are on hand to assist

We expect that these guidelines will be modified as we progress, dependent on the status of the pandemic in our state.

We appreciate that this is a challenging time and thank you for your support in helping to keep our babies and their families as safe as possible.

[Last updated 23 September 2022]

Can I have visitors during my stay?
In addition to your partner/ support person, you may have ONE other vaccinated adult visitor for a maximum of two hours per day between 2.00pm – 7.00pm and siblings are able to attend between 3.00pm - 4.30pm.

Can my other children visit me at the hospital?
Yes, siblings are able to visit between 3.00pm - 4.30pm.

Are antenatal classes still running?
Yes, our antenatal classes continue.

Please refer to our Education and Classes page on our maternity website for the details.

Do I need to call ahead before coming to the Maternity Unit?
If you think you may be in labour, please call Ashford Hospital on 08 8375 5237 at any time to get guidance from one of our experienced Midwives.

This phone call is important as it helps us prepare for your arrival.

For any COVID-19 related questions and other enquiries related to your admission please contact our Maternity Services Manager Monday – Friday between 8.00am and 4.00pm on 08 8375 5688.

Who will be wearing face masks?
The maternity patients and partner / support person is required to wear a mask when outside of their room. In addition, healthcare workers must wear Personal Protective Equipment including masks when on site. This is mandatory for all staff, including doctors, nurses, food service attendants, cleaning staff, allied health staff, corporate staff and any contractors on site.

Can I have my partner AND another support person or doula with me during childbirth?
Unfortunately, only your partner / support person is able to be present during childbirth (including labour ward and operating theatre).

Can I still visit my baby in the Nursery?
Yes, you can visit your baby in the Nursery, additional precautions may be put in place for unvaccinated mothers.

Please note: unvaccinated partners / support persons will not be permitted to visit the Nursery. Additional visitors and siblings are not permitted to visit the Nursery.

Will a lactation consultant still be available?
Yes, the lactation consultant is available to assist with breastfeeding support during your stay on the ward.

What happens if there is a case of COVID-19 within the hospital during my stay?
If a patient exhibits COVID-19 symptoms during their stay, and becomes a suspect case, we are very well-prepared to manage them and have planned for this eventuality.

Are midwives now restricted in the way they interact with patients and partners/support persons while in the unit?
Our midwives, doctors and other staff are here to provide all necessary care and support required, with continued vigilance to social distancing and hand hygiene protocols.

Please note: Where a maternity patient or partner / support person develops symptoms of COVID-19 prior to admission they must have a PCR test, isolate and await result. Please advise your Obstetrician if you receive a positive COVID-19 PCR or RAT result

I am feeling anxious. What should I do?
The COVID-19 pandemic can contribute to anxiety for many reasons – concern for your own health and that of your child, financial stress, or the impact of current restrictions. You are encouraged to touch base with your obstetrician about how you are feeling.

In addition, there are many resources available that may help you or your family members. We recommend the following website: https://www.wch.sa.gov.au/covid-19/covid-19-wellness-resources

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