Going home

Depending on how your baby is delivered, you can expect to remain in hospital for three to five days after your baby’s birth. Your obstetrician and your baby’s paediatrician will check the wellbeing of you and your baby before you both leave the hospital. Please arrange appointments with your obstetrician and paediatrician for six weeks after your baby’s birth.

Discharge

The discharge time from Mater Mothers’ Private Redland is 10 am each day. Please ensure that you have prearranged for someone to pick you up at 10 am on the anticipated day of discharge and that your baby safety restraint has been fitted securely, prior to your discharge. If you perceive any problems with these discharge requirements, please inform your midwife as early as possible so that other arrangements can be made. A lounge area is available for your comfort should your transport home be delayed.

Personal health record

When you are discharged from hospital you will receive a personal health record which provides details of your baby’s birth. You will be asked to present this booklet when you visit your GP, other doctors, and Child Health Clinics, as well as for immunisation visits with your baby.

Child health support

Mater Mothers’ Private Redland midwives can provide a list of Child Health Clinics near your local area. These clinics provide advice and education about a variety of topics such as your baby’s expected feeding and behaviour patterns and child development. Please ensure you contact your nearest Child Health Clinic within the first few days of being home.

Immunisation

Queensland Health recommends that your baby receive vaccinations to ensure they are fully immunised. Please make arrangements with your GP or Child Health Clinic for your baby’s vaccination. Immunisation commences at birth with the next series of vaccinations due at eight weeks of age.

Birth registration

Birth Registration forms are distributed by Mater Mothers’ Private Redland staff. You are responsible for completing and returning these per the instructions on the form.

Centrelink—Family Assistance Office

You are responsible for lodging claims for the maternity allowance and other government assistance. These forms will be given to you by Mater Mothers’ Private Redland staff. Please contact the Family Assistance Office on telephone 136 150 during your pregnancy to find out what benefits are available and how and when to lodge claims. Information is also provided on the Family Assistance Office’s web page.

Please ensure you keep both your Birth Registration and Family Assistance forms in a safe place as they cannot be replaced if lost.

Settling your account

You will need to visit the administration office on the ground floor of the hospital on the day of your discharge to finalise your account. All outstanding expenses, including meals and accommodation for partners, must be settled prior to your discharge. Payments can be made by EFTPOS, credit card, cheque or cash.

Our administration staff will be happy to help you with any enquiries regarding your account or questions about your health fund entitlements. If you are going home on the weekend please ensure you have finalised your account on the Friday prior to your discharge.

Medical records

Mater Health Services will continue to respect your privacy and maintain confidentiality of all health information in our possession. Issues relating to health information collection, access to health records, and correction of records are addressed in the "Your Privacy Card", which can be obtained from Mater Mothers’ Private Redland staff.

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