Coming to hospital

Since 1961, Mater Mothers’ Hospital has enjoyed a fine reputation for excellence in care and professionalism, and we are proud of the services we offer.

We understand that coming to hospital and preparing for the birth of a new baby can make you feel excited, anxious and overjoyed. To prepare you as best as possible Mater Mothers’ Hospital has put together some information to help you get organised for your hospital visit.

If you are concerned about yourself or your baby at any stage, please come into the Pregnancy Assessment Centre at any time. This service is available 24 hours a day.

For more details view Having your baby at Mater Mothers’ Hospital booklet. If you are a private patient, please refer to Mater Mothers' Private Brisbane - Coming to hospital.

What to bring to hospital

For you

  • pregnancy hand held record
  • comfortable clothes for labour
  • personal toiletries
  • casual, comfortable daywear
  • sleepwear, dressing gown and slippers
  • underwear—7 to 10 pairs
  • two or three maternity bras
  • nursing pads
  • two large packets of maternity or ‘super’ sanitary pads
  • this booklet.

For your baby

  • small beanie or hat
  • a packet of newborn-size disposable nappies - no cloth nappies please
  • a large packet of disposable nappy wipes
  • five warm outfits
  • five singlets
  • five baby blankets.

Optional requirements for labour

  • camera
  • favourite music
  • cards, other games and jigsaws
  • massage oil
  • swimwear (and towel) for your partner to wear in the shower
  • glucose sweets and cold juice during labour
  • phone cards.

Photographic, video, and sound equipment may be used in the Birth Suite at the discretion of the medical and midwifery staff involved in the birth. Please respect the privacy of staff by asking permission first. Please put your name on any personal belongings you bring to the hospital. Mater Mothers’ Hospital cannot accept responsibility for the loss of any personal items.

What not to bring


As Mater Mothers’ Hospital is unable to accept liability for losses, please bring essential items only. While we do not take responsibility for your personal belongings, our security office will hold any lost property that is handed in. If you need extra cash to buy a newspaper or other items, an Automatic Teller Machine is located on level 5.

Alcohol, tobacco and drugs

Smoking is not permitted in Mater hospital buildings. Smoking while breastfeeding is not recommended. If you wish to smoke, please inform your midwife or nurse. You must have someone to care for your baby while you are out of your room. The smoking area is located under the building, on the ambulance forecourt, level 4, Mater Hospital Brisbane.

Alcohol consumption and taking illegal drugs is not permitted while you are a Mater patient.

Electrical equipment

Please do not bring electrical equipment such as CD players and hairdryers, unless the equipment has been checked and tagged by an accredited electrician before it is brought to the hospital.

Any faulty equipment presents safety hazards and may interfere with life saving or monitoring equipment. Battery operated appliances, such as walkmans and personal CD player are acceptable, but must remain in your care and responsibility.


Please clearly label any food you bring into the hospital, with your name and date. Any food stored in the hospital refrigerators will be disposed of after two days.

For more details view Having your baby at Mater Mothers’ Hospital booklet.

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For urgent assessment at any stage of your pregnancy, please present to your nearest emergency centre or Mater Mothers’ 24/7 Pregnancy Assessment Centre in South Brisbane.

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