We have added precautions to keep our women, newborns and staff safe as coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves. From Thursday 19 March, we will be restricting the number of people who can enter Mater Mothers’ Hospitals and will undertake routine health screening before entering.

All visitors will be restricted to one partner OR support person only. This includes our Birthing Suite, Pregnancy Assessment Centre, Mater Centre for Maternal Fetal Medicine, antenatal clinics and all wards. Unfortunately siblings will not be able to visit during this time, and we recommend that grandparents and elderly people, who are most at risk, are not this support person. No substitution of support persons will be permitted.

For families with babies in Mater Mothers’ Neonatal Critical Care Unit, visitors will be restricted to the mother plus one partner OR support person. Unfortunately siblings and grandparents will not be able to visit during this time.

We do ask, if you have any flu-like symptoms which include a fever or cough, please avoid visiting family or friends in hospital.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, this decision has been made to keep our women, newborns and staff safe while we continue to provide care at Mater Mothers.

Rest period

We encourage mothers and their newborns to rest between the hours of 1 pm and 3 pm every day. There will be no visitors permitted to the wards except a partner or support person. Telephone calls will be diverted to the midwife’s staff base and we recommend that mobile phones are switched off during this time.

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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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