Your admission

Where to go for admission

Admission during the day

For admission to Mater Mothers’ Hospital during the day, go to the main entrance of the hospital. You will need to go through the security boom gate before you get to the hospital. For your convenience there is a set-down/pick-up area at the front of the building. Your support person can park the car here for a period of five minutes.

If you can walk, please go to the main reception on level 5 where you will be directed to the Birth Suite. If you are in strong labour and too uncomfortable to move from the car, or you need immediate assistance, please remain in the car and ask your support person to request urgent assistance at the hospital's main reception, located on level 5.

After hours admissions

After hours (between 8.30 pm and 6 am) the security boom gates are unattended but there is a video intercom to enable you to contact security, who will remotely operate the boom gate.

The front doors to the hospital will be electronically locked between 8.30 pm and 6 am. Please contact reception using the video intercom at the front door to gain entry into the hospital.

Warning Signs

If you experience or notice any of the following symptoms between 20 and 37 weeks of your pregnancy, it is important to contact the hospital or your obstetrician immediately:

  • vaginal bleeding
  • your ‘waters’ break (rupture of membranes)
  • period like pain in your lower tummy that comes and goes regularly
  • any change in the colour or odour of vaginal discharge
  • abdominal cramps with or without diarrhoea
  • lower back ache
  • dizziness or blurred vision, particularly if accompanied by headaches.

These symptoms often occur before any contractions start, and may not necessarily indicate premature labour however, we recommend that you have them checked.

If you are concerned about yourself or your baby at any stage of your pregnancy, please telephone the hospital on 07 3163 7000 to speak with a Birth Suite midwife. This number is available 24 hours a day. Please telephone ahead to advise us if you are coming in to the hospital. If you need an interpreter, please request one to be booked when you make this call.

Emergency admissions

If you are more than 20 weeks pregnant, and you are experiencing pregnancy-related problems, or it has been less than six weeks since your baby’s birth, please go directly to the Mater Mothers’ Hospital Birth Suite on level 5. Please telephone Mater Mothers’ Hospital, on 07 3163 7000, to let us know of your impending arrival and a midwife will contact your obstetrician.

If you are less than 20 weeks pregnant, and have bleeding or pain, please call your obstetrician or the Pregnancy Assessment Centre on 07 3163 5132. This specialist area deals specifically with problems in early pregnancy.

If you have a different health problem in early pregnancy please go directly to an Emergency Department, such as the Mater Hospital Brisbane Adult Emergency, Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane. If your baby needs medical attention, please go directly to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Emergency Department. Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital is the public hospital for children in Brisbane and Queensland’s tertiary hospital for serious childhood injury and illness

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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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