Allied healthcare and other services

While you are in hospital your obstetrician may recommend that you be seen by another health practitioner to assess whether you need special help with your recovery after the birth of your baby. These health practitioners are known as allied health professionals.

Allied health professionals

Physiotherapists can help you manage back and pelvic joint pain, abdominal muscle looseness, and bladder and bowel control problems. They can also help you develop better posture and body awareness. Mater's physiotherapists hold regular exercise in pregnancy classes.

Occupational therapists provide advice about stress management and relaxation for new parents, while in hospital. They can also provide advice for pregnant women, and information that will assist home management and baby care skills along with advice for mothers with disabilities.

Nutritionists can assess your individual needs and help you plan suitable meals. View information from Mater's dietitians about healthy eating in pregnancy

These services are provided by Mater's private allied health professionals from Mater Health and Wellness.

Other health practitioners

Pathology assistants will take blood samples from you or your baby for any tests that your doctor may order.

Pharmacists will supply any medications you may need during your hospital stay. The pharmacist can also provide advice about any effects of medications on your baby’s development before and after birth, and on breast feeding.

A fee may be charged for allied health services and pathology, depending on your health insurance cover. We recommend that you speak to your health fund before your admission so you are aware of what services can be claimed.

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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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