Booking in and Pre-Admission
How to book online
Once your pregnancy has been confirmed and you have arranged an appointment with an obstetrician, please fill in our online booking registration form. You will receive an automatic email reply to confirm that your online registration has been received and then a complete package of booking forms will be forwarded to you in the mail.
Please note that your maternity booking at Joondalup Private is not guaranteed until we have received your completed paperwork. To secure your booking, it is advised that you return your booking forms within two weeks of receiving them. For any questions or queries regarding maternity bookings please call (08) 9400 9916.
Private Health Insurance
Contact your private health fund who will confirm your level of cover and advise you if there is an excess or co-payment on your policy.
Previous Medical Treatment
If you have been receiving treatment elsewhere – especially outside Australia – please be sure to advise your specialist.
If you think you are in labour, call your doctor or the Birthing Suites on (08) 9400 9235. Please ensure you always ring and let us know when you are coming into hospital.
It can be difficult to tell when labour has started. If you are unsure, you can telephone the Birthing Suites at any time. If there are strong signs of labour, such as your waters breaking, regular contractions or blood loss you should contact the Birthing Suites.
The midwife will ask you about how and where you feel your contractions, how often the contractions come and how long they last. This will help the midwife to know how much your labour has progressed.
Depending on what is happening, the midwife may reassure you that it is okay to stay at home or she may ask you to come into hospital so that you and your baby can be checked.
If you are booked for an elective caesarean section, please present to Main Reception for admission where you will be escorted to the Maternity Ward to be prepared for surgery.
Whether you come into hospital in labour for a natural birth or are booked for an elective caesarean section, the care and comfort of you and your baby will always be our focus. Our experienced midwives, doctors and clerical staff work together to form a reassuring support system for you during labour, surgery and delivery.
What to bring in your maternity bag
We want to make your stay with us as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Upon your arrival, we will provide a gown for you to wear during labour or alternatively you can also bring your own if you prefer).
To assist you with your new bundle of joy, we will also provide linen, clothing, wipes and nappies for your baby. Again, you may also bring your own items if you prefer.
We suggest you bring in your maternity bag:
- Comfortable day wear
- Night attire
- Maternity bras
- Toiletries (Shampoo and soap)
- Maternity sanitary pads (two-three packets)
- Breast pads
- Baby clothes and a wrap or blanket for the journey home (plus a spare just in case!)
- Teats, bottles and formula if you intend to bottle feed
- Any medication that you are taking (including vitamins)
- Details of your private health insurance
- Medicare card
Your length of stay will be determined by your doctors but, as a guide, it may be:
- Three to four nights for a vaginal birth
- Four to five nights for a caesarean birth
To assist with the bonding process, we encourage you to room in with your baby 24 hours a day. Our experienced midwives are available to support you as you learn about your baby, helping you to understand their feeding, settling and sleeping needs. Our aim is to send you home with confidence in caring for your baby.