Labour and Birth

We believe that every birth is unique and transformative for women and families.

Our team in Birth Unit, are committed to providing a space that is welcoming and supportive for you and your family. Our birthing services are available to meet the unique birthing needs and expectations of women.

Being informed throughout your pregnancy is important. We provide a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach, providing woman-centered care. We respect informed choice and encourage women to actively participate in shared decision making about their pregnancy, labour and birth.

Our birth unit enables early discharge home for women and babies who have an uncomplicated birth. Our Midwifery Support Program team provide ongoing support with infant feeding and early parenting needs.

Before coming to the Birth Unit, please call 9382 6100 or 9382 6116. This helps us to plan for your care before you arrive. A midwife will answer your call and provide you with advice. Please call the Birth Unit for the following reasons:

  • You are in labour or have questions about your labour
  • You are bleeding (more than a show)
  • Your baby’s movements have decreased/changed/stopped
  • You don’t feel well

Please do not hesitate to ring if you have concerns.

The Maternity Triage service is within Birth unit and available for assessment and management of pregnancy concerns after 20 weeks gestation or for women who have already birthed requiring more intensive care or follow up.

  • Pre-labour, premature rupture of membranes
  • Ruptured membranes at term
  • Decreased fetal movements
  • Early labour
  • Abdominal pain
  • PV bleeding
  • Perineal and or wound concerns

Birth unit does not have visiting hours as women labour any hour of the day and night. Support people are chosen by you, and we respect your decisions.

You will find Birth Unit on Level 1 of the Royal Hospital for Women. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can find Birth Unit, by heading to The Royal Hospital for Women, take the lifts (across from the admissions desk) to level 1 and follow the signs to Birth unit.

There is parking at The Royal Hospital for Women, with a cost involved. Women who come to Birth unit for pregnancy assessment and or labour and birth are eligible for parking concessions. During business hours (8am-8pm), present your yellow antenatal card to the Prince of Wales information desk to receive your concession ticket. After hours, head to B1 parking office. Midwives have and will complete your application form for the multi-day concession parking.

Time Cost
0-3 hours Free
3hours $5.60
3-day concession parking $11.30
7-day concession parking $22.60