Maternity Unit

Welcome to the West Gippsland Hospital Maternity Unit.

We are here to guide and support you throughout your pregnancy, birth of your baby, breastfeeding and early days of parenthood.

We are one of 23 Victorian Health Services who offer the Baby Friendly Health Initiative.

The Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI) is an international project that aims to give every baby the best start in life by creating a health care environment where breastfeeding is the norm and practices known to promote the health and well-being of all babies and their mothers are followed.

WGHG upholds the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) 10 steps to successful breastfeeding. There is substantial evidence that implementing the Ten Steps significantly improves breastfeeding rates. The ten steps provide the framework to improve breastfeeding initiation and continuation and to ensure women receive consistent information around the benefits of providing human milk to their baby and the risk of giving artificial milk substitutes when not medically indicated.

These steps are:
1a. Comply fully with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and relevant World Health Assembly resolutions.
1b. Have a written infant feeding procedure that is routinely communicated to staff and parents.
1c. Establish ongoing monitoring and data-management systems.
2. Ensure that staff have sufficient knowledge, competence and skills to support breastfeeding.
3. Discuss the importance and management of breastfeeding with pregnant women and their families.
4. skin-to- skin contact and support mothers to initiate breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth.
5. Support mothers to initiate, maintain breastfeeding and manage common difficulties.
6. Do not provide breastfed newborns any food or fluids other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.
7. Enable mothers and their infants to remain together and rooming- in 24 hours a day.
8. Support mothers to recognise and respond to their infants’ cues for feeding
9. Counsel mothers on the use and risks of feeding bottles, teats and pacifiers (dummy)
10. Coordinate discharge so that parents and their infants have timely access to ongoing support and care

In accordance with requirements outlined in the Safe Patient Care (Nurse to Patient and Midwife to Patient Ratios) Amendment Act 2019, West Gippsland Healthcare Group have determined that the number of occupied birthing suites in the hospital is 4 (four). One (1) Ante-natal assessment room is also co-located in the area.

Maternity Bookings

Phone: (03) 5623 0811

Maternity Unit

Phone: (03) 5623 0751

Consulting Suites

Phone: (03) 5623 0810