Tour of our Maternity Services
To ensure the health and safety of our community, we are not currently conducting tours of maternity services at University Hospital Geelong during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are aware that coming to hospital for appointments and to have your baby can be stressful, particularly if you don’t know you way around our services. We have compiled some images and descriptions of our services to help you throughout your pregnancy and when you come in to have your baby.
How to access Maternity Services
If you are in labour, it is advised that you call ahead of time so that we can plan for your arrival.
The Myers Street entrance to University Hospital Geelong is for women accessing Maternity Services and those attending Birth Suite after-hours.
Please do not park on the ramp heading into the Maternity Services building; this area is reserved for emergency vehicles. Please click here for information about car parking in the area.
Between the hours of 8am and 8pm, please proceed to maternity reception and our reception staff will assist and direct you to where you need to go.
For safety, the hospital is locked from 9pm till 6.30am. During this time, access can be gained at the entry to Birth Suite at University Hospital Geelong on Myers Street. There is an intercom linked to Birth Suite and the midwives will allow you access to the hospital. Once you are inside the hospital, there is an intercom on the left wall opposite the doors to birth suite, you will need to access this to gain entry to birth suite.
Located on level 4 of the hospital, with direct access to Birth Suite, the adjoining Maternity Assessment Unit, Maternity Reception, the Special Care Nursery, Maternity Hub clinic rooms and lifts to the Maternity Ward on level 6.
Maternity Assessment Unit (MAU)
Pregnant women can be referred to MAU for a variety of reasons but most commonly due to complications arising during pregnancy. The unit is staffed by midwives and doctors, who assess and monitor the health of pregnant women and their babies and includes four assessment bays and an ultrasound room where scans can be done to check your baby. The unit provides emergency care for pregnant women as well as scheduled appointments
The Birth Suite has eight spacious fully equipped birth rooms with ensuite facilities, a bathroom and access to birth pools to help facilitate a range of birth options for women and their partners. While in hospital, you and your baby will be cared for by doctors, midwives and enrolled nurses.
The Maternity Ward consists of single rooms, double rooms and a four-bed room, there is a sunroom for visitors and guests to sit in and a nursery that has facilities for bathing your baby. The ward is staffed by midwives and doctors who provide care for pregnant and postnatal women and their babies, including support and help with breastfeeding. There are no facilities to allow for your partner to stay on the Maternity Ward.
Special Care Nursery
The University Hospital Geelong Special Care Nursery is a level five neonatal unit providing care for babies in the Barwon South West Region and is also a referral unit for other regional hospitals. The Special Care Nursery has capacity to care for 20 babies at a time, with two specific resuscitation rooms, a parent lounge and two overnight rooms for parents to stay with their baby prior to going home. Babies from 31 weeks gestation can be cared for at Barwon Health, being admitted either from the birthing suite, operating theatre, emergency department and also transferred in from other hospitals.
Some additional information for you during your stay with us:
- Please leave your valuables at home.
- Staff won’t give out information to callers without your permission.
- If you are bringing in expressed breastmilk for your baby, please give this to your midwife when you arrive and they will organise to have it stored in the special care nursery refrigerator.
- We have additional information in the room for you to read – Health Care rights, Community Feedback Information, Patient and Carer Escalation process, Information on your baby movements and Domestic violence, how to access our Maternity Microsite on your phone, and how to get assistance if you are a smoker
- You may have additional equipment brought into the room during your stay for example a neonatal resuscitation cot (if your baby requires additional treatment)
- We are a teaching hospital and there is an expectation that you will see students during you labour and birth, please advise us if you do not want this to occur.
- If you would like to bring in any of your own food and drinks whilst you are in birth suite or on the maternity ward, please let your midwife know and they will label what you bring in and put it in the refrigerator.
- Please keep up to date with our website and current COVID-19 restrictions and the effect on our services.
Last Modified: Wednesday, 17 February 2021
PO Box 281
Geelong, VIC 3220
- Myers Street (Birth Suite entrance)
- Bellerine Street (main entrance)
- Ryrie Street (Emergency Department entrance)
Phone: (03) 4215 2060