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The Women's and Children's Hospital is located on the traditional lands for the Kaurna people, and we respect their spiritual relationship with their Country. We also acknowledge that the Kaurna people are the custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

From Hospital Nursery to Home

Nursery to home

A guide for parents and caregivers

We recognise the important role parents play in all aspects of their child’s care. In the Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s neonatal nurseries we encourage and welcome you to be an integral part of your baby’s care team.

To help you when you leave hospital with your baby and settle back at home, we have developed a number of resources to help you and your baby with what can be a challenging time.

Discharge from hospital

We aim for discharge home from around 34-37 weeks (corrected) once your baby is medically cleared/stable to do so which is dependent on your babies transition pathway to home.

There are a range of resources that are available to you, to allow you to undertake this education at your own pace.

Education sessions for parents

Face-to-face sessions are held at 1pm every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday in our Special Care Baby Unit 2 nursery.

We provide an information pack with lots of links to useful websites and iPads are available during the sessions to access these sites.

This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you have about caring for your baby when they leave hospital.

My baby’s care checklist

There’s a lot to think about when you go home with your baby here’s a handy checklist of essential information and important skills and tasks to help you care for your baby, with links for more information.

Please ask your care team if you have questions about anything on the checklist.


Please speak with nursing/midwifery staff about:

– Gavage feeding and the Neonatal Early Discharge Program.

– Completing your baby’s name change form

– Your baby’s discharge medication