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Information for the community – Updated guidelines from 5 August 2021
Acknowledgement
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.

Postnatal Midwifery Home Visiting Service

The Postnatal Midwifery Home Visiting Service is offered to women who live within a set boundary from the WCH, when they leave the hospital after their baby is born.

Women who are low risk and well now stay in hospital a relatively short time after their baby is born.

The hospital stay is not long enough to complete all the education and information needed for life with a new baby.

Most women find it helpful to get further education and support in their own home. They sleep better in their own environment and have more time to take in the information that they need.

How to access this service

The Postnatal Midwifery Home Visiting Service is offered to women who live within a set boundary from the WCH, when they leave the hospital after their baby is born. If you live outside of the WCH boundary, you will be referred to the Metropolitan Referral Unit for further follow up care at home.

A home visiting service is also provided by experienced midwives from the Special Care Baby Unit (Neonatal Early Discharge Program).

A referral form will be completed on discharge by the postnatal midwife. Women will be informed of their planned first visit prior to leaving hospital. On the morning of the planned visit, the home visiting midwife will contact you by text or phone to advise you of the approximate time they plan to visit.

Most women require one to three visits (dependant on your length of stay in hospital) and are then encouraged to follow up with the Child and Family Health Service and then their GP when baby is 2 weeks and 6 weeks old. Additional breastfeeding support is available through the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

Hours

The service is offered seven days a week between 8.00am and 4.00pm.

Location

4th Floor – Queen Victoria Building

Contact

Midwifery Unit Manager

Julie Alderson

Phone

(08) 8161 7958 (Postnatal Ward)

Fax

(08) 8161 5957

Email

julie.alderson@sa.gov.au

Mailing Address

Postnatal Midwifery Home Visiting Service
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia 5006