Maternity care during COVID-19

Having a baby during COVID-19 may be daunting, but at South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) you and your baby are at the heart of everything we do.

Whether you are a maternity patient at Fiona Stanley Hospital or Rockingham General Hospital (external site), we are committed to putting the needs of you and your baby first.

Hear the facts first-hand about changes to hospital processes to protect you, your baby, our staff and the community from COVID-19.

Get the facts about your maternity experience

Find answers to some common questions about the maternity experience during COVID-19.

Hear from an antenatal patient about her maternity care during COVID-19

We know being pregnant during the constantly changing COVID environment can be daunting for expectant parents. At SMHS, we are doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our maternity patients when they visit for appointments.

Hear first-hand from one of our Fiona Stanley Hospital antenatal patients about her experience.

Hear from Annette who recently gave birth at Fiona Stanley Hospital

If you are booked for a maternity assessment and procedure

Providing safe care during COVID-19 to you and your baby is important to us.

All patients attending Fiona Stanley Hospital nfor planned maternity assessments and procedures, and any accompanying approved essential visitor, will need to complete a rapid antigen test (RAT) when arriving at the hospital.

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Visiting our hospital

Changes to visitor arrangements at our hospitals have been introduced in line with other public hospitals through WA.

As hospitals care for people when they are at their most vulnerable, these changes will help them, our staff and the wider community safe from the spread of COVID-19.

One birthing partner/labour support person can be present during and immediately following birth, and/or for critical decisions regarding care. The birthing partner must have a negative nasal rapid antigen test (RAT) screening result to visit the hospital – read how to self perform a nasal RAT before coming to hospital. Pregnant women are advised to identify an alternate birthing partner in the event their preferred partner screens positive for COVID-19.

Please read more about these changes.

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