Family Birthing Centre

Maternity care during COVID-19

Having a baby during COVID-19 may be daunting, but at Fiona Stanley Hospital we are committed to putting the needs of you and your baby first.

Visit Your maternity care to learn:

  • about changes to hospital processes to protect you, your baby, our staff and the community from COVID-19
  • answers to common questions about the maternity experience during COVID-19
  • what to expect if you have a booked maternity assessment or procedure.

Visiting a maternity patient

Changes to visitor arrangements at our hospitals have been introduced in line with other public hospitals throughout 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 RAT screening result to visit the 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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The Family Birthing Centre (FBC) offers a safe and comfortable setting in which healthy expectant parents with uncomplicated pregnancies can give birth.

Its state-of-the-art facilities assist you to have an active labour and birth in a relaxed and informal environment that encourages the support of family and friends.

The centre has a warm, welcoming and non-clinical environment with no visible medical equipment. Its design principles support health and wellbeing by reflecting our connection to the living world.

All three birthing rooms are comfortably furnished with a birthing pool in each room, comfortable day beds and chairs, as well as ensuites with separate shower and toilet.   

Take a look at the Family Birthing Centre

 

The Midwifery Group Practice program

The Midwifery Group Practice (MGP) works within the Family Birthing Centre and is for women who choose to be cared for by the same group of midwives throughout their pregnancy and after the birth.

Read about what you can expect from through this program.

Who can use this service

We offer care for healthy ‘low risk’ women who anticipate a normal pregnancy and birth. We are unable to accept women who have had a previous caesarean section or have a pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) over 35. See the full list of exclusion criteria (PDF 239KB) for this service.

To be eligible for our care, you need to live within a 50 minute drive of Fiona Stanley Hospital. Women living south of the river will have their referrals prioritised.

If you live outside of the Perth metropolitan area you must be able to travel to Fiona Stanley Hospital for all your antenatal appointments. If this is not possible we recommend continuing care with your local health provider and applying to the centre one month before coming to Perth to have your baby. Due to our philosophy of continuity of care from a known midwife we are unable to save places for women in advance.

There is no cost for this service for Medicare eligible patients.

For more details on whether you are eligible phone 6152 9416.

Register for the Family Birthing Centre

Self-referral

Please complete the application form (Word 736KB) and email to Fsh.FamilyBirthingCentre@health.wa.gov.au

Please note your application will be assessed against a list of exclusion criteria (PDF 239KB) as the FBC offers care for healthy ‘low risk’ women who anticipate a normal pregnancy and birth.

Information for health professionals

Please see the full list of exclusion criteria (PDF 239KB).

Assessing your application

Your application will be assessed within 3 weeks of being received. If you apply earlier than 8 weeks into your pregnancy your application will be placed in a queue and processed after your eighth week of pregnancy. During this time, you need to continue your first trimester pregnancy care with your GP, including the first trimester screening and prenatal blood tests.

A midwife will contact you between weeks 13–15 of your pregnancy to arrange a telephone consultation to take your complete medical history and assess you against the exclusion criteria (PDF 239KB).

If your medical history excludes you from care within the Family Birthing Centre, your midwife will help you decide the best option and refer you to another health care provider.

If you have not heard from a midwife by 15 weeks into your pregnancy please phone 6152 9416.

Resources

Positions in labour and birth

Watch this video to see the how the design of the Family Birth Centre and its specialised equipment supports women in labour.

More information

For more information phone the Midwifery Manager on 6152 9416 or email Fsh.FamilyBirthingCentre@health.wa.gov.au

Contact us

For more information phone the Midwifery Manager on 6152 9416 or email Fsh.FamilyBirthingCentre@health.wa.gov.au

Location

Level 3D of the main hospital building

View our hospital map to find your way.

Opening hours

This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.