Skip to main content

COVID-19 Change to Maternity services information

Our maternity unit has a restriction on the number of people who can visit.

Unvaccinated partners or support people supporting a birthing mother are required to follow specific conditions:

  • Only one unvaccinated partner/support person can attend an antenatal appointment.
  • An unvaccinated partner and support person are permitted in the birthing suite and must follow the instructions of the midwife about socially distancing and restricting movements to nominated areas.
  • The unvaccinated partner/support person must wear a single-use surgical face mask and limit their movements to areas where they can safely physically distance from others.
  • Any unvaccinated partner who stays overnight in the ward with mum and bub must have a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of entering the hospital.

Find out more about the hospital visitors restrictions in place. Everyone entering the Maternity Unit needs to thoroughly clean their hands at the ward entrance. Thank you for your understanding as we protect the safety of all our patients and your precious babies.

Birthing options

All babies are born at our state-of-the-art Gold Coast University Hospital, located in Southport.

The facility is more than three times the size of the old Gold Coast Hospital and its changed status to a tertiary referral hospital has contributed to the increase and complexity of maternity services available.

This means that babies born under 32 weeks can now birth at the Gold Coast University Hospital rather than being transferred to Brisbane.

Birthing options provided by Gold Coast Health include:

  • Private midwifery
  • Obstetrician-led care
  • Continuity of midwifery care through Midwifery Group Practice.

Further details about these maternity care options is available:

Gold Coast University Hospital’s specialist maternity services includes:

  • Pregnancy care through the outpatient service or in the community
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit to support complex pregnancy
  • Birthing suites and Birth Centre, which include a birthing bath used for pain management and water birthing, for women who meet the criteria
  • Inpatient unit to look after women during pregnancy if required, and postnatal care after the birth
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for premature or sick babies, and Neonatal Special Care Nursery.

Last updated 08 Sep 2020