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COVID-19 Change to Maternity services information

There are some restrictions in place for hospital visitors.

You cannot be a visitor to a hospital setting if you:

  • have COVID-19.
  • recently had COVID-19 and it has been 7 days or less since your isolation period ended.
  • are a close contact, unless in exceptional or compassionate circumstances (e.g. an end of life visit or as a support person in a birthing suite).
  • have returned from overseas in the last 7 days, unless in exceptional or compassionate circumstances (e.g. an end of life visit or as a support person in a birthing suite).
  • have recently had a COVID-19 test and are waiting to receive the results (except for tests due to surveillance testing obligations)
  • have COVID-19 symptoms

Visitors must wear a face mask at all times whilst in the hospital and comply with requirements the hospital has in place.

Close contacts able to visit on compassionate grounds must:

  • test negative within 24 hours prior to entering the hospital setting.
  • have no COVID-19 symptoms.
  • advise the hospital they are a close contact and comply with any requirements they have in place.
  • wear a mask and follow any PPE or protective measures required of you.

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 28 Jul 2022