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Before Your Stay

Before Your Stay

Congratulations – your pregnant!

There is so much to plan during your pregnancy, so we’ve made a checklist to help you prepare for your stay. We hope it helps you to better enjoy your time with us.

Keep active and stay fit – it will help you

One of the best things you can do throughout your pregnancy is to keep active and maintain your fitness levels. It will help you and your baby to stay well and will also assist with your stamina levels during labour. There are many safe exercises you can participate in during pregnancy. Your obstetrician will be able to advise you of a suitable exercise regime; but walking, swimming and yoga are a good starting point.

A healthy diet

A healthy diet is important for both you and your baby. Speak to your obstetrician about a diet plan that will help you to properly manage your nutritional and caloric intake during pregnancy.

Maternity Birthing Suites

What is a doula?

A doula is a specialty trained non-medical companion who assists pregnant women before, during and after childbirth.

Doulas can provide support and advocacy as well as mediation between birthing mothers and maternity care providers. Their goal is to help you enjoy a memorable and joyful birthing experience. Talk to our maternity team about what options are usually offered by doulas and whether this is a good choice for you.

Discuss birthing preparation and delivery options

Talk to you obstetrician and The George Centre’s midwives about birthing preparations and the different options available in delivery suite.

Consider developing a birth plan; but be sure to discuss this with your obstetrician and our midwives and understand that flexibility is an important part of any birth plan.

Don’t worry if you forget something

The George Centre has an onsite gift shop that will be able to help you with some forgotten items, and for those items not available at The George Centre, there is the nearby HomeCo shopping precinct at Gregory Hills

What should you bring to hospital when you go into labour?

  • Your antenatal card or doctor’s card. Also known as the “Yellow Card”. This is a health record of pregnancy given to all pregnant women in NSW. It is usually updated at each antenatal appointment by your GP, obstetrician and/or midwife.
  • Breast pads. These absorb any leaking breast milk.
  • Maternity bras. Bring more than one.
  • Comfortable clothes to wear during the day and at night. You will be caring for your new baby at all different times, so make sure you have comfortable clothing with you. Include button down shirts and tops.
  • Footwear. When walking around the maternity ward and throughout the hospital after your baby is delivered, you need to wear footwear -either slippers, flats, or thongs. Rubber soled slippers are ideal.
  • Toiletries. All new mum’s love to get freshened up after their baby arrives. Pack your favourite toiletries – and don’t forget your hairdryer.
  • Something to read. Think of something that will help you relax and switch off.
  • Prepare a play list of your favourites for use in delivery suite.
  • Writing material. Many new mums start a journal to keep a record of their time during labour and after baby is born. You might also want to take notes from your healthcare team discussions that will help you when you return home.
  • Car seat. Don’t forget to get your baby’s car seat installed for the journey home. Ask your midwife about BabySafe who install on site.
  • An outfit to take your baby home in. Be sure to include wraps!

Enjoy a private
birthing experience

Book a maternity unit tour
Meet our team, see our birthing suites and rooms, and have your questions answered. Click here to find available tour options.

Caesarean section admission

On the day prior to your planned caesarean section admission, you will be contacted and advised of your scheduled surgery time.

Fasting time

Your fasting time is the period of time prior to your caesarean procedure where you will not be allowed to eat or drink. It is imperative to adhere to fasting times for your safety during your anaesthetic.

On the day of your caesarean section

When you arrive at The George Centre for your planned caesarean surgery , please attend reception, and remember to bring your antenatal card with you.

The George Centre’s healthcare team will then escort you to the maternity unit and make sure you are settled in. Please shower before attending the hospital.

Enquire about your baby's delivery