Maternity and Women’s Health
The Division of Maternity and Women’s Health was established in 2016 in order to provide a stronger focus on the unique needs of patients and clients as well as the specific strategic and operational needs of the services. The Division of Maternity and Women’s Health provides antenatal, birthing and postnatal services to women and babies throughout the District. It provides inpatient services within our Hospitals together with community based midwifery services and is committed to delivering women and family-centred care. Currently the Division is focused on improving the service for both patients and the staff that support it by reviewing models of care, rostering and workplace patterns and workplace culture.
Working with women working together
Maternity Units are located at Wollongong Hospital and Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital with birthing suites, antenatal care options, postnatal care and community based midwifery care. We follow the policy directive “Towards Normal Birth” which aims to increase the vaginal birth rate in NSW and support women and their families through our continuity of care antenatal services. Antenatal and postnatal services are also provided at Milton Ulladulla Hospital.
Click on the individual hospital links below for detailed information
Statewide Infant Screening Hearing Service (SWISH)
The aim of the SWISH program is to identify babies born with significant hearing loss and introduce them to appropriate services as soon as possible.
Hearing screening is provided as inpatient/outpatient service to babies (0 – 6 months) at:
- The Wollongong Hospital
- Figtree Private Hospital
- Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital
- Milton Ulladulla Hospital
- Ulladulla Community Health Centre
For further information please contact 4253 4208.
More information about antenatal, maternity, neonatal, and paediatric care is available at:
BFHI (Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative)
NSW Health Policy directs that all Local Health Districts promote, protect and support breastfeeding.
“Breastfeeding is an important population health measure. There is compelling evidence that breastfeeding is protective against a wide range of short and longer term health problems in infants and mothers” Document number PD2011_042 Publication date 21-Jun-2011
Our hospitals have a breastfeeding policy that incorporates the UNICEF & WHO methodology:
Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding
- Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
- Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
- Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
- Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within half an hour of birth.
- Show mothers how to breastfeed, and how to maintain lactation even if they should be separated from their infants.
- Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.
- Practise “rooming-in” - allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
- Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
- Give no artificial teats or pacifiers (also called dummies or soothers) to breastfeeding infants.
- Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.
Diabetes in Pregnancy
Gestational Diabetes may occur during some pregnancies. It usually resolves after baby is born. The Illawarra Shoalhaven District Diabetes Service works with our obstetric team to optimise the health and wellness of people with diabetes and related chronic conditions, and to empower them to self-manage their condition. The Diabetes Service operates business hours, weekdays. The multidisciplinary team includes endocrinologists, diabetes educators, dieticians, podiatry and clinical nurse specialists from the Clinical Trial and Research Unit.
All enquiries and referrals for outpatient services: 1300 308 969