North Shore Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

North Shore Private Emotional Wellbeing Program

North Shore Private is committed to the emotional wellbeing of all new parents and this aspect of antenatal care is integral to our maternity service. All pregnant women at North Shore Private are offered an appointment to discuss their emotional health in a program established by the Gidget Foundation. The Foundation began in 2001 after the tragic death of a young mother who was suffering from postnatal depression. The Foundation is committed to raising awareness of the importance of emotional health in pregnancy and early parenting through collaborative programs, education and advocacy.

North Shore Private has adopted the Gidget Foundation’s aim of promoting a community where parents are enabled, nurtured and valued. We hope to assist in making the journey to parenthood one that is supported as well as enriching.

Emotional challenges in pregnancy and early parenthood are common, and may manifest as anxiety and/or depression. Mood disorders are common in pregnancy and affect approximately 1 in 5 women giving birth in Australia. Many women find that during their pregnancy much of the focus is on their physical wellbeing and the health of their babies. Our Emotional Wellbeing Program provides women with the opportunity to address their feelings and to discuss this confidentially with one of our midwives.

Australian research suggests that all pregnant women benefit from the opportunity to discuss their emotional health. Research conducted at North Shore Private over the past 5 years, in conjunction with the Gidget Foundation, has confirmed these findings.

How do I make a booking?

North Shore Private invites all antenatal patients to have an appointment with a registered midwife with expertise in emotional wellbeing. The appointments run for 30min. To make an appointment, please call our Birthing Suite reception during business hours on 8425 3282 or email nspbirth@ramsayhealth.com.au.