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North Shore Private Maternity Services

“It is a privilege to share in the beginning of a new life and to help parents get off to the best possible start of their parenting journey. Every Mother has her own story, every Mother and baby is a unique pair. We are here to guide and assist in the beginning. As time goes by the parents will build their confidence and know their baby better than anyone else” says Margaret Pitts, Midwife for over 30 years.

From blood tests to scans to antenatal classes, North Shore Private has everything you need under one roof. During the early days of pregnancy the amount of tests and Obstetrician visits can be overwhelming. We’ve tried to make this process seamless … particularly if your Obstetrician is based at North Shore Private.

At North Shore Private Hospital your emotional wellbeing is extremely important and integral to the maternity services we offer.

Australian research suggests that all pregnant women benefit from the opportunity to discuss their emotional health. We are therefore very proud to be working with, and supported by, the Gidget Foundation Australia. The Gidget Foundation was established in 2001 with the aim of identifying emotional wellbeing amongst expectant and new parents.

Our Emotional Wellbeing Program, run in conjunction with the Gidget Foundation Australia provides women with the opportunity to address and discuss their feelings during pregnancy in a supportive confidential environment with our midwives. This unique program is supported by leading psychiatrists, obstetricians and midwives and has been specifically designed for the private hospital.

All pregnant women at North Shore Private, as part of the Emotional Wellbeing Program, are offered an appointment with one of our trained midwives to discuss their emotional health during their pregnancy.

What is the Emotional Wellbeing Program?

At 20 weeks all pregnant women booked for the birth of their baby at North Shore Private will receive an online psychosocial assessment questionnaire via email. The results of these questionnaires indicate women who may be at risk of developing perinatal mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

A specifically trained midwife at North Shore Private Hospital will review the completed questionnaire and if you are at risk you will be contacted within 2-3 business days. The midwife will arrange a confidential one-on-one appointment allowing you the opportunity to confidentially discuss your emotional wellbeing and how you are feeling.

At the appointment the midwife will ask you some questions that will help them to professionally assess your emotional health – the conversation can be wide-ranging and is an opportunity for you to talk about how you are feeling. Appointments are confidential and the information you provide is shared with your obstetrician.

Resources, support and further help options are offered should you need them – support can include practical help as well as psychological/emotional support.

You can find out more about the Gidget Foundation here.

Emotional Wellbeing Program

Start Talking Program

In addition to the North Shore Private Hospital Emotional Wellbeing Program we are very pleased to be able to refer you to the Gidget Foundation’s Start Talking Program.

This program provides free Telehealth psychological counselling services for expectant and new parents nationally.

Provided by specialist psychologists, psychiatrists and where available social workers and child/family health nurses, this program is available for people who have a diagnosis of, or who are at risk of developing, a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder, and are pregnant or have a baby up to 12 months of age. Partners can also access these specialised services.

To learn more about the Start Talking Program please click here.

At North Shore Private Hospital, as a routine inclusion of our antenatal care, we are very pleased to be working with the Gidget Foundation Australia to ensure not only the physical health but also the emotional wellbeing of expectant and new parents.

We are pleased to announce the recent opening of Gidget House at North Shore Private Hospital. Gidget House is located on Level 2 on our Maternity Ward. The Gidget House psychologist is available onsite six days per week, 8-6pm. To make an appointment contact Gidget Foundation Australia on 1300 851 758 or (02) 9460 1550 during office hours.

Gidget House RR

The Gidget Foundation Australia, a not for profit organisation, provides support services for families suffering emotional distress during pregnancy and early parenting and offers education and awareness programs for health professionals and the community.

The Gidget Foundation Australia’s mission is:

To promote the importance of emotional wellbeing amongst expectant and new parents, their healthcare providers and the wider community to ensure that those in need receive timely, appropriate and supportive care.

The Gidget Foundation Australia provides a wide-range of support and educational resources including:

  • Gidget Emotional Wellbeing Screening Program - preadmission midwife support for pregnant women at selected hospitals.
  • Gidget House - 10 free clinical psychological sessions for expectant and new parents in person at various locations.
  • Start Talking Telehealth Program - seven free clinical psychological sessions for expectant and new parents via video call.

To find out more about our Gidget Foundation Australia Emotional Wellbeing Program here at the hospital run in conjunction with the Gidget Foundation Australia, please click here.

For further information on the Gidget Foundation Australia, its history, personal stories, resources and support services please visit the website here.

Emotional Wellbeing Program

North Shore Women's Imaging is an independent medical imaging provider for women using the latest technology. Our equipment represents the current state of the art technology that is available. Our practice is at the forefront of obstetric and gynaecologic scanning and we aim to provide this service in a responsive and individualised manner that takes into account the requirements of each patient and their referring practitioner.

Phone: 02 9439 9448
Fax: 02 8425 3388
Email: reception@nswi.com.au
Suite 8, Level 3, North Shore Private Hospital

NSW Health Pathology and North Shore Radiology and Nuclear Medicine are located on the ground floor of the hospital.

Ramsay Pharmacy is easily accessible to both patients and the public, being located in the Hospital’s lobby. Ramsay Pharmacy stocks an extensive range of products and our staff provide a professional and friendly service to all patients, staff and the local community. Ramsay Pharmacy stocks a wide range of products including general medicines, beauty products. In addition, Ramsay Pharmacy also offers gifts, magazines, newspapers and drinks to purchase during your stay.

Florist

Aunty Poppy's florist is located on the ground floor. They stock a wide range of flowers and gifts.

Opening hours are:
Monday - Friday 8.00am to 8.00pm
Saturday 9.00am to 6.00pm
Sunday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Website: www.auntypoppys.com.au
Phone: 02 9437 1455

Hudsons Coffee Shop

Hudsons is located on the ground floor next to the hospital reception.

Opening hours:
Cafe Mon-Fri 7.00am - 7.00pm
Cafe Sat-Sun 8.00am - 5.00pm
Kiosk Mon-Fri 5.45am - 1.00pm
Kiosk Sat-Sun Closed

Hudsons supply a selection of fresh sandwiches, pastries, quiches and salads as well as coffee and drinks. Please let the staff know if you have any special dietary requirements and they will be happy to advise food choices.

A specialist baby photographer visits the ward Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; please contact the ward receptionist during your stay for more information.