The Midwives at Gippsland Southern Health Service welcome you to our care and are more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services.
For all enquiries and appointment bookings please call the Maternity Services Unit on
03 5667 5556.
Midwife Antenatal Consultations
Please call the Maternity Services Unit to make all appointment bookings. Antenatal consultations take place in the Maternity Services Unit; partners are most welcome and indeed encouraged to come along with you.
Appointments should be arranged between 12-16 weeks. This will take about one hour - the midwife will obtain pre-admission details and provide you with written information, as well as discuss what to expect and answer any questions you may have.
24 and 32 weeks
At these appointments, which will take about 1/2 an hour, the midwife will check your blood pressure, assess your baby’s growth and listen to your baby’s heart beat. This is a good opportunity to talk to a midwife about your pregnancy and any concerns you may have, including any test results.
This appointment will also take about 1/2 an hour. The midwife will again check your blood pressure, assess your baby’s growth and listen to your baby’s heart beat, and check your baby’s position. This is a good time to discuss your labour and birth expectations, your birth plan, and any concerns you may have. It is also a good time to discuss feeding your newborn baby and what to expect in the first few days after birth.
The antenatal education program has been designed to help prepare you for pregnancy, labour and birth, and for the transition to parenthood including breastfeeding and the care of your baby.
Each program consists of five classes which commence at 7:00pm and run for approximately 2 hours.
These classes are held on Tuesday evenings in Education Building at the rear of the hospital. Parents are asked to park at the rear of the hospital, next to the Education Building as the main hospital doors are locked when the classes finish.
Classes fill up quickly so please secure your place when you have your initial booking in appointment with the midwife. There is no cost to attend the classes.
Please call the Maternity Services Unit on 03 5667 5556, to book in for the classes you have chosen 2-3 weeks prior to commencement. A list of class dates can be downloaded here:
Domiciliary Postnatal Follow up
Once you return home with your baby a midwife will contact you and may arrange a home visit if you feel this is necessary. We maintain this contact for up to two weeks, however this is flexible depending on individual needs.
Our midwives work in consultation with your Maternal and Child Health Nurse during the early weeks you are home and we are able to consult your doctor on your behalf if required.
Patient Information Sheets
A series of patient information sheets are available below. Please speak to your midwife if you require hard copies.
66 Koonwarra Road
Private Bag 13
Leongatha Vic 3953
03 5667 5556
10am - 1pm
3pm - 8pm
For more information about Gippsland Southern Health Service's maternity services, please read see the following booklets:
There is a wealth of information available about pregnancy and childbirth online. Below, you will find a list of recommended online resources and publications as well as information on Family Assistance available through the Australian Government. If you require brochures on any of the information listed please speak to your midwife.