Whilst it is recognised that water immersion in labour provides pain relief, Albury Wodonga Health (AWH) is at this time temporarily suspending the use of water immersion in labour in line with maternity and neo natal clinical care guidance and current COVID Stage 3 restrictions.

We acknowledge that this temporary change is disappointing but this is a precautionary safety measure to protect women, their babies, partners and staff. Be assured AWH continues to advocate for women and their birth choice.

PPE is ineffective when wet and consequently, the use of water immersion during this period presents an unacceptable workplace health and safety risk.

There has been no further changes to the maternity visiting hours that were announced on 28 July 2020. A woman’s partner or nominated support person can stay for the duration of her labour and birth and for some time after, as agreed with the Midwifery team. Subsequent visits are allowed for up to two hours a day by the same partner or support person.

Our Midwives and Doctors are committed to supporting and caring for women, partners and babies in the safest possible way to ensure healthy mothers and babies.

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