Welcome to Albury Wodonga Health (AWH) Maternity Services.  We offer a caring and friendly service, designed around a woman’s individual needs to support them on their pregnancy journey.

We are currently updating our content, please call the Maternity Ward 02 6051 2750 if you have any queries about your pregnancy or labour. 

For an overview of your pregnancy journey, check out Albury Wodonga Health's pregnancy map.

Our team of Midwives and nurses, Medical team including Obstetricians, Doctors and Paediatricians, as well as and Allied Health professionals, provide personalised care that aims to reassure you through an exciting and emotional experience. As Albury Wodonga Health is a teaching hospital you may be cared for by a student midwife or nurse or medical student under the direction of a registered practitioner.

It is recommended that you make an appointment with a midwife, General Practitioner (GP), or nominated caregiver as soon as you find out you are pregnant to ensure your antenatal care can start.

We look forward to welcoming you to AWH Maternity Services.  Please refer to your Maternity Care Patient Information Booklet for models of care, and information about services.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition, a problem in a previous pregnancy, a multiple pregnancy or any type of pregnancy related problem your care will involve consultation, coordination and planning with a specialist obstetric doctor.

While birthing takes place at AWH’s Wodonga Hospital, there is a range of preganancy care options available across Albury, Wodonga and surrgounds. Please see maternity booklet for more information.

Anyone who is, or has been unwell in the preceding 14 days must not visit the Maternity Unit or the Special Care Nursery.  For current visitor restrictions please check the AWH visitor page here.

 

Congratulations, you are pregnant so your first midwife or doctor’s appointment should happen before you are 10 weeks. This is a good time to discuss your thoughts, concerns and wishes with your midwife or doctor who will help guide you through your pregnancy journey while recognising your individual needs.

If you are more than 10 weeks pregnant and are yet to see a GP or midwife, contact a GP or midwife to talk about your pregnancy options.

Sometimes a woman may need to be admitted to hospital for assessment and monitoring prior to giving birth due to her own medical condition or that of her unborn baby. During this time your care will be coordinated by a specialist obstetric team with the midwives in the ward providing personalised care to you and your support person.

Pregnancy Care Options

AWH offers inpatient antenatal care, a Midwife Care Program, compassionate and family focused birthing and postnatal services and a Domiciliary service whereby you are offered a visit by a midwife in your home following discharge. 

The woman's individual care needs and circumstances need to be considered when choosing the most appropriate care model.  Some high risk, or at risk of a complicated pregnancies may require additional medical or other support.  Importantly, we work in partnership with the women.

Pregnancy care options include

  • Private obstetrician – if your pregnancy is covered by your private health insurer you may be able to choose a preferred doctor. Check with your private health provider to see if part or all hospital costs are covered by you or your provider. Antenatal appointments are not covered by private insurance, but may be part covered by Medicare.
  • Private General Practitioner (GP) – Some of the local obstetric GPs offer services privately, always ensure you check with you private health provider.
  • GP Shared Care – some GPs may offer antenatal care through a shared care arrangement where your antenatal appointments are shared between your doctor and the hospital, or with your obstetrician. Some GPs may have additional training in obstetrics and provide antenatal care and be there for the birth.
  • Midwifery Care Program – this is available to women experiencing a low-risk pregnancy, offering continuous midwifery care throughout your pregnancy, labour, birth and early postnatal period in consultation with obstetric staff at the hospital
Booking-in

All women who plan to birth at AWH Wodonga Hospital will need to book-in. Please phone 02 6051 7240 for your appointment.  Please book in early, we recommend you book between 12 and 16 weeks. 

At this appointment your midwife will talk through your health history and explore available pregnancy care options if you require. Your health, and the health of your baby is important so regular antenatal visits will be scheduled throughout your pregnancy.

Go to PregnancyBirthBaby for information about check ups, tests and scan during your pregnancy.

Antenatal Classes

Antenatal classes help prepare parents for the arrival of their baby and provide an understanding of the birth process and what to expect in the first weeks after birth. Parents expecting their first baby are encouraged to attend the classes.

Classes offer information relating to pregnancy, labour and early parenting and an opportunity for discussion and share experiences with other parents.

There is a range of classes including a five week series (one evening per week) or an all-day class. In person classes will be held at Wodonga Hospital in the Antenatal Education Room, access via the Maternity Unit. There is a small charge for classes.

Also available are Antenatal Education Classes for Young Mums with small group sessions in a relaxed and fun atmosphere with a light lunch. It is led by Midwives keen to help young Mums through labour and birth. You can bring along your partner, support person, friend or Mum.

To book classes check social media for dates or call the antenatal reception on 02 6051 7240, or email TryBookings for further information.

Breastfeeding

AWH recognises the importance of promoting and supporting breastfeeding, however, we acknowledge that not all women choose or are able to breastfeed.

There are midwives and lactation consultants available to provide assistance on the ward or in the special care nursery and free breastfeeding support clinics (by appointment) once you are home.

Check out the AWH video on breast feeding

You can also find more information at Australian Breastfeeding Association

Aboriginal Women – we actively support the services of the Koori Maternity Support Worker  for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women having a baby. Working with Albury Wodonga Health they provide additional and culturally appropriate support during the antenatal period and the postnatal period. AWH has, in consultation with Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation, recently launched an Indigenous cultural kit to enhance a positive birthing experience for Indigenous women. Support is delivered by outreach or within the hospital.

Cultural Considerations – Albury Wodonga Health acknowledge and is considerate of cultural requirements. We will work with the woman and where practicable preferences will be met however this cannot be guaranteed.

Overseas Patients – please go to our fees and charges page. 


Congratulations on deciding to have your baby with us at Albury Wodonga Health. We aim to support you to have a positive birthing experience.

Our dedicated and compassionate team are trained to care for you and your baby throughout the birth and the exciting days that follow. We put you and your baby's needs first, focusing on providing the support and care you require.

We aim to ensure our maternity services:

  • are safe and appropriate to you and your baby’s needs;
  • are consistent with standards, evidence-informed guidelines and best practice;  
  • provide support and care that is based on partnership, information, choice and informed consent.

Our staff work closely with doctors including obstetricians and paediatricians in the community, which means we will all work together to ensure the best possible experience for you.

Also, as AWH is a teaching hospital, you will encounter medical and midwifery students during your interactions with the maternity unit.  

When should I call the hospital?

Be informed and know the signs of early labour remembering that this early stage can take some time. If in doubt call your midwife or the maternity team at the hospital 02 6051 7250.

I am worried

Please call your midwife or the maternity team at the hospital on 02 6051 7250, or if you experience any the following:

  • your waters break, or
  • you experience vaginal bleeding, or
  • your baby is not moving in its normal pattern, or
  • you are less than 37 weeks pregnant and you have signs of labour, or
  • you are concerned about yourself or your unborn baby, or
  • You experience severe constant pain, or
  • You experience severe headache or blurred vision, or
  • You experience very smelly vaginal discharge, or
  • You experience a hard blow to your tummy, for instance a car accident or a fall, or
  • You experience constant itching.

Who can support me in the birth suite?

Your support person can be your partner, a family member or a friend. This is someone of your choosing and someone who can support you through your labour and birth. Please see current Victorian Government COVID DHHS guidelines for restrictions on visitors and birth partners.

When I go into labour?

Always phone the maternity ward when in labour and or, planning to come in 02 6051 7250.

What are my pain relief options?

Please see the pain management in labour video produced by AWH here.

I am being induced

Typically an induction is offered because:

  • your pregnancy has gone longer than 41 weeks – an induction may be planned so that you give birth to your baby by 42 weeks;
  • you have a health concern, such as high blood pressure;
  • your doctor or midwife is concerned about your baby’s growth, movements or well being;
  • your waters have broken and labour has not started on its own.

An induction is always carried out in a hospital maternity unit, with your informed consent while still under the care of the midwifery and medical team.  Your doctor will discus this procedure with you at your appointments so you are sure about the process. For further information go to Safer Care Victoria induction of labour.

I am having a caesarean section

For women booked for a caesarean section (C-section) you will be admitted on the morning of your scheduled surgery. In the weeks leading up to your planned caesarean section will be required to attend an antenatal anaesthetic assessment clinic at the Maternity Unit where you will speak to both a member of the anaesthetics team and a midwife. Here you will have the opportunity to discuss your questions and plans.

Women who have had a caesarean section are planned for discharge 72 hours following the birth of their baby.



 






We look forward to making your first days with your newborn comfortable and happy. With a dedicated team around you, we will help support you while you get to know your new baby.

Our midwifery team which includes student midwives, all specialise in guiding a range of parenting skills including breastfeeding or bottle feeding techniques, settling methods and how to change, bathe and wrap your baby, while also providing complex care to women who require increased medical support.  

Your baby will be assessed by a medical team member prior to discharge and they will also provide care planning to women and babies who require specialised care both before and following birth.

Discharge times vary according to the individual, but generally if you had an uncomplicated vaginal birth you can expect to be discharged within 48 hours, if you had a caesarean section (C-Section) it will be within 72 hours post-surgery.

This time is to ensure a woman can recuperate from the birthing process and ensure the wellbeing of the woman and the baby. Additional support with breastfeeding, parenting education as well physical and psychological health care is available if required.

In most cases the woman will be encouraged to settle at home as soon as possible after the birth, to focus on her needs and the needs of the baby in a familiar environment. The Midwife will discuss options for hospital discharge with the women and they will be supported with individualised care.

My first days at home

The hospital will organise the domiciliary midwife to attend your home, with consent, in the first two days from discharge. If you live out of the allocated region we can organise the Outreach program to visit you. You are then discharged and the relevant service will contact you depending on where you live.

For Victorian residents the Victorian Maternal and Child Health Service is a free universal primary health service available for all Victorian families with children from birth to school age.

For NSW residents, the NSW Child and Family Health Nursing Services, child and family health nurses play a key role in the provision of community child and family health services and provide early contact with families.

Infant Feeding Support Service

There are midwives and lactation consultants available to provide additional assistance on the ward and free breastfeeding support clinics once you are home.

The Tresillian Parents and Babies Service offer guidance on the early years of a child's life, including sleeping, crying and feeding.  

Perinatal Emotional Health Program

We recognise that pregnancy and the arrival of a baby can be a mixture of joy and anxiety, and there is much to prepare for both physically and emotionally. Albury Wodonga Health, Mental Health's team offer a Perinatal Emotional Health Program with access to early motherhood groups across Wodonga, Albury and Wangaratta.