Exceptional delivery: the new Mothers’ Hospitals

Friday, 30 May 2008

The official opening of one of Mater’s most eagerly anticipated arrivals—the new Mater Mothers’ Hospitals was held on Friday 30 May 2008.

Her Excellency, Ms Quentin Bryce AC, the Governor of Queensland and The Honourable Anna Bligh MP, Premier of Queensland officially opened the hospitals and the Most Reverend John A Bathersby DD, Archbishop of Brisbane blessed the facility.

Despite inclement weather, the event was held in the historic Aubigny Place forecourt and attracted hundreds of guests and dignitaries including The Honourable Kevin Rudd MP, Prime Minister of Australia, Sisters of Mercy, past and present patients, supporters and Mater staff.

The ceremony was highlighted with significant symbolism that depicted the transition from the original hospital to the new Mater Mothers’ Hospitals with a combination of elements that represented Christian Values, Mater Health Services and life.

The result of a four year construction period, the state-of-the-art maternity facility features 88 public and 90 private maternity beds and 16 birthing rooms. An expanded Neonatal Critical Care Unit provides 79 cot spaces, including intensive care and special care cots, making it one of the biggest Neonatal Critical Care Units in the nation.

Jointly funded by Queensland Health and Mater Health Services, the new $188 million facility will assist in up to 10 000 births each year.

Among a range of new services being delivered to expectant mothers in the new hospital is a Pregnancy Assessment and Observation Unit collocated with the Birth Suite. Managed by Mater midwives, this unit enables women with pregnancy-related concerns to be reviewed in a setting that is comfortable and inviting.

The new Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit is also located adjacent to the Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit where women with early pregnancy problems are managed by midwifery and medical staff specifically designated for this purpose.

Director of Perinatal Medicine and Women’s Health Services, Dr Don Cave said the new facility has been designed on a balanced model of wellness and highly specialised care in response to women’s expectations of maternity care.

As part of our commitment to providing exceptional care, the new facility features a range of services to deliver real benefits to women, along with providing a family-focused environment in terms of care and support. It is an exceptional facility.

Dr Don Cave,
Director of Perinatal Medicine and Women’s Health Services

Features of the new Mater Mothers’ Hospital and Mater Mothers’ Private Hospital will include:

  • an increased number of single rooms with ensuites
  • five larger single rooms with disabled access
  • rooms with access to external views and natural light, personal baby bathing facilities and ensuites
  • a maximum of two women per room
  • closer proximity to Mater Adult Hospital Critical Care Unit
  • integrated technology to provide more efficient monitoring for high risk women
  • a consult room in the antenatal clinic.

Both the public and private services commenced caring for women and babies, and their families in the new Mater Mothers’ Hospitals on Wednesday 4 June 2008.

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