Maternity care during COVID-19

Having a baby during COVID-19 may be daunting, but at South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) you and your baby are at the heart of everything we do.

Whether you are a maternity patient at Rockingham General Hospital or Fiona Stanley Hospital (external site), we are committed to putting the needs of you and your baby first.

Hear the facts first-hand about changes to hospital processes to protect you, your baby, our staff and the community from COVID-19.

Get the facts about your maternity experience

Whether your baby is being delivered at Rockingham General Hospital or Fiona Stanley Hospital, listen to these questions and answers about what you can expect from your maternity experience.

If you are booked for a maternity assessment and procedure

Providing safe care during COVID-19 to you and your baby is important to us.

All patients attending Rockingham General Hospital for planned maternity assessments and procedures, and any accompanying approved essential visitor, will need to complete a rapid antigen test (RAT) when arriving at the hospital.

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Visiting a maternity patient

Changes to visitor arrangements at our hospitals have been introduced in line with other public hospitals throughout WA.

As hospitals care for people when they are at their most vulnerable, these changes will help them, our staff and the wider community safe from the spread of COVID-19.

One birthing partner/labour support person can be present during and immediately following birth, and/or for critical decisions regarding care. The birthing partner must have a negative RAT screening result to visit the hospital. Pregnant women are advised to identify an alternate birthing partner in the event their preferred partner screens positive for COVID-19.

Please read more about these changes.

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