Monash Children's Hospital

Q: What will happen if my baby goes into the NICU or SCN in the Monash Children’s Hospital?

A: Mothers and babies will stay together wherever possible unless the baby requires Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care Nursery (SCN) attention, in which case your baby will be cared for in the new Monash Children’s Hospital. When visiting babies in NICU or SCN, our mothers will use the new level 5 link bridge connecting the two hospitals.


Q: I have just found out I’m pregnant with my 4th child and I live in Chadstone. I have had uncomplicated drug free labours and births, the last 2 being water births, can I book a public home birth through Clayton?

A: Monash Women’s provides a public homebirth service from Casey Hospital for women who live locally. We hope to establish a similar service at Clayton but this is not yet possible.

I want to try to vaginal birth after having a cesarean?

Q: Now that the time has come to start thinking about having another baby I am beginning to research VBAC. I am hoping there are avenues to explore (other than homebirth) that will allow midwife care and possibly water birth, and I don’t want to have continual monitoring. It doesn’t make sense to me given that water birth is shown to relax tissues and therefore potentially create an easier passage for the baby as I thought this would be an advantage for VBAC with the slightly higher rate of uterine rupture.

A: Most women who have a caesarean in a prior pregnancy can have a vaginal birth in their next pregnancy. At Monash Women’s we are keen to support more women to choose a vaginal birth if appropriate. See VBAC fact sheet for more information

Tours of maternity services

Q: Can I do a tour of a maternity service?

A: Tours of our maternity services are now ‘virtual’, accessed from this website. You can view each of our 3 hospitals.

Private rooms

Q: Can I have a private room?

A: We don’t have private rooms in the public hospital. Each of our maternity units has a mixture of bed configurations with a small number of ‘single’ rooms with priority at the time to women who are ill or unwell post birth.

Birth Centre

Q: Can you please send me more information about your birth centre and whom you accept?

A: Our philosophy of care at Monash Women’s embraces the normalcy of pregnancy, and its potential for health; with well women supported in normal birth by team midwives. If you are giving birth in the hospital it will be in one of the birth suite rooms.

I had my last baby at Monash Medical Centre and want to have my next baby there too

Q: How do I get a transfer to Monash Medical Centre? I’ve had to book into the local hospital, as I wasn’t classed as high risk to go to Monash Clayton. I had my last baby there in 2010 due to having a hind water leak at 28 weeks and my baby born at 34 weeks.

A: Monash Medical Centre Clayton provides a broad spectrum of maternity services. It is also the local maternity unit for women who live close by. We are pleased to provide higher level care for women with complex pregnancies from all over Victoria. For the most complex pregnancies Monash is Victoria preferred services. Unfortunately, this means that some women who are healthy must chose to have their baby in a hospital closer to where they live.

Home birth back up

Q: I am 26 weeks into a low risk pregnancy with my second baby and we are having a home birth. My private midwife recommended that I register my name with Monash as it is the closest public hospital to us. Could you please advise me on whom I need to talk to about doing this?

A: We are pleased to offer a backup service to women who live in the Monash region. Contact our maternity bookings by Fax 9594 6298 , telephone 9594 2229 or email and they will contact you to arrange an initial appointment for you to be provided with back up place of birth.

Childbirth education

Q: What childbirth education classes are available and how do I register?

A: Monash Women’s offers workshops at each site. When you attend your first booking visit you will be given a flyer with the details and charges. All workshops include information about: pregnancy, labour, birth, breastfeeding and care of a newborn baby. These classes are an optional extra to consider and fees do apply.

Non Medicare

Q: How do I book into the hospital if I dont have Medicare?

A: Please read our information sheet Non Medicare – overseas visitors maternity financial information


Q: Do I need a doctors referral to book in?

A: No, however If you are having public hospital clinic care you may need to bring a referral from your GP for your first hospital medical visit. Referrals need to be made to a specific specialist doctor, we would ask that you have your GP write your referral to: ‘Dr Ryan Hodges, Director of Obstetrics’.

Visiting hours

Q: When can I visit my partner and baby?

A: Each hospital has different visiting hours. Please visit the contact us page for more information.