Mother and Baby Unit (MBU)
At St Helens Private Hospital in Tasmania, the Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) was established in 1997, consisting of eight private suites. The MBU is fully accredited by the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards in accord with the National Safety and Quality Health Services Standards. It provides professional care for families requiring specialised antenatal support and also help in the first year of their babies’ lives.
We recognise that having a baby can be exciting and also a very stressful and challenging time. We believe the provision of holistic support, education and counselling can bring positive change and facilitate enjoyment and adjustment to parenting.
The MBU is staffed by an experienced multidisciplinary team which includes paediatricians, psychiatrists, nurses, midwives, psychologists and social workers. The team work together assessing the needs of the family and design a plan of care to promote recovery and help in finding the necessary skills to meet the challenges of parenthood.
The MBU has an inpatient program consisting of a variety of groups and activities designed to assist in recovery. The groups are facilitated by psychologists, nurses, doctors and a variety of allied health professionals including dieticians and fitness instructors.
From the time of admission to the time of discharge, we encourage parents/families to be involved in decisions about care, treatment and recovery. We also welcome and encourage partners to stay and also be involved.
Paediatric admissions offer up to 5 days for infants up to the age of 12 months along with their carer(s) for support with:
- Sleep and settling
- Feeding difficulties
- Reflux / GORD
- Intolerances and allergies
- Failure to thrive
Psychiatric admissions offer an inpatient stay for parent(s), along with their infant(s) up to 12 months of age for support with:
- Adjusting to parenting
- Ongoing management of mental health
Dual admissions (parent and baby) are also an option for eligible families who require both an infant and parent admission.
For those whom are not privately insured we do have Public Beds available for psychiatric admissions.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of the above, or to facilitate an admission, please contact hospital reception on 03 6221 6444 or contact your GP for a referral.