Luxury maternity care for mums; support for dads

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Kareena Private Hospital has brought luxury maternity care to Sydney’s southern suburbs thanks to a $1.5 million upgrade.

Expectant mums can enjoy deluxe suites, with plenty of room for their partners to stay, following the largest refurbishment of its maternity unit in more than 20 years.

The hospital now has 14 private parenting suites, including four deluxe suites with queen beds, two double bedrooms and seven standard rooms – all featuring new furnishings and equipment to make the parents’ stay even more special.  

The refurbishment, which also includes a new lounge area for parents and visitors plus a parenting education room, follows the renovation of the hospital’s birthing suites four years ago. 

Acting CEO Yvonne Hart said customer feedback had helped in the project’s planning and design.

“We have always received positive feedback regarding the care delivered by our team of experienced midwives, nurses and lactation consultants. This was an opportunity to improve the environment to match the exemplary service we offer,” she said.  

Ms Hart said the hospital had also been inspired by the first-class maternity facilities at Westmead Private and North Shore Private in Sydney, which like Kareena are operated by Ramsay Health Care Australia.

“We have surpassed our expectations and hope we have done the same for our customers,” she said.  

“A great feature of this upgrade is that it really improves the partner stay – we know many new mums want their partners to share those very special first days with their babies, and now half of our rooms will offer new parents a queen or double bed.” 

One of the new maternity rooms at Kareena Private Hospital

Brittani and Daniel Cooper were among the first couples to experience the new facilities when they welcomed their son Kai into the world.  

“It was really lovely, the facilities were great, the room was so nice and cosy and Daniel was able to be with me the whole time, which was really important to me,” Brittani said.  

“I remember the food being really good too, Daniel and I were both so well looked after, and knowing we were sorted for those five days was great.”  

Meanwhile, another Ramsay facility, North Shore Private Hospital is offering a free text-based service to help new fathers cope with the challenges they will be facing. 

‘SMS4Dads’ provides support, practical tips and information as part of a year-long trial being run across several sites in New South Wales by the University of Newcastle. The program also checks in on psychosocial health and refers fathers who may be at higher risk of suffering from perinatal anxiety or depression to support services, including Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA). 

“We know that 1 in 20 fathers suffer from anxiety and depression in the antenatal period and this number increases to 1 in 10 after the baby is born,” said Dr Michael van der Griend, North Shore’s Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 

“There is ample evidence that men are reluctant to engage with the health system and since paternal depression is a driver of poorer health outcomes for themselves, their child and their family, this project seeks to find new ways to overcome perinatal health barriers.” 

Expectant fathers over the age of 18 can enrol in SMS4Dads if their partner is at least 16 weeks pregnant or their baby is less than six months old.  

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