It is not possible to ignore the COVID-19 pandemic. There is information, stress and uncertainty everywhere. Our Hatch clinicians and staff want to support all our pregnant women and their families during this time.
We are making a few changes to keep us all as safe and well, as is possible. We have asked that when you attend Hatch Private Maternity, that you come in on your own (with the exception of your baby for postnatal visits). We know that this is a time that you want to share with your support team but in an effort to keep us all healthy and able to continue caring for you, it is greatly appreciated if you can come to see us without your partner or other children. We can make other arrangements to keep your partner involved in your care you can discuss this at your next visit. We have also asked that if you have symptoms or are self- isolating that you contact us to re-arrange your appointment You can find details here.
You will notice our waiting rooms are more spaced out, your appointments with your Hatch clinician will be a little different from normal but our aim is, as always, to keep you and your baby safe and healthy.
We have had to temporarily postponed our parents’ group, until it is deemed safe enough to have face to face group meetings. We will miss catching up with you and your babies but encourage you to continue to stay connected through online platforms. (There are some suggested support groups in the link below.
If you become unwell during this time, testing for Covid-19 is limited to those who have symptoms AND have travelled in the last 14 days OR those that have had direct contact with a confirmed case. If you think you have become unwell with Covid-19 and meet these conditions, you should attend either your GP or a fever clinic close to you. Please telephone them before you attend. Some testing can be done at the Mater Adults Emergency, please only attend the Pregnancy Assessment Centre (PAC) unless you have a pregnancy related concern.
There is more information about testing here: QLD Government COVID 19 Testing.
We know that having a baby is a life changing event, add in a pandemic and its completely reasonable to have more feelings of anxiety or low mood. Please discuss this with your Hatch Clinician or GP or seek other support from organisations such as PANDA 1300 726 306 ( 24/7 support telephone).
Additional Trusted resources you may find helpful during this time are:
We hope that you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe during this time.