Can I have a waterbirth at Hatch?

We acknowledge and support women’s labour and birth preferences, however there are some clinical restrictions or limitations on resources to consider. You may choose to labour in warm water (called ‘Water Immersion’) to help promote and facilitate normal birth, and for most women this is an effective pain relief option as part of your birth plan. There are nine birthing rooms with baths for this purpose. If you are planning on a ‘waterbirth’ (baby is born under the water in a specifically designed birthing pool), we are happy to discuss this option during your antenatal visits as there are more considerations – meeting Mater eligibility criteria, availability of a birthing room with a birthing pool (there are two rooms for this purpose) and waterbirth credentialed clinicians to care for you during your labour.