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Waterbirth Friendly Hospitals

On this page we have listed Australian hospitals that are offering the option of waterbirth. Each hospital will have different policies, practice guidelines, and may require an accredited midwife on duty for a waterbirth to be possible. This list is in its infancy and we'd love to hear from you if you know a hospital that is not listed here or if a hospital is listed in error.

New South Wales

Belmont Hospital
Croudace Bay Road, Belmont, 2280 ph: (02) 4923 2000
Midwifery Run Birth Unit.

Blacktown Hospital
Blacktown Road, Blacktown, 2148 ph: (02) 9881 8000

Coffs Harbour Health Campus
Pacific Hwy, Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450 ph: (02) 6656 7000

Gosford Hospital
Holden St, Gosford, 2250 ph: (02) 4320 2111

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital & Community Health Services
Palmerston Road, Hornsby, NSW 2077 ph: (02) 9477 9123

Murundhu dharaa Birthing Centre
14 Palmer Street Orange NSW 2800 ph: (02) 6393 9000
Website: www.oams.com.au/antenatal.php

Mullumbimby Hospital
Azalea Street, Mullumbimby, 2482 ph: (02) 6684 2266
Low risk, 3 single room (with ensuite) unit. Water immersion for labor and birth offered
Website: www.ncahs.nsw.gov.au/services/results_detailed.php?serviceid=57

Liverpool Hospital
Elizabeth Street, Liverpool, 2170 ph: (02) 9828 3000

Nepean Hospital
Derby Street, Kingswood, 2747 ph. (02) 4734 2000

Royal Hospital for Women
Barker Street, Randwick, NSW 2031 ph: (02) 9382 6111
Website: www.sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au/rhw/

Royal North Shore Hospital
Pacific Hwy, St Leonards, NSW 2065 ph: (02) 9926 7111

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Missenden Rd, Camperdown, NSW 2050 ph: (02) 9515 6111

Ryde Hospital
Denistone Road, Eastwood, NSW 2122 ph: (02) 9858 7549
Website: www.mumsatryde.org.au

St George Hospital
Gray St, Kogarah, NSW 2217 ph: (02) 9113 1111
Website: www.sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au/sgh/
Baths available in birth centre rooms. Need to bring own birth pool for use in delivery suite rooms.

Sutherland Hospital
Cnr Kingsway and Kareena Road, Caringbah 2229 ph: 02 9540 7111
Baths available in each birth room.

Westmead Hospital
Hawkesbury &, Darcy Rds, NSW Westmead, 2145 ph: (02) 9845 5555

Wyong Hospital
Pacific Hwy, Wyong, 2259 ph: (02) 4393 8000

Northern Territory

Alice Springs Hospital
Gap Rd, Alice Springs, NT 0870 ph: (08) 8951 7621
Website: www.health.nt.gov.au/Hospitals/Alice_Springs_Hospital/index.aspx

Queensland

Cairns Base Hospital
The Esplanade, Cairns QLD 4870. ph: (07) 4226 0000
Website: www.health.qld.gov.au/wwwprofiles/cairns_cairns_hosp.asp

Charters Towers Health Centre
137 - 139 Gill St, Charters Towers, QLD 4820 ph: (07) 4787 0333
Website: www.health.qld.gov.au/wwwprofiles/tville_ctowers_hc.asp

John Flynn Private Hospital
42 Inland Drive, Tugun QLD 4224 ph: (07) 5598 9000
Website: www.johnflynnprivate.com.au/Our-Services/our-birth-centre.aspx

Mareeba Hospital
21 Lloyd St, Mareeba, QLD 4880 ph: (07) 4092 2322
Website: www.health.qld.gov.au/wwwprofiles/cairns_mareeba_hosp.asp

Mackay Base Hospital  
475 Bridge Rd, Mackay, QLD 4740 ph: (07)4968 6000
Waterbirth available with accredited midwives.

Royal Womens Hospital
Butterfield Street, Herston, QLD 4006 ph: (07) 3636 8966

Sunshine Coast Private Hospital
12 Elsa Wilson Drive, via Syd Lingard Drive, Buderim, QLD 4556 ph: (07) 5430 3303
Website: www.tscph.com.au

Townsville Hospital Birth Centre
100 Angus Smith Drive, Douglas, 4814 ph: 07 4796 1111

South Australia

Flinders Medical Centre
Flinders Dr, Bedford Park, 5042 ph: (08) 8204 5511

Lyell McEwin Health Service
Haydown Rd, Elizabeth Vale, SA 5112 ph: (08) 8182 9000
Waterbirths in Birthing and Assessment Unit.

Mount Barker and Districts Soldiers Memorial Hospital
Wellington Road, Mount Barker, 5251 ph: (08) 8393 1777

Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Rd, North Adelaide, SA 5006 ph: (08) 8161 7000

Victoria

Bairnsdale Regional Health Service
Day St, Bairnsdale, VIC 3875 ph: (03) 5150 3333
Website: www.brhs.com.au

Benalla and Districts Memorial Hospital
Coster St, Benalla, VIC 3672 ph: (03) 5760 2222
Website: www.benallahospital.com.au

Box Hill Hospital
Box Hill Hospital, Nelson Rd, Box Hill, VIC 3128 ph: (03) 9895 4640
Website: www.easternhealth.org.au/locations/boxhill/default.aspx

Barwon Health
Geelong Hospital, Ryrie st, Geelong, VIC 3220 ph: (03) 5226 7111
La Bassine Birth Pool available for use
Website: www.barwonhealth.org.au

Casey Hospital
62-70 Kangan Drive, Berwick VIC 3806 ph: 03 8768 1200
Website: www.southernhealth.org.au/page/Hospitals/Caseyhospital

Frankston Hospital
2 Hastings Road Frankston VIC 3199 ph: (03) 9784 7777
Website: www.peninsulahealth.org.au/locations/frankston/

Goulburn Valley Health
Graham St, Shepparton, VIC 3830 ph: (03) 5832 2322

Mildura Aboriginal Corporation
120 Madden Ave, Mildura VIC. 3500 pPh: (03) 5022 1852
Website: www.connectingcare.com/provider.asp?site_id=296&pcp_id=22

Western Australia

Albany Health Campus
6&7/222 Chester Pass Road, Albany WA 6330 ph: (08) 9892 2222

Armadale Health Service  
3056 Albany Hwy, Armadale, WA 6112 ph: (08) 9391 2000
Website: www.ahs.health.wa.gov.au

Family Birth Centre
King Edward Memorial Hospital For Women
374 Bagot Rd, Subiaco, WA 6008 ph: (08) 9340 1800
Click here to download their brochure on "Labour and Birth Using Water"
Website: www.kemh.health.wa.gov.au/services/fbc/index.htm

Kaleeya Hospital  
Wolsely Rd, East Fremantle, WA 6158 ph: (08) 9319 0300

Osborne Park Hospital
Osborne Pl, Stirling, WA 6021 ph: (08) 9346 8000

Please email us If we have missed a hospital or there are additional services that should be listed. We want to make this a great resource for all.

Updated 29th July 2013

Comments

21 comment(s) on this page. Add your own comment below.

Patrice O'Loughlin
Feb 1, 2011 10:13am [ 1 ]

South Australia - public - general and maternity hospital (3000 births/year) Lyell McEwin Hospital Haydown Rd, ELIZABETH VALE, SA, 5211 phone 08 8182 9000

water births - in Birthing and Assessment unit. Contact Linda Campbell, 08 8282 0749

Jennifer Brown
Feb 2, 2011 3:02pm [ 2 ]

Wyong Hospital (Central Coast NSW) and Belmont Birth Center (part of John Hunter Hospital - Newcastle) also offer water births.

Wonderful website, keep up the fantastic work.

Best regards

Jennifer Brown

Feb 2, 2011 3:18pm [ 3 ]

Thanks Jennifer for adding to our list. Glad you like our website.

Feb 2, 2011 7:50pm [ 4 ]

Thanks Patrice for your update - I've added Lyell EcEwin Hospital to the list.

Sarah Haines
Feb 13, 2011 5:21pm [ 5 ]

Blacktown (NSW) hospital offers water birth also

Feb 13, 2011 5:45pm [ 6 ]

Thanks Sarah - I'll add Blacktown Hospital to the list

stacey
Aug 29, 2011 1:40pm [ 7 ]

Cairns Base Hospital in FNQ offer water births as well

Aug 29, 2011 5:06pm [ 8 ]

Thanks Stacey. I'll add Cairns to the list. I appreciate anyone providing updates for the waterbirth friendly hospitals resource web page.

Shayla
Mar 3, 2012 7:43pm [ 9 ]

Does anyone know if they have water birthing facilaties at Joondalup health campus.?

Amanda
Jul 25, 2012 2:42pm [ 10 ]

I believe that in SA the Flinders Birthing Centre has water birth available :-)

Tiffany Smith
Sep 15, 2012 3:04pm [ 11 ]

Just wondering if they do water births in or near Mildura for people that arent indigenous

Melinda Mahlberg
Sep 20, 2012 6:09pm [ 12 ]

I was recently advised that Liverpool Public Hospital is now offering water births.

Sep 21, 2012 1:18pm [ 13 ]

Thanks for letting me know about Liverpool Hospital Melinda - I've added them to the list

Kirra Bird
Jan 14, 2013 11:16am [ 14 ]

I was recently informed that Bunbury hospital in Bunbury WA does waterBirths :)

Jenny
Jul 23, 2013 9:02am [ 15 ]

Casey Hospital in Berwick, Victoria have two water birthing facilities. I'm due in two weeks and am hoping to have a water birth there!!

Jul 29, 2013 6:45am [ 16 ]

Hi Jenny - thank you so much for letting us know about Casey Hospital - we've added them to the list

Jane Herford
Sep 20, 2013 4:06pm [ 17 ]

Albany Health Campus, Western Australia has just started to offer waterbirths to the women in the region.

Nov 10, 2013 8:45am [ 18 ]

Hi Jane - thanks for the update. I've added Albany Health Campus to the Waterbirth Friendly Hospital listing.

Katherine Kleu
Mar 10, 2014 4:01pm [ 19 ]

Just wondering about Westmead Private Hospital Sydney NSW?

Mel
Mar 14, 2014 1:06pm [ 20 ]

Frankston hospital also offers waterbirths

Jane Palmer
Mar 16, 2014 12:59pm [ 21 ]

Hi Katherine - Westmead Private Hospital doesn't currently offer waterbirths. Thanks for the update on Frankston Hospital Mel. I've now added it to the list.

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