Family birth centre under construction

Artist impression of the Fiona Stanley Hospital Family Birth Centre
Artist impression of the new Family Birth Centre under construction at Fiona Stanley Hospital.
May 21, 2019

Construction on the new Family Birth Centre at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) is well underway.

The state-of-the-art birthing facility has been designed in consultation with a group of consumers with who have utilised FSH maternity services in the past few years.

FSH Coordinator of Midwifery Peta Fisher said extensive research into what promotes an active physiological birth has been undertaken.

“Along with advice from our consumer advisory group we have created a space where colour, shapes and smells all come together to promote good birth outcomes and assist in making women feel comfortable and at home,” Peta said.

“We have drawn inspiration from nature, female form and art novae to create a boutique experience dictated by how this next generation of women wish to birth.”

The centre, when open, will feature three birthing suites, two of which will have inbuilt birthing pools and the other a portable pool, specially designed birthing cubes, day beds and family lounge facilities.

The new family birth centre will provide women in the south metropolitan catchment access to midwifery-led care through their antenatal, labour, birth and postnatal periods, currently not offered south of the river.

The centre is designed to provide care to women with low-risk pregnancies to have a more home-like, holistic birthing experience. Women will need to meet the clinical criteria for a low-risk pregnancy before they are offered the Family Birth Centre model of care.  

Being co-located within FSH, which has a birth suite and a neonatal intensive care unit, will enable swifter access to a higher level of care should complications during pregnancy or birth develop. 

The Family Birth Centre is scheduled to open by September this year.

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