Mowbray Maternity Hospital provides extensive care and support for expecting mothers. We monitor your pregnancy closely, looking after you and your unborn child from the moment you book in with us (14 weeks into your pregnancy), helping you through your labour and delivery, and giving you all the necessary care and support after you’ve given birth.
It is important to note that Mowbray Maternity Hospital is a secondary level of care facility and therefore only deals with complicated pregnancies.
Your journey with Mowbray Maternity Hospital begins as soon as you know that you are pregnant or preferably before 14 weeks.
Should you reside in any of our catchment areas (link), you will book in with us. From here on in, we will be monitoring your health and the health and growth of your unborn baby right up to the moment of delivery.
To begin with, you will be visiting us every six weeks, then once a month, then once every two weeks and then, from 36 weeks onwards, on a weekly basis. If any complications occur, we will see you more frequently.
We offer the following services:
Through the Ultrasound examination, we can show you images of the baby, amniotic sac and placenta. It allows us to determine how far along you are in your pregnancy. The ultrasound also helps us to see if your baby is healthy and growing adequately.
Being pregnant and having a baby are extremely strenuous experiences and can exacerbate existing mental health conditions. This is why we do a complete mental health screening to gauge your mental health and recommend the appropriate treatment where necessary.
We offer HIV screening. We will do pre-test and post-test counseling.
In cases where expecting mothers are HIV positive, we offer specialised treatment to ensure the virus doesn’t cross the placenta into the baby.
MMTB is a support group for newly diagnosed HIV-positive mothers to be. HIV-positive mothers who have already been through the process share their experiences and advice and help the expectant mothers come to terms with their status. They are offered guidance on areas such as feeding choices, the importance of taking their medication regularly and how to handle disclosure of their status to family and friends.
Labour and Delivery
Our well-equipped labour ward includes eight delivery beds. The beds are placed in single cubicles allowing for privacy. We also allow you to have a partner with you during labour. This can be your husband, boyfriend, mother, aunt or sister or anybody that you feel comfortable with.
Our team of experienced, highly qualified midwives and specialised obstetricians (or doctors trained in obstetrics) will look after you during labour, and ensure your delivery is as smooth and as comfortable as possible. Mowbray Maternity is also a training facility for medical and nursing students, so you may encounter students in training.
While in labour, you will be encouraged to walk around, and to eat and take in fluids. When it comes to the delivery, we encourage alternative birth positions – besides the traditional method of being on your back, you can give birth on your knees, on your side, or squatting. Whatever works best for you.
Some women have complications during labour and we might have to monitor your baby more closely. We will then connect you to a machine to monitor your contractions and, more importantly, the well being of your baby during labour.
Mowbray Maternity also does Caesarean births when medically indicated, and we have special wards dedicated to post-operative care after the caesarian section.
After the delivery, we encourage mothers to hold the babies to their chests as soon as possible – see “skin-to-skin” care. Breastfeeding within the first hour is also encouraged.
If there are no complications, mothers usually stay in the hospital for around 12-24 hours. They are discharged as soon as they feel ready.
During this time, we immunise the babies, giving them all the necessary newborn vaccinations – BCG (anti-TB) and Polio drops (anti-polio)
When medically indicated – for example, when you have high blood pressure or infection – you may be kept in hospital for longer. If you lost more than the normal amount of blood during the birthing process we might need to give you a blood transfusion.
The “rooming in” model is practiced, and mothers and babies aren’t separated unless there are complications. These might include the baby being born too soon (prematurely), being too small, having breathing problems, or being otherwise unwell. In cases such as these, the babies are transferred to the nursery wards.