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Having a baby at King Edward Memorial Hospital

King Edward Memorial Hospital is WA’s tertiary referral centre for complex pregnancies and high-risk birth.

It offers world-class care and wide-ranging support services to WA women with complicated pregnancies and infants born prematurely.

King Edward Memorial Hospital also accepts women with low-risk pregnancies who live in the local area.

Women with a low-risk pregnancy who wish to receive maternity care at King Edward Memorial Hospital must live within the following postcodes:

  • 6000
  • 6001
  • 6003 – 6013
  • 6014 (Jolimont, Floreat, Wembley)
  • 6015
  • 6016
  • 6050
  • 6051
  • 6052 (Bedford)
  • 6053
  • 6062.

Facilities

These include:

  • 15 modern birthing suites, 13 with ensuites
  • deep baths for pain management during labour
  • 3 dedicated maternity wards
  • 80 cot neonatal nursery
  • Family Birth Centre on site for low-risk pregnancy and birth.

Services and features

Services and features available at King Edward Memorial Hospital include:

  • your choice of model of care from options:
    • GP shared-care
    • midwifery-led care
    • medical care
    • Maternal Fetal Medicine department for high-risk pregnancies
    • Midwifery Group Practice – available to women within the local area (see postcode list above) that are less than 32 weeks pregnant. For more information contact the clinic or ask your midwife at your next antenatal appointment to refer you to the program.
  • special clinics, for example:
      • adolescent clinic
      • clinic for women with alcohol and drug dependency.
    • 24-hour anaesthetic and theatre cover
    • Breastfeeding Centre of WA
    • Social Work Department
    • Psychological Medicine Department
    • Perinatal loss service
    • dietitian and diabetes service
    • parent education classes
    • physiotherapy and postnatal exercise classes
    • early discharge program – visiting midwifery service
    • postnatal parenting morning teas
    • Mother and Baby Unit for women experiencing significant mental health problems following the birth of their baby
    • accredited interpreter service available
    • Women and Newborn Health Library.

Students at King Edward Memorial Hospital

King Edward Memorial Hospital is a teaching hospital and helps train WA's future health professionals.

During your stay in hospital you may have student doctors, midwives, nurses and allied health professionals as part of the team caring for you.

With your support our students gain valuable knowledge and experience for their future careers.

Overseas visitors

If you are an overseas visitor and not eligible for Medicare cover, you can pay to receive treatment at King Edward Memorial Hospital as an overseas ineligible patient or an overseas student patient.

Contact the Private Patient Liaison Service on 6458 1066 for further information.

The Australian government has reciprocal health care agreements with:

  • UK
  • Sweden
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Finland
  • Norway
  • Slovenia
  • Malta
  • Italy.

The agreement entitles visitors to medically necessary treatment while visiting Australia. For more information call Medicare Australia on 13 20 11.

Hospital tours

Tours of the labour and birth suite are held 4 days a week on:

  • Monday at 9.30am
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6.00pm.

Bookings are essential.

Phone 6458 1368 between 8.00am – 9.00am and 3.00pm – 4.00pm. No calls on Wednesday please.

More information

King Edward Memorial Hospital (external site)

Phone: 6458 2222
Address: 374 Bagot Road, Subiaco WA 6008


Acknowledgements
Women and Newborn Health Service

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