Pregnancy and Postnatal Care
The Mossman Maternity Service offers care for women before and after birth. This includes antenatal clinics, pathology, screening tests, education, and postnatal care.
How to refer to Mossman Hospital Maternity Service
You can ask your doctor to refer you to the Mossman Maternity Service when you confirm your pregnancy.
It is recommended that you book in as early as possible in your pregnancy.
Specialist care with obstetric team at Cairns Hospital
Most women have normal, uncomplicated pregnancies and births. But some women may may need to see an obstetrician for some medical or pregnancy conditions.
An obstetrician who is a doctor who specialises in care during pregnancy, labour and after birth.
If you do need to see an obstetrician, the Mossman Hospital midwives will offer your antenatal and postnatal care in consultation with the Cairns Hospital obstetric team.
You may need to be referred to a specialist obstetrician if you have:
- a complicated medical history
- had a previous difficult pregnancy needing specialist care
- a pregnancy that isn't progressing normally
- a multiple pregnancy such as twins.
Childbirth Education Classes
Our classes are also available if you're giving birth at Cairns Hospital, Mareeba Hospital and Cairns Private Hospital.
You have the option to have your baby at either:
You may be offered water immersion for labour and birth if appropriate.
Special Care Nursery
If your baby is sick or premature you may need specialist care after birth. If this happens, your baby may need to be admitted to the Special Care Baby Nursery at Cairns Hospital or the Neonatal Unit at Townsville Hospital.
When you're in labour
As soon as you think you are in labour, contact your birthing hospital and they'll tell you what to do next.
If you have an emergency call triple zero (000).
After you have your baby
We'll provide care for 6 weeks. After that you'll be referred to your GP or local child health nurse.
Child Health Clinics
Advice and support services you might need during pregnancy and caring for your baby.
Indigenous Liaison Officer
Mossman Maternity Unit
Phone: 07 4098 3069
Last updated:June 2021