Time. That’s what maternity patients say is the most precious thing missing from their lives in the beautiful but hectic hours and days immediately following the arrival of a new bub.
And that, according to Flinders Private Hospital maternity services clinical manager Ken Schoemaker, is precisely what the hospital has delivered through a string of new maternity initiatives that add a dose of kindness to patients’ stay.
Flinders Private Hospital now offers a parents’ tea room, where new mums and dads can relax and enjoy a buffet-style continental breakfast each morning and a sophisticated high tea each afternoon.
This service is provided over a few hours, giving parents time to enjoy a meal that is convenient to their needs and, importantly, to their baby’s time clock.
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In addition, personalised pure wool baby blankets carrying the newborn’s name are presented to the parents during their stay; there’s a new family room where the couple can spend the nights together in a king-size bed; and the new parents are treated to a complimentary meal at the nearby Alere Restaurant as and when it suits them.
“We understand how special the birth occasion is for parents and it is heartening to know that these new additions – along with our co-location with Flinders Medical Centre and its on-site neo-natal intensive care facilities – enables families to be secure in the knowledge there is high level care at hand if their baby requires it,” Mr Schoemaker said.
“Our patients have the time to enjoy themselves, to relax and be pampered, to mingle and socialise with other new parents in a tranquil environment and to share their experiences.
“They also have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that they’re getting the support of many services unique to a co-located hospital. Flinders Private Hospital is the only one of its kind in SA’s private hospital sector.”
One such couple is Petria and Justin Low, whose daughter Edyn was born at Flinders Private Hospital in late March and who describe the entire experience as “absolutely wonderful”.
“Everything they did during our five-day stay was aimed at making us feel as relaxed and as ‘normal’ as possible, creating a temporary home-away-from-home for our family,” Mrs Low said.
“The meals, the services and the little personal touches all combined to take the pressure off us immediately following Edyn’s birth, allowing us to spend quality time with – and without – her and enrich our relationship as a family and as a couple.”
DETAILS: Find Flinders Private Hospital at 1 Flinders Drive, Bedford Park. For details, call 8275 3333 or, for maternity, 8275 3482 or visit flindersprivatehospital.org.au.