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The Royal Women’s Hospital is a popular choice among our readers who have given birth there. This public hospital provides exceptional care to high risk and local patients. Being the first public women's hospital in Australia (1856), they have built a solid reputation as being one of the best maternity hospitals.
The hospital has two sites; Parkville (main) and Sandringham. As a tertiary hospital they must accommodate women with specialist needs above all others. They therefore encourage all women to access their nearest hospital to meet their healthcare needs.
Here's what our Melbourne Mums Discussion Group readers have to say about The Royal Women’s Hospital:
"Fab public hospital."
"Just had my baby 12 days ago at the Royal Women's. I couldn't fault it. Amazing staff and services, we stayed 3 days and had wonderful help."
"I'm going public at The Women's - they've been amazing so far, but I'll know more in 2 and a half months when I deliver!"
"I felt really comfortable knowing that if something went wrong that I was in one of the biggest (and) best women's hospitals."
"Absolutely outstanding! Would definitely go back!"
"I have had 2 c-sections there, as far as a Medical Hospital goes it's probably one of the better ones in the country. Top medical facilities. State of art NICU, amazing!"
"My midwives were supportive and respectful of my choices."
"The women's were fantastic before, during and after the birth, for both myself and my son."
"Had my 4 kids there.... excellent hospital with amazing facilities."
"Can't thank them enough for a wonderful birthing experience."
"Went public with Royal Women's and was amazing experience."
"I got expert lactation staff to assist with breastfeeding issues. I would 100% go back there next time."
The Mercy Women's Hospital caters for public and private patients and provide outstanding maternity, gynaecology and neonatal care. Like the Royal Women's, they are a tertiary hospital. The Mercy understands that we are all individuals and they make a point of trying to offer everyone the type of birthing experience that they envisage.
Here's what our readers had to say about the Mercy Women's Hospital:
"Best doctors and accredited as the best facility in the state now."
"The public system at The Mercy is really great. Would recommend it without hesitation."
"I went public at the mercy in Heidelberg. I'm from reservoir, they were ok."
"Public at the Mercy in Heidelberg. About 15 mins from Thornbury and pretty good service."
"Had my daughter there in July. Care there is fabulous, communication between clinic doctors not so much."
Epworth Freemasons Location: 320 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne
Website: www.epworth.org.au Phone: (03) 9418 8333
Epworth Freemasons is a private hospital that offers state of the art equipment and services. They guarantee private rooms and also offer stays at the Park Hyatt for low risk patients. They provide a-la carte meals, a night nursery and lactation specialists.
Here's what our readers had to say about Epworth Freemasons:
"The hospital is great."
"Nothing compares to Epworth Freemasons I reckon. Private though!"
Frances Perry House Private Hospital at Royal Women's Location: 20 Flemington Rd, Parkville VIC
Website: www.francesperryhouse.com.au Phone: (03) 9344 5000
Frances Perry House is the private hospital section of the Royal Women's. Their maternity unit consists of 6 birthing suites, a Level 2 Special Care Unit that can accommodate premature babies from 32 weeks, antenatal and postnatal beds. Low risk patients have the option to enjoy their postnatal parenting program at Grand Hyatt Melbourne.
Here's what our readers said about Frances Perry House:
"If going private, go here."
"I was happy with Frances Perry house at the Royal Women's."
"Really happy at Frances Perry House!"
"I loved it and didn't want to leave!"
"I loved it there too and also really didn't want to go home!"
"I went private Frances Perry House and couldn't fault them."
St Vincent's Private Hospital Location: 59 Victoria Parade Fitzroy VIC
Website:svphm.org.au Phone: 03 9411 7111
St Vincent's private hospital guarantees private rooms with the option of partners staying. Eligible families can take advantage of the Family Retreat Program at the Park Hyatt Hotel for their postnatal stay.
St Vincent's have a 12 cot special care nursery that can accommodate premature babies from 32 weeks and is the first private Level 5 facility.
Here's what our reader had to say about St Vincent's Private Hospital:
"My experience as a patient at St Vincent's was awesome. If I ever have another baby, I'll go there again in a heartbeat."
"I just gave birth at St. Vincent's Fitzroy, brilliant."
"St Vincent's was great."
"I went private at St Vincent's and yes the cost is considerable and it did make me think twice BUT after my experience there. I'd spend it again in a heartbeat."
"I LOVED St Vinnie's - especially how they involved our daughter's father in EVERYTHING!"
Monash Medical Centre Clayton Location:246 Clayton Road
Website:www.monashhealth.org Phone: 03 9594 6666
Monash Medical Centre is a public tertiary level maternity service in Monash Health hospital. They cater for high risk pregnancies and bookings are prioritised for these patients.
Here is what our reader said about Monash:
"My lil girl was born at 33 weeks at Monash Clayton... I received great medical and emotional care during my pregnancy, and 5 weeks in SCN after."
Cabrini is a well-known private hospital that delivers over 1800 babies every year. Cabrini has recently partnered with the Como Melbourne to offer postnatal patients a luxurious stay. Cabrini's special care nursery can cater for most infants born after 32 weeks gestation. Personally my sister had her 2 babies here and loved it. The Como was amazing!
Werribee Mercy Hospital is a public hospital with a community focus that caters for families of all ages, cultural backgrounds and religions. Each year they assist in over 2,000 births and have a 12 cot special care nursery.
Here's is what our readers said about Werribee Mercy:
"I went public and Werribee Mercy were fantastic with me, with a difficult birth."
"I found the team at Werribee Mercy to be top class."