BRHS Maternity Services



At BRHS, we provide a range of services to support women and children in the community.  These services include:


Bairnsdale Regional Health Service provides care to women who are considered to be low risk and for whom we can provide safe care. If specialist care is required, a GP will arrange for you to see an obstetrician.

Our midwifery unit forms part of Rotamah ward which is located on the first floor with 6 dedicated beds for our midwifery clients. Single rooms are occasionally available but are generally assigned to patients with the greatest need. We have 2 birth rooms, an assessment room plus a nursery area.

Rotamah ward is staffed 24 hours with a midwife on duty at all times. Should you need to make contact, please phone Rotamah ward on 03 5150 3455

We are in the process of transitioning to a new maternity services model and invite you to view our Information Sheet for more details.

The presentation from our Community Forum on the Maternity Services Model held on January 30th 2015 can also be accessed here.


BRHS Baby Friendly Health Initiative

BRHS is a Baby friendly accredited hospital since 1997and is dedicated to supporting the Baby Friendly Health initiative (BFHI) where breastfeeding is seen as the norm and practises known to promote the health and wellbeing of all babies and their mothers are followed. The BFHI was developed jointly by WHO and UNICEF in 1991.The initiative is a global effort for improving infant health by supporting mothers to breastfeed their babies. It is this initiative that guides the BRHS breastfeeding policy. Bairnsdale Regional Health Service is committed to Protecting, Encouraging, Supporting and Promoting Breastfeeding. To assist mothers and infants in achieving successful breastfeeding, all staff receive appropriate education and training on the TEN steps to successful breastfeeding outlined below:

The Ten Steps to successful breast feeding

1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff

2. Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy

3. Inform pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding

4. Place babies skin-to-skin contact with their mothers immediately following birth for at least an hour and encourage mothers to recognise when their babies are ready to breastfeed, offering help if needed

5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation even if they should be separated from their infants

6. Give newborn infants no food or drink other that breastmilk, unless medically indicated

7. Practice rooming –in (allow mothers and infants to remain together), 24HOURS A DAY

8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand

9. Give no artificial teats or dummies to breastfeeding infants

10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support and refer mothers on discharge from the facility


Bairnsdale Regional Health Service(BRHS) endorses the world health organisation (WHO)recommendation that infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health. Thereafter, to meet their evolving nutritional requirements, infants should receive nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods, while breastfeeding continues for up to 2 years and beyond.

BRHS is committed to creating a health care environment that promotes, supports and encourages breastfeeding as the optimal way for a woman to feed her baby.

For further Breastfeeding information please click on the links below: