The Ramsay Way 2018 | 01 7
Gold Coast mothers can now bring
their babies into the world in luxury
with the opening of Pindara Private
Hospital’s two new birth suites.
The birth suites have been created with
mothers and their families at the centre of
the design concept incorporating all the
familiar and comfortable elements of a
homelike environment with the experience,
security and capability of a modern hospital
Mothers and their partners are able to
adapt the birth suite environment to
suit their individual needs. Lighting can
be controlled to create the appropriate
ambience and reduce external stimuli; a
personal music selection can be played
through high quality bluetooth speakers,
and a selection of alternate therapies
including salt lamps and a selection of
aromatherapy oils are also available for use
by the labouring mother.
Many of Pindara’s midwives are
hypnobirthing practitioners and can lead
mothers through relaxation, meditation,
breathing and positive affirmation
techniques throughout labour.
Specific pieces of art and a natural colour
palette have been selected for the suites,
furthering the creation of a tranquil
environment through subtle colour therapy.
Art in various shades of blue, gold and
muted blush pinks in soft formations have
been incorporated to help calm and soothe.
Natural product finishes with pastel blue
hues have been specifically selected to
link a sense of luxury with wellness and
Each of the two new suites includes
an inbuilt circular bath, providing deep
water immersion as a natural option for
the management of pain during labour.
Set against the window of the private
courtyard the baths take advantage of the
available natural light and garden view.
Mothers are able to step down into the
bath safely and smoothly. The circular
shape allows patients to wade comfortably
within the bath, experiencing a sense
of weightlessness and either moving or
staying still dependent on what feels right.
The baths include an adjustable shower
head that can be used to flow warm water
across the mother’s back for relaxation or to
massage specific areas of pain, such as the
lower back. A mobile hoist is also located
above the bath so that mothers can easily
move in and out of the bath as needed.
A tranquil garden setting off the private
courtyard is soon to be completed
providing a serene outlook and secluded
haven through which to wander as birth
progresses. Featuring restful spaces for
relaxation and meditation the courtyard
has been designed in a classic style with
complimenting plants and foliage.
In addition to creating a relaxed and
calming environment the birth suites
also feature the latest in medical
technology allowing for expert care where
complications arise and also offer a level
of preparedness should things take an
New to Pindara Maternity, the birth
suites will now house the K2 Monitoring
system which tracks foetal well-being
during labour. The monitor is a high end
monitoring and clinical decision making tool
which tracks baby’s heart rate and feeds
this and other observational information
on the mother through to the central
monitoring system which can be accessed
in real time by the midwives and attending
Obstetrician. Obstetricians can check on
mother and baby’s progress from wherever
they are through the use of the K2 app and
are able to liaise with nursing staff remotely
about any concerns.
Dr Andrew Cary, Obstetrician and
Gynaecologist at Pindara for close to 25
years said the K2 Monitoring system was
an excellent addition to the new birth suites
and added an extra level of care for mother
“The system allows me to monitor the
progress of my patients at any time, day
or night and from anywhere. I can see
how things have been tracking and how
advanced my patient’s labour is even
before I arrive at the hospital. If there are
any concerns, I can discuss these with
the midwives in real time as we both have
access to the same immediate information,”
Dr Cary said.
Architect’s impression of the new Northside Clinic to be opened in a new location in 2018.
New luxury birth suites
open at Pindara
Midwife Kerrie Bray with mother Carly Crilly-Hargrave.