Hawkesbury District Health Service launches new 'gold class' private maternity service

Candelit celebration dinners, pamper packs, daily barista coffee, a delicious menu and take home hampers of local produce, are just some of the new experiences on offer for parents choosing to use Hawkesbury Hospital's brand new private maternity ward.

The hospital said the new ward rivaled the best private wards in Sydney, and all bubs born there would get a cute keepsake t-shirt with 'Hawkesbury bubs rule!' printed on it.

Gold class service: Hawkesbury obstetrician and gyeanocologist Dr Anmar Mariud with Georgia, one of the first babies to be born in the new private maternity ward, and a pack of local goodies that Georgia's parents will take home. Picture: Supplied

Gold class service: Hawkesbury obstetrician and gyeanocologist Dr Anmar Mariud with Georgia, one of the first babies to be born in the new private maternity ward, and a pack of local goodies that Georgia's parents will take home. Picture: Supplied

According to Hawkesbury District Health Service (HDHS) Chief Executive Officer, Strephon Billinghurst, the new private maternity experience is designed to celebrate "all that the Hawkesbury has to offer" - right down to the themed maternity rooms which feature some very recognisable, local landscapes.

"Hawkesbury families love this community, and many want to have their babies close to home," Mr Billinghurst said.

"The new private maternity service provides more choice when it comes to how you want to have your baby."

Mr Billinghurst said maternity services at Hawkesbury Hospital had always been held in high regard, and one of the hospital's greatest attributes was the localised, high-quality care that women received.

"While expectant mothers get the same level of care they would in a larger hospital, our smaller setting fosters a greater sense of community," he said.

Born local: All babies born at the ward get to take home a cute little keepsake t-shirt printed with the words 'Hawkesbury bubs rule!'. Picture: Supplied

Born local: All babies born at the ward get to take home a cute little keepsake t-shirt printed with the words 'Hawkesbury bubs rule!'. Picture: Supplied

"Our highly experienced teams get to know their patients and families, providing a truly personalised experience."

Hawkesbury obstetrician and gyeanocologist Dr Anmar Mariud led the new private maternity initiative with the support of the hospital's team of midwives.

He said Hawkesbury Hospital prided itself on being a friendly place with a great community feel, allowing local women to have their babies closer to home.

"From a maternity perspective, the care provided by the midwives and doctors at Hawkesbury Hospital is second to none," Dr Mariud said.

"An added bonus if electing to be a private patient, is experiencing the entire journey from pregnancy to birth and beyond, with the support of your obstetrician.

"Having the same doctor over nine months means women and their families build a relationship with that doctor, forming a connection and trust. This is very important for continuity and for making women feel secure and relaxed during this time."

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