Birthing services in Katherine
If you are having a baby in the Katherine region, Katherine Hospital offers private, shared or midwifery care in the maternity ward.
The maternity ward has eight inpatient beds and three birthing rooms, including one with a birthing pool.
Midwifery care is for low risk pregnancies and normal births. You can self-refer to the maternity ward from 10 weeks of pregnancy. Go to antenatal care to see what to bring to your first appointment and what your midwife and doctor will discuss with you.
Visiting hours for the maternity ward are restricted to 10am to 8pm. You should check with a midwife before visiting a mother and her baby.
If you are travelling from a remote community you can stay in self-care accommodation in Katherine to await your birth from around 38 weeks of pregnancy.
To book an appointment call (08) 8973 9257.
The Midwives Clinic is held every Wednesday at the Community Health Centre located in the Government Centre Building in First Street.
To make an appointment call (08) 8973 9389.
Referral to Royal Darwin Hospital
If you need specialist obstetric care you may need to be referred to the Obstetric Clinic at the Royal Darwin Hospital.
You may also need to be referred to Darwin if you have a higher risk pregnancy, for example:
- you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or greater
- you have a premature labour - labour starting before 36 weeks of pregnancy.
Childbirth education classes
Childbirth education classes are held every second month over five weeks. They are for women 30 weeks of pregnancy and over.
To book or for more information call (08) 8973 9238.