The Westmead Hospital Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) provides holistic, multidisciplinary specialist health care that is parent and infant-centred, family and carer inclusive, and culturally sensitive.
This new eight-room purpose-built unit is located at Redbank House on the Westmead Hospital campus and caters for eight mothers, their babies and a partner at one time.
The unit went live on 27 April 2023 and is operational 24 hours, seven days per week.
Referral to the MBU is through NSW Health mental health services. If a patient is not under the care of mental health services, their GP or local hospital are able to refer them to a local mental health team, who can make the referral for care in the MBU.
The length of stay in the MBU can be up to eight weeks and is based on the needs of the individual mother and carer.