A unit offering specialized assessment and treatment for mothers with a psychiatric illness in the post natal period has been refurbished at the Monash Medical Centre.
The unit offers the opportunity to maintain the crucial bond between mother and baby, wherever possible, while bringing together a range of highly specialized staff who are able to support the psychological health care needs of a new mother and her infant.
The $1 million Victorian Coalition Government funded project, which contains six-bed units, was officially opened recently by Minister for Health Mary Wooldridge.
Capital improvement works have included the relocation of four bedrooms to the front of the unit where there are windows, light and no disturbances from the adjacent acute inpatient unit. The bedrooms are larger so they can accommodate babies in the same room as their mothers and also enable spouses to sleep overnight.
The funding also expanded the nursery area and increased the lounge and kitchen spaces where mothers and babies spend most of the day and interact with each other and staff.