BAPSS Information for Parents
St Vincent’s Private Hospital is offering a multi-disciplinary, specialist inpatient service for families who require support and guidance with building skills and confidence in parenting. Our new service, the Baby and Parenting Support Service (BAPSS), is based on the latest evidence-based approach to attachment parenting as advocated by the Possums Clinic in Brisbane.
The BAPSS is delivered by trained St Vincent’s paediatric nurses in partnership with families. One-on-one education sessions are offered on topics such as sleep and settling, breastfeeding, crying, normal baby behaviour and building a secure attachment with your baby. Our expert dietician and occupational therapists will also provide sessions on mother and baby nutrition, feeding difficulties, and the importance of self-care and play.
Who can access the service?
Families with children aged from birth to 12 months are able to access the service.
How to access the service
1) Your first step is to book an appointment with your GP to discuss your concerns and any problems you are experiencing.
2) Your GP will ask a series of questions and your health and the health of your baby.
3) They will also complete an Edinburgh Post Natal Depression Scale questionnaire with you.
4) Your GP will complete a Patient Admission Health Assessment form with you. They will email both forms to Stgabriels@svha.org.au
Your GP will write a referral, in your baby’s name, to one of our Paediatricians and arrange an appointment with the Paediatrician for you.
Please refer to the attached Parent Information Flow Chart (PDF 27.1KB).
5) The Paediatrician will assess your child and determine if they are to be admitted to the St Vincent's BAPSS (if applicable). If so, the Paediatrician will send the referral to the St Vincent's Paediatric Unit and once the referral is received by the unit, a BAPSS co-ordinator will contact you via phone, within 48 hours, to discuss a date for admission.
Note: If the child is found to have any underlying medical issues, these will be addressed before a referral is made into the program (if applicable).
Stay in hospital
Stay in the hospital is for three nights, in accordance with our admission policy only one parent is permitted to stay overnight. You will be in a private room with ensuite, telephone, bar fridge, access to free Wi-Fi, television and PlayStation unit (also used as a DVD player and Netflix compatible).
Meals will be provided for mother and baby during your stay with us. Our room service menu offers freshly cooked, nutritious meals delivered to your room between the hours of 6.30am and 6.30pm. If you or your baby have any dietary requirements, please let our nursing staff know on admission.
Mother and baby will be cared for by our experienced Paediatric nurses under the guidance and support of a Paediatrician. Our dedicated staff will develop an individual plan based on your goals within the first 24hrs.
What you will need to bring
- the child’s red book (Personal Health Record)
- health insurance details and Medicare card;
- current medications (must be labelled);
- clothing (pack some warm clothing as it can be cold in the hospital);
- sleeping bags, swaddle suits or wraps that your baby might use to sleep;
- any feeding equipment and formula that your baby requires including water cup and bibs (if required).
If your baby prefers a certain bottle or teat, please bring these in with you ensuring that they are clearly named.
- toiletries (Johnson’s baby wash and lotion are provided. If your baby requires special products please bring these in with you);
- dummy or comforter, bedtime story books, favourite toys.
Mothers are asked to bring:
- comfortable daywear and sleep attire (include warm clothing i.e. socks/cardigan/pyjamas);
- drink bottle;
- notepad and pen.
Nappies, wipes, baby products, high chairs, disposable bottles and teats, bottle brushes and microwave sterilising bags, plastic cups, plates, bowls and spoons, bouncers for small babies, play mats, all bed linen and towels are provided.
While both parents are encouraged to be involved in the program where possible; only the baby’s primary carer is able to stay overnight.
Please limit visitors, including siblings, so that you are able to focus on achieving the maximum benefit from the program.
Fees do apply. If you have health insurance we strongly advise that you contact your insurer to check if your policy covers your child's admission into the Paediatric Ward.
For more information about fees please contact: T: 07 4690 4000 and ask to be transferred through to our Patient Accounts Department for the full cost of this service.
For more information about this service please contact the St Gabriel’s Paediatric Unit:
St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba
22 -36 Scott St
Toowoomba Q 4350
T: 07 4690 4148
F: 07 4688 5429
Listed below are links to organisations that provide help, counselling and further support:
PANDA’s National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline
1300 726 306 9am – 7.30pm Mon – Fri (AEST/AEDT)
Belmont Private Hospital in Brisbane is a private mental health service in Queensland with a dedicated service to treat perinatal mood disorders. Visit https://belmontprivate.com.au/specialties/perinatal-disorders