New arrivals will be given new treatment in a first for St.LukesHealth, following a major shake-up to maternity services for private health patients.

In partnership with the Mantra Charles Hotel, St.LukesHealth will now offer eligible members a personalised postnatal care service – new mothers will have the opportunity to rest and relax in a supportive environment at the Mantra Charles for up to three days after being discharged from the Launceston General Hospital.

In recent months, Launceston private patients’ only option post delivery has been staying in private rooms at the LGH – after the closure of the post natal ward at Calvary’s St Vincent’s Hospital.

New mums insured through St.LukesHealth will now have access to experienced midwifes, lactation consultants and other health professionals at the hotel opposite the LGH, said St.LukesHealth Chairman Chris Dockray.

“The new postal care service includes car transfer from the LGH … where the new mum will be met by a nurse to help settle everyone into their room,” said Mr Dockray.

“Here, mum can enjoy all the benefits of a well-appointed hotel, while being supported by health professionals and their partner, who are encouraged to stay with mum and baby.”

St.LukesHealth Nursing Services Manager James Harrison said members had already expressed they would utilise the service.

“These first few days when a newborn is brought home, particularly if it your first child, can be a daunting experience for some,” said Mr Harrison.

“This service aims to alleviate some of that stress and ensure a happy and healthy start for all.”

Mr Harrison said the initiative does not make the hotel an extension of the LGH.

“Mum and baby are only discharged from hospital when they’re ready and well enough to go home, but instead of going home, they will spend the first few days at the hotel, being supported by relevant health professionals.”

General Manager for the Mantra Charles Hotel, Paul Seaman, said the hotel was excited to work in partnership with St.LukesHealth to deliver this service to the Launceston community.

“We will ensure the rooms are specially prepared with a comfortable bed, easy chair for feeding, all with a kitchenette and spacious bathroom,” said Paul Seaman.