Mother and Baby Unit

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 purpose-built unit is located at Redbank House on the Westmead Hospital campus with eight inpatient beds. It is operational 24 hours, seven days per week.

Inpatient services are available for parents who are experiencing significant mental health problems in the perinatal period (before, during and after birth), and who is the primary caregiver for their baby (up to 12 months of age).
The mother/parent and baby are admitted together to facilitate the maximum opportunity for healthy attachment and to minimise the trauma of separation. Partners or alternate support persons are encouraged to stay overnight to support the caregiving and parent-baby relationship.

Our Team

A multidisciplinary approach is essential to meet the unique needs of parents and babies.

The MBU team includes mental health nurses, aboriginal mental health clinician, child and family health nurses, psychiatrist, paediatrician, peer worker, social worker, clinical psychologist, occupational therapist, and an exercise physiologist. All staff are health professionals with the ability to attend to the mental health needs of the mother and to facilitate appropriate care for baby and promote mother-baby interactions.


Rooms and facilities

Patients will have their own room with an ensuite bathroom. Rooms are generously designed with a queen-sized bed, cot and a daybed.

Within the unit, there are also communal areas including lounges, dining, kitchen and courtyard areas to accommodate multiple families. Therapeutic spaces include group/activity rooms, play areas, baby care rooms and a retreat.


Referrals and waiting list

Referral to the MBU must be received through the NSW Health mental health services. If you are not under the care of mental health services, your GP or local hospital will be able to refer you to your local mental health team, who can then make the referral. If there is a waitlist, our clinicians will be in contact the referrer to advise when a place is available.

The Westmead Mother and Baby Unit is not able to accept self-referrals. 


Contact Us

Address: Westmead Mother and Baby Unit, Redbank House, Building D, Dragonfly Drive, Westmead 2145

Email[email protected]