Pregnancy Care at KEMH

June 11, 2021

As the only Level 6 tertiary obstetric hospital in WA, King Edward Memorial Hospital cares for women and babies who are considered most high risk in our community.  
We also care for women who fall within the KEMH catchment area and, along with our Osborne Park Hospital Maternity Unit, we pride ourselves on providing high quality care for women and their infants. 

As a Level 6 tertiary obstetric hospital, King Edward Memorial Hospital is never on diversion for severely pre-term pregnancies or women with significant medical or obstetric complications.

Babies however, and pregnancy, are unpredictable in nature so it is impossible for staff at KEMH to predict how busy or full our birth suites will be at any one time. It’s for this reason that the metropolitan hospitals that provide maternity services work together as a network to provide seamless maternity and obstetric care. If one hospital is experiencing a high number of births or labours at one particular moment in time, there is always another hospital in relatively close proximity that will provide the maternity and obstetric care the woman needs, providing it is medically safe to transfer her.

Rest assured a woman in labour is not considered for an inter-hospital transfer; nor are high-risk women who have already presented to KEMH.  Any decision to transfer care would always be made with a birthing mother. If at any time our birth suites are full, and sometimes they are, we may have to reschedule a planned caesarean or induction, but only if it’s safe to do so. 

We look forward to caring for you and your baby when the times comes to grow your family.