Mater is working to convert the historic Mater convent at Mater’s South Brisbane campus into Catherine's House for Mothers, Babies and Families, a perinatal mental health service for mothers, babies and families. 

The new service will be co-located with Maters’ paediatricians, lactation consultants, psychologists, allied health professionals and mental health services.

The programs at Catherine’s House for Mothers, Babies and Families will form an integrated model of inpatient and outpatient care targeting the antenatal, postnatal and early attachment periods, providing a full spectrum of care that promotes wellness, parental mental health, healthy relationships and child development.

They will complement and integrate with other Mater services including the Neonatal Critical Care Unit, 24 hour Pregnancy Assessment Centre, Parenting Support Centre and Parent Aide Unit.

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From convent to state-of-the-art perinatal mental wellbeing service

By late 2022, Catherine's House for Mothers, Babies and Families will have been transformed from an empty building – after a devastating storm in November 2014 that destroyed many parts of it – to become home to a dedicated perinatal mental health service in Queensland.

Catherine's House for Mothers, Babies and Families has been named in honour of Catherine McAuley, the founding Sister of Mercy who began her life-long work in helping the community in 1831.   

It will become a safe, compassionate place where mothers and babies can stay together while receiving treatment. 

Mary-Anne shares her personal story

Mary-Anne is one of many women among us who are strong, capable and loving—but whose mental health can be profoundly affected by pregnancy and birth.

I had postnatal depression after two of my three children. With my first born, four weeks or so before she was due, I’d been in the mad rush finishing up work and it was the first time going through a pregnancy and leading up to having a baby.

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Meeting healthcare needs of the community

Mater Mothers’ Hospital in Brisbane is the largest obstetric hospital in Australia with more than 12 000 births per year. In Queensland more than 60,000 babies are born each year, yet there is only one public four-bed mother and baby perinatal mental health facility in the entire state.

Catherine’s House for Mothers, Babies and Families will deliver ten beds for those experiencing significant mental health disorders, instantly doubling the number of in-patient beds for perinatal mental health patients in Queensland.


A message from Sister Angela Mary

"I hope that any mother from any where, with a need, will hear of this and will find her way here. Come here, and she will know that help is available.

This place has always been a home. My hope is that every mother in need will find her way here and feel welcomed."




Mater Foundation continues to accept donations to ensure Queensland mums and their babies receive the very best chance of a healthy future through perinatal mental health care in Catherine’s House.

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