About Birthcare Auckland
Having a baby is one of life’s most wonderful experiences. Whether this is your first baby or your fourth, we aim to make your birth experience the best it can be.
Birthcare is a Primary Maternity Hospital for birthing and postnatal care. We provide free support, care and education to mothers, babies and their families
You can choose to have your baby at Birthcare or transfer to Birthcare from another hospital for you postnatal stay.
Birthing at Birthcare
Birthing at Birthcare is free to all New Zealand residents and women eligible for free maternity care.
You’ll also be given a free private room for your postnatal stay.* Subject to availability
If you choose to have your baby at Birthcare you need to have a LMC (Lead Maternity Carer) and wanting a normal vaginal birth. Birthcare is a primary birthing and postnatal hospital. There are no obstetricians or operating theatres on site. Please speak with your LMC midwife if you have had a previous caesarean section. We encourage active birth (moving and changing positions) as well as the use of other complementary therapies. Aromatherapy burners (feel free to bring your oils), birthing stools and swiss balls are available for you to use.
Each birthing room has a fridge and sound system with an ipod dock so you can play your own music. You are welcome to bring along anything else that will make you more comfortable.
Our birthing suite has 4 specially designed birthing rooms,
3 with pools. Use of the pool during labour provides excellent pain relief. 60% of women birthing at Birthcare use water for pain relief. You may also choose to give birth in the water.
Pain relief options available include hot water in the pools, portable entonox and pethidine via injection. As we are a primary birthing hospital, we do not offer epidurals or caesarean sections.
If your LMC has concerns during your labour you can be transferred to Auckland Hospital with ease (which is less than five minutes away). Your LMC can continue your care in conjunction with the specialists and midwives there.
8.00am to 8.00pm for partners, children and grandparents.
8.00am to 8.00pm for those visiting private rooms.
2.00pm to 8.00pm for all other visitors.
- Postnatal Care
- Surrogacy Care
- Lactation Consultancy
- Lactation Clinic
- Breast Pump Hire
- Newborn Hearing Screening
- Paediatric service
Birthing is free at Birthcare
If you birth at Birthcare you are able to stay in a Private Room free if there is one available
Shared rooms are free
Private and Premium rooms – Please see website for charges