Welcome to the Labour and Birthing Suite at Auckland City Hospital; a modern unit which caters for all pregnant women from those who want an intervention free birth to those who require the care of a specialist team. We have everything from pools for labour and/or birthing, to a full epidural service 24 hours a day if required.
This is a large teaching hospital; we have specialist teams, including a midwifery team, available. Our aim is to give you one-on-one care while in labour and to follow your birth plan whenever possible.
Many midwives and obstetricians (Lead Maternity Carers) have access agreements for this unit and we are here to support them during any emergency if required.
To view a virtual tour of the Labour and Birthing Suite in English or in Mandarin click here
Following the birth of your baby and providing both the mother and baby are well, postnatal care will be at Birthcare Auckland Ltd or at home. Should you need to stay at Auckland City Hospital then you will be transferred to a postnatal ward. Most mothers and babies will be transferred to Birthcare approximately 3-4 hours after birth. Please remember to bring the car seat and warm woollen clothing for the baby so that you may be transferred safely.
Please visit the National Women's Health website for more information www.nwhealthinfo.co.nz
The Women's Health Information Unit is located in the Atrium area on level 9 at Auckland City Hospital.
Open: Monday 8am - 4pm, Tuesday 8am - 12noon, Wednesday 8am - 4pm
Contact: Ph: (09) 307 8978 or email: .
Some ideas of what to bring to hospital
Suggestions for labour:
- Support person is welcome
- Lip balm, massage oil
- Warm socks
- Own pillow
- Food and drink for support person, energy snacks and drinks for you
- Music of choice
- All important camera
- Wheatie bag for comfort
We recommend you leave your valuables at home.
For your ongoing stay in hospital:
- Day or night wear: you may feel more comfortable in your own day clothes or night wear remembering that you will be breast feeding so an opening down the front is recommended
- A supportive breast feeding bra is also essential and appropriate
- Your own pillow and cover
- Complementary remedies and usual medications
- Your own mug or cup. Tea and Milo are provided.
- Card phones are available, card required.
We provide singlets and nappies during your stay, but recommend that you bring woollen hat, booties and cardigans for your baby.
To take baby home:
Appropriate clothing for the time of year including a woollen hat, warm shawl or blanket.
Car seat appropriate for newborn baby is always required.