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Waitakere Hospital Maternity Services (Waitematā DHB)

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Maternity Services at Waitakere Hospital

Waitakere Hospital provides a primary and secondary maternity facility for women with low risk pregnancies. The Special Care Baby Unit can accommodate babies over 32 weeks' gestation. Women who are expected to have complications requiring a 24-hour blood bank service or an Intensive Care Unit are advised to give birth at North Shore Hospital. National Women’s Health at Auckland City Hospital provides tertiary-level care.

Community Services

Liaison Midwife - finding a midwife can be a very confusing and stressful time, especially for first time mothers or those who have found the system has changed since their last child. The Liaison Midwife informs women of their choices as to who can provide them with pregnancy care.  The Liaison Midwife will also discuss what may suit each individual woman best and make the appropriate referrals to ensure antenatal care begins.

Community Midwifery - this team of midwives provides support for the antenatal clinics and provides antenatal and postnatal care for women unable to register with an LMC in West Auckland.

Antenatal Clinic Services - for secondary obstetric, obstetric physician or anaesthetic consultations as required.

Pregnancy and Parenting Education - includes courses of both antenatal classes and breastfeeding workshops.

Lactation Consultant Clinics  - Get expert advice for specific breastfeeding problems from qualified lactation consultants.

Facility Services

Birthing Facilities - Waitakere Hospital has two birthing areas featuring a total of eight birthing rooms and two deep water birth pools. For women who are cared for by the community midwifery service, care during labour and birth is provided by Waitakere facility midwives.

Postnatal Wards - Waitakere Hospital has two postnatal wards - Te Henga and Piha – which feature a total of 30 postnatal beds. The average length of stay for women who have had a normal vaginal birth is two - three days. The average length of stay for women who have had a Caesarean Section is three to five days. Services available for maternity clients include:

  • Physiotherapy: providing individual assessment, advice and treatment for women
  • Lactation Consultant: to support women with complex breastfeeding issues and to provide practical breastfeeding workshops
  • Social Work: experienced social workers provide confidential counselling and advocacy services and information on community support.
  • Cultural support: Te Puna O Te Ora Services provide cultural support to Maori women and their whanau, providing access to health, advocacy and the appropriate support services where required.

The Asian Health Support Service brings together a variety of support networks for members of the Asian community.

A Pacific Island Community Liaison worker advocates and liaises between members of Pacific Island communities and maternity to improve access for women and their families.

Please click here for maternity services provided at North Shore Hospital.


Referral Expectations

All pregnant women should be encouraged to register with a Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) as soon as possible in pregnancy. A LMC is either a Midwife, GP or Obstetrician. Your LMC will provide maternity care for you and your baby throughout pregnancy, birth and 4-6 weeks after your baby has been born.

Lists of LMCs are available at:

Healthpoint: www.healthpoint.co.nz/maternity/

Find Your Midwife: www.findyourmidwife.co.nz/

MAMA: Ph:(09) 815 8108 or www.mamamaternity.co.nz

Services / Procedures / Treatments

  • Healthy Babies Healthy Futures

    Give babies and toddlers a HEALTHY start to every day!
    Come join in the fun, meet other mums, learn some great tips or relax and enjoy a hot cuppa!… More PDF

  • Early Pregnancy Clinic

    The Early Pregnancy Clinic at North Shore Hospital sees women up to 19 weeks pregnant who have a confirmed pregnancy loss on ultrasound.… More PDF

  • Antenatal Screening Tests

    Having blood tests early on in your pregnancy can help protect you and those close to you.… More

  • Antenatal HIV Screening

    The aim of HIV testing in pregnancy is to identify HIV infection in pregnant women.… More PDF

  • Downs Syndrome Screening

    Screening for Downs Syndrome and other chromasomal (genetic) abnormalities is routinely offered.… More

  • Obstetric Ultrasound

    Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning, is a method of obtaining pictures from inside the human body through the use of high frequency sound waves.… More

  • Newborn Hearing Screening

    The aim of the UNHSEIP (Universal Newborn Hearing Screening & Early Intervention Programme) is for early identification of newborns with hearing loss.  The programme ensures that they can access timely and appropriate interventions, inequalities are reduced and the outcomes for these children, their families and whanau, communities and society are improved.… More PDF

  • Videos - How to Protect your Baby from Sudden Unexpected Death of an Infant

    Make every sleep a safe sleep for all infants, and reduce the rate of SUDI in the Northern Region.… More

  • Baby Movements in Pregnancy

    The following pamphlet helps guide you about baby movements in pregnancy, and when to call your LMC. More PDF

  • Neonatal Assessment of the Hips

    A clinical pathway to assist and support LMCs. More PDF

  • Breastfeeding your Baby

    Waitematā DHB provides a range of resources to assist mothers to initiate and maintain breastfeeding for their babies.… More PDF

  • Your Health Information

    More PDF

  • Resource Directory for Pregnant Teens

    More PDF

  • Titifaitama Breastfeeding Support Groups

    These groups are led by the Pacific Cultural Liaison Co-ordinator together with a Lactation Consultant.… More


Maternity care is free to New Zealand citizens, residents, and some permit holders. Please bring a copy of your passport or birth certificate with you to your first appointment.

Click here for more information about healthcare charges at Waitematā DHB.

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Visiting Hours

Birthing rooms 
Partner and key support people are welcome in the birthing room or may wait in the visitors' lounge.

Post natal rooms 
Partner or one key support person: 7am - 9pm.
Restricted Visiting: see below.

Rest period: 1pm - 2pm.
No children except the brothers and sisters of the new baby.
Only two visitors at a time plus the partner or key support person.
Do not visit if you are unwell.
Visiting Hours 2 - 4pm and 6 - 8pm.


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Contact Details

Waitakere Hospital

West Auckland

Antenatal Clinic: ph (09) 837 6609
Pregnancy and Parenting Education
Click here for information and to register for:
- Pregnancy & Parenting courses
- Breastfeeding classes
Alternatively please phone or text Barbara Taylor on 021 784 265.

Piha Ward: ph (09) 837 6605
Te Henga Ward: ph (09) 838 9545
Liaison Midwife: ph (09) 837 8808

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Lincoln Road

This page was last updated at 12:05PM on November 18, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Waitakere Hospital Maternity Services (Waitematā DHB).