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Auckland DHB Labour and Birthing Suite

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Description

Welcome to the Labour and Birthing Suite at Auckland City Hospital. We are a modern unit which provides care to women who would like a "natural" birth and those women with high risk pregnancies needing greater levels of intervention and specialist care. Six rooms have a birthing pool and we offer a full epidural service. Hospital employed midwives and LMC midwives work alongside obstetric registrars, senior medical officers and private obstetricians. Our aim is to provide one-on-one midwifery care when in active labour. We are a teaching hospital and often you will be asked if midwifery or medical students can be involved in your care.

You can find more information on what to expect when you go to Labour and Birthing Suite here

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 
nationalwomenshealth.adhb.govt.nz

The Women's Health Information Unit is located in the Atrium area on level 9 at Auckland City Hospital.

Contact: Ph: (09) 307 8978  or email:  .

 

Some ideas of what to bring to hospital

Suggestions for labour:

  • 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
  • Toiletries
  • Baby clothes - especially warm woollens for winter
  • Games and books
  • Aromatherapy burner

We recommend you leave your valuables at home.

For women who need to 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

For baby:

We provide nappies during your stay, but please bring baby clothes such as woollen hat, booties and cardigans for your baby.

Please only bring essentials as space is limited.

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.

Hours

The Labour and Birthing Suite is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Charges

If you are not a NZ resident you may be required to pay for health services in NZ.
To check  whether you need to pay for your care please contact the Finance Department on (09) 638 0420 or visit the Ministry of Health website http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/eligibility-healthservices-maternity

Visiting Hours

Labour and birthing suite does not have any visitor restrictions, but due to safety there may be occasions when we limit the number of family/whanau in the birthing rooms. Please respect staff decisions regarding this. 

Young children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult who can provide care at all times.

We have a whanau room and visitors are also welcome to use the atrium whilst waiting for the birth.

Refreshments

There are snack and drink machines, including a coffee machine, in the corridor close to the entrance of the Labour and Birthing Suite.

On Level 5 there are several food outlets and additional cafes on the main road outside of the hospital. Additional information can be found on the ADHB website http://www.adhb.govt.nz/on-site_services.htm 

Travel Directions

For a map of the hospital and carpark building click here.

For a virtual tour of the Labour and Birthing Suite and how to get there click here.

Public Transport

The Link Bus and Hospitals Bus 283 both pass by the hospital.

The hospital is a short walk (10 minutes) from Grafton train station.

For more information on public transport visit https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/.

Parking

When you are in labour and need to be dropped off at the hospital, there is drop off parking at the entrance to the hospital at Level 4. The driver can temporarily leave the car and escort you to the Labour and Birthing Suite but then must return to the car and find parking elsewhere. It would be helpful to leave a note on the car dashboard or let a security guard know that you are on the way to the Labour and Birthing Suite and will shift the car as soon as possible.

Short term free parking is available in the Auckland Domain. There is also Pay and Display parking in the streets around the hospital and a Wilsons carpark building on site. http://nationalwomenshealth.adhb.govt.nz/about-us/patient-visitor-information#Parking

Accommodation

If you have family or friends who need accommodation near the hospital while you are giving birth, the two closest options are:

Domain Lodge is in Boyle Crescent, across the road from the gates to the Domain. See their website for contact details and charges  http://www.domainlodge.co.nz/

Te Whare Awhina is the accommodation service located on the Auckland City Hospital (ACH) site. There are limited beds available and a referral needs to be made via the patient's Kaiatawhai/Social Worker or nurse to let them know that your whanau/support person(s) may need accommodation.
Accommodation preference is given to whanau/family members who have patients in ACH and have travelled to Auckland from other regions. There is a fee for this service.

Pharmacy

There is a pharmacy on Level 5 of the hospital. It is open from 8.00am to 6pm Mon to Friday and 10.00am to 4.00pm Saturday and Sunday.

Security

Security Officers are on duty 24 hours a day. They patrol all of the facilities on the hospital site.

The hospital and wards are locked down each night at 8pm and security guards are stationed at the Level 4 Main Entrance and the Accident and Emergency Department on Level 2.

Contact Details

Auckland City Hospital

Central Auckland

Level 9
Auckland City Hospital
Park Road
Grafton

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Street Address

Level 9
Auckland City Hospital
Park Road
Grafton

Postal Address

Labour and Birthing Suite
Auckland City Hospital
P.O. Box 92019
Auckland Mail Centre

This page was last updated at 11:14AM on April 18, 2017. This information is reviewed and edited by Auckland DHB Labour and Birthing Suite.