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Capital & Coast DHB Women's Health Obstetrics & Maternity Service

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Antenatal/Postnatal Inpatient Ward 4 North Pods B, C and D

The antenatal/postnatal ward area is divided into three pods.

Pod B is an antenatal pod. Six of the rooms are single, including the Pohutakawa room dedicated only for women who have unfortunately experienced the loss of their baby/babies. The remainder of the rooms in this pod are double. Women who have an antenatal complication of pregnancy are admitted to these beds and, as a consequence, may be an inpatient for some time.

Pod C and Pod D are postnatal pods. Two thirds of the postnatal wards are single pods with the remainder being double.
The length of stay postnatally is assessed on individual clinical basis of both mother and baby. The average length of stay is 24 - 48 hours following a normal delivery, with 3-4 days stay post caesarean section. Discharge planning is discussed with your LMC/midwife in the antenatal period, and then again after the birth in conjunction with the ward midwife/nurse. We aim to have you home before lunch on the day of your discharge. Please make sure you have a car seat available to transport your baby home. 

All midwives and nurses employed within our service will be able to support and offer advice with infant feeding. If you do experience any ongoing problems with breastfeeding, your LMC or ward midwife/nurse caring for you can refer you to our Lactation Consultant who is available Monday to Friday. Additional support and advice during weekdays is offered at breastfeeding sessions 'Little Latch Ons', held in the whanau room. If you wish to participate, please ask the midwife or nurse assigned to your care.

The ward is run by a charge midwife manager who is available Monday to Friday. There are associate charge midwife managers who are responsible for the day-to-day management of each shift. Your care will be delivered by midwives and nurses, supported by health care assistants. The charge midwife and associate charge midwives will be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you have about your care during your stay. There are also CCDHB feedback forms in the reception area, as we welcome positive and negative feedback from our women and their families. 


Visiting Hours
Visiting Hours: 10am-1pm and 3pm-8.30pm.
There is limited visiting between 1pm-3pm to allow for patient rest.

You may find that after you have had your baby you may want to rest and spend time alone with your baby. Ask your friends and family to keep visits short and to be considerate of you and the other women in the ward, who are tired and may want to sleep or need privacy.

Children are welcome to visit but must be supervised by an adult at all times. Please keep children in your room and keep their visit short. To help us prevent the spread of infection, children and adults who are unwell should not visit.

Please tell the staff if you wish to restrict visitors.

Free WiFi is available for inpatients at Wellington Regional Hospital, Kenepuru Community Hospital and Kapiti Health Centre. Read more here.

Each bed has a bedside TV, there is a machine at the front desk where you or your visitors may purchase pay to view cards.

Wishbone cafe and the hospital shop are located in the atrium of the main hospital. Fuel Espresso is located in the main corridor by the purple lifts.

Any personal belongings are your responsibility; the DHB does not accept responsibility for any valuables that are brought into the hospital.

This page was last updated at 11:46AM on March 14, 2019.