On Arrival – day or night

Prior to coming to the Nelson or Wairau Maternity Unit please contact your LMC who will arrange your admission to ensure the facilities are prepared and ready for your arrival – especially if it is at night. 

In Nelson:

When you arrive at Nelson Hospital come to the main entrance off Tipahi Street.

Please do not come via the Emergency Department. The delivery suite is well signposted and is located on level three.

In Wairau:

Please come to the service entrance at Wairau hospital off Taylor Pass Road. Park in the designated maternity parking area. Come up the ramp to the hospital entrance doors and press the buzzer for assistance. A midwife will respond and assist you to the Birthing Suite. 

After your baby is born

After a period of time following your birth you will be settled into your room with an en suite bathroom on the postnatal ward (unless you are planning to go home directly from birthing suite). Core midwives will provide your care during your stay in the unit with your LMC visiting you each day unless otherwise arranged. All meals will be provided for you and the maternity unit also has a kitchen and lounge for you to use.

There is a cafeteria nearby available for your partner and whanau.

Going home

You will most likely be ready to go home after 1 – 5 days, depending on the type of birth you have had. Your LMC and core midwife will be able to discuss your options with you.

If you are travelling home by car you will need an approved infant car seat. The core midwife or your LMC will be able to assist you with ensuring your baby is safely fitted in the car seat for their first trip home!