You can choose to give birth at home, in a primary maternity unit (birthing centre) or in a hospital maternity ward.

Women who give birth at home or in a birthing centre or small maternity unit are more likely to have a normal birth than those who give birth in hospital.

You should discuss the place of birth with your LMC as part of your planning in early pregnancy. Unless you have complications all of these choices are safe.

 

Home birth

Home birth is a safe choice for many women. Women who have home births use less pain relief and have fewer caesarean sections and forceps deliveries than women who give birth in hospital. If you want to know more about this choice talk to your midwife or doctor. You can find out more on the Home Birth Aotearoa website.

At a home birth your midwife will have another midwife there to support you and her during and after the birth. Your midwife will stay with you for at least two hours after the birth.

 

Primary maternity units (birthing centres)

In the Nelson Marlborough region you have the choice of a primary maternity unit, or birthing centre. Women giving birth in these smaller units tend to use less pain relief and have fewer caesarean sections and forceps deliveries than those who give birth in hospital.

Nelson Bays Maternity Unit (Te Whare Whanau)

Te Whare Whanau maternity unit in Motueka is a primary maternity facility that provides quality maternity care in a homely, peaceful environment for labour, birth and postnatal care.

The unit's facilities include:

  • two birthing rooms
  • a birthing pool
  • three individual postnatal rooms with double beds so partners can stay during the postnatal care period.

Women who give birth elsewhere can transfer to Te Whare Whanau after their birth to stay for their postnatal care in the first two days after birth. Women receive full midwifery care and hotel services. Breakfast and dinner meals are also provided free for partners.

Te Whare Whanau provides 24/7 midwifery care for all women staying in the facility. The facility has been independently certified as a maternity hospital by the Ministry of Health and certified as a Baby Friendly hospital which means they meet the highest standards of maternity care in New Zealand.

Te Whare Whanau also provides clinic rooms for antenatal checkups and a free breastfeeding clinic.
 

Golden Bay Maternity Unit

The Golden Bay Maternity Unit in the Golden Bay Integrated Family Health Centre is a primary birthing and postnatal stay facility.

Women can transfer there from Nelson Hospital's Maternity Unit if they and their baby do not require specialist care.

The maternity unit has one birthing room with a birthing pool and meets national Baby Friendly Standards and Accreditation.

 

Hospital maternity wards

 

Nelson Hospital

The Nelson Hospital Maternity Ward provides a high-quality maternity service for women and their families from the Nelson, Tasman, Golden Bay, Murchison and Pelorus region.

The ward offers a warm, modern environment staffed by our team of friendly and professional core midwives, obstetric and paediatric teams. Support service staff can also provide Maori cultural support, breastfeeding support and quit-smoking support.

Nelson Hospital Maternity Ward has:

  • four antenatal beds
  • four birthing suites
  • a birthing pool room
  • 10 private (not shared) postnatal rooms
  • a private roof-top garden area
  • a dedicated operating theatre nearby (for caesarean sections)
  • anaesthetic services for epidural pain relief during labour

Women may also transfer to Motueka or Golden Bay primary maternity units from Nelson hospital for their postnatal care.

Nelson Hospital has been certified by the Ministry of Health and the maternity ward has been accredited as a Baby Friendly hospital which means it meets the highest standards of maternity care in New Zealand.

 

Wairau Hospital
The Wairau Hospital Maternity Ward provides antenatal, labour and birth and postnatal inpatient facilities for women from the Marlborough region.
The ward offers a warm, modern environment staffed by our team of friendly and professional core midwives, obstetric and paediatric teams. Support service staff can also provide Maori cultural support, breastfeeding support and quit-smoking support.
The ward has:
  • three birthing rooms
  • a birthing pool room
  • 8 individual antenatal and postnatal  beds
  • a private garden area
  • an operating theatre nearby (for caesarean sections)
  • anaesthetic services for epidural pain relief during labour

Wairau Hospital has been certified by the Ministry of Health and the maternity ward has been accredited as a Baby Friendly hospital which means it meets the highest standards of maternity care in New Zealand.