Hospitals & Services
Primary Maternity Services
Secondary Maternity Services
Tertiary Maternity Services
Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative
Canterbury DHB offers a range of maternity services including pregnancy and parenting education classes, antenatal care, maternity outpatients, birthing facilities and postnatal care.
You are encouraged to book with a lead maternity carer (LMC) by 9 weeks of pregnancy. Maternity care in New Zealand is funded by the government for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents and those who meet Ministry of Health
eligibility criteria. LMCs (midwives, GPs and private obstetricians), are able to provide care for you in the facilities, and refer you to these services.
Pregnancy and birth are normal physiological processes for the majority of women. If you have no complications detected, the option of birthing at a primary birthing unit should be offered and encouraged. By choosing to birth at a primary facility, you are more likely to have a normal birth and less likely to need interventions.
If you are healthy and have an uncomplicated pregnancy, you can birth at:
Lincoln Maternity Hospital
Rangiora Maternity Unit
St George's Maternity Centre
all of which provide primary maternity services for women and their babies.
Christchurch Women's Hospital also provides primary birthing services for women in Canterbury plus secondary and tertiary maternity care. The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) cares for newborn babies born prematurely, with surgical, congenital and medical complications following birth requiring acute secondary and tertiary care. NICU also provides a transport retrieval service for babies.
All facilities provide a water birth option for low risk women.
For an uncomplicated pregnancy:
Primary maternity services are provided to women and their babies for an uncomplicated pregnancy, labour and birth, and postnatal period. They are based on continuity of care. The majority of these maternity services are provided by Lead Maternity Carers (LMCs). Primary maternity facilities provide inpatient services for labour and birth and the immediate postnatal period.
For a pregnancy requiring additional care:
Secondary maternity services are those provided where women or their babies experience complications that need additional maternity care involving obstetricians, paediatricians and other specialists. Secondary maternity services include routine and urgent specialist consultations, elective and emergency caesarean sections, assisted deliveries, all treatment required in emergency situations, allied health services, and support from a lactation consultant for women and babies who experience breastfeeding complications.
Where complex clinical care is needed:
Tertiary maternity services is maternity care provided to women and their babies who have highly complex clinical needs and require consultation with and / or transfer of care to a multidisciplinary specialist team.
This consultation and / or transfer of care will be organised by your LMC in conjunction with Christchurch Women's Hospital.
All CDHB facilities are smoke free. If you would like to quit smoking, staff can assist you to enrol in a free smoking cessation programme.
Find out more about smokefree services.
All CDHB birthing facilities are accredited as a
Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) This is a joint strategy of the World Health Organisation and UNICEF, aiming at creating institutions in which maternity services provide and adopt practices known to promote breastfeeding.