Hospitals & Services
Find out about the maternity facilities at Ashburton Hospital.
About Ashburton Hospital
Ashburton Maternity Centre is a Primary Birthing Unit approximately one hour's drive south of Christchurch.
In collaboration with your Lead Maternity Carer, Ashburton can offer you 24 hour, safe, flexible and supportive midwifery care during, and / or after, the birth of your baby. Pregnancy and birth are normal physiological processes for the majority of women. If you have no complications detected a primary unit is a safe option for you and your baby. By choosing to birth at a primary facility, you are more likely to have a normal birth and less likely to need interventions. Most women who choose to birth at Ashburton do so, but occasionally a transfer to tertiary services at Christchurch Women's Hospital is necessary. Ashburton Maternity Centre is fully equipped for childbirth, and the midwives receive regular training to deal with emergencies.
Primary Birthing Units provide a relaxed home-like environment enabling uninterrupted birth and adjustment to parenthood. Feeding assistance is often easier to access due to the quiet environment. You are invited to come and see the facilities and meet the friendly staff. Simply call first and arrange with a midwife to show you around and answer any questions you may have.
If you birth at Christchurch Women's Hospital, you may choose to transfer to Ashburton Maternity Centre for your postnatal care, either directly from the Birthing Suite, or from the Maternity Ward.
Three fully equipped birthing rooms
One birthing pool
Two double bedrooms
Three single postnatal rooms
All rooms have lazy boys should you wish your support person to stay with you overnight
Swiss balls are available during labour
Sunny lounge and kitchen for tea, coffee and toast and biscuits, opening on to an enclosed courtyard garden.
Wi-Fi Internet access
Mobile phones are able to be used in all of the rooms
Women are welcome to use the ward phone line to make or receive local calls.
All your dietary requirements are catered for.
A supper of scones, muffins or cakes is available in the evenings and toast, biscuits and tea or coffee are always available in the lounge.
On-site café for visitors is open from 7am-7pm with full meals available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Medirest catering is renowned for providing excellent food, with plenty of choices to cater for varying diets. The menu is on a 3 week cycle and is styled for your nutritional needs with becoming a new mother.
Café Pulse is open Monday – Sunday, 7am – 7pm. The café is at the back of the hospital and the place to find good coffee and a homemade toastie or scone. Hot meals are available each night after 5pm. Dine in or takeaway option are available. Meals can be pre-ordered and paid for and will be delivered to you in Maternity for your partner, so there is no need to leave the building. A selection of frozen meals can be purchased for when you return home after the birth of your baby.
Ashburton Maternity Unit
General enquiries 03 307 8483
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Partners and families 7am - 10pm. However our visiting times are flexible on request.
In all our primary units we now offer partners the option to stay 1 night, this may be the first night or an alternative night. All of our units have either a queen bed, fold out beds or lazy boy chairs to accommodate this. The CDHB has a consent form for partners to sign agreeing that they will support the mother and abide by health and safety regulations outlined by the staff.
Ashburton Maternity Centre provides free pregnancy testing.
Pregnancy and Parenting Education Classes
Pregnancy and parenting classes are held in Ashburton, please contact Plunket Email: PPE@Plunket.org.nz
Phone: 0800 291 658
Phone or Text: 027 257 8477
Plunket webpage Plunket Pregnancy and Parenting Classes
Newborn Hearing Screening
Newborn hearing screeners visit the Centre once a week. If you are not in the unit at the time then an appointment will be sent to you to come in for a visit in the following weeks.
Your LMC can refer you to a lactation consultant who may visit you on the ward or at home.
Breastfeeding pumps are available to borrow and arranged in consultation with your LMC.
An appointment can be arranged for you to see a Dietician through a referral from your LMC or GP, if you meet the referral criteria. Your midwife will let you know if a referral is appropriate.
An appointment can be arranged for you to see the visiting paediatric consultant for non-urgent reasons through a referral from your LMC midwife.
(03) 308 1395
027 220 8791
021 0288 0861
All women using the Ashburton Maternity Hospital have access to all the maternity services and out-patient services provided through the CDHB. These are mainly located at Christchurch Women’s Hospital. You should talk with your LMC to access the services.