Hospitals & Services
Find out about the maternity facilities at Rangiora Hospital.
About Rangiora Health Hub
Rangiora Maternity Unit is located in North Canterbury, approximately 40 minutes drive from Christchurch city centre and
primary birthing care and postnatal maternity services for women in the Waimakariri & Hurunui Districts of North Canterbury. In collaboration with your Lead Maternity Carer, Rangiora Maternity Unit 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, the option of birthing at a primary 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. Most women who choose to birth at Rangiora do so, but occasionally a transfer to tertiary services at Christchurch Women's Hospital is necessary.
Rangiora Maternity Unit is fully equipped for childbirth, and the midwives are regularly trained to deal with emergencies.
Primary Birthing Units provide a relaxed homelike environment enabling uninterrupted birth and adjustment to parenthood, with time to support you during breastfeeding. This may include an extended stay to establish breastfeeding if you live remotely.
If you birth at
Christchurch Women's Hospital, you can be transferred to Rangiora for your postnatal care, either directly from the Birthing Suite, or from the Maternity Ward.
The facility consists of 4 assessment rooms, 3 large birthing rooms, 2 with birthing pools, up to 10 postnatal rooms, 4 general convalescent beds, a commercial kitchen and staff area.
You are invited to come and see the facilities, the beautiful surroundings and meet the friendly staff. Simply call first and arrange with a midwife to show you around and answer any questions you may have.
The Friends of
Rangiora Health Hub is a voluntary organisation who support and promote the services at
Rangiora Health Hub and encourage community involvement. Their main fundraising comes from a well-stocked Plant Cart in the grounds and a craft cabinet with baby clothing.
Wifi is available throughout the building.
A portable patient telephone is available for local calls. There is no card payphone available. You are welcome to bring your own mobile phone. This can be used freely within the facility, while respecting others' privacy and consideration for those requiring rest.
Televisions are available in all lounges and bedrooms.
One newspaper is purchased each day by staff which is available to mother on request.
All meals are delicious 'home cooked' style meals prepared on site, and cater for all dietary requirements.
The health hub has a commercial kitchen staffed by a cook who has knowledge and expertise to provide any special dietary requirement. It is advisable for your LMC to notify the staff on or before admission to discuss these.
There is a mothers' lounge/dining room available to make hot drinks for mothers and partners 24hrs a day. Morning tea e.g. muffins, pikelets, scones are provided in this room at 10am daily. A selection of biscuits, cheese and crackers, fruit, and flavoured milk are available to snack on. If you are hungry, please ask the staff for extra food. There are no snacks and drinks vending machines. There is no on-site cafe.
Rangiora Health Hub
161 Ashley Street
Fax: 03 313 7682
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Friends and family: 10am -12noon and 2.00pm and 8.00pm dailyPartners: 7am - 10pm daily
Parents with small children are asked to consider the comfort of new mothers.
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 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 they will support the mother and baby and abide by health and safety regulations outlined by the staff.
Rangiora Health Hub provides free pregnancy testing. No appointment is necessary for this service.
Pregnancy and Parenting Education Classes
Pregnancy and Parenting Educations classes are run by Plunket, their contact details are:
Hearing screening is provided at Rangiora Health Hub on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and occasional Saturday mornings. If a baby misses having this done while in hospital an appointment will be made for baby to be seen at Rangiora Health Hub as an outpatient in the next few weeks.
All midwives on staff have completed 21 hours of breastfeeding study over the past 5 years and have the knowledge and skills to support you with breastfeeding.
If a mother requires a referral to a Lactation Consultant this will be made to either
Christchurch Women's Hospital or the Rural Canterbury PHO Lactation Consultant who may visit you at hospital or at home.
Community Services in North Canterbury
Plunket covers the whole of North Canterbury
Pacific Trust & Te Puawaitanga Ki Otautahi Trust cover as far north as Leithfield.
Referrals to Well Child Services can be sent after birth to a service provider.
Rangiora Plunket Nurse collects enrolment forms weekly from Rangiora Hospital.
All women using Rangiora Maternity Unit 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.
View a map of the Rangiora Health Hub:
Rangiora Health Hub