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Maternity care is an essential service.  All your maternity care will still be provided. However, to protect you, your baby and your whānau, some changes may happen if we are under alert level 2-4. Read information about what alert level we are at and if there are any changes to our services

Giving birth at hospital

Once you are in labour, ring your Lead Maternity Carer (midwife or doctor) to arrange your admission.  They’ll run through some screening questions with you and work with hospital staff to make arrangements for your arrival.

If you’re feeling sick, please let your midwife or doctor know and they will ensure that staff take the appropriate precautions.

After your baby is born

After your baby is born, the midwifery and nursing team will support you to care for your new baby and prepare to go home.

Once home, you will still have appointments with your midwife or doctor. 


We know that having a baby is a wonderful and exciting experience that you want to share.

Read more about current visiting arrangements at our hospitals

During the time that people are visiting you, we ask that they remain with you as much as possible to reduce movement of people around and in and out of the ward. They should not use your bathroom but use the visitor bathroom on the ward. 

Please remember that all District Health Board campuses are SmokeFree.

If your baby is in our Neonatal intensive care unit

Both parents are allowed to visit babies in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).  Both parents are able to visit at the same time. 

Visitors to NICU must be in good health

More information

Read more about how COVID-19 can affect you during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Watch a video on how the health care sector is currently providing maternity care

Read information from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists  (Samoan version) (Te reo version)

Last updated 23 September 2020.