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Mum and babyBirthing at Birthcare

Are you looking for a place to have your baby, trying to find a midwife, wanting to book an antenatal class, or a relaxed environment for your postnatal stay?
Birthcare provides excellent 24 hour care and support for new mums, dads and their babies. We aim to make your birth experience the best that it can be.
We offer flexible choices so you decide what suits you best.
If you birth at Birthcare you'll be given a private room wherever possible. If you choose to have your baby at another hospital, you can still transfer to Birthcare for your postnatal stay.

Birthcare services are FREE to New Zealand residents and women eligible for free maternity care

A free private room will be provided for you during your postnatal stay (subject to availability). If you choose to have your baby with us at Birthcare, you need to have a LMC (Lead Maternity Carer) and are wanting a normal vaginal birth. If you birth at Birthcare, you will receive a Birthcare teddy and free nappies to take home.

Planning to birth at Birthcare reduces your risk of interventions such as caesarean section, forceps or ventouse (vacuum) delivery
and episiotomy.
Birthing at Birthcare
Women who have a vaginal birth without intervention usually experience a rapid recovery with less pain and discomfort.
Please discuss this with your LMC.

Birthcare is a primary birthing and postnatal hospital and there are no obstetricians or operating theatres on site. We encourage an active birth (moving and changing positions) as well as the use of other complementary therapies. Aromatherapy diffusers (feel free to bring your oils), birthing couches, bean bags and swiss balls are available for you to use. Please speak with your LMC midwife if you have had a previous caesarean section.


Please view our videos below to experience Birthcare first hand: 


Feedback from an LMC Midwife: 



Testimonial Videos:






We have three large rooms, all with birthing pools that have been fully refurbished (completed June 2018). Each birthing room has a fridge, bean bags, swiss balls, bead rolls and 2 of our rooms have birthing couches. To help you feel more comfortable and relaxed, each room also has mood lighting, with your choice of light colour, aromatherapy diffusers so you can add your own oils and a sound system with ipod dock so you can play your own music. You are welcome to bring along anything else that will make you more comfortable.


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Our birthing suite has specially designed birthing rooms with pools. Use of the pool during labour provides excellent pain relief. 60% of women birthing at Birthcare use water for pain relief. You may also choose to give birth in the water.




The early stage of labour is called the latent phase. This is the preparation phase and it is important to let it unfold at its own pace.

To help you understand what to expect, how to help your baby get into a good position and set yourself up well for the journey ahead, click the link below to read more.


Looking After Early Labour - The Latent Phase Downloadable PDF


Our thanks to the Women's Health Information Unit and Auckland City Hospital.


Movement and positioning can be used during both stages of labour to help manage pain.

  • How upright positions could benefit normal labour and birth
  • What randomized, controlled trials say about movement and positions during labour
  • Evidence on birth balls
  • Evidence on dancing during labour


Pain relief options available include portable entonox and pethidine via injection. As we are a primary birthing hospital, we do not offer epidurals or caesarean sections.


If your LMC has concerns during your labour you can be transferred to Auckland Hospital with ease (which is less than five minutes away). Your LMC can continue your care in conjunction with the specialists and midwives there.





Newborn crying postnatalTRANSFERRING TO BIRTHCARE

If you choose to have your baby at another hospital, you can still transfer to Birthcare for your postnatal stay and stay for up to 3 nights free of charge in a shared room.
See our Charges section for further details.




Each woman is different but if you've had a normal vaginal birth you can expect to transfer within 3 to 5 hours.
If you've had a caesarean section it can be longer but usually within 24 to 48 hours. When you are ready to transfer, staff at Auckland Hospital will contact Birthcare and let us know.
You may also contact Birthcare if you have any queries.
Please read our Transfer Criteria.



Birthcare provides 24 hour midwifery care. We have a wonderful team of highly skilled and educated staff who genuinely enjoy providing support to you and your baby.
Our staff include midwives, nurses, house-keepers, administration staff, visiting physiotherapists, visiting paediatricians and lactation consultants who will work closely with your LMC to assist you with the transition into parenthood. Our midwives are always available to help and are happy to spend as much time with you as you need until you feel confident to go home with your baby.



If you are having a surrogate baby and would like to stay with us after the baby is born, let us know. Talk to us about your unique set of postnatal needs and we'll do our very best to make them happen for you. We can apply for postnatal funding for surrogacy on your behalf.



Breast is best - but establishing breast feeding can sometimes be a challenge even when you have the best preparation and the best intentions! Birthcare has qualified lactation consultants on staff and on most shifts during your stay at Birthcare to support you with breastfeeding.




If you are experiencing difficulties with breastfeeding once you are home, Birthcare’s Lactation Clinic is held twice a week. You may either self refer or be referred by your LMC.

Appointments are for a one hour private consultation with a Lactation Consultant and are arranged to coincide with a breastfeed.

You do not need to have been a client of Birthcare to access this service.

Referrals may also be made during pregnancy for those women who have anatomical problems, previous surgery or who have experienced difficulties breastfeeding in the past.







Charges are as follows:

  • Free for women who have birthed at Birthcare until 28 days, then $80
  • $65.00 for women who have had a postnatal stay of more then 12 hours at Birthcare until 28 days, then $80
  • $80.00 for women who did not birth or have a postnatal stay of more than 12 hours at Birthcare
  • $80.00 for all antenatal lactation consults


LMC's can download a referral form here.


For an appointment, phone Birthcare 09 374 0800


blonde smiley mumBREAST PUMP HIRE
Birthcare also offers a breast pump hire service for those mothers who need to express breast milk. The breast pumps are hired on a weekly or monthly basis and the attachments are purchased by each mother.
- Symphony Breast Pump $55/week or $135/month
- Accessories $45 (single pumping)
A bond of $135 and credit card details will be required.




• Lanowool breast pads $25
• Nipple shields (set of 2) $22 or $12 each
• Purelan 7g $12

We have Breastfeeding brochures on our Useful Websites and Information page.



All babies are tested at birth to see that all is well. Some of your baby’s health checks are called screening. The audiology team visits daily, seven days a week from 9.00am.
A consent process will take place at the bedside.
For more information visit


Postnatal depression

Birthcare works with Re-centre mental health specialists for private mental health care. Based in Parnell, Re-centre specialists are available Monday to Friday for private consultations and appointments to provide support across a range of perinatal mental health issues, providing a range of interventions personalisedd to your needs. Regerrals are welcome from your LMC Midwife, Obstetrician, GP or you may enquite directly Re-centre



The BCG team visit newborn babies in Birthcare on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon if they have time after being at Auckland Hospital.

This service is not available at the moment until further notice

They also visit from 9am - 3pm on the first Friday of the month in the clinic rooms on level 3 (depending on referrals from ADHB).
You will be offered a BCG for your baby if:
• You or your family/whanau have ever been ill with tuberculosis (TB)
• You or your family/whanau have been in contact with a person with TB in the last year
• You or your family/whanau have lived in a Country considered at risk for TB, in the
• last 5 years
For further information, visit the BCG information page on the Public Health Service website.




Birthcare has a group of physiotherapists who are available to see women with concerns.
Physiotherapy classes are held 3 times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.00am to 11.00am on Level 1 in the Birthcare Education Room.
For more information visit



We have a paediatrician who visits daily as required.
If your baby needs to see a Paediatrician a referral will be made by your LMC.
The following links are useful if you are interested to find out more on the following:
• Postnatal distress: see
• Immunisation: see the Immunisation Advisory Centre website.



If you would like a copy on any of our policies, please email and we will send it out to you.

midwife black topARE YOU LOOKING FOR A LMC?


In New Zealand every pregnant woman is expected to choose a Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) who will monitor and support them through their pregnancy, during labour and childbirth and for 4–6 weeks after the birth.



A midwife, doctor (GP) obstetrician or a team of hospital-based midwives can be an LMC.




  • makes you feel comfortable and confident
  • is easy to talk to, and is genuinely interested in you and your baby and family
  • you want to share this special time in your life with
  • will enable you to make informed choices about your maternity care
  • will respect and support the choices you make



View the profiles of LMC Midwives who birth at our two Birthcare locations:






Recommendation by a recent mother This is an excellent method. Most new mothers would be happy to pass on the contact details for their midwife if she was happy with the maternity care she received.

Recommendation by your GP If you confirm your pregnancy by way of a consultation with your GP you can discuss your options for lead maternity care. The doctor should have contact details of midwives in the area.

New Zealand College of Midwives NZCOM is the professional association for midwives. Check out their website:

Telephone 0800 MUM 2 BE (0800 686 223) "Provided by the Ministry of Health - call and leave your contact details they'll send you a list of midwives in your area"

Nga Maia. Nga Maia is a national organisation supporting Maori in pregnancy and childbirth. You'll find contact details for a number of Maori midwives on their website:

Home Birth Aotearoa A national organisation representing the many district home birth associations. Their website provides contact details for a number of home birth midwives:

Pregnancy Forums at A great way to connect with other women expecting a baby. It's free to join and hundreds of New Zealand mums over the last 10 years have found it invaluable for information and as a place to share the excitement, joys and common (and not-so-common) aches, pains and concerns of pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.

The Yellow Pages You'll find lots of midwives and midwifery practices on the Yellow Pages website:

Mama Maternity provide information on how to choose and contact a LMC (midwife) in Central Auckland, West Auckland and Auckland's North Shore: or email


Hatched Photography has been providing a professional newborn photography service since 2007. Hatched is owned and run by Kirsten Foster, a fully qualified photographer with 13 years experience with newborns.

Hatched offers a fully mobile service in the comfort of your home. Shoots last for 90 mins which ensures you get a good variety of images.

As a valued guest of Birthcare, your session fee is complimentary. For further details, please head to our website 

when should i book

Book as soon as possible once your baby is born so that you can secure a time that suits you best. Please make all booking enquiries at 


what age do you recommend for a newborn session

For a true typical newborn session, the ideal time is between 5-12 days. However, it is still possible to achieve sleepy newborn poses with some 4 week old babies, so it can depend on both your baby and the sort of photos you are hoping for. Babies over 3 weeks tend to be more alert during the session but these can make for wonderful images that show personality and connection.


can other children be included

Absolutely. I love to photograph the whole family and get as many combinations for you as possible


how can we get in contact

Please email