When your labour starts you will need to contact your named LMC who will then either visit you at home or advise you to meet them at the hospital if you are birthing your baby there. If you have planned a home birth your LMC will provide labour and birth care at your home.
Call your LMC first
If you think labour is starting, your waters break or you have concerns about your baby
call your LMC – they will discuss with you if you need to come to hospital.
Not all LMCs offer home birth. If you are interested in having your baby at home ask the LMC if they provide this service.
For more information on Home Birth see http://www.homebirth.org.nz/.
Hospital Birth - Wairarapa
Around 500 babies are born at Wairarapa Hospital every year. Lead Maternity Carers use our facility for hospital births and we have a hospital-based team made up of obstetricians, doctors, midwives and nurses.
If you have opted to birth your baby in the hospital you do not need to “book in”.
Your LMC will make arrangements with the hospital on your behalf.
For a virtual tour of the maternity unit click here
The maternity ward has single rooms, some with shared bathrooms.
Our services include a Birthing Suite, Maternity Ward, Obstetric Clinic. The Special Care Baby Unit is next to Maternity Ward.
Our midwives operate in shifts, so you will be looked after by more than one midwife when you have had your baby.
We do not have a ‘nursery’: your baby stays with you to help breastfeeding and to let you get to know each other.
Where do I go?
You can get to the Birthing Suite through the main entrance from 6.30am to 8.30pm. Outside those hours please enter through the Maternity Door at side of hospital or through the Emergency Department.
If you need to contact the Wairarapa Hospital Birthing Suite urgently call 06 946 9815 or dial 111 in an Emergency.