The Whangarei Hospital Maternity Service is both a primary and secondary facility.
Usually women will be cared for by their Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) in labour with the hospital midwives supporting your LMC in the delivery suite. The hospital midwives also look after women who are under secondary obstetric care due to a more complicated pregnancy. They will also care for you in the postnatal ward prior to your discharge home.
Pregnant women requiring more intensive care or who are in labour under 32 weeks are usually flown to Auckland for specialist care and return when their baby is stable.
The postnatal ward also caters for antenatal women who require hospitalisation prior to delivery as well as for women who have had their baby.
We do not stipulate how long the hospital stay will be, this is decided by consultation between the women , her LMC and the core midwifery staff. An average stay is usually about 2-3 days after a normal birth and 4-5 days following a C-section.
We also offer the services of a Lactation Consultant to assist breastfeeding women, if required.
The midwives work closely with women who are involved with other services such as Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Dependency.
The DHB employed midwives also provide childbirth education classes.
Maternity Services employs inpatient and outpatient maternity social workers to work alongside women and their LMC. They will visit all women who are referred or as requested and initiate individual support for them and their families.
Northland DHB has three primary maternity facilities in Northland at Kaitaia, Bay of Islands and Dargaville hospitals. Primary, low risk, women have the option of birthing at home or in the facility at Kaitaia or Bay or Islands. Inpatient postnatal care is available at all three units for women who choose or are required to birth at Whangarei.
All Northland DHB maternity units have gained Baby Friendly Hospital status. A Baby Friendly Hospital (BFH) is a health care facility where the practitioners who provide care for women and babies adopt practices that aim to protect, promote and support exclusive breastfeeding from birth. At the same time, Baby Friendly facilities ensure that women who choose not to breastfeed are supported in their decision and provided with unbiased information and advice.
Visiting hours for the postnatal ward are 11.00am to 8.00pm
Women may bring as many support people, within reason, as they need to the Delivery Suite. A partner may stay in the postnatal ward as negotiated with staff.
Te Kotuku Maternity unit is accessible via Hospital Road.
Yvonne Morgan – Clinical Midwife Manager
Ph: 09 430 4101 ext 8737 | Mob: 021 824 618 | E-mail: Yvonne.Morgan@northlanddhb.org.nz
Sue Bree – Midwifery Director and Service Manager - Maternity Service
Private Bag 9742
To find a midwife in Northland go to this link: http://www.findyourmidwife.co.nz/midwives/northland