If you are concerned, take a look at this Question and Answer page(external link), or call your midwife or doctor.
To ensure the safety of women in our care, we are now asking that no visitors come to the Labour and Birthing Suite. People who can still come to the Labour and Birthing Suite include:
There may be a small number of other cases at the discretion of the Charge Nurse or Clinical Nurse Managers. Please contact the Labour and Birthing Suite on 09 307 2888 if you have any questions or concerns.
Our Labour and Birthing suite at Auckland City Hospital is one of the largest maternity units in New Zealand, providing both midwifery-led and specialist obstetric care.
If you need more help deciding where to give birth, visit our page on choosing where to birth.
If you have your own midwife or lead maternity carer, they will arrange to meet you at our Labour and Birthing suite when labour starts. If you have chosen us as your care provider, our team of hospital midwives will look after you. We also have a team of hospital obstetricians and anaesthetists should you need them.
Before you come to our suite to give birth, be sure to check out our frequently asked questions and virtual tour. They will help you and your support person understand what to expect and what to do when you arrive at our hospital in labour.
We also encourage you to attend one of our free pain relief in labour talks [PDF, 1.4 MB] [PDF, 776 KB] beforehand and check out our list of things to bring for you and baby. Don't forget to bring a carseat with you to transport your baby.
If you or your baby are well following birth, you will be transferred to Birthcare for your postnatal care. If you require more specialised care, you will be transferred to one of our postnatal wards at Auckland City Hospital.
For more on what to expect after birth as well as when you go home, see our section on care after birth.
Please call us on 09 307 2888 if you think you are in labour or if any of the following occur:
If you have been advised to ring the Labour and Birthing Suite early, due to a complication with your pregnancy, please do so. Tell us about the complication at the start of the call and the advice your LMC has given you. This will help us to give you the correct information.
Our Labour and Birthing Suite is located on level 9 of Auckland City Hospital and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
From the level 4 entrance off Park Road, head to lift bank A and push level 9. After you exit the lift, turn right to reach our Labour and Birthing suite.
If it is after 8pm the doors to the Labour and Birthing Suite will be locked so you will need to use the intercom on the wall outside the suite to gain entry.
For more information on parking if you are arriving at our Labour & Birthing Suite in labour, please see our page on parking and transportation.
We have 14 birthing rooms with ensuite bathrooms. Six of the rooms also have a pool to use during labour. If you would like a room with a pool, we'll do our best to accommodate you at the time.
All birthing rooms are equipped to look after you and your baby during labour. This includes a monitor that records your baby's heart beat and your contractions.
Kitchen and whānau rooms are also available for your use.
When you arrive at the hospital, park your car at the main entrance off Park Road. Please let our security team know you're here and leave a pre-written note on your dashboard that says you're heading to the Labour and Birthing Suite. Put your name and contact number on this note.
Once you've reached our Labour & Birthing suite, your support person will need to return to the car and move it to Carpark A. For more detailed information, watch our virtual tour. It will give you a better idea of what to expect and do when you arrive at the hospital in labour.
Please note: we are unable to offer free or reduced parking rates for labouring women or their whānau.
For more parking options for your visitors and whānau, see our parking information page.
Yes, you can choose who you have with you during labour and birth. We just ask that your visitors please respect the privacy of other women in our birthing suite.
In the interest of safety and security:
Please also note that we are a teaching hospital with a responsibility for developing the future maternity workforce.
We respect your choice if you wish to decline, however we may ask you if a midwifery or medical student can be involved in your birthing experience.
We have the following services to assist you during and after labour:
You are welcome to bring in your own food and snacks for you and your support person. We also have a kitchen with hot drinks and a microwave and refrigerator for you to use.
Meals are provided on the wards and at Birthcare. While every effort is made to meet your individual needs, if you have special dietary requirements, you may prefer to have a relative provide some of your meals and/or snacks.
There are also several food outlets and retails locations throughout the hospital. Find out more about them here.